|South Carolina’s Past Failures and New Policies Contribute to a Brighter Future for Solar and Battery Storage
July 28, 2021 by Shelley Robbins
As states and the federal government take steps to transition away from fossil fuel generation, it is important to pay attention to recent clean energy developments in states where energy legislation has historically been less proactive, and the traditional integrated utility monopoly model has held influence over the policymaking decision process.
|Outages and outrages: The fossil fuel industry exploits blackout fears
May 27, 2021 by Abbe Ramanan, Lewis Milford
How can we protect vulnerable people when the power goes out? Getting it right will be a key energy equity test for the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan.
|The Lesson of Texas – And a New Program States Can Use to Quickly Fund the Distributed Energy Storage Solution
February 19, 2021 by Todd Olinsky-Paul
If we learn anything from the Texas blackouts, and the death and suffering that have resulted, it should be this: distributed resilient solar+storage systems are no longer a luxury – they are an essential tool to protect citizens from power outages, and modernize the grid so outages become less frequent and severe.
|Hydrogen Hype in the Air
December 14, 2020 by Abbe Ramanan, Lewis Milford, Seth Mullendore
Clean Energy Group raises concerns about harmful NOx emissions from new industry plans to burn hydrogen in fossil fuel power plants; calls for pause in permitting proposals until independent public health investigations are conducted — particularly to study potentially dangerous air pollution impacts in environmental justice communities.
|Battery Storage is Coming to Affordable Housing Thanks to Efficiency Program
October 19, 2020 by Christina McPike, Seth Mullendore
A new utility program in Massachusetts has dramatically changed the economic landscape for battery storage in the state and created a pathway to deliver the benefits of storage to affordable housing providers and residents.
|SMUD’s Energy StorageShares Program: The First Virtual Energy Storage Program in the US
September 21, 2020 by Maria Blais Costello
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.
|Clean Energy Group Proposes 20 Federal Strategies to Advance Battery Storage Markets
August 19, 2020 by Lewis Milford
Clean Energy Group has proposed a comprehensive series of new policy actions the federal government could take to accelerate the battery storage market.
|Solar+Storage Reliability Puts Gas Plants at Risk
July 29, 2020 by Seth Mullendore
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
July 22, 2020 by Todd Olinsky-Paul
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
July 20, 2020 by Todd Olinsky-Paul
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.