Archive for year: 2016
|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.
|Pairing Energy Storage Solutions with Offshore Wind Development
March 29, 2016 by Val Stori
Energy storage incorporated into renewable energy projects can have multiple benefits for transmission systems and the projects themselves.
|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.
|From Efficiency to Energy Storage: A Third-Generation Strategy for Affordable Housing
March 24, 2016 by Lewis Milford
After over 40 years of promoting energy efficiency and a decade of promoting solar PV in affordable housing, clean energy advocates working in this sector are considering what the next steps should be for further reductions in energy costs for low-income tenants.
|An Unexpected Renewable Energy Trend
March 23, 2016 by Warren Leon
Over the past three years, numerous news stories have highlighted efforts to roll back state renewable portfolio standards (RPSs), which require electricity suppliers to get an increasing share of their electricity from clean sources. However, most of the significant RPS actions that states have taken have been in the opposite direction.
|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.
|Clarifying the Role of Distributed Storage in PJM
February 19, 2016 by Todd Olinsky-Paul
For a while there, PJM was looking like the promised land for behind-the-meter solar+storage vendors.
|The Case for Solar+Storage Tax Credits: Clean Energy Group’s Comments to the IRS
February 16, 2016 by Seth Mullendore
The IRS recently asked for comments on how the investment tax credit (ITC) should cover solar and storage systems. Clean Energy Group’s comments, submitted a few days ago, strongly support the eligibility of storage under the ITC.
|February 10th Webinar to Review “How-To” Resources for Resilient Power Systems in Affordable Housing and Community Facilities
February 1, 2016 by
Clean Energy Group’s redesigned website offers updated policy and finance tools and other information to assist building owners who are considering installing solar and battery storage systems in affordable housing and other community facilities.
|Supreme Court Upholds FERC Action on Demand Response
January 27, 2016 by Todd Olinsky-Paul
In a long-awaited decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that with its Order 745, FERC was doing exactly what it is supposed to do: enhancing grid reliability and keeping ratepayer costs down by encouraging competition.