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NAATBatt Proposes Including Peak Load Reduction in Clean Energy Standard


April 13, 2011 - Chicago, IL

The National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries (NAATBatt) filed comments Monday with the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources proposing that any legislation to create a Clean Energy Standard (CES) include a component encouraging utilities to reduce peak electricity demand. Under the NAATBatt proposal, utilities would receive credit towards their CES obligations by reducing the ratio of peak to non-peak electricity load in their service territories.

NAATBatt's peak ratio reduction proposal seeks to reduce the amount of grid infrastructure necessary to generate and deliver electricity to American consumers. "Peak power," explains NAATBatt Executive Director James Greenberger, "is a technological imperfection in the late 19th Century design of the U.S. electricity grid. Billions of dollars goes into building and maintaining grid infrastructure needed to generate, transmit and distribute power for only a few hours a year. This excess infrastructure generates much of the inefficiency, pollution and environmental degradation that the American public associates with electric power."

Under the NAATBatt proposal utilities would earn credit for reducing power peaks through mechanisms such as smart metering, consumer education and dynamic electricity pricing. NAATBatt expects, however, that distributed energy storage technology will ultimately prove the mechanism of choice. Using energy storage in distribution systems to level electricity load would have multiple additional benefits, including reducing power interruptions, facilitating non-disruptive distributed generation, encouraging vehicle electrification, increasing manufacturing employment and helping transform the old, centralized 18th Century U.S. electricity grid into a distributed system of efficient and secure microgrids suitable for a 21st Century economy.

NAATBatt submitted its comments in response to a request for comments by the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on the design of a Clean Energy Standard. A full text of the NAATBatt comments can be read by clicking here or on the NAATBatt Web site at www.naatbatt.org.

About NAATBatt
NAATBatt is a not-for-profit trade association of advanced battery manufacturers and related supply chain companies dedicated to building market capacity for advanced energy storage technology in the United States. The principal goal of NAATBatt is to reduce American petroleum dependence by reducing the cost of large format advanced batteries used in advanced automotive and grid-level energy storage applications.

Contact:
James J. Greenberger
NAATBatt
(312) 588-0477
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