|2021 In Review: Signposts for a Fossil-Free Future
January 11, 2022 by Shelley Robbins
Looking back at the major stories of 2021 that have the biggest implications for solar+storage, a clear theme emerged: big, centralized, dirty power failed, and smaller, cleaner, more nimble and resilient power gained traction.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|COVID-19 and Resilient Power
March 30, 2020 by Marriele Mango
As we evaluate and re-evaluate the undoubtedly substantial and lasting impacts COVID-19 will have on our work and the work of our partners across the country moving forward, it is more evident than ever that resilient power is a critical component to improving health outcomes in the event of a crisis like the world is currently experiencing.
|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.
|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.
|Batteries Replacing Gas in California, Coal in Colorado and Indiana
December 11, 2018 by Lewis Milford, Seth Mullendore
How storage will power a low carbon energy transformation has begun to emerge across the country – surprisingly led by utilities in the Midwest and West as they pursue an economic mix of renewables and battery storage to shut down and replace existing fossil-fuel plants.