Strong storage infrastructure can bring down energy costs by increasing grid efficiency and improving reliability and flexibility.
Why is storage significant?
The sun doesn't shine and the wind doesn't move 24 hours a day. But, the sun is always shining and the wind is always moving – somewhere. Low-cost renewable energy production ebbs and flows, but a diverse electric grid coupled with investments in energy storage ensures reliability and resilience for generations to come.
CGA supports competitive and reliable energy storage systems across the Midwest. Our advocacy is based on the vast range of benefits energy storage provides. It can integrate resources, reduce negative environmental impacts, save customers money, and increase the reliability and resilience of the grid. Battery storage is economic today and ready to address many of the challenges our grid faces – now and into the future.
- Increase deployment of storage, especially near or colocated with renewables, to reduce congestion on transmission lines.
- Allow both utilities and renewable energy developers to own Storage as a Transmission Only Assets (SATOAs).
- Develop policies to accommodate long-term storage (>2-4-hour storage), which can significantly advance renewable energy deployment toward a 100% renewable grid.
- Advocate for developing and implementing market rules for wind-storage and solar-storage hybrid resources.