Electric Energy Storage: Digging the Foundations

By L.D. Gussin on August 24, 2009

Unlike our information system with its local hard drives and remote data centers, our electric grid has virtually no storage.

At our peak energy-using hours, or when the weather calls for indoor warming or cooling, the grid must generate more power in order to meet more demand. It does this by turning on more capacity — “peaker plants,” which cost significantly more to run than bulk power plants.

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