Iowa’s economic development agency is funding research into new forms of battery storage to help unlock wind potential.
Industry groups argue that even batteries that don’t meet the 10-hour threshold still provide the same reliability benefits as fossil fuel power plants.
A 2019 state law requires utilities to consider energy storage in their long-range resource plans.
A Missouri test will look at lead-acid batteries’ potential to reduce or eliminate demand fees for vehicle charging.
The recommendations are contained in an energy storage report stemming from the state’s 2016 energy plan.