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“This will be like the change from analog to digital, or landlines to cell phones,' The energy world  is changing at the speed of light. Electricity storage will reshape the grid in many ways, but the most important is its potential to accelerate the already explosive growth of renewable energy. There is an intense debate raging in the energy world about whether this new world of digitally optimized batteries will make it possible for the U.S. to achieve 100% renewable ( emissions-free) electricity. Innovation could produce breakthroughs that would make intermittent wind and solar plants function more like green versions of 24-hour fossil-fuel plants.  Meanwhile, more than 20 states have changed laws or regulations to make storage more feasible in the past two years,“It gives you an idea of the magnitude of interest,The Green New Deal suggests it should happen as soon as 2030.'

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It all make sense! As the article points out:

"The rise of Big Data has helped to identify where more electrons are needed in real time, while new transmission lines have helped move electrons longer distances to meet those needs. But lithium-ion batteries were too expensive to use to capture power on the grid before yet another technology transformationthe growth of electric vehicles, from zero a decade ago to more than 1 million on American roads todaydrove down their costs through mass production.

"Thanks to the dizzying cost declines, utilities are now building new wind and solar farms accompanied by new battery storage for less than they would pay to build new fossil-fuel plantsand in some cases less than they would pay to run existing fossil-fuel plants.

"Pairing renewables with storage lets grid operators fill in gaps when the weather isn't cooperating and dispatch power in more predictable ways when it's needed most. The batteries can hold excess solar power early in the day, for example, to use during the late afternoon peak, reducing the need for costly natural gas "peaker plants" that have to be powered up whenever demand spikes... utilities might substitute battery storage for up to 80 percent of the gas 'peakers' they had planned to build by 2026."

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