Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
January 2009

Energy Storage for Low-carbon Electricity

Energy Storage for Low-carbon Electricity

Energy storage is an important enabling technology for a low-carbon power system. It also improves power quality, prevents tremendous costs of power failures, and enhances security of the grid. However, its benefits are not commonly appreciated and it has yet to obtain a priority status in the national policy agenda. Candidate technologies exist, but many face barriers that, if left unaddressed, could prevent their large scale adoption. Policy makers could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector by examining these barriers and enacting laws or regulations to facilitate the exapansion of energy storage options.