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Insurers are easing adoption of large-scale energy storage

parts of a flow battery
Parts of a flow battery at the Fraunhofer Institute in Pfinztal, Germany. Photo: Sebastian Gollnow/picture alliance via Getty Images

German insurance company Munich Re will now offer long-term insurance on battery performance in energy storage systems, a move that could reduce barriers to investment in energy technologies.

Why it matters: Large-scale renewable energy systems are expensive and complex, and in some cases their manufacturers have declared bankruptcy before the end of their systems' maintenance and warranty periods. Insuring against such risks — as well as those associated with relatively untested new battery chemistries — could spur adoption of innovative technologies by utilities and transportation providers and in off-grid applications.

Why electric vehicles are a big opportunity for utilities

A new Boston Consulting Group paper is the latest analysis to conclude that EVs present a suite of revenue opportunities for U.S. power companies that play their cards right.

The big picture: The consultancy estimates that the rise of EVs could "create $3 billion to $10 billion of new value for the average utility" that has 2–3 million customers.