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widespread adoption to occur. Some regulations,
such as FERC Orders 841 and 842, have charged
Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and
Independent System Operators (ISOs) to develop
market rules for energy storage to participate
in the wholesale energy, capacity and ancillary
services markets that recognize the physical and
operational characteristics of DERs.
Currently, however, there isn't a streamlined
way for a vertically integrated utility to get rate
recovery for a storage asset primarily since regulators are still trying to make a decision on how
battery storage assets should be classified.
Is it a generator? Is it a load? Is it really a
transmission resource or a distribution system
resource, either FTM or BTM? Should the asset
be viewed as a transformer or is it more like a gas
engine? It's an unorthodox asset that doesn't fit
neatly into one bucket, which causes many utilities to question, "what do we do with it?"
Traditionally, vertically integrated utilities are
use to deliver service with conventional assets,
but with advancements in DER technology and
customer demands for more options increasing,

they now have to deliver the same services by
putting distributed assets on the network.
The market rules to be set by FERC Orders
841 and 842 are just the first dominos to fall.
Utilities are now seeing distributed resources
as a key part of their strategic planning. We
are witnessing a number of projects focused
on planning for fleets of electric vehicles, so
accommodating distributed assets on the
network is a massive theme we're seeing in
the market.

NOW IS THE TIME TO CHARGE AHEAD
Uncertainty remains regarding BESS along several dimensions. There remains some uncertainty
in the long-term life of BESS applications due to
the short period that large-scale battery energy
storage projects have been operating on the grid,
as well as uncertainty about how the batteries will
be used in 5-10 years. However, the underlying
technology is solid and the need for energy storage on the grid is only growing.
Regulation and market transformation is coming, so the need for education around battery

energy storage systems has never been more
pressing. And it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when, how and how much. We'll first see
solutions implemented where the return on
investment is most certain, but it's inevitable
that there will be a nationwide need to invest in
flexible, resilient and efficient energy solutions as
the undeniable drive to survive on clean energy
reaches critical mass.
Jason Abiecunas is the Director of Distributed
Energy Resources at Black & Veatch. With more
than 15 years' experience, Abiecunas leads
a team that delivers sustainable, resilient
and cost-effective distributed energy solutions to address a wide range of power issues
and enable our clients to capture new business opportunities. Frank Jakob, Technology
Manager for Energy Storage at Black & Veatch,
has more than 25 years' experience working in
energy systems. Jakob has led efforts ranging
from front-end concept and product design to
demonstration and pilot plant production of
advanced energy systems.

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RMEL Board of Directors
Former NFL Star and Cancer Survivor Merril Hoge’s “Find A Way” Journey Sparks Intention at RMEL’s Spring Conference
Austin’s Experience Instituting a 5G Wireless Program
APS’ Fossil Unit Monitoring Tool Improves Efficiency, Generates Savings
Charging a Path Towards Battery Storage
Xcel Energy’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Future
28 Steam Turbine Cycling—Operator Considerations, Best Practices and Options for Optimization
Maximize on the New Energy Paradigm at RMEL’s 116th Fall Convention
2019 Calendar of Events
Member Listings
Foundation Board of Directors
Advertiser’s Index
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ELECTRIC ENERGY | SUMMER 2019 - RMEL Board of Directors
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ELECTRIC ENERGY | SUMMER 2019 - Former NFL Star and Cancer Survivor Merril Hoge’s “Find A Way” Journey Sparks Intention at RMEL’s Spring Conference
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