Small Community Saves Big with Energy Storage
April 14, 2017 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

The little town of Sterling, MA is getting a lot of attention these days. Not only has the Sterling Municipal Light Department won awards for its new solar+storage microgrid, the town is getting visitors from Germany, Japan, Norway and many other countries.

Marcus Garvey Village solar array. Photo courtesy of L+M Development Partners, Inc.
Bringing the Benefits of Solar+Storage to Low-Income Communities: A Guide for States and Municipalities
March 31, 2017 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) has published a new report to help state and municipal energy agencies support the development of solar+storage in LMI communities.

How Utilities Can Bring Storage to Scale in Massachusetts
December 21, 2016 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

In the same way that states have led the policy support for wind and solar technologies, they are now leading the way on energy storage. A model for states to look to when crafting energy storage policy is Massachusetts.

Sterling, Massachusetts Breaks Ground on a Resilient Energy Storage System
October 12, 2016 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

The town of Sterling, Massachusetts will celebrate its Municipal Light Department’s new energy storage system with a groundbreaking ceremony next week.

Massachusetts Goes All-In on Energy Storage
September 21, 2016 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

The next wave of clean energy policy making will be more focused on energy storage, as evidenced by the release this week of the long-awaited Massachusetts energy storage report, titled “State of Charge.”

Offshore Wind Power: Finally Made in the USA
August 31, 2016 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

This month, construction was completed on the nation’s first offshore wind farm, a 30 MW, five-turbine project located three miles off the Block Island shore.

US DOE, Sandia, CEG/CESA collaborate to provide municipal energy storage procurement guidance
July 13, 2016 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

Although many municipalities have gained some limited experience in the area of distributed energy resources, mostly due to the success of the distributed solar industry, adding energy storage and islanding capability to the mix raises a whole new set of questions.

New York Utilities, Solar Developers Partner to Solve Net Metering
April 29, 2016 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

Some utilities’ opposition to the so-called free ridership of solar customers, and the related downward pressure on the value of net metering, has become an oft-repeated headline. But this month, utilities and solar developers in New York pioneered a new, cooperative approach to the issue that deserves close attention.

Can Storage Rescue Solar?
March 29, 2016 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

Recently, solar advocates and industry celebrated the renewal of the federal ITC, which will continue to provide significant economic support for solar. On a state and local level, however, the outlook seems less rosy.

Children at play. Photo property of Enterprise Community Partners.
States Support Clean Energy for Low-Income Residents
February 29, 2016 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

Clean energy innovations tend to follow a familiar arc. The newest best thing, whether that is rooftop solar, a Tesla PowerWall, or a Prius in the garage, is bought at a premium by first adopters.