Peaking through a policy blindspot

Energy storage has the potential to cut required generating capacity by helping meet peaks in demand, yet it is only at the cusp of government thinking.

Neglected power storage technologies have a big role in a future low-carbon grid if policymakers can find a way to reward nuanced benefits, including avoiding price spikes and reducing the need for backup power.

The essence of storage is simple: to transfer power supply to peak from off-peak demand. Or, in the case of renewables, from days when it's sunny or windy to those when it isn't.

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