Archive for year: 2019
|It’s Time for a More Resilient Florida
September 30, 2019 by Marriele Mango, Zelalem Adefris
Despite not sustaining a direct hit, Hurricane Dorian still left parts of Florida flooded and over 170,000 people without power. In the past, a single extreme weather event has left hundreds of thousands of people in Florida without power, in some cases for more than a week.
|California Aims to Fix Low-Income Storage Program and Deliver New Resilience Incentives
September 4, 2019 by Seth Mullendore
California’s energy storage incentive program has been a great success, with more than 11,000 battery storage systems installed to-date. The problem is, it’s not reaching the state’s most vulnerable communities.
|Housing Department Decision Will Bring Solar Benefits to Low-Income Households in California
August 16, 2019 by Seth Mullendore
A memorandum issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development fixes a long-standing issue preventing hundreds of thousands of low-income households from realizing the financial benefits of solar.
|Energy Freedom Act: South Carolina Takes Steps Towards Resilience
July 30, 2019 by Marriele Robinson
Hurricane season is here, and South Carolina is no stranger to the devastating impacts that natural disasters and extreme weather can have on communities.
|Small Solar and Battery Storage Systems are Toppling Power Plants
June 24, 2019 by Seth Mullendore
From Florida to Nevada to California, big battery projects have been making headlines lately. But a more groundbreaking movement has received far less media attention – hundreds, in some cases thousands, of small distributed solar and battery systems working together to tackle power plant-sized problems.
|FERC Upholds Order Opening Markets to Energy Storage
May 17, 2019 by Todd Olinsky-Paul
FERC voted this week to uphold its landmark Order 841, which states that the nation’s electric grid operators (RTOs and ISOs) must allow energy storage resources fair and equal access to provide services in regional wholesale energy markets.
|Solar+Storage Makes Sense for Southeastern Energy Resilience
May 14, 2019 by Marriele Robinson, Seth Mullendore
Southeastern utilities have made headlines recently with plans to incorporate battery storage at solar installations across their service territories. It turns out that the communities they serve could greatly benefit from installing solar+storage as well.
|Energy Storage Is the New Efficiency
April 18, 2019 by Todd Olinsky-Paul
When Massachusetts took the nation-leading step of integrating energy storage into its energy efficiency plan this year, it didn’t just add a new technology. It consummated a decade-long, slow-motion embrace of an important new form of efficiency.
|Health Care at Home: The New Risks from a Growing Trend
March 25, 2019 by Marriele Robinson
As more people opt to receive medical care at home, access to resilient emergency backup power will need to be prioritized and made more accessible, especially to low-income households.
|Massachusetts becomes first in the nation to make battery storage eligible for energy efficiency incentives
February 1, 2019 by Todd Olinsky-Paul
Energy storage has been the coming thing for years. Now, it’s arrived – as an efficiency measure.