Energy Storage Policy Publications

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Energy Storage for Winter Grid Reliability: How Batteries Became the Low-Cost Solution for Power Assurance in Massachusetts

December 2021

Winter electric peaking capacity services are currently undervalued in the Massachusetts programs that provide battery customers with performance payments to supply power back to the grid at times of high demand.

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ConnectedSolutions: An Assessment for Massachusetts

September 2021

This report assesses the design and performance of the Massachusetts ConnectedSolutions program, as it has been administered in the first three-year program cycle, and compares it with related programs in other states across the country.

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Energy Storage Policy Best Practices from New England: Ten Lessons from Six States

August 2021

This report explores energy storage policy best practices and lessons learned from the New England states. It aims to inform state policymakers and regulators seeking to expand energy storage markets.

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ConnectedSolutions: The New Economics of Solar+Storage for Affordable Housing in Massachusetts

February 2021

An analysis of multifamily affordable housing properties in Massachusetts finds that participation in the state’s new battery storage incentive program, called ConnectedSolutions, significantly improves the financial viability of solar+storage at affordable housing developments.

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ConnectedSolutions: A New State Funding Mechanism to Make Battery Storage Accessible to All

February 2021

This report aims to inform state policymakers about the structure and benefits of the ConnectedSolution battery storage program model. It summarizes barriers to scaling up distributed battery storage, explains how the ConnectedSolutions program was developed in the Northeast, and discusses why the program has been successful.

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Energy Storage: The New Efficiency ― How States Can Use Efficiency Funds to Support Battery Storage and Flatten Costly Demand Peaks

April 2019

This report describes the process of enabling use of state energy efficiency funds to support the deployment of energy storage with performance incentives offered for demand reduction. The report summarizes the economics of battery cost/benefit calculations, examines key elements of incentive design, and makes recommendations for other states to follow the example of Massachusetts and incorporate storage into their own efficiency plans.

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Jump-Start: How Activists and Foundations Can Champion Battery Storage to Recharge the Clean Energy Transition

April 2018

This report was prepared for activists and foundations who want to understand how battery storage can become an essential new part of their clean energy and climate advocacy. It tries to answer two basic questions: (1) What do we need to know to understand these opportunities? and (2) What actions should we support to realize them?

The report explores the top 10 emerging trends for battery storage across all elements of the energy system, and it recommends over 50 actions that should be taken to accelerate battery storage in these topic areas.

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Solar Risk: How Energy Storage Can Preserve Solar Savings in California Affordable Housing

May 2017

A new analysis finds that energy storage can effectively hedge against proposed changes to California’s solar policies and utility rates that could drastically reduce the value of solar.

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Closing the California Clean Energy Divide: Reducing Electric Bills in Affordable Multifamily Rental Housing with Solar+Storage

May 2016

This economic analysis indicates that pairing solar PV with battery storage systems can deliver significant electricity bill savings for California affordable housing residents and property owners.

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What States Should Do: A Guide to Resilient Power Programs and Policy

Resilient-States-2015-featured June 2015

This report profiles the leading state programs and makes recommendations for what other states can do to support the deployment of clean, resilient power systems. A summary for policymakers is also available.

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What Cities Should Do: A Guide to Resilient Power Planning

Resilient-Cities-featuredMarch 2015

This paper offers a series of guidelines and best practices for cities and towns to protect critical facilities with smarter resilient power solutions.

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A complete list of energy storage policy publications is available in the Clean Energy Group Publications Library.