|Energy Storage is Failing to Reach Those Most in Need: Policy Can Help
November 21, 2019 by Seth Mullendore
Energy storage capacity installed this year is expected to top 600 megawatts, more than double the amount of storage deployments in 2018, and annual deployment numbers are forecast to increase another sevenfold over the next five years. Unfortunately, only a small fraction of these storage installations have been developed to the benefit of underserved populations most in need of the economic and resiliency benefits that storage can provide.
|California Power Shut-Offs Drive Customers to Solar and Storage
November 7, 2019 by Lewis Milford
The devastating California wildfires and related power outages are already leading to new approaches to energy resiliency that rely on battery storage technologies. This past week, a new model has emerged to accelerate the adoption of solar and storage systems for resilient power.
|Preventative Shutoffs are Resulting in a Medical Crisis: Resilient Power Can Help
October 29, 2019 by Marriele Mango
This month millions of people lost power in California. The blackouts were not due to a natural disaster, but rather the result of utilities, primarily Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), intentionally suspending power to hundreds of thousands of customer accounts in across California. Battery storage and solar PV could provide reliable backup power for those affected by the outages.
|It’s Time for a More Resilient Florida
September 30, 2019 by Marriele Mango, Zelalem Adefris
Despite not sustaining a direct hit, Hurricane Dorian still left parts of Florida flooded and over 170,000 people without power. In the past, a single extreme weather event has left hundreds of thousands of people in Florida without power, in some cases for more than a week.
|Health Care at Home: The New Risks from a Growing Trend
March 25, 2019 by Marriele Robinson
As more people opt to receive medical care at home, access to resilient emergency backup power will need to be prioritized and made more accessible, especially to low-income households.
|Battery Storage Could Revolutionize Home Health Care: Lessons Learned from Puerto Rico
January 30, 2019 by Lewis Milford
A new research project in Puerto Rico demonstrates that the home health care industry is potentially a new market for solar and battery storage.
|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.
|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.
|Energy Storage for Public Health: A Smarter Way to Deploy Resources
August 22, 2016 by Seth Mullendore
It is now time to consider another key benefit of storage—public health, especially the power of energy storage to reduce pollution in marginalized communities.
|Solar+Storage Makes Economic Sense for New York City’s Critical Infrastructure
July 18, 2016 by Seth Mullendore
New findings from NREL and CUNY provide more evidence that there may be a better, cleaner, and more economical way to protect residents when the next disaster strikes – solar+storage.