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Sparks Are Flying: The Growing Tension Between Energy Storage and Fire Safety Stakeholders

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Abstract: This paper explores how overly zealous and protective battery energy storage codes could ultimately work against the goals of consumers by demonstrating the complex relationship between energy needs, potential hazards, and regulation. To ground this discussion, this paper first gives an overview of what energy storage is, what the key hazards are regarding storage, and why it is vital component of renewable energy generation. The nuanced relationship between the needs of consumers and motivation of regulators is illustrated by examining how energy storage could have mitigated some of Hurricane Sandy’s impact on New York City and also how N.Y.C.’s 2018 outdoor energy storage guidelines effectively limit the access to energy storage. Finally, this paper provides several recommendations regarding how to develop battery energy storage regulations that better protect consumers while still enabling consumers to benefit from energy storage.

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