A statistical analysis of the economic drivers of battery energy storage in commercial buildings

Matthew Long, Travis Simpkins, Dylan Cutler, Kate Anderson
2016 2016 North American Power Symposium (NAPS)  
There is significant interest in using battery energy storage systems (BESS) to reduce peak demand charges, and therefore the life cycle cost of electricity, in commercial buildings. This paper explores the drivers of economic viability of BESS in commercial buildings through statistical analysis. A sample population of buildings was generated, a techno-economic optimization model was used to size and dispatch the BESS, and the resulting optimal BESS sizes were analyzed for relevant predictor
more » ... riables. Explanatory regression analyses were used to demonstrate that, of the variables considered, peak demand charges are the most significant predictor of an economically viable battery, and that the shape of the load profile is the most significant predictor of the size of the battery.
doi:10.1109/naps.2016.7747918 fatcat:m4ike652x5bedm4zlftuuyt2ky