|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.
|Batteries Replacing Gas in California, Coal in Colorado and Indiana
December 11, 2018 by Lewis Milford, Seth Mullendore
How storage will power a low carbon energy transformation has begun to emerge across the country – surprisingly led by utilities in the Midwest and West as they pursue an economic mix of renewables and battery storage to shut down and replace existing fossil-fuel plants.
|The Right to Energy Data – An Emerging Environmental Justice Issue
November 27, 2018 by Seth Mullendore
Free access to energy data should be a basic right in today’s changing regulatory environment.
|Maryland’s New Resiliency Program Could Serve as a Model for Other States
November 8, 2018 by Seth Mullendore
There’s a lot to like about the Maryland Energy Administration’s new $5 million program to support community resiliency hubs powered by solar and battery storage.
|Declining Battery Storage Costs Raise Questions About the Role of Natural Gas
July 17, 2018 by Seth Mullendore
Batteries are beginning to complete head-to-head with natural gas peaker plants, and they’re starting to win.
|How Could Solar+Storage Benefit Your Community? Find Out for Free.
June 25, 2018 by Seth Mullendore
A new release of NREL’s free online tool allows anyone to enter in a building’s information to estimate how much solar+storage capacity would be needed to keep critical loads powered during an emergency.
|Why California’s New Home Solar Requirement Includes Batteries and Not Zero Net Energy
May 17, 2018 by Seth Mullendore
California’s recently adopted building standards require solar to be a part of all new residential construction. As the first state to enact such a standard, it’s been lauded as a historic and game-changing event for solar power in the U.S. But some have argued that the new standards don’t go far enough.
|California Utilities Propose Storage for Energy Resilience and Equity, But More Needs to be Done
March 22, 2018 by Seth Mullendore
Three of California’s largest utilities recently proposed more than 100 megawatts of utility-owned energy storage to support resiliency in critical public facilities and $6 million in incentives for customer-owned storage at multifamily affordable housing properties.
|It’s Time to Recognize the Value of Resilience
January 30, 2018 by Seth Mullendore
Extreme weather and related power outages come with a price tag, but these costs are not typically accounted for when considering the potential benefits of a resilient power system. The result is that fewer solar+storage systems pencil-out to make economic sense than would be the case if the power resilience they provide was accurately valued.
|Equitable Health and Recovery Depend on Resilient Power
November 27, 2017 by Seth Mullendore
When natural disasters strike, people suffer, and the worst hit are invariably the most vulnerable among us – the elderly, the disabled, and the economically and socially disadvantaged.