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by Julian Spector
July 20, 2018

Say what you will about Congress — at least they are now aware of advanced energy storage.

The legislators of the House Energy and Commerce Committee brought in a panel of five storage experts Wednesday to educate them on the latest thinking on how energy storage might benefit the grid.

The all-male panel included envoys from the California Independent System Operator, Duke Energy, E.ON, Energy and Environmental Economics and Fluence. Collectively, they painted a picture of storage as a resource that already makes sense in certain circumstances for multiple vital grid tasks, and which will get more attractive with time as costs come down.

Repeatedly, legislators asked what, if anything, the federal government could do for the industry. That’s actually a good question that we have not addressed recently, so that’ll be the focus of this week’s Storage Plus.