SMUD’s Energy StorageShares Program: The First Virtual Energy Storage Program in the US

SMUD’s innovative Energy StorageShares program is the first virtual energy storage program in the US. StorageShares allows SMUD’s commercial customers to invest in an off-site battery storage system and enjoy energy cost savings without siting batteries at their facilities.

New York State announces second offshore wind solicitation for up to 2,500 MW of projects

New York State issued its second offshore wind solicitation for 1,700 MW up to 2,500 MW—the largest such solicitation in the United States.

Clean Energy Group Proposes 20 Federal Strategies to Advance Battery Storage Markets

Clean Energy Group has proposed a comprehensive series of new policy actions the federal government could take to accelerate the battery storage market.

With More Massive Power Outages Last Week, Let’s Spend More Utility Funds to Protect Customers with Resilient Power Where They Live

Last week, the East Coast of the country suffered through another damaging round of power outages from another hurricane, this one Isaias

The Mass Solar Loan Program: Bringing Solar Ownership to Low-Income Homeowners

The Mass Solar Loan Program, launched by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources in 2015, combines strategic incentives and partnerships with local banks and credit unions to increase access to solar PV financing, while creating a robust solar lending market.
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Solar+Storage Reliability Puts Gas Plants at Risk

The results are in from a new wind and solar study commissioned by California’s three big investor owned utilities. The main takeaway: solar paired with battery storage is just as reliable as conventional fossil fuel power plants when it comes to delivering power when the grid needs it most.

Massachusetts and Vermont crack the code on distributed energy storage

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

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

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.
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COVID-19, Severe Weather, and Power Outages

Wildfire and hurricane season is here and with it comes an influx of weather-related power outages. The health implications of power outages this summer are further compounded this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.