Renewable Energy Storage

ECMD Contact: Jeremy Lewis
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“Risk Reduction, Market Conditions, and Partnerships"

During the November 11th, 2014 meeting of the NM Renewable Energy Storage Working Group Jeremy Turner shared partnership benefits available to developers of energy storage projects with the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority. Abbas Akhil presented the capabilities of energy storage to reduce a variety of risks associated with our electric system.  John Fernandes spoke to the successes of RES Americas, highlighted a few projects, and identified market elements ideal for successful energy storage business growth. Together the working group discussed market factors for energy storage in New Mexico.

Presentation Slides:

  • Abbas Akhil, Principal, Renewable Energy Ventures, LLC
  • Jeremy Turner, Director, NM Renewable Energy Transmission Authority
  • John Fernandes, Policy & Market Development Manager, RES Americas

 “State of the Art: Batteries & Micro-Grids”

A presentation by Abbas Akhil, Renewable Energy Ventures, on September 27, 2014

These slides were presented as part of a workshop during the 2014 Solar Fiesta in Albuquerque. For more than a decade the New Mexico Solar Energy Association has produced Solar Fiestas.  These specialty trade shows bring thousands of homeowners together with solar and sustainability experts in a setting that is fun and educational.

DOE Global Energy Storage Database                  September 19, 2014

The DOE Global Energy Storage Database helps grow energy storage industry by providing online data allowing analysis by a variety of users.  Georgianne Huff, Sandia National Laboratories, provides an update on her work with this growing database. The presentation slides are here. A link to the database is here.

“Air, Water, Salt: Mega Storage of Renewables”
August 27, 2014

Utility-scale renewable energy projects are sprouting throughout the Southwest.  Along with some of them are ways to store power so it can be used when the sun doesn’t shine or the wind doesn’t blow.  This joint meeting of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Storage Working Groups explores advances in three storage technologies– compressed air, molten salt, and pumped hydro – and discusses the implications of dispatching renewably generated power day or night.

Presentation slides:

Abengoa Solar  - Solar Thermal Electric Technology with Thermal Energy Storage

Chamisa Energy (LLC) - Compressed Air Energy Storage

Los Alamos National Laboratory - Modular Pumped Hydro for Grid Energy Storage

Presentation slides for Renewable Energy Storage Working Group meeting on May 29, 2014:

RedFlow (LLC) Advanced Energy Storage - Energy Technology Innovation & Business

Presentation slides for Renewable Energy Storage Working Group meeting on March 12, 2014:

Energy Storage Association - ESA State Regulatory Prospects

New Mexico Economic Development Department - Importance of Tax Incentives

Clean Energy States Alliance - State Programs and the Energy Storage Advancement Technology Partnership

Sandia National Laboratories - Electrical Energy Storage Projects, Applications & Research Challenges for Grid Support

PNM Prosperity Energy Storage Project - Jon Hawkins, Manager of Advanced Energy Technology and Strategy with Public Service Company of New Mexico provided this 20-slide project update to members of the New Mexico Renewable Energy Storage Task Force on September 19, 2013. A tour of the project followed.
Federal and State Energy Storage Policies and Efforts - Dhruv Bhatnagar, Technology and Policy Analyst with Sandia National Laboratories, has summarized federal, state and regional energy storage efforts in this 22-slide presentation. He presented this information to the New Mexico Renewable Energy Storage Task Force on September 19, 2013.

Electricity Storage Basics - These slides provide an overview of energy storage including a definition, review of technologies, benefits, and regulatory issues. Presented by Georgianne Huff, Sandia National Laboratories to the New Mexico Renewable Energy Storage Task Force on August 22, 2013 (53 slides from presentation with 37 additional slides).

Electricity Storage Handbook - A 340 page how-to guide for utility and rural cooperative engineers, planners, and decision makers to plan and implement energy storage projects. The handbook was released in July 2013 by the US Department of Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute in collaboration with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
The Renewable Energy Statute NMSA 62.16 and the Rule, NMAC 19.9.572 that guide decisions pertaining to renewable energy in New Mexico.  These are very relevant to the objectives of the Renewable Energy Storage Task Force.

The Energy Conservation and Management Division (ECMD) is leading a collective approach to leverage and capture a portion of emerging energy storage markets for New Mexico. We have an opportunity to capitalize on New Mexico’s unparalleled combination of renewable energy resources, research institutions, national laboratories and expertise with technology innovation.

During New Mexico’s 2013 Legislative Session, House Joint Memorial 10 and Senate Joint Memorial 43 were passed. These memorials task the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department with identifying legislative and regulatory initiatives for development of renewable energy storage. During the summer and fall of 2013, ECMD convened a task force of representatives from state agencies, national laboratories, universities, electric utilities and cooperatives, private and non-profit sectors. By the middle of November a written report was developed for presentation to the Legislature’s Interim Science, Technology and Telecommunications Committee.

The report captures research and ideas raised by the Renewable Energy Storage Task Force whose members represent diverse interests from energy related organizations in New Mexico. The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department has compiled the following list of options, generated by this Task Force, to encourage Renewable Energy Storage in New Mexico.  This report is not a document of policy preferences, rather it is a reference point capturing the progress of this team of experts from which to launch additional efforts.

The ideas presented below are options, not recommendations, and the Task Force did not rank or reach consensus on these options; inclusion in this report does not reflect that all Task Force participants are in support of each option mentioned.

  • Create an energy storage advisory council to guide state government on renewable energy storage development and deployment in New Mexico.
  • Coordinate with other Western states to collectively identify opportunities for regional renewable energy storage.
  • Evaluate existing incentives for business development and modify them as needed to encourage design and manufacture of energy storage software and controls.
  • Continue research and development activities in partnership with New Mexico’s national laboratories, universities and utilities.
  • Support a large-scale energy storage demonstration project.
  • Consider examining time-of-use rate expansion and how it would impact New Mexico ratepayers.
  • Explore modifications to the New Mexico Production Tax Credit (PTC) to provide more certainty to the renewable energy industry and/or directly incentivize renewable energy storage.
  • Continue to investigate funding or cost recovery options for renewable energy storage projects in New Mexico.

Complete report of the Renewable Energy Storage Task Force - November 18, 2013
Presentation to the Legislature’s Interim Science, Technology and Telecommunications Committee - November 18, 2013

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