Near-Term Regulatory Considerations to Maximize Benefits
Since the market for distributed energy storage is still in its infancy, there is a significant need for regulatory guidance and proactive policies to ensure a smooth integration into the existing electrical system. Energy storage could offer additional benefits to customers, both by helping them directly manage their energy use and offering distribution system managers new tools to help maintain and even enhance the functionality of the electricity system.
“IREC developed this report to help identify key regulatory changes that states may want to consider in the near term in order to facilitate rollout of distributed storage in a manner that captures the greatest benefits and promotes a healthy market for storage services,” said Sky Stanfield, lead report author, who represents IREC in regulatory matters. March 2015