Help Utah transition to renewables with energy storage! (SB 78)

Renewable energy — especially solar energy — growth is outpacing growth in all other energy sectors in Utah. While solar and wind have become some of the cheapest energy sources in the state, both are intermittent sources. Energy storage is critical to providing more energy during peak demand times and when the sun is down or the wind is still.

Utah has an opportunity to support energy storage innovation and technology while creating jobs and spurring economic development, improving Utah’s emergency preparedness, grid resiliency and air quality at the same time by passing SB 78 Energy Storage Innovation, Research and Grant Program Act

Simply scroll down and click “Start Writing” to ask your state legislator to vote YES on SB 78.

What would SB 78 Energy Storage Innovation, Research and Grant Program Act do?

SB 78 provides $5M to the Office of Energy Development for a program to deliver energy storage grants at a 20% reimbursement rate for both residential (max of $7,500) and commercial storage systems (max of $100,000). The program also supports new energy storage technology and commercialization models outside individual projects. The grant is open for all energy storage technologies that can demonstrate feasibility, not just for energy storage paired with solar. A portion of the funds is set aside for the most innovative energy storage programs.

(Remember to personalize your comments for the greatest impact! Why do YOU support this proposal?)

  • Economic development. SB 78 promotes economic development, creating jobs as Utah accelerates demand for storage technology while fueling innovation.
  • Reduced costs. SB 78 reduces the costs of energy storage so that more Utahns can afford systems and contribute to emergency preparedness and clean energy solutions. It also reduces the need for infrastructure expansions for distribution or transmission as our population grows, creating cost savings for ratepayers.
  • Potential for new demand response programs. A viable energy storage industry could allow utilities to offer new demand response programs aimed at reducing strain on the electric grid during “peak” periods when electricity is in high demand and most expensive by pulling from participating energy storage systems. A current storage program in 6,500 homes in Herriman proves this concept works.
  • Air quality. Distributed energy storage can help decrease emissions in local air sheds through reducing the use of natural gas “peaker” plants. For example, communities are being built in Europe, Arizona and, now, here in Utah, where hundreds or thousands of homes with solar and energy storage not only reduce utilization of the grid but where the stored energy can be accessible for a utility to “pull” during peak energy demand times.
  • Minimum requirements. Includes minimum technology requirements to ensure grants are given to quality storage systems.

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