|The New England Battery Revolution: In a Public Health Crisis, State Efficiency Programs Are Making Resilient Power Affordable for All
April 13, 2020 by Lewis Milford, Todd Olinsky-Paul
As we look forward to an uncertain future with COVID-19 and energy security, it is important to develop new solutions that will put resilient solar and storage within reach for everyone, including those most vulnerable to power outages and the health impacts that could result from them.
|New Orleans is ready for resilient power
December 9, 2019 by Marriele Mango
If you live in New Orleans, you know how often the electricity goes out. Advisers hired by the New Orleans City Council found that, between June 2016 and May 2017, there were a total of 2,599 outages and roughly half lasted two hours or more.
|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 Aims to Fix Low-Income Storage Program and Deliver New Resilience Incentives
September 4, 2019 by Seth Mullendore
California’s energy storage incentive program has been a great success, with more than 11,000 battery storage systems installed to-date. The problem is, it’s not reaching the state’s most vulnerable communities.
|Housing Department Decision Will Bring Solar Benefits to Low-Income Households in California
August 16, 2019 by Seth Mullendore
A memorandum issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development fixes a long-standing issue preventing hundreds of thousands of low-income households from realizing the financial benefits of solar.
|Energy Freedom Act: South Carolina Takes Steps Towards Resilience
July 30, 2019 by Marriele Mango
Hurricane season is here, and South Carolina is no stranger to the devastating impacts that natural disasters and extreme weather can have on communities.
|Small Solar and Battery Storage Systems are Toppling Power Plants
June 24, 2019 by Seth Mullendore
From Florida to Nevada to California, big battery projects have been making headlines lately. But a more groundbreaking movement has received far less media attention – hundreds, in some cases thousands, of small distributed solar and battery systems working together to tackle power plant-sized problems.
|FERC Upholds Order Opening Markets to Energy Storage
May 17, 2019 by Todd Olinsky-Paul
FERC voted this week to uphold its landmark Order 841, which states that the nation’s electric grid operators (RTOs and ISOs) must allow energy storage resources fair and equal access to provide services in regional wholesale energy markets.
|Energy Storage Is the New Efficiency
April 18, 2019 by Todd Olinsky-Paul
When Massachusetts took the nation-leading step of integrating energy storage into its energy efficiency plan this year, it didn’t just add a new technology. It consummated a decade-long, slow-motion embrace of an important new form of efficiency.
|Health Care at Home: The New Risks from a Growing Trend
March 25, 2019 by Marriele Mango
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.