Oliver Kerr

Country Lead, USA
Aurora Energy Research

Oliver leads Aurora’s US team. Based in Austin TX, he has worked on a wide range of buy and sell-side transactions for renewables, storage, and conventional generation in Europe and USA. He has a decade of experience working on the energy transition, including roles with the UK Government and World Bank. Oliver holds an MSc in energy economics, policy and modelling from UCL, an MA from Harvard, and BA from Oxford.

07 Oct
 - 11:45 Eastern Standard Time (EST)

With renewables investment driving the need for increased system flexibility, battery storage will play an important role in the energy transition. Taking ERCOT as a case study, we assess the investment case for merchant batteries, including:

  • What are some of the key risks and financing challenges for merchant batteries?
  • How have existing batteries performed in ERCOT to date, including Storm Uri?
  • How quickly will Ancillary Service markets in ERCOT saturate and what impact will this have on project returns? How have other regions' Ancillary Service markets responded to an increase in battery participation?
  • How much value is there in wholesale price arbitrage?
  • Can co-locating with solar provide additional benefits relative to standalone assets?