The Energy Storage Association (ESA) released a white paper which it says maps a clear and actionable pathway to reaching 35 gigawatts (GW) of new energy storage systems installed in the U.S. by 2025. “35x25: A Vision for Energy Storage,” was created in conjunction with Navigant Research. The paper outlines the factors driving rapid storage industry growth and explains the value of a disruption-proof grid. In 2017, the U.S. had approximately 0.5 GW of installed energy storage, deployed in both retail and wholesale markets. The paper maintains that growth to 35 GW installed is possible in less than 10 years. Navigant calls for increased system flexibility and efficiency. “Energy storage is the key to creating a powerful energy ecosystem whose backbone is an efficient, resilient, affordable, and sustainable grid,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of ESA. Implementing the white paper plan would reportedly create more than 167,000 jobs, it says.
ESA shares blueprint for a resilient grid