FERC moves to clear market barriers for energy storage technology

This article discusses a recent decision by FERC to remove barriers to batteries and other storage resources in U.S. power markets.

The market for energy storage is small, but growing as the costs of battery systems have fallen domestically. Batteries can help solve the intermittent nature of renewable energy – dependent on sun and wind – compared with more generation sources like gas and coal, which can run all the time.

Last month, FERC voted to reject a directive by Energy Secretary Rick Perry to consider a plan to subsidize coal and nuclear plants for what he said were their contributions in making the power grid more reliable and resilient.

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