Storage helps combat US weather outages

Energy storage can reduce grid outages due to storms like Sandy. Photo credit: The National Guard, New Jersey

Energy storage can reduce grid outages due to storms like Sandy. Photo credit: The National Guard, New Jersey

The Obama administration is touting energy storage as a way to keep the lights on in the event of power outages caused by severe weather. A paper out this month, titled ‘Economic benefits of increasing electric grid resilience to weather outages’, notes weather-related issues are the main cause of blackouts in the country and advocates storage as a way to improve system flexibility and robustness.

“Energy storage can help level loads and improve system stability,” notes the report. “Another application of energy storage is the ability to balance microgrids to achieve a good match between generation and load.”

Microgrids are already at the heart of projects such as the plan to improve the reliability of New Jersey’s transit system following Superstorm Sandy.

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