Although today microgrids serve a tiny fraction of the market, that share will grow as costs fall. Utilities can benefit if they plan ahead.
Storage Steps Up
is the best-fit solution and allow them to deploy the capital? Duke has a program underway right now in the Carolinas to study the benefits supplied by a variety of storage technologies.
So the industry is moving in that direction. For example, for roughly the past 50 years Duke has relied primarily on nuclear, hydro, and coal generation. Now natural gas-fired combined-cycle plants are an integral part of the generation mix.
To me, it’s not a question of whether storage will become more prevalent, it’s a question of when.
ABOUT THE SOURCE: Jeff Gates is managing director for Duke Energy Commercial Transmission, which develops, owns, and operates electric transmission facilities throughout North America. In addition, Gates has had primary project development responsibility for the Notrees battery storage project.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Scott M. Gawlicki is Public Utilities Fortnightly's contributing editor, based in West Hartford, Conn.