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Batteries Set to Compete Against Generators in Power Markets

  • U.S. regulators remove market barriers to electric storage
  • Rule lets operators dispatch power from storage systems
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U.S. regulators have leveled the playing field for batteries and other forms of energy storage, voting to eliminate market barriers for those technologies.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday finalized a rule that will let energy storage compete against power plants and other resources in wholesale power markets. Under the rule, technologies such as batteries and flywheel systems can be used by grid operators to dispatch power, set energy prices and offer capacity, energy and ancillary services.