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Meta in Launch of Energy Storage Solutions Consortium for Carbon Reduction

Meta has joined the Energy Storage Solutions Consortium, whose mission is to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions via adoption of electricity storage technologies — i.e., batteries. The goal is to create an open-source, third-party-verified methodology to quantify grid-connected energy storage projects and “to help add a tool for organizations to create credible progress toward their net zero emissions goals.”

The consortium said once its methodology is approved by the third-party Verra through its voluntary Verified Carbon Standard Program, the standard would be the first verified methodology to quantify large-scale energy storage facilities.

“At Meta, we are committed to accelerating the transition to the carbon-free grid of the future, and large-scale energy storage is a critical part of that transition,” said Peter Freed, director of energy strategy at Facebook parent Meta. “Having achieved 100 percent renewable energy for our global operations, we are now looking to help move the energy storage industry forward by addressing next-level challenges and opening pathways that will help drive high impact emissions reductions on the grid. We are excited to launch this consortium in partnership with these industry-leading organizations, who will bring diverse perspectives and experience to the development of a robust, transparent methodology.”

“We need to decarbonize the grid as quickly as possible, and to do that we need to maximize the emissions impacts of all grid-connected technologies – whether generation, load, hybrid or standalone storage,” said Adam Reeve, SVP of software solutions at REsurety. “Enabling this sort of decarbonizing activity is the exact reason why we invested in developing high-resolution locational marginal emissions. Energy storage is a technology that has huge potential, and we’re delighted to partner with industry leaders in this forward-thinking and collaborative effort to develop a global standard for energy storage benefits.”

“Battery storage will play an increasingly important role in delivering reliable and affordable power to homes and businesses as we move toward a 100 percent renewable energy grid. As the leading utility-scale battery storage platform in the U.S., we’re looking forward to working with other industry leaders to be able to quantify the important GHG reduction benefits of large-scale energy storage facilities and help organizations take climate action,” says Paul Choi, EVP of origination at Broad Reach Power.

In order to calculate the GHG benefits of large-scale energy storage facilities, the consortium will leverage locational marginal emissions, which measures the tons of GHG emissions displaced through the charging and discharging of energy storage facilities on the grid at a specific location and point in time.

The consortium includes a number of advisory committee members, including 3Degrees Group, Inc., Akamai Technologies, Clearloop, Equilibrium Energy, Fluence, General Motors, GlidePath Power Solutions, Habitat Energy, Hannon Armstrong, Jupiter Power, Longroad Energy, Marathon Capital, Microsoft, Primergy Solar, Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, RES Group, Rivian, Rowan Digital Infrastructure, Stem, Tabors Caramanis Rudkevich, TimberRock, UBS Asset Management, and WattTime.

The Energy Storage Solutions Consortium is also partnering with Perspectives Climate Group, the German consultancy dedicated to helping its clients achieve net zero GHG emissions and to developing practical solutions for accounting of emission reductions from innovative climate-friendly technologies.

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