The pipeline for energy storage projects in the U.S. has doubled this year, ballooning to 32.9 gigawatts, according to the latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Energy Storage Association.

While not all of the projects will come to fruition, this is a clear signpost that developers are bullish on energy storage. California continues to lead in total pipeline; however, the report points to surging interest across a variety of new state markets including Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

In total, the U.S. saw 136.3 megawatt-hours of storage deployed in the third quarter of the year, up from 44 megawatt-hours in Q3 2017. By the end of the year, Wood Mackenzie forecasts 686 megawatt-hours of energy storage will be deployed in 2018. 

We're seeing our energy storage developer clients clearly move towards the longer-duration grid battery projects and we're excited to support their growth as we navigate a rapidly shifting North American market in search of the best talent in the industry.