Wood Mackenzie Sees Utility Scale Battery Storage Doubling In 2019 & Tripling In 2020


Date: Mar 8, 2019

Wood Mackenzie’s latest report on utility scale battery storage forecasts strong growth this year followed by even stronger growth in 2020. The entire US Energy Storage Monitor report is available for viewing and download on the company’s website. What is important about the latest findings is that the ramp up in utility scale storage is a product of business as usual analysis rather than a one time response to an emergency situation like the Aliso Canyon project in California that was prompted by a massive methane leak.

“This is all about recognizing value, and utilities are on the bleeding edge of recognizing storage’s value right now,” Daniel Finn-Foley, senior storage analyst at Wood Mackenzie, tells Green Tech Media. “When they do look at it, guess what happens? They pick it.” Economics 101, people, and it’s working exactly as intended.

In particular, the fourth quarter of 2019 saw a significant uptick in installed utility scale battery storage. “This isn’t a fluke quarter; this is the natural evolution we’ve been looking at the market developing toward, and now it’s finally happening,” Finn-Foley says. “You now have more confidence in entering new markets. You’re not going to get pure-play capacity or pure-play arbitrage. You get more opportunities to layer value now.”

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