Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) are becoming more
attractive and feasible for electric cooperatives, especially as intermittent
renewable resources continue to grow and the electric vehicle market continues
to expand. Battery disposal in hazardous waste landfills accelerates the
scarcity of materials, maintains international hard labor, and creates
environmental concerns. This Surveillance article reviews how electric cooperatives can help pioneer the
switch to battery recycling and achieve environmental and economic benefits.
About the author: This article was written by Michael Zachary (Zach) Lasek, 2018 Summer Intern with the Distributed Energy Resources work group of NRECA's Business and Technology Strategies department.