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Electricity storage facilities, such as industrial batteries, are considered the “holy grail” in decarbonizing the electrical grid. They are being widely installed in commercial buildings, e.g., hospitals, shopping centers. We model the problem of managing electricity storage in a commercial building as a Markov Decision Process. Our numerical results, based on models calibrated to the electricity load profiles of 100 commercial buildings in the U.S., show that for a majority of electricity load profiles, storage operation may increase carbon emission. This result continues to hold for the case where commercial buildings are covered with solar panels.


electricity storage, commercial building, carbon emission, demand charge


Energy Policy | Operations and Supply Chain Management

Research Areas

Operations Management


POMS-HK International 8th Conference 2017, January 7-8; MSOM 2017, June 20-21


Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements

City or Country

Chapel Hill, NC

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.