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A Framework for Readiness Assessments of Utility-Scale Energy Storage

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2021

Integration of greater shares of distributed energy resources and renewable energy are transforming the power sector. Energy storage technologies have the potential to help meet the additional challenges of this transformation, by increasing the flexibility of the power sector and contributing to system strength. This report is intended to inform energy storage investments through the development of a framework for energy storage readiness assessments.  The framework can help policymakers and regulators identify priority areas for energy storage policy and program development. This report addresses barriers and opportunities for utility scale energy storage. 

Policy and Regulatory Environment for Utility-Scale Energy Storage: India

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2021

India’s electric power system is in the midst of a dramatic shift, with both increases in demand and greater shares of renewable energy. These changes present challenges and opportunities; energy storage is a promising solution to many of these challenges and accelerate India's energy transition. Previous energy storage analyses in India have focused on the bulk power system, including ancillary services, energy arbitrage, and transmission network support. This report applies an Energy Storage Readiness Assessment (see more here) developed by NREL for policymakers and regulators to identify policy and program priorities to enable storage deployment. This assessment uses a simple evaluation scheme to identify the barriers and opportunities for utility-scale energy storage within India’s policy and regulatory environment.

 Energy Storage in South Asia: Understanding the Role of Grid Connected Energy Storage in South Asia’s Power Sector Transformation

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2021

During the last decade, the cost of energy storage technologies has declined rapidly. At the same time, grid flexibility is becoming more important as renewable energy integration increases across the world. Storage technologies have the potential to provide some of this flexibility. However, uncertainties around costs and regulations remain when considering energy storage in India and other South Asia countries, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal. This study provides a first-of-its-kind assessment of cost-effective opportunities for grid-scale energy storage deployment in South Asia. The report covers both a near and long term analysis, and discussion of energy storage drivers, potential barriers, and the role of storage in system operations. The state-of-the art modeling approach compares the value of battery storage and pumped hydro storage for 2030 and 2050, considering system operations in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal as a single South Asia interconnection with no institutional barriers to cross-border electricity trade (CBET). 

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