October 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