The California Energy Commission (Energy Commission), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) have issued a Draft Energy Storage Roadmap for California. The purpose of this roadmap is to facilitate the advancement of energy storage in support of California’s energy and environmental policy goals by identifying actions to address challenges and barriers that have been identified by industry participants and other stakeholders. In this context, energy storage systems comprise a category of emerging technologies that could help significantly to optimize the use of wind and solar generation, assist in integrating increased amounts of renewable energy resources into the grid, and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
In the development of the roadmap, a stakeholder outreach process has identified three broad categories of challenges and barriers: 1) uncertain or insufficient revenue opportunities; 2) high costs of development and interconnection; and 3) uncertainty regarding regulatory requirements, processes and timelines.
The draft is available for review here: Draft Energy Storage Roadmap for California