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Title: Evaluating the Potential Benefits of Electrical Energy Storage: Sterling Municipal Light Department.


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Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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Conference: Proposed for presentation at the DOE Energy Storage Peer Review held September 26-28, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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United States

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Byrne, Raymond H. Evaluating the Potential Benefits of Electrical Energy Storage: Sterling Municipal Light Department.. United States: N. p., 2016. Web.
Byrne, Raymond H. Evaluating the Potential Benefits of Electrical Energy Storage: Sterling Municipal Light Department.. United States.
Byrne, Raymond H. 2016. "Evaluating the Potential Benefits of Electrical Energy Storage: Sterling Municipal Light Department.". United States. doi:.
title = {Evaluating the Potential Benefits of Electrical Energy Storage: Sterling Municipal Light Department.},
author = {Byrne, Raymond H.},
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year = 2016,
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