by Stephen Lacey
June 02, 2016

Energy storage is always going to be the optimal solution for cleaning up the grid, right? Not always. It all depends on which technologies those storage systems are assisting.

In this week's show, we'll talk with energy expert Jesse Jenkins about a new research paper he co-authored on the economic value of storage as a tool to reduce carbon emissions. After modeling many different scenarios, Jenkins and his co-authors determined when storage is -- and isn't -- the best solution for cutting fossil-fuel consumption.

Storage is incredibly important for meeting emissions targets with a lot of variable wind and solar; however, the technology isn’t always necessary in a more diverse resource mix that includes flexible nuclear and gas.

Also, as more storage is added to the grid, its marginal value decreases. How can the industry address that challenge?

We will discuss all of those factors with Jenkins. 

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