Energy Storage HB2193 –An important part of integrating renewables like solar and wind to the grid is figuring out a way to smooth out the spikes in renewable energy generation and eventually storing daily production for peak hours when demand is highest. This legislation will allow the Public Utilities Commission to establish guidelines for energy storage procurement and then work with electric companies to implement and procure 5 megawatt energy storage projects.
Energy storage comes in many forms: electric batteries, pump hydro, flywheels, compressed air, and thermal. This bill is purposely technology neutral, giving broad flexibility to explore any type. Energy storage will increase our capacity to utilize cleaner alternative energy sources. I was really excited to sponsor and pass HB2193 in 2015.