Regulators are aiming to assess a value on the costs and benefits of emerging energy storage technologies. In a California Public Utilities Commission workshop Sept. 7, some argued that market price signals are key to developing storage technologies to meet backup services for renewable resources coming on line. \u201cProvide the right signals and things will happen,\u201d Todd Strauss, Pacific Gas & Electric senior director of energy policy said. He noted, though, that setting a price on new resources is complicated because of the unknowns, and cost recovery is critical for utilities. Steven Kelly, Independent Energy Producers policy analyst, said market price signals are the key to providing incentives for emerging and other technologies. But that signal, he added, \u201conly comes from utility procurement.\u201d Kelly called for transparency in the utility long-term bidding process, in place of closed-door bids. \u201cWithout transparency you are going to continue to get lousy projects and speculative bidders,\u201d he asserted. Currently, the state\u2019s preferred \u201cloading order\u201d of energy resources--with energy efficiency and renewable supplies in the top two spots--does not include energy storage. Many consider it key to grid reliability with higher levels of intermittent wind and solar resources flowing in. There have been calls to include energy storage in the state\u2019s loading order to focus more attention on this technology. Southern California Edison supports energy storage but not \u201ccreating set-asides\u201d giving it or other technologies preferential treatment, said Colin Cushnie, Edison, director, regulatory affairs.