Advancing Energy Storage

Advancing Energy Storage

January 30, 2017

Energy storage in electricity markets is on the rise, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is weighing in with new rules that could change deployment of storage and distributed energy resources across the country.

New energy storage technologies are increasingly connecting to the electric grid, but it’s not clear that current rules in electricity markets are designed to help storage and new distributed energy resources (DER) participate as fully as other generation.  The federal government’s electricity market regulator, FERC, has issued a notice with proposed rules that could create new opportunities for deployment and investment but also raise questions for stakeholders to address.

Ken Kulak is a partner at the law firm of Morgan Lewis, where he advises clients on energy regulation and complex energy transactions.  He has worked on a wide variety of renewable energy projects and helps clients navigate the legal issues associated with the development, purchase, sale and financing of renewable energy in evolving regulatory frameworks.  His clients include utilities, developers, investors, and corporate energy users who he counsels on retail and wholesale electricity market issues, distributed generation, renewable portfolio standards, and energy efficiency.  Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Kulak worked as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where he represented the United States in contract and employment law cases.  He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he is a Lecturer in Law and teaches a seminar on energy law and climate change.

More information on energy storage economics is available here: Economics and Policy of Large-Scale Battery Storage