|Battery Storage – What’s it Worth?
December 13, 2022 by Todd Olinsky-Paul
When considering whether to invest in a new technology, the first thing anyone wants to know is will the benefits outweigh the costs? This is no less true of state energy agencies and utility regulators who are generally tasked with ensuring that taxpayers and ratepayers get a good return on their dollar.
|With Forward Capacity Auction Success, Batteries are Winning in New England
September 28, 2021 by Todd Olinsky-Paul
Clean energy advocates are celebrating a major energy storage milestone in New England: Plus Power, a San Francisco-based developer of grid-scale batteries, is building the two largest battery projects to date in the region.
|Connecticut Powers into the Lead with Breakthrough Customer Battery Program
August 23, 2021 by Todd Olinsky-Paul
With the long-anticipated approval of its new Statewide Electric Storage Program, Connecticut has just leapfrogged the rest of New England to become the new regional leader in distributed battery storage program development.
|The Lesson of Texas – And a New Program States Can Use to Quickly Fund the Distributed Energy Storage Solution
February 19, 2021 by Todd Olinsky-Paul
If we learn anything from the Texas blackouts, and the death and suffering that have resulted, it should be this: distributed resilient solar+storage systems are no longer a luxury – they are an essential tool to protect citizens from power outages, and modernize the grid so outages become less frequent and severe.
|Massachusetts and Vermont crack the code on distributed energy storage
July 22, 2020 by Todd Olinsky-Paul
If utilities are to address increasing renewable penetration and 100% clean energy state policy goals, as well as calls for increased resiliency, distributed storage must be brought to scale and harnessed to provide real grid benefits.
|ConnectedSolutions First Results: Massachusetts’ groundbreaking efficiency program for customer batteries receives its first report card
July 20, 2020 by Todd Olinsky-Paul
Last year, with technical support from Clean Energy Group, Massachusetts became the first state to officially incorporate behind-the-meter battery storage into its energy efficiency plan, and utilities began enrolling customers across the state in a groundbreaking pay-for-performance program.
|DC Court Upholds Major FERC Storage Order, Should Lead to Massive New Battery Markets Across Country
July 10, 2020 by Lewis Milford, Todd Olinsky-Paul
This morning, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit upheld a major federal rule (FERC Order 841) that should lead to significantly expanded battery storage use in wholesale markets across America.
|The New England Battery Revolution: In a Public Health Crisis, State Efficiency Programs Are Making Resilient Power Affordable for All
April 13, 2020 by Lewis Milford, Todd Olinsky-Paul
As we look forward to an uncertain future with COVID-19 and energy security, it is important to develop new solutions that will put resilient solar and storage within reach for everyone, including those most vulnerable to power outages and the health impacts that could result from them.
|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.