Greentech Media – High-tech grid resources that have become commonplace in some utility territories aren’t even considered in others.
California utilities are already deploying energy storage in place of new gas plants. Regulated utilities in places like Arizona, Florida and North Carolina have begun factoring substantial amounts of storage into their grid planning, in order to tackle peak demand and make the grid more flexible.
Meanwhile, Dominion Energy’s new long-term plan for Virginia and North Carolina barely mentions storage and instead calls for intensive deployment of new gas peakers.
The disparity in adoption of tools like battery storage means that ratepayers in some places get a fuller consideration of alternatives for utility investment. That analytical process impacts the kind of investments utilities end up making and the rates their customers have to pay.
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