The Peaker Problem
July 27, 2022 by Clean Energy Group, Strategen

This report examines the environmental justice and public health impacts of peaker power plants in three U.S. cities – Boston, Philadelphia, and Detroit. The report also provides several case studies on lessons learned from community-led opposition efforts in the three cities as well as in New York City and New Orleans.

Addendum – Assessment of Potential Alternatives for Project 2015A in Peabody, Massachusetts
March 10, 2022 by Strategen

This analysis is an addendum to the July 2021 assessment of energy storage as a cost-effective alternative to building the Peabody Peaker, a 60 MW oil and gas peaking unit proposed in Massachusetts.

Energy Storage for Winter Grid Reliability: How Batteries Became the Low-Cost Solution for Power Assurance in Massachusetts
December 2, 2021 by Applied Economics Clinic

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.

ConnectedSolutions: An Assessment for Massachusetts
September 29, 2021 by Applied Economics Clinic

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.

Energy Storage Policy Best Practices from New England: Ten Lessons from Six States
August 5, 2021 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

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.

Assessment of Potential Energy Storage Alternatives for Project 2015A in Peabody, Massachusetts
July 28, 2021 by Strategen

This briefing paper assesses the viability of battery storage as a replacement for a proposed gas and oil peaker power plant in Peabody, Massachusetts. It examines the cost-effectiveness and public health implications of developing battery storage as an alternative solution to the proposed fossil-fuel power plant, known as Project 2015A.

Overcoming Barriers to Solar+Storage in Critical Facilities Serving Low-Income Communities: A Survey of Service Providers
April 21, 2021 by Abbe Ramanan, Marriele Mango

Clean Energy Group conducted a survey to assess market barriers for solar+storage at critical facilities serving low-income communities. This report summarizes the survey results and suggests actions to bring the benefits of solar+storage to the people who need it most.

The Fossil Fuel End Game: A Frontline Vision to Retire New York City’s Peaker Plants by 2030
March 15, 2021 by Strategen

This report lays out a detailed strategic and policy road map to retire and replace New York City’s fossil-fuel peaker plants.

ConnectedSolutions: The New Economics of Solar+Storage for Affordable Housing in Massachusetts
February 10, 2021 by Amy Simpkins, Dr. Travis Simpkins, Geoff Oxnam, Seth Mullendore, Todd Olinsky-Paul

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.

ConnectedSolutions: A New State Funding Mechanism to Make Battery Storage Accessible to All
February 10, 2021 by Todd Olinsky-Paul

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.