IEEE Power & Energy Magazine - September/October 2017 - 42

The Regulatory
Debate About
Energy Storage
Systems

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ENERG Y STORAGE HAS LONG BEEN LAUDED AS THE
holy grail of energy technologies. Low-cost energy storage, proponents say, will usher in a new era in power systems, enabling large
penetrations of variable renewable energy technologies and reshaping the way electricity networks deliver energy.
Apart from pumped-storage hydroelectric power stations, energy
storage deployment is still very low. However, this picture can rapidly change as innovations in energy storage technologies reduce
costs and increase performance. In this context, a proper regulatory
design is a key factor in allowing for efficient deployment of
this technology.
Today, regulations must be updated to clarify the role of storage
and enable it to provide value to power systems. Here, we review and
evaluate the current state of the art in regard to the regulatory discussion affecting storage, paying particular attention to the regulatory
proposals recently published by both the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the European Commission.

By Inés Usera, Pablo Rodilla, Scott Burger,
Ignacio Herrero, and Carlos Batlle
Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/MPE.2017.2708859
Date of publication: 17 August 2017

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