Massachusetts Energy Storage Initiative

There is great potential in Massachusetts for new advanced energy storage to enhance the efficiency, affordability, resiliency and cleanliness of the entire electric grid by modernizing the way we generate and deliver electricity. In order to increase energy storage deployment, this Study presents a comprehensive suite of policy recommendations to … [Read more...]

Massachusetts to Offer $10-$20M in Energy Storage Grants this Fall

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Massachusetts plans to offer $10-$20 million in energy storage grants this fall, as it positions for a paradigm shift in the economics of electricity. State officials described the upcoming solicitation in a call Friday with the media, with release of a new report, “State of Charge,” which calls for Massachusetts to add 600 MW of energy storage … [Read more...]

Massachusetts to Issue Community Microgrid Solicitation in First Q 2016

Massachusetts plans to kick-off its own version of the NY Prize by offering $650,000 for community microgrid feasibility studies this quarter. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) will issue a request for information (RFI) first, followed soon after by a request for proposals (RFP) offering the funds, said Galen Nelson, director of … [Read more...]

Connecticut’s Microgrid Program Receives National Recognition

Connecticut's microgrid program is among this year's winners recognized by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) for accelerating and strengthening clean energy tech and markets. CESA highlighted Connecticut for its first-of-a-kind $45 million grant program to help communities improve electric resiliency through microgrid development. The … [Read more...]

Microgrid Growth: How Far, How Fast Since Superstorm Sandy?

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When massive storms hit, we get religion. Superstorm Sandy was that kind of storm. States along the US East Coast emerged from the wreckage two years ago this week with a new devotion to creating a more resilient electric system. Where the central grid failed, microgrids kept the lights on. So government leaders, businesses, and even some … [Read more...]

Are Microgrids Energy Efficiency…or Some Other Animal?

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy does not consider microgrids when it ranks states each year on energy efficiency polices. Microgrids would benefit from being included. State leaders exhibit quite a bit of pride in a high ranking on the scorecard; it’s a good motivational tool to encourage effective energy efficiency policy … [Read more...]