Ontario Long Term Energy Plan Includes Energy Storage

– Ministry of Energy’s plan will make Ontario a leader in the next generation of energy technology 

TORONTO – December 2, 2013 – Today, the Ministry of Energy’s Long Term Energy Plan includes one of Canada’s most significant commitments to energy storage.

Today, the Ontario Government acknowledged energy storage is vital to the future of an electricity system with improved efficiency, lower costs and increased reliability. Now it’s up to our industry to prove how the innovative storage technologies available today will benefit the system and the ratepayer by continuing to bend the cost curve.    – Annette Verschuren, Chair and CEO of NRStor

Energy storage technologies, such as flywheels, batteries and compressed air energy storage, can store or generate electricity on demand to more efficiently manage the electricity grid. Storage assets can improve Ontario’s electricity system through a variety of distinct services and are a key component of smart grid development.

NRStor applauds the Ministry for taking the appropriate steps to accelerate the growth of the energy storage industry in Ontario. The Ministry announced storage technologies will be included in the procurement process starting with 50MW by the end of 2014. Several additional engagement efforts were announced including: a study will be commissioned to establish the value of storage technologies on the electricity grid; opportunities for net metering and support from conservation programs will be examined; there will be opportunities for storage to be included in large renewables procurement; and the Ministry will work to address regulatory barriers that may limit energy storage from competing in the market.

By deciding to include storage in Ontario’s procurement process the Ministry is driving not only a more efficient grid but economic growth and job potential as well. Many of these new technologies are home grown in Ontario with export opportunities to serve the globe.

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Nick Cowling
Citizen Optimum

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