Minnesota Legislature prepares for the introduction of energy storage

Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on reddit
Share on facebook
Share on email
Solar PV on the roof of the Minnesota Senate building. Image: MN Administration via Flickr.

Legislators in Minnesota have begun the first steps to establishing fair or optimal market conditions for the deployment of energy storage, setting out rules for determining the value of storage to the network.

Last week, five Senators unanimously passed Senate File 100 (SF100) which will set out criteria for utilities to recover the costs of energy storage pilot projects, and through which the state’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs) will need to incorporate consideration of energy storage systems into their long-term integrated resource plans. The bill also calls for cost-benefit analysis of energy storage systems to be conducted.

The bill has moved forward quickly since its introduction to Senate in mid-January, with Senators Michael Goggin, John Marty, Scott Dibble, Julie Rosen and David Osmek passing the bill on 21 February.

The US Energy Storage Association’s CEO, Kelly Speakes-Backman, applauded the Senators for unanimously passing SF 100.

“Thanks to the leadership of Senators Osmek, Rosen, Marty, Goggin and Dibble, SF 100 paves the way for the State of Minnesota to build a robust energy storage market, and a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable grid for all,” Speakes-Backman wrote in a statement.   

“The bill’s inclusion of an energy storage cost-benefit study will enable policymakers to determine the optimal deployment levels and applications of energy storage in the State of Minnesota. Important revisions to rules governing utility planning are also included in SF 100, which strikes a clear path toward levelling the playing field so that storage resources can fairly compete with other types of resources.”

Speakes-Backman also commended the cross-party support the bill has enjoyed in Minnesota, adding that the policies “advanced in this bill represent the first of many opportunities for bipartisan action in the State of Minnesota geared toward breaking down barriers to cost-effective energy storage deployment.”

Energy-Storage.news has already reported on a 2017 study, ‘Modernising Minnesota’s Grid: An economic analysis of energy storage opportunities’, produced by the University of Minnesota’s Energy Transition Lab with Strategen Consulting and Vibrant Clean Energy. Among other things, the study found Minnesota could use energy storage and solar as part of a “least-cost path forward” in direct competition with gas turbines. Meanwhile, in August last year, Minnesota electric cooperative Connexus Energy said it is building 15MW / 30MWh of battery energy storage, which would derive benefit from shifting solar energy loads.

Read Next

May 18, 2022
Study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative has found energy storage can be a key enabler for the clean energy transition.  
April 4, 2022
The global energy storage market will grow to deploy 58GW/178GWh annually by 2030, according to forecasting by BloombergNEF.
March 4, 2022
Energy storage system integrators are diversifying their procurement strategies to ease supply chain constraints.
February 22, 2022
Guidehouse Insights says that the annual power capacity deployments of battery-based residential energy storage systems (RESS) are expected to grow at a CAGR of 21.3% from 2021 to 2030 globally.
February 14, 2022
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has provided dates and a partial breakdown of grants totalling US$2.9 billion to boost the production of batteries for the electric vehicle (EV) and energy storage markets, as promised by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.

Most Popular

Email Newsletter