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Corporation, provides a fresh view of
energy storage, describing it as evolving
from "stunt double"
to -" action hero." He
reflects on electricity's
role as the foundational
infrastructure of society, where we now
have a way to fund the
-transition to a high penetration of renewables
and a more resilient grid,
by considering storage as an alternative to
the investments that utilities and markets
have in their existing plans. He claims that
lithium-ion-based power plant alternatives are already less expensive, at lower

than US$1,000/kW and falling, than inefficient peaking power plants for flexibility
and can be sited where
we need them. He argues that storage is not
an add-on or merely
a stunt double-it is a
cost-saving, reliabilityenhancing, renewableabsorbing action hero.
The future looks
challenging for the
power sector, with the urgent need to
identify new approaches for system
flexibility to face the requirements of
growing low-cost variable renewable
energy. Energy storage systems are a

Energy storage
systems are a
main contributor
in providing that
flexibility.

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main contributor in providing that flexibility. This special issue contributes to
the discussion on the subject by showing the state of the art in energy storage
and its applications. We thank the authors for their time and dedication and
the articles provided, which shed light
on how we may address that future. We
thank IEEE Power & Energy Magazine
for the opportunity to reflect on and
analyze such relevant matters challenging forthcoming power investment and
operation. Thanks to Editor-in-Chief
Michael Henderson for continuing to
provide the conditions for IEEE Power
& Energy Magazine to remain an IEEE
flagship publication. 
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