The variable nature of renewable resources such as wind and solar demands that there be a buffer to smooth out their variability and supply a steady, fixed output required by the electric grid. There are several energy storage options, but the prevalent and commercially reliable are lithium battery and pumped hydro energy storage. Abbas Akhil explains the details of this symbiotic relationship and some working details of these two storage options.

Abbas Akhil was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives in 2018 and served for one term. He brings a working history of renewable energy and energy storage to the legislature. Akhil was born in Hyderabad, India, a pluralistic society where Muslim and Hindu communities existed side-by-side for generations. After moving to the U. S., Akhil completed his Masters at NMSU and worked at the Public Service Company of New Mexico. He later worked at Sandia National Laboratories where he developed energy storage and microgrids.