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MIT Enterprise Forum NW - Energy Storage for the Grid: Watchful Waiting or the Perfect Storm?

May 8, 2012, 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM PDT

Energy storage will be an important element of our future electrical infrastructure. Federal stimulus dollars, state government policies, and consumer demand for renewable energy have fueled studies in a large range of solutions, including batteries, flywheels, pump storage, compressed air, hydrogen, and time-of-use / demand response in pilot programs or on the horizon. But is the timing right for cost-effective energy storage? Are technologies ready to be integrated into the grid, or are we at a watchful waiting stage? Is change too fast for utilities and power generators, or not fast enough for energy entrepreneurs and investors?


MOHAI 2700 24th Ave East Seattle, WA


  • Alexander H. Slocum, Professor, MIT
  • Terry Oliver, Chief Technology Innovations Officer, Bonneville Power Administration
  • Chris Wheaton, Chief Operating & Financial Officer, EnerG2, Seattle
  • Nathan Adams, Manager of Development and Emerging Technologies, Puget Sound Energy
  • Bill Holmes, Partner, Stoel Rives, LLP