NAATBatt Group Presents Recommendations to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu

Chicago, Illinois (April 16, 2012) – The National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries (NAATBatt) issued a white paper  today detailing the benefits that would result from widespread deployment of distributed energy storage (DES) systems.  Representatives of a coalition of industrial companies and electric utilities assembled by NAATBatt presented a copy of the white paper to U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu at a meeting this morning in Washington, D.C.  DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability acted as advisor and technical writer to the NAATBatt group.

White Paper Details the National Benefits of DES Technology

Titled “Distributed Energy Storage: Serving National Interests,” the white paper provides a comprehensive overview of the role DES can play in producing a more reliable, efficient, clean and secure electrical grid.  Cited benefits include system regulation, integrating distributed renewable power generation, mitigating the impact of power disruptions, transmission and distribution project deferral and making electric vehicles more convenient and less costly.  The paper also discusses financial and regulatory barriers to DES and makes recommendations for moving past them.

“DES is often lumped together with other technologies when talking about the benefits of storing electricity on the grid,” said NAATBatt Executive Director James Greenberger.  “But the white paper points out that storing electricity out at the “tips” of the grid has unique advantages.  While smaller, multiple distributed storage systems can cost more than large, bulk scale electricity storage, distributed storage can do much more.  DES systems can play a key role in providing reliable electricity service to consumers, integrating renewable energy onto the grid, and making electric vehicles more attractive and affordable.  The white paper argues that utilities and utility regulators should place a high value on those benefits.”

NAATBatt coordinated the production of the white paper at the request of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to serve as a guide for federal funding priorities as well as an information resource for state regulators to help them understand DES systems and their benefits.  NAATBatt hopes the white paper will encourage continued DOE funding of demonstration projects designed to reduce the cost and increase the utility of DES systems.

DNV KEMA produced the document based on direct input from the NAATBatt working group comprised of utilities, energy storage manufacturers, system integrators, automotive manufacturers, and government entities from across the nation. The 13-member working group included ABB, American Electric Power (AEP), Altairnano, Boston-Power, DTE Energy, Dow Chemical Company, Dow Kokam, Duke Energy, EaglePicher Technologies, General Motors Company, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and S&C Electric Company.

“Larger trends like bringing distributed wind and solar online and heavier peak loads are realities we’re dealing with now, but storage technology needs to advance before we can adequately address them,” said the paper’s technical writer, DNV KEMA Senior Consultant Kristen Brewitt.  “The technical and business cases for DES are solid.  It is a matter now for policymakers and regulators to agree on uniform policy and make the numbers work.”

Copies of the white paper may be downloaded at http://naatbatt.org/uploads/NAATBatt-DES-White-Paper-FINAL-120410.pdf.

About NAATBatt

National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries (www.naatbatt.org) is a not-for-profit trade association of industrial companies, electric utilities and advanced materials suppliers dedicated to growing the market for and improving the technology of advanced battery systems in the United States. NAATBatt focuses on battery technologies that are weight and volume constrained, such as lithium-ion batteries that are usable in both motive and stationary, grid connected applications.  By encouraging the development of a combined, multi-gigawatt market for advanced automotive batteries and distributed stationary batteries, NAATBatt hopes to spur innovation and promote greater public and private investment in advanced battery technology.   NAATBatt’s core mission is to encourage U.S. leadership in advanced battery technology. The long term health of the U.S. economy, and tens of thousands of future U.S. jobs, depend in no small part on the ability of U.S. companies to remain competitive, if not to become leaders, in this critical technology.

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