The Hidden Battery- Opportunities in Electric Water Heating


Energy and environmental stakeholders are uniting around “community storage” to help solve the electric industry’s energy storage challenge, as key industry groups, including the nation’s utility trade associations, environmental groups, manufacturers and more than a dozen individual utilities, support the Community Storage Initiative.

Community storage refers to a spectrum of utility-sponsored programs that aggregate electric storage resources available throughout the community, such as water heaters and electric vehicles, to improve the efficiency of electric energy services for consumers. Community storage programs offer the industry practical steps to rapidly increase the amount of energy storage available, and also integrate more renewable resources.

Like community solar, community storage enables consumers and utilities to share the system-wide benefits of energy storage — environmental benefits, lower costs and grid optimization — in communities large and small across the country. Such programs maximize the value of distributed energy resources, many of which are already available to participate in energy storage programs through simple retrofits and program design. Read Report.