The Challenge: Improve Grid Reliability via Energy Storage
The Commonwealth’s path to Net Zero by 2050 requires significant electrification of the transportation and building sectors accompanied by large-scale deployment of non-dispatchable renewable generation. Intermittent renewable generation is subject to unpredictable short- to long-term fluctuations that, at significant levels of penetration, can threaten the reliability of the electric grid. Energy storage offers potential solutions to these challenges, but policy-makers and practitioners needed an updated assessment of today's energy storage market and the potential for mid- and long-range storage to contribute to the Commonwealth's emissions reduction targets.
Stakeholder feedback was critical to completing the Study. Stakeholders were encouraged to share their feedback in a variety of ways.
MassCEC, DOER, and E3 conducted two stakeholder sessions to present interim work products, address technical questions, and collect feedback on the Study. The first session was held on June 7, 2023, and the second was on August 16, 2023. Comments were accepted through September 1, 2023.