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Energy Storage for the Electricity Grid: Benefits and Market Potential Assessment Guide

January 2010
Sandia National Laboratories
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Demand Response, Policy, Distribution System, Transmission System, SGDP, Reliability, Guidance

This guide describes a high-level, technology-neutral framework for assessing potential benefits from and economic market potential for energy storage used for electric-utility-related applications. The overarching theme addressed is the concept of combining applications/benefits into attractive value propositions that include use of energy storage, possibly including distributed and/or modular systems. Other topics addressed include: high-level estimates of application-specific lifecycle benefit (10 years) in $/kW and maximum market potential (10 years) in MW. Combined, these criteria indicate the economic potential (in $Millions) for a given energy storage application/benefit.