RNE24: Batteries will fix all our problems, right?? Craig Piercy guests!

Thank you for joining us on Episode 24 of RadioNuclear! In this episode, we briefly discuss the passage of H.B. 6 in Ohio, effectively saving the two nuclear plants in Ohio for the time being. This week we also talk about a recent article detailing the true cost of using battery storage for energy. How much could using them for 100% renewable energy cost? Tune in to find out!

This episode’s guest is Craig Piercy, who serves as the Washington representative for the American Nuclear Society. In this role, Piercy helps devise and execute ANS’s federal outreach activities to Capitol Hill, the Executive Branch. Craig has over 20 years of experience in public policy, within government and as an advocate representing corporations, universities, and trade associations.

Enjoy the podcast.

One thought on “RNE24: Batteries will fix all our problems, right?? Craig Piercy guests!

  1. Jim Hopf

    I’m usually a glass-half-empty sort of guy, but I actually see some potential positive outcomes from increasing battery storage capability.

    A mixture of nuclear and renewables would require far less storage capacity than an all-renewable grid. And as the MIT article shows, storage will become the dominant cost contributor. This will result in a mixture of nuclear and renewables being the lowest cost option.

    While sufficient storage capacity for an all renewable (or even majority renewable) grid is nowhere on the horizon, we will soon see storage capabilities that will have a significant impact (e.g., enough to smooth out daily variations). Long before such storage would allow a majority renewable grid, it will allow nuclear and renewables to “get along” on the grid. This may keep nuclear plants open.

    As an example, they are closing Diablo Canyon because they say that there will be “no room on the grid” for it after the mandated installation of huge amounts of solar and wind. At peak generation times, all that solar and wind would require all other power plants to shut down, which is very problematic for nuclear plants. Diurnal storage would mostly solve that problem. Perhaps by 2025, Diablo’s planned closure date, the economic case for shutting it down will no longer be there.

    More generally, with a fair amount of (diurnal) storage, we would probably see an end to all the negative pricing (at peak renewable output and/or minimum demand times) that has been a problem for nuclear plants across the country.

    Ironically (for “environmentalist” boosters), electricity storage may not result in or allow an all-renewable grid, but may instead act to keep our nuclear plants open. The gas industry won’t be pleased…

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