Obama Administration Moves to Encourage 1.3 GW of Energy Storage Procurement

The Obama Administration last week announced a series of actions and activities that it says are designed to encourage 1.3 GW of energy storage procurement or deployment over the next five years.

The actions include a commitment from the federal government to increase its storage and microgrid capacity through programs that will make federal and military bases more resilient and provide funding for microgrids in rural communities.

In addition, the Obama Administration said that 16 developers and power companies in the U.S. will release new energy storage programs.

Among those programs was an announcement from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to invest $10 million for a study and demonstration projects to test the viability of energy storage technology and innovations in the state’s energy market.

In addition, Duke Energy committed to deploying at least 5 MW of energy storage in the Asheville region of North Carolina. Vermont utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) also committed to work on a demonstration energy storage project in Panton, Vt. GMP, building on its eHomes program, will partner with Vermont’s Energy Efficiency Utility, Efficiency Vermont, and the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation to pilot a community-scale comprehensive energy transformation for the town. The year-long project will include town buildings, local businesses, 80 percent of the homes in Panton, and utility-scale solar paired with battery storage to microgrid parts of the town.

Florida Power & Light said it also is planning a pilot project that will include installation of different types of battery systems in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties to research energy storage benefits.

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