Why Doesn’t Load Flexibility Have the Same Incentives as Energy Storage?

By [email protected] John Powers is the co-founder and CEO of Extensible Energy, a load-flexibility software company.


We are in the middle of the most remarkable transformation in the history of the electricity grid — from dirty and centralized to clean, distributed, and digital. Many policymakers and pundits believe that if only we had enough batteries, we could adapt to this new mix of generation resources and continue to pretend that nothing but a few operating conventions have changed.

And indeed, utilities, regulators and state legislators are allocating ever-larger piles of ratepayer and taxpayer money to subsidize lithium-ion batteries on both sides of the meter.

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