In the US, as with most other parts of the world, distributed energy storage can help homeowners and businesses to reduce the carbon footprint of their electricity use, back up their loads in case of emergencies and allow them a degree of energy independence from the grid.
While these are all important and worthy use cases, distributed energy storage could do so much more. The fact that the bulk of the value of that energy storage remains with the end user means that the benefits to the electricity network of putting storage on the grid are limited, while also providing barriers to capturing the value of that storage. For instance, electric utilities could make much better use than they are able to today of solar-charged energy storage systems to meet their peak electricity demand, provide grid services or defer costly investment in distribution (and transmission) network infrastructure.
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