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    Energy Storage Long-term Markets Participation

    The AESO values stakeholder input and we thank stakeholders for sharing their perspectives with us on this initiative. This initiative was completed in March 2021 and has kicked-off the Energy Storage Rule Amendments process. 

    Engagement outcomes

    Your participation in this initiative helped us to develop our Energy Storage Long-term Markets Participation Recommendation Paper. Following the release of this paper in February 2021, it was determined that the AESO would initiate a stakeholder engagement process regarding the proposed Energy Storage ISO Rule Amendments pursuant to Alberta Utilities Commission Rule 017 based on the recommendations contained in that paper. View Energy Storage Rule Amendments for information and opportunities to participate.

    Purpose

    The purpose of this initiative is to enable energy storage assets to fairly access markets for which they meet the technical requirements through the development or revisions to AESO authoritative documents (ADs) and information documents. ISO rules for participation in the energy and ancillary services markets will: provide clarity for energy storage assets given their unique operating characteristics; support the safe, reliable and economic operation of the Alberta Interconnected Electric System; and, ensure the FEOC operation of the markets. This initiative builds upon the work completed for short-term implementation of energy storage integration which provides energy storage projects with clarity for participation in the markets under the existing ISO rules.

    Working with stakeholders, the AESO will outline and evaluate the options for energy storage participation in the energy and ancillary service markets. and if recommended, ADs will be reviewed and updated to foster investor understanding of market expectations to aid them when making future decisions.

    Background

    This initiative is part of the long-term implementation of the energy storage integrated plan as detailed in the Energy Storage Roadmap. The roadmap will improve the clarity required for market qualification and participation, and enable efficient, effective connection, monitoring and control of energy storage facilities when connected.

    Scope

    The scope of this engagement will be focused on seeking input from stakeholders on issues identified for energy storage long-term markets participation and options to resolve.

    • Tariff treatment for energy storage remains out of scope of this engagement
    • <br>Oct. 1, 2020
      • Release Energy Storage Long-term Markets Participation Options Paper
    • Session 1<br>Oct. 14, 2020

      Purpose

      • Overview of short-term implementation
      • Outline of issues and options analysis for long-term energy storage market participation
      • Seek input from stakeholders on issues and options
      • Provide an opportunity for stakeholder to ask clarification questions prior to the submission of their written stakeholder comments on the Options paper
    • <br>Nov./Dec. 2020
      • AESO consider written feedback
      • Host further engagements as necessary
      • Develop draft recommendation 
    • Session 2<br>Feb. 24, 2021

      Purpose

      • Release long term energy storage market participation draft recommendation
      • Stakeholder session on Long term energy storage market participation draft recommendation
      • Stakeholders have the opportunity to ask clarifying questions on the draft recommendation prior to submitting written comments
      • Stakeholders to provide written comments
      • AESO to consider stakeholder feedback to finalize recommendations
    • <br>Q1 2021

      Q1

      • Release long term energy storage market participation draft recommendation
      • Stakeholder session on Long term energy storage market participation draft recommendation
      • Stakeholders have the opportunity to ask clarifying questions on the draft recommendation prior to submitting written comments
      • Stakeholders to provide written comments
      • AESO to consider stakeholder feedback to finalize recommendations
      • Initiate development of draft rules (if recommended) in coordination with the Energy Storage Roadmap
    • Session 2 | Feb. 24, 2021

      The AESO hosted a virtual stakeholder engagement session on, February 24, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

      Purpose

      • Share progress updates on the Energy Storage Roadmap and other interrelated activities.
      • Review the draft recommendations presented in the Energy Storage Long-term Market Participation Recommendation Paper.

      Overall engagement outcome

      Following the release of this paper in February 2021, it was determined that the AESO would initiate a stakeholder engagement process regarding the proposed Energy Storage Rule Amendments pursuant to Alberta Utilities Commission Rule 017 based on the recommendations contained in that paper. The Session 2 minutes and stakeholder feedback can be found on the Energy Storage Rule Amendments page.

      Stakeholder comments

      We value stakeholder feedback and we thank you for sharing your perspectives with us. View all stakeholder comments in the Session 2 materials below.

      Session 2 materials

    • Session 1 | Oct. 14, 2020

      The AESO hosted a virtual stakeholder engagement session on Oct. 14, 2020 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Stakeholders were asked to review the Energy Storage Long-term Market Participation Options Paper prior to the session and be prepared with clarifying questions.

      Purpose

      • Share progress updates on the activities related to the Energy Storage Roadmap and DER Roadmaps.
      • Review of issues and options presented in the Energy Storage Long-term Market Participation Options Paper and provide an opportunity for stakeholders to ask clarifying questions prior to submitting their written stakeholder comments.
      • Seek input from stakeholders on issues identified for energy storage long-term markets participation and options to resolve.
      • Share information on DER market participation threshold and aggregation considerations.
      • Seek input from stakeholders on issues identified for DER markets participation and exploration of options to resolve.

      Stakeholder comments

      We value stakeholder feedback and we thank you for sharing your perspectives with us. View all stakeholder comments in the Session 1 materials below.

      Session 1 materials