|Solar+Storage Reliability Puts Gas Plants at Risk
July 29, 2020 by Seth Mullendore
The results are in from a new wind and solar study commissioned by California’s three big investor owned utilities. The main takeaway: solar paired with battery storage is just as reliable as conventional fossil fuel power plants when it comes to delivering power when the grid needs it most.
|The Battery Storage Appliance
March 11, 2020 by Seth Mullendore
Are batteries the next must-have gadget for your home? A new housing development in Utah may serve as a model for how to make this prediction a reality.
|California Proposes Major Policy Shift in Support of Energy Resilience
December 17, 2019 by Lewis Milford, Seth Mullendore
Battery storage has become a key resilience technology in California, reflected in a major policy shift on the use of state incentives.
|Energy Storage is Failing to Reach Those Most in Need: Policy Can Help
November 21, 2019 by Seth Mullendore
Energy storage capacity installed this year is expected to top 600 megawatts, more than double the amount of storage deployments in 2018, and annual deployment numbers are forecast to increase another sevenfold over the next five years. Unfortunately, only a small fraction of these storage installations have been developed to the benefit of underserved populations most in need of the economic and resiliency benefits that storage can provide.
|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.
|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.
|Solar+Storage Makes Sense for Southeastern Energy Resilience
May 14, 2019 by Marriele Mango, 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.