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Community energy storage – utility needs and market potential

As an adjunct to the smart grid revolution, utilities are looking to come on line with community-based energy storage capabilities. This presents a tremendous market for energy storage technology developers and vendors. So what are leading utilities looking at and for?

Storage experts from KEMA, American Electric Power and the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority are presenting an interactive webinar that addresses the potential benefits for Community Energy Storage, and how application requirements are likely to drive the high-level technical characteristics of equipment.

Being held Wednesday, September 23, 2009 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM EDT, the panel will discuss:

  • The three main benefits proposed by leading utilities—and others that might potentially be coming downstream
  • What you can do with community energy storage as an asset, as a smart grid tool in the utility of the future, and how it might be integrated into existing systems
  • Potential roles and relationships between PHEV – EVs and Community Storage
  • What size, duration and other equipment characteristics are likely to gain traction in the utility market?
  • How fast will community energy storage be implemented, and what are the alternative technologies?
  • Standardization in packaging and sizing: will market forces drive the adoption of open standards?


Richard Fioravanti, Director, Storage Applications and Support, KEMA, Inc.


  • Larry Dickerman, VP T&D Smart Grid Integration, KEMA, Inc.
  • Richard Drake, Program Manager, Trans & Power Systems R&D, New York State Energy Research & Development Authority
  • Ali Nourai, Manager, Distributed Energy Resources, American Electric Power
  • Tom Walker, Principal Engineer, Protection & Control, American Electric Power

To register and for more information go to: http://www.infocastinc.com/index.php/conference/commstorageweb

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