As New Jersey pursues its clean-energy agenda, the challenge of effective storage and distribution has emerged as critical to realizing the state’s renewable energy potential.
At an NJ Spotlight roundtable on Sept. 20 in Newark, a utility executive, energy-storage executives and a prominent lawmaker agreed that finding the money to jump-start a nascent but crucial sector is one of the biggest hurdles to expanding energy storage in New Jersey.
They also discussed other key questions, including:
- Is New Jersey expanding energy storage solutions quickly enough to allow the scale adoption of renewable energy sources?
- How can the state advance the deployment of energy-storage technologies without sacrificing any resiliency of the traditional power grid?
- What role can microgrids play in enabling energy to be sourced and stored closer to where it will be used by consumers and businesses?
- What kind of incentives may be needed to ensure the state will meet its 2021 energy storage mandates?
Victoria Carey, Senior Consultant and Project Manager, DNV GL
Alexandra Coleman, Director, Commercial Risk, Centrica Business Solutions
John Dempsey, Manager of Transmission Development and Strategy, PSE&G
Tom Leyden, Senior Director, Distributed Systems, EDF Renewables
Mark Warner, Vice President, Gabel Associates
Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Chair, Science, Innovation and Technology Committee, New Jersey General Assembly
Tom Johnson, Energy Reporter, NJ Spotlight