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by Julian Spector
December 22, 2016

For energy storage to achieve its potential in the transformation of the grid, it requires not only technological advancement, but also the emergence of new business models for deploying the technology.

A smattering of models are already established, but so far, few real-world deployments have taken the form most conventional to grid improvements: ownership by the utility, paid for through the rate base.

It’s pretty clear by now that storage, whether placed on the grid or behind the meter, has tremendous potential to optimize the grid’s...