'Time is now' to add energy storage to Minnesota grid, researcher says

Midwest Energy News: Adding more energy storage in Minnesota could reduce the need for more fossil fuel power plants and significantly reduce greenhouse gases, according to a new University of Minnesota report.

Issued by the university’s Energy Transition Lab, “Modernizing Minnesota’s Grid: An Economic Analysis of Energy Storage Opportunities” looks at how the introduction of more storage could reshape the state’s energy grid.

Ellen Anderson, executive director of the Energy Transition Lab, said storage could help utilities avoid building peaking plants that run only at times of high-volume electric consumption.

“It looked like using storage alone for replacing a gas peaking plant would be cost effective in a few years,” she said.

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