Energy storage encompasses a range of technologies that use mechanical, chemical, or thermal processes to absorb energy, store it, and then dispatch it as useful. Technologies include batteries, capacitors, flywheels, compressed air energy storage, pumped storage, hydrogen storage, and heating and cooling energy storage.

Benefits of Energy Storage: Energy storage offers reliability, flexibility, and efficiency of usage, which makes it easier to integrate clean energy sources in the electrical grid system. Storage deployment has the potential to deliver huge savings to Massachusetts ratepayers by reducing energy costs, peak capacity, the cost of ancillary services, wholesale market costs, transmission and distribution costs, and costs associated with the integration of distributed energy resources.

Energy Storage Use Cases: There is currently a wide range of potential use cases for energy storage technologies in Massachusetts. Use cases include ownership of storage assets by investor-owned utilities or municipal light plants, residential, commercial, or industrial behind the meter deployments, and microgrid and resiliency related deployments.

Contact Information: Please reach out to energystorage@masscec.com if you have any questions regarding our energy storage related programming.

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Additional Resources

  • State of Charge Study: Funded by the Energy Storage Initiative and published by MassCEC and DOER in 2016, the report studies the potential benefits of incorporating energy storage technologies into Massachusetts’ energy portfolio.

  • Energy Storage Safety Information: Research from the State of Charge report indicates that developing energy storage safety codes, standards, and regulations is essential to ensuring a robust market and facilitating the smooth deployment of energy storage.

  • Related Technology Focuses: Related focus areas include the ongoing Grid Modernization process in Massachusetts, and the continued integration of Distributed Energy Resources.

 

 

MassCEC Energy Storage Activities

MassCEC has been supporting the advancement of energy storage technologies and companies in Massachusetts for several years. MassCEC has financially supported 28 companies and projects with a focus on energy storage technology through various programs and has invested more than $9.1 million in total in energy storage.