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Pennsylvania should enact policies to encourage pairing energy storage with solar energy to build a more resilient and cleaner grid, according to a new report released by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
The Pennsylvania Energy Storage Assessment, prepared by Strategen Consulting, recommends building grid-scale solar energy arrays coupled with battery storage. The report also identifies several policy measures that could increase storage development, including setting an energy storage target, using public funding for storage projects and evaluating electricity rates tied to grid services.
“This is the first key step to identifying strategies to overcome any barriers we might have to getting the full value of energy storage,” said David Althoff Jr., director of the energy programs office for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. “We recognize that our need for storage is expanding … as part of our larger market opportunity for renewables in our state and states around us.”