As announced by the U.S. Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability, The Electricity Advisory Committee has made recommendations on tangible ways in which the Energy Department can support distributed energy storage (DES) market deployment through technology developments and technical analyses.
The research was spearheaded by the Smart Grid Subcommittee and the Energy Storage Subcommittee of the EAC.
The recommendations to the DOE, on National Distributed Energy Storage in the Electric Grid, were approved at the March 2016 EAC meeting. They included:
- Access and track lessons learned from projects and market developments of DES
- Develop advanced market and cost-based market models for DES
- Develop advanced modern grid physical models for DES
- Develop operational models and verify advanced controls
- Assess the applicability of existing utility-scale codes and standards
- Further leverage the DOE’s unique role as an unbiased arbitrator with technical expertise
- Assist in the deployment of new standards and codes
- Develop technologies that increase the performance, cost effectiveness and safety factor of DES
For the purpose of the EAC report, DES is defined as an energy storage element or system located at the distribution substation, within the distribution system, or customer-sited located either behind the customer’s utility revenue meter or customer-sited on the utility side of the revenue meter.
The EAC’s recommendations on National Distributed Energy Storage in the Electric Grid can be downloaded HERE.