A Comparative Analysis of the Value of Pure and Hybrid Electricity Storage

Ramteen Sioshansi, Paul Denholm, Thomas Jenkin

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Significant natural gas and electricity price variation and volatility, especially during the past few years, raise questions about understanding the value drivers behind electricity storage. The impact of these drivers for pure storage (such as pumped hydroelectric storage) and compressed air energy storage (CAES) are different and in this paper we explore these differences in operation and net revenue over a variety of timescales. We also consider the arbitrage value that is attainable in practice and explain why simple forecasting techniques based on historical data will generally be less successful for CAES. The breakeven cost of storage and how this can depend on regulatory treatment of storage and market structure is also considered.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)56-66
Number of pages11
JournalEnergy Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2011

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-6A20-47865


  • Arbitrage
  • Energy storage
  • Investment decisions
  • Natural gas prices


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