January 2017

Public discourse on energy storage - the importance of local narratives and system benefits

Chart: Percentage of articles from all sampled Ontario and Alberta newspapers that mention SPEED frames

Energy storage is increasingly recognized as integral to the further decarbonization of electricity grids in Canada, yet progress to date has been slow and inconsistent.  To complement ongoing research on the market and technical feasibility of storage, we wanted to better understand how public discussions around energy storage may be influencing deployment of the technology.   To do so, we conducted a comparative media analysis of public discourse on storage in

Trans-Atlantic Conversations on Energy Storage

Discussion at the Energy Storage Roundtable

I participated in the Canada-UK Energy Storage for Utility Applications Roundtable at Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Energy last week (21 September 2017).  Supported by the NSERC Energy Storage Technology (NEST) Network and the British Consulate-General in Toronto, this meeting brought together more than 25 energy professionals from government, industry, research and other communities on both sides of the Atlantic

Mapping the social acceptance literature

Network map of citations connections in social acceptance literature

One of the objectives of our project on the social acceptance of energy storage systems was to conduct a systematic review of the existing literature on this topic. Unfortunately, preliminary literature searches revealed that there was very little literature in this area.