Energy Storage Technology and Regulatory Implications for Renewable Energy Power Supply

  • a Virtual Setting
  • Friday, March 19, 2021

Energy Storage Technology and Regulatory Implications for Renewable Energy Power Supply

Friday, March 19, 2021 at 12:00 pm PDT, 1:00 pm MDT, 2:00 pm CDT, 3:00 pm EDT for 1.5 hours

This webinar will provide a primer on energy storage technology, challenges facing electric utilities in incorporating energy storage on their systems, and legal and regulatory opportunities and challenges for public utilities regulated by state commissions. Energy storage is becoming a more important part of electric utilities’ resource portfolios to serve power consumers. The increase in renewable energy in utility portfolios and abandonment of fossil fuel-fired baseload generation poses challenges for utilities to maintain reliable service for customers when wind and solar generation are not available or when intermittent generation does not match well with a utility’s peak consumption demands. Large power consumers, including oil, gas, mining, and processing companies, can be particularly vulnerable to power reliability concerns and also want, like all consumers, to manage their electric power costs. Companies also may have internal policies or objectives that support “greener” approaches to power generation. Energy storage is a key piece of how utilities will incorporate more “green” power alternatives and provide reliable electric service.

Topics to be covered in this webinar include:

  • Basics of electric energy storage technologies, including batteries.
  • Recent and expected trends in costs of and incorporation of energy storage in utility systems.
  • Challenges for electric utilities to incorporate storage on their system, including matching energy dispatch with peak demand as it may change minute to minute as well as how it evolves seasonally and annually.
  • Legal and regulatory opportunities and constraints, including increasing renewable energy and zero carbon standards, reliability requirements and measures, and safety codes.  


JULIAN BOGGS, State Policy Director, U.S. Energy Storage Association, New York, NY
JAMES CURRY, Managing Shareholder, Washington, DC Office, Babst Calland, Washington, DC
JOAN E. DRAKE, Partner, Modrall Sperling, Albuquerque, NM
NICK PHILLIPS, Director, Integrated Resource Planning, Public Services Company of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM