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Energy Storage in Pennsylvania

Energy Storage Assessment CoverRecognizing the many benefits that energy storage can provide Pennsylvanians, including increasing the resilience and reliability of critical facilities and infrastructure, helping to integrate renewable energy into the electrical grid, and decreasing costs to ratepayers, the Energy Programs Office retained Strategen Consulting, LLC to analyze the role that energy storage may play in the state’s future power system. Pennsylvania Energy Storage Assessment: Status, Barriers and Opportunities, released in April 2021, surveys the current landscape of energy storage statewide, explores the potential applications and benefits of energy storage, identifies barriers to further deployment, and provides recommendations to enhance the market for energy storage in the state.

Pennsylvania Energy Storage Consortium

Energy Storage Consortium Logo Energy storage has widespread potential application across the entire electricity value chain, which makes it a complex but important technology to enhance resiliency and reliability among our electricity grid, and maximize the benefits of the growing renewable energy sector in PA. The Pennsylvania Energy Storage Consortium will serve as an opportunity for engagement of key stakeholders on a wide range of topics that can lead to an advancement of storage capacity in PA.

The Pennsylvania Energy Storage Consortium will meet on a quarterly basis and meetings are open to all energy storage stakeholders. Please fill out the registration form to receive an invitation to the meetings via Microsoft Teams, and to subscribe to information about the Energy Storage Consortium (including upcoming events). Please contact Dave Zatezalo, Energy Program Specialist at dzatezalo@pa.gov with any questions.

Upcoming meeting:

The next Pennsylvania Energy Storage Consortium Meeting will take place March 22, 2023 from 1pm to 3pm ET. An additional meeting is planned for May 24, 2023. To register for upcoming sessions, please complete the linked form.

Consortium Meeting #6: January 25, 2023

The sixth Pennsylvania Energy Storage Consortium meeting was held on January 25, 2023 via Teams video conference. The focus of the meeting was on energy storage project case studies and the associated opportunities and challenges experienced. Information was provided by the Demonstrations Lead at Sandia National Laboratories.

Consortium Meeting #5: November 2, 2022

The fifth Pennsylvania Energy Storage Consortium meeting was held on November 2, 2022 via Teams video conference. The focus of the meeting was on energy storage funding opportunities for Pennsylvania associated with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Information was provided by representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) and the American Clean Power Association.

Consortium Meeting #4: May 17, 2022

The fourth Pennsylvania Energy Storage Consortium meeting was held on May 17, 2022 via Teams video conference. The meeting included a presentation of the role energy storage can play as a replacement strategy for existing fossil fuel peaker plants, and a panel discussion on Equity Considerations for Pennsylvania Energy Storage Policy.

Consortium Meeting #3: March 1, 2022

The third Pennsylvania Energy Storage Consortium meeting was held on March 1, 2022 via Teams video conference. The meeting included an update on opportunities for federal funding for energy storage provided by the DOE Office of Electricity, an overview of state policy levers for energy storage deployment provided by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and a panel discussion on developer perspectives on optimizing storage policies and programs in Pennsylvania.

Consortium Meeting #2: December 7, 2021

The second Pennsylvania Energy Storage Consortium meeting was held on December 7, 2021 via Teams video conference and built off the success of September’s kickoff meeting. The meeting included an overview the value proposition of energy storage followed by case studies and a panel discussion on the policy considerations, deployment, and economics of current storage initiatives in Pennsylvania. The panel featured speakers from the energy storage development sector, electric distribution companies, and the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission.

Kickoff Meeting: September 28, 2021

The September, 28 2021 Pennsylvania Energy Storage Consortium kickoff meeting was held via Teams video conference and attended by over 90 individual stakeholders representing more than 85 organizations. The meeting included a special presentation on key findings from the recently published Pennsylvania Energy Storage Assessment of opportunities in the state, purpose of the consortium as well as a robust and interactive stakeholder discussion on top priorities to advance energy storage deployment in Pennsylvania.