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.

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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.

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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.

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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.