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Opinion: Readers respond: Storage is key to electric grid

July 14, 2021

In response to “Over 6,000 PGE customers lost power amid record heat wave” (June 27): It’s clear that our infrastructure cannot handle today’s severe weather. We saw our neighbors lose power with record high temperatures, which further demonstrates the urgency to modernize our electric grid. We need a strong, resilient and affordable power grid to keep our state and economy running. As Congress looks to address infrastructure needs, energy storage must be seen as a critical path to a more resilient and decarbonized electric grid. By making a stand-alone investment tax credit for energy storage a reality, we hope to see lowered costs and accelerated adoption of storage, just as we have with other clean-energy technologies such as wind and solar.

In Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, the Swan Lake Energy Storage Project will be a critical piece of the region’s clean-energy economy. The more than $800 million project near Klamath Falls will generate 400 megawatts of clean electricity while storing the region’s abundant wind and solar electricity. The project will provide thousands of family-wage jobs during its three- to-five-year construction period. This means that in situations like our recent heat wave, we would have additional sources of energy to hopefully prevent loss of power to our residents.

We need Oregon’s congressional delegation to support the storage investment tax credit. This would mean more good-paying jobs, lower energy bills and a stronger, cleaner, more resilient electric infrastructure that can withstand any extreme weather to come.

- The Oregonian