Offshore Wind Power: Finally Made in the USA
August 31, 2016 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

This month, construction was completed on the nation’s first offshore wind farm, a 30 MW, five-turbine project located three miles off the Block Island shore.

US DOE, Sandia, CEG/CESA collaborate to provide municipal energy storage procurement guidance
July 13, 2016 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

Although many municipalities have gained some limited experience in the area of distributed energy resources, mostly due to the success of the distributed solar industry, adding energy storage and islanding capability to the mix raises a whole new set of questions.

New York Utilities, Solar Developers Partner to Solve Net Metering
April 29, 2016 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

Some utilities’ opposition to the so-called free ridership of solar customers, and the related downward pressure on the value of net metering, has become an oft-repeated headline. But this month, utilities and solar developers in New York pioneered a new, cooperative approach to the issue that deserves close attention.

Can Storage Rescue Solar?
March 29, 2016 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

Recently, solar advocates and industry celebrated the renewal of the federal ITC, which will continue to provide significant economic support for solar. On a state and local level, however, the outlook seems less rosy.

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States Support Clean Energy for Low-Income Residents
February 29, 2016 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

Clean energy innovations tend to follow a familiar arc. The newest best thing, whether that is rooftop solar, a Tesla PowerWall, or a Prius in the garage, is bought at a premium by first adopters.

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Clarifying the Role of Distributed Storage in PJM
February 19, 2016 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

For a while there, PJM was looking like the promised land for behind-the-meter solar+storage vendors.

Supreme Court Upholds FERC Action on Demand Response
January 27, 2016 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

In a long-awaited decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that with its Order 745, FERC was doing exactly what it is supposed to do: enhancing grid reliability and keeping ratepayer costs down by encouraging competition.

New Jersey Takes Another Swing at Resilient Solar+Storage
January 13, 2016 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

The New Jersey BPU is back with an improved program and a larger budget, ready to try again.

Energy Storage Brings Resiliency to Eugene, OR
December 21, 2015 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

This week, Oregon became the latest state to fund an energy storage demonstration project that will use batteries and PV to power a resilient microgrid.

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Massachusetts Gets Serious About Resilient Power
November 19, 2015 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

In the face of increasingly severe weather and power outages, more and more states are recognizing the importance of resilient power for communities and critical services.