Why Energy Storage Should Not Remain Neglected

The Midwest Energy Forum at the University of Chicago focused on the future of the U.S. electricity grid and the technologies that are likely to transform it over the next 30 years.

Although the representatives of the wind, solar and other renewables industries were polite and nominally supportive of storage, they were consistent in their message that storage has a long way to go and that it was certainly nowhere near as important as the renewable energy technologies they were advocating.

But for however much flexibility wind and solar technology may offer to grid operators, energy storage technology offers more. The ability to move electrons over time as well as over space opens a world of opportunities as to how that ability can be used and how the grid can be designed.

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