Energy storage key to utility trends

David Owens of the Edison Electric Institute debates energy storage at the National Town Meeting on Demand Response.

David Owens of the Edison Electric Institute debates energy storage at the National Town Meeting on Demand Response. Photo credit: Momenta Creative Photography

Reporting on the recent National Town Meeting on Demand Response, an official Siemens blog highlights energy storage as a big factor in changing the utility game.

Long seen as a “disruptive technology”, energy storage offers the possibility of independence from the all-controlling grid, allowing former consumers to not just produce their own power, but also sell the excess on, something that seemed to greatly concern delegate David Owens, executive vice president of business operations for the Edison Electric Institute.

On the other hand, according to the report, Jill Powers, smart grid solutions manager for the California Independent System Operator, felt that at the wholesale market level there is little chance that energy storage would cause much disruption. Our money, at least in the longer term, is on Owens’s assessment. Watch this space.

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