To date, however, New Jersey’s efforts to develop energy storage have failed to achieve legislative- established goals and endorsed by the Murphy administration. The state fell well short of developing 600 megawatts of storage by the end of 2021, a miss that makes a target of 2,000 MW by 2030 all the more difficult. New Jersey had over 500 MW of storage either installed or in the production pipeline as of last June.
The new initiative, dubbed the Storage Incentive Proposal, aims to create a framework for reaching that goal at the same time, deploying enough energy storage to decrease greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. The proposal also seeks to steer energy storage into communities overburdened with pollution.
The Storage Incentive Proposal wants private industry to invest in and install Utility Scale Battery storage. The first requirement is to accurately specify the amount of battery storage required. The 200 MW and 600 MW of storage ratings are meaningless numbers because they exclude time. How many hours of power are required? Is it four (4) hours to carry society through a rainy afternoon or 168 hours to last an overcast rainy week? When the number of megawatt hours are specified, the battery type and costs can be estimated.
What framework is the BPU referring to? Is this a fancy word for subsides?
How do other states get private industry to invest in large scale grid batteries? Should the BPU be asking the private storage investors what is required to invest in New Jersey
The BPU should also build a wind-solar-storage grid and test it before implementing this system on state residents. This energy system design has never been built or tested anywhere in the world. Its ability to provide affordable and reliable electricity to residents should be first shown.
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