Why California’s New Home Solar Requirement Includes Batteries and Not Zero Net Energy
May 17, 2018 by Seth Mullendore

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
April 25, 2018 by Lewis Milford

After a hundred years of technology improvement, an old enabling technology — battery storage — has emerged anew.

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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.

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California Utilities Propose Storage for Energy Resilience and Equity, But More Needs to be Done
March 22, 2018 by Seth Mullendore

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.

It’s Time to Recognize the Value of Resilience
January 30, 2018 by Seth Mullendore

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.

Powerless in Atlanta
January 3, 2018 by Lewis Milford

Any investigation into the massive power outage at Atlanta’s international airport last month should not only look back to see what went wrong. Rather, it should look forward to how the airport could use new technologies like solar and battery storage to prevent such disasters from happening again.

Equitable Health and Recovery Depend on Resilient Power
November 27, 2017 by Seth Mullendore

When natural disasters strike, people suffer, and the worst hit are invariably the most vulnerable among us – the elderly, the disabled, and the economically and socially disadvantaged.

Devastation in Puerto Rico Could Produce a Revolutionary Power Grid
October 23, 2017 by Lewis Milford

Disasters often lead to unexpected and swift technology innovation. The calamitous collapse of Puerto Rico’s electricity system might be the next example of that phenomenon.

Solar+Storage Offers Hope as Irma and Harvey Plunge Much of the Southeast into Darkness
September 25, 2017 by Seth Mullendore

The 2017 hurricane season is forcing many communities and states to once again focus on disaster preparedness and the critical role of resilient power during emergencies.

Millions of Commercial Customers Could Cut Costs with Battery Storage
August 24, 2017 by Seth Mullendore

New research shows that more than 25 percent of commercial utility customers across the US may be able to cut electricity costs with batteries today. What’s more, some of the best economic opportunities can be found in surprising states like Colorado, Nebraska, Illinois, and Georgia.