Technologies that store electricity to be used to meet demand at different times can provide significant benefits to the grid and its resiliency.
Energy Storage in Maine Programs
Energy storage is allowed to participate in the 3210-G procurements required by the renewable portfolio standard legislation signed into law in June 2019. More information can be found at the Public Utilities Commission.
The Public Utilities Commission may also include energy storage ‘policy adders’ in distributed generation programs required by to An Act To Promote Solar Energy Projects and Distributed Generation Resources signed into law in June 2019. More information on these programs can be found at the Public Utilities Commission.
Efficiency Maine Trust also manages Innovation Pilot Programs that may include energy storage technologies.
Legislature - Energy Storage Commission
The 129th Maine Legislature established the Commission to Study the Economic, Environmental and Energy Benefits of Energy Storage to the Maine Electricity Industry with the passage of Resolve 2019, chapter 83. This Commission met in 2019 and produced a final report that can be found here (link to: https://legislature.maine.gov/energy-storage-commission).
Learn more about energy storage from the U.S. Department of Energy.