in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz has released a report on grid energy storage to the members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

According to the DOE, the report was commissioned at the request of Sen. Ron Wyden, committee chairman, and identifies the benefits of grid energy storage, the challenges that must be addressed to enable broader use, and the efforts of the department, in conjunction with industry and other government organizations, to meet those challenges.

“Developing and deploying energy storage opens the door to adding more renewable power to the grid, which is essential to the fight against climate change,” says Wyden. “Energy storage will also help lower consumer costs by saving low-cost power for peak times and making renewable energy available when it’s needed the most, not just when the wind is blowing or the sun is shining.”

According to the DOE, the report identifies four key challenges that must be addressed to enable energy storage: the development of cost-effective energy storage technologies, validated reliability and safety, an equitable regulatory environment, and industry acceptance.

The DOE says efforts to address these challenges include integrated activities by the department’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Office of Science, Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy, and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

The report is now available here.






Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Setting The Record Straight: How Many Birds Do Wind Turbines Really Kill?

Several peer-reviewed studies are more or less in agreement with avian mortality rates caused by wind turbines. However, one study, which is wildly off from the others, is most often cited in the media. Why?


Six Takeaways From The IRS' Start Of Construction Guidance: What You Need To Know

The IRS recently issued guidance to wind developers to further spell out what "start of construction" means. Will you be covered?


Eagle Take Permits For Wind Farms - Will They Fly?

Now that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued the first permit allowing the legal take of eagles, can wind developers expect more certainty in the agency's application process?


Despite 2013 Challenges, U.S. Wind Power Reaches All-Time Low Price

In a new report, the U.S. Department of Energy details the highs and lows of the country's wind industry last year, and the agency maintains that the U.S. sector remains strong.


Mexico On Pace To Set New Renewables Investment Record

A new report says the country has spent $1.3 billion on clean energy in the first half of 2014 and could end up seeing a record year. Furthermore, wind power is slated for significant growth in the region.

Canwea_id1984
Renewable NRG_id1934
UnitedEquip_id1995
Tower Conference_id1965