Caroline Narich is a Managing Director within Accenture's Resources Strategy practice. Melissa Stark leads Renewables and Energy Transition Services for Accenture's Utilities industry group.
Suppose you wanted to know what the role of energy storage will be in the transition to a low-carbon future in the western U.S. Well, you might engage the help of someone who could do the massive modeling that would be required, such as the folks at the University of California - Berkeley who use the mega-model SWITCH for such analyses. And then you would spec some scenarios of the transition and run SWITCH for each. Which is exactly what Melissa Stark, Caroline Narich and their colleagues at Accenture did for a business as usual scenario, a sunshot scenario, an accelerated sunshot scenario, and a sunshot plus low-cost batteries scenario. Read on to see what Stark, Narich and company found (and wrote about in their recently-published report, "The Role of Storage in the Path to Net Zero").
PUF's Steve Mitnick: Regarding the report, The Role of Storage in the Path to Net Zero, what's unique and compelling about that?
Melissa Stark: The paper on storage and the path to net zero is part of a series of studies. Last March, we did a paper on wind beyond fifty percent and integration of renewables into the grid.