According to a news release from S&C Electric Company "the concept of energy storage has become a practical reality. Utility companies are now installing energy storage systems on their distribution circuits to gain experience with these new distributed power resources, and determining how best to use them for both planned applications and contingency events."
So what makes these energy storage systems GREEN? First, these Distributed Energy Storage Systems (DESS) can be used to help utilities regulate voltage on the distribution system and improve energy efficiency. Second, the utility can use these systems to avoid starting large fossil-fuel based generators. Third, the utility can use these systems to provide temporary power to residential customers so that the homeowners will not need to start-up environmentally-unfriendly, inefficient back-up power sources. In short, distributed energy storage systems can help utilities manage their distribution systems, improve energy efficency and reduce emissions.
Distributed Energy Storage Systems can play a major role in the nation's Smart Grid. Smart Grid is a term used to decribe the national electric grid enhanced with improved monitoring, control and communication capabilities. In essence, Smart Grid adds modern day IT capabilities to the nation's electricity infrasturture. To learn more about Smart Grid, visit the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) website or the websites of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) or the U.S. National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST).