Photo Credit: Portland General ElectricPhoto Credit: Portland General Electric
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.

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.

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.

Advancing Energy Storage Technologies to Meet Clean Energy Goals in Massachusetts
July 30, 2018 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

Massachusetts’ Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) grant program was created to jump-start the energy storage industry by piloting innovative, broadly-replicable demonstration projects with multiple value streams, thereby priming Massachusetts for increased commercialization and deployment.

Photo by Ryan McKnight, via Flickr.
FERC 841 Opens Markets to Energy Storage
April 10, 2018 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

Last month’s FERC order 841 was hailed by some as a watershed moment in energy storage history, but the devil’s in the implementation.

Massachusetts Announces More Energy Storage Grants
December 13, 2017 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

Last week, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $20 million in grants to support 26 energy storage projects in 25 Massachusetts communities. This grant program puts the state clearly in the storage leadership role in the East.

How One Small US Town Will Save Millions with a Microgrid
July 5, 2017 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

Sterling, Massachusetts is demoing grid 2.0 with a multi-million-dollar investment that will pay for itself in just two years.

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.