If You Are Part of the US Energy Storage Industry, Your Regional ISO Should Know You

Back in January, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved a new rule that applies to energy storage projects. Known as Order 841, the rule allows energy storage to participate in wholesale energy markets for the first time ever. Many in the industry believe that this move could be a “game-changer” for energy storage.

In its ruling, FERC gave regional grid operators, known as Independent system operators (ISO), nine months to come up with a “participation model” for storage, which they are diligently working on right now.

In the video below, Laura Walter, Senior Lead Economist at PJM (the ISO for the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.) explains that PJM’s model for energy storage participation will be largely developed with guidance from the energy storage industry itself. She explains that battery industry stakeholders, such as battery project develop developers, have been very vocal at PJM meetings whereas the pumped hydropower storage industry has not.

Because PJM is holding stakeholder meetings now, it’s imperative that all members of the energy storage industry participate in these meetings, which are taking place at all ISOs across the U.S.

Watch the video for more information about how to participate and where to find a meeting in your area.

For Further Reading:

FERC Removes Energy Market Barriers for Energy Storage; Will Study Aggregated DERs Next

Pumped-Storage Hydropower Shows Promise for Boosting Energy Storage

How Pumped Storage Can Make a US Comeback

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Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. You can reach her at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com Today, in addition to managing content on Renewable Energy World and POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference and expo for the transmission and distribution industry. In her role, she works in close cooperation with a large team of committed industry executives to shape the educational content for the event. She also helps assemble the renewable energy content for POWERGEN and helped launch the first Grid-Scale Storage Summit, a co-located event at HYDROVISION International. She has traveled to Germany to see onshore and offshore wind installations; Iceland to see geothermal energy in action; and France to see cutting-edge smart grids. In the U.S. she has visited and reported about bioenergy power plants in Florida, both large-scale and small-scale hydropower; and multiple wind farms, solar PV, and CSP installations. Formerly, she was the managing editor of Innovate Forum, an online publication that focused on innovation in manufacturing. Prior to that she was the managing editor at Desktop Engineering magazine. In 2008, she won an "Eddy Award" for her editing work on an article about solar trees in Vienna. In 2010, RenewableEnergyWorld.com was awarded an American Business Media Neal Award for its eNewsletters, which were created under her direction. She holds a Master's Degree in English Education from Boston University and a BA in English from the University of Virginia.

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