Exemplary State Programs Continue Progress in Clean Energy with New Technologies and Markets

The winners of CESA’s 2018 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards continue a tradition of innovation and practical solutions.
Photographer: Jan Arne Wold / Woldcam. Courtesy of Statoil.

Options for “Getting to Shore” Discussed at First U.S. Offshore Transmission Conference

The opportunities and challenges of developing a cost effective, technically feasible, environmentally responsible offshore transmission network and interconnecting the offshore cables were the topics of the day at the first Offshore Wind Transmission, USA conference last week.

Regional Cooperation Stressed at the New York Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force Meeting

On May 9th, BOEM held its Task Force Meeting for the New York Bight to present an overview of its Call for Information and Nominations, provide updates on recent developments, and seek public input.

Why California’s New Home Solar Requirement Includes Batteries and Not Zero Net Energy

California’s recently adopted building standards require solar to be a part of all new residential construction. As the first state to enact such a standard, it’s been lauded as a historic and game-changing event for solar power in the U.S. But some have argued that the new standards don’t go far enough.

Battery Storage: After 100 Years, The Market Finally Arrives

After a hundred years of technology improvement, an old enabling technology — battery storage — has emerged anew.
Photo by Ryan McKnight, via Flickr.

FERC 841 Opens Markets to Energy Storage

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.
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California Utilities Propose Storage for Energy Resilience and Equity, But More Needs to be Done

Three of California’s largest utilities recently proposed more than 100 megawatts of utility-owned energy storage to support resiliency in critical public facilities and $6 million in incentives for customer-owned storage at multifamily affordable housing properties.
Photo by Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (AEE), Feb 12 2018.

Federal Energy Funds for Puerto Rico, A Small Down Payment

Just this past week, Puerto Rico suffered another setback in its effort to restore power to the island. One of its 400 megawatt power plants caught fire, plunging people back into the darkness.

The Launch of a U.S. Offshore Wind Industry

Contributing to the growing list of major milestones for the U.S. offshore wind sector, this week the Governors from both New York and New Jersey announced commitments to launch the nation’s largest offshore wind solicitations. These commitments confirm the strong business case for offshore wind.

It’s Time to Recognize the Value of Resilience

Extreme weather and related power outages come with a price tag, but these costs are not typically accounted for when considering the potential benefits of a resilient power system. The result is that fewer solar+storage systems pencil-out to make economic sense than would be the case if the power resilience they provide was accurately valued.