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Clean Energy Highlights: U.S. 2020: Part 4 of 4

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According to Utility Dive, “[i]n 2019, five states and Puerto Rico, adopted laws targeting 100% clean energy, while three governors issued executive orders with similar goals.”  According to Utility Dive, “[t]wo significant factors driving the trend were the federal government’s continued changes to climate and other environmental policies, and the election of eleven new Democratic governors in November 2018, with many of them making clean energy a priority.”

Energy storage and better batteries

According to Interesting Engineering, the main issue with “the most popular sources of renewable energy is the lack of reliability.”  According to Interesting Engineering, “much work has been done by developers and researchers to develop better and longer-lasting batteries, as well as other means of storing any energy generated from renewable sources.”

According to Interesting Engineering, “2020 should be no exception, with energy industry leaders pushing to develop and promote better energy management and storage.”  According to Interesting Engineering, “[t]his will also require greater grid flexibility to allow energy firms to balance supply and demand in a highly variable market.”

Energy storage grows as a favorite resource

According to Utility Dive, energy storage will be accelerated by user adoption and technology developments in 2020, as people and organizations want to ensure that renewables have a chance at the energy market.  According to Utility Dive, “[r]egulators are increasingly looking at energy storage as a necessary component to achieve their objectives regarding the future of the grid.”

According to Utility Dive, a key court case regarding the ongoing integration of storage into energy markets is “in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, where states, utilities, and energy trade groups are challenging FERC’s February 2018 order allowing distributed energy storage to participate in wholesale markets.”

According to Utility Dive, “[s]ome 50% of storage installations in the U.S. are distributed, either on the distribution grid or behind-the-meter.”  This case could not only be ground breaking, but shape our energy market and the viability of renewables for years to come.  According to Utility Dive, the growing involvement from utilities with storage is part of an increasing push to expand technology within the sector.

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