USAID Energy Storage Decision Guide for Policymakers

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The purpose of this report is to arm relevant decision makers with the initial layer of information they need to understand energy storage and to make informed policy, regulatory, and investment decisions around grid-connected energy storage. While many of the case studies presented in this report are based on experiences from the U.S. and Europe, the lessons learned can be applied to power sectors in emerging economies. Importantly, this report covers topics related grid-connected energy storage for power sector applications. The term “grid-connected” implies that the storage system is interconnected to a centralized power system. Topics related to off-grid, micro-grid and mini-grid energy storage applications are not covered in this report, nor are procurement practices for energy storage.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages57
StatePublished - 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-78815


  • battery energy
  • BESS
  • decision guide
  • Energy Storage
  • Greening the Grid
  • storage
  • USAID-NREL Partnership


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