|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.
|DC Court Upholds Major FERC Storage Order, Should Lead to Massive New Battery Markets Across Country
July 10, 2020 by Lewis Milford, Todd Olinsky-Paul
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.
|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.