Jump Start: How Activists and Foundations Can Champion Battery Storage to Recharge the Clean Energy Transition

Jump Start: How Activists and Foundations Can Champion Battery Storage to Recharge the Clean Energy Transition

Battery storage can jumpstart clean energy markets and support efforts to address climate change while promoting advances in public health, equity, and justice, a report from Clean Energy Group argues. Funded by the JPB, Kresge, and Surdna foundations, among others, the report, Jump Start: How Activists and Foundations Can Champion Battery Storage to Recharge the Clean Energy Transition (164 pages, PDF), makes a case for incorporating support for battery storage into advocacy efforts around clean energy and climate action, arguing that low-income and vulnerable communities should benefit from battery storage technology today without having to wait for the benefits to trickle down. The report highlights trends in and benefits of the technology — including lower electricity bills, resilience during storms and outages, and reduced carbon emissions — as well as actions needed to accelerate scale-up and opportunities and challenges for environmental activists and their funders. On the other hand, failure to shape battery storage markets and policies, the report cautions, could lead to an overreliance on natural gas, a disproportionate emissions burden for disadvantaged communities, and a failure to advance systems that meet long-term climate stabilization goals.