The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a ‘final rule’ that will allow compensation for services provided through energy storage to be compensated in the wholesale electric markets.
The rule specifically addresses energy storage by creating reporting mechanisms to track the installation, operations and maintenance costs for energy storage. Enabling this information to be available to regulators will ensure transparency as more projects are deployed.
The Electricity Storage Association’s (ESA) advocacy council had filed responses to the Notice of Inquiry and Notice of Proposed Rule-making to build a record of support for this ruling. This policy will allow for energy storage to participate in a more competitive and transparent energy market.
“We applaud FERC for its pro-active approach to ensuring that markets are open to the characteristics and services that energy storage technologies can provide the electric grid,” said Brad Roberts, Executive Director of ESA. “The expansion of FERC Order 755 principles to the non-ISO regions recognises the value of storage's speed and accuracy for frequency regulation and will help accelerate the deployment of storage resources in these regions.”
“The effects of this rule are simple – there will be more deployment of technology, stronger investments in projects, and a broader demonstration of the benefits of energy storage to the grid. This is a victory not just for energy storage, but also for a more efficient and lower cost grid in the future,” added Judith Judson, Chair of the ESA Advocacy Council.