Energy storage commission chaired by Vitelli releases report

Posted: January 07, 2020 | Senator Vitelli

AUGUSTA — A commission studying the potential for energy storage projects in Maine, which was chaired by Sen. Eloise Vitelli, D-Arrowsic, has released its final report. 

The 14-member Commission to Study the Economic, Environmental and Energy Benefits of Energy Storage to the Maine Electricity Industry was charged with exploring whether certain energy storage projects would contribute to Maine’s energy sustainability goals and economy, including potential benefits for ratepayers.

“I was excited to be appointed to lead this commission, and I truly feel the report we produced will help guide Maine in our goal toward energy independence,” said Sen. Vitelli. “The commission found that energy storage is an incredible emerging industry that will complement and help expand Maine’s already growing green energy industry. By implementing energy storage projects in a strategic way, we can both save Mainers money and take steps to fight climate change.” 

The commission’s recommendations include: establishing state targets for energy storage development; encouraging energy storage paired with renewable generation resources; advancing energy storage as an energy efficiency resource; addressing electricity rate design issues relating to time variation in costs; and advocating for energy storage consideration in regional wholesale markets.

The report says in part, “If the State fails to move forward with the small steps suggested in this report to promote energy storage development in Maine, ratepayers will pay the price of this inaction. As the other states in New England increasingly invest in energy storage and reduce peak demand, Maine will be left carrying more peak load resulting in more costs shifted to Maine ratepayers.”

The full report is available online here