The flip side of FERC’s landmark storage order: A call for states to take action


“FERC’s order has been hailed as a landmark in the development of energy storage markets. It directs the operators of wholesale power markets — regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs) — to remove barriers that could keep storage resources from realizing their full value. About half a dozen states have already taken steps to incorporate energy storage into their energy sectors. California has set a mandate that calls for the state’s utilities to install 1,325 MW of storage by 2020. Massachusetts has a 200 MWh by 2020 goal. Oregon has a 5 MW by 2020 goal per utility. New York is working on an energy storage target even as the state’s governor has already proposed a 1,500 MW by 2030 target. And Arizona and Nevada have both passed legislation that calls for the states’ regulators to investigate energy storage targets.”

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