October 26, 2016
In October 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation extending the state’s RPS and increasing its final requirement to 50 percent in 2030. Since then, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) have been planning for implementing this highly ambitious policy, and have recently reported that the state has reached the halfway point for meeting this goal. In November, CESA will be hosting a webinar with representatives from the CPUC and the CEC to discuss how they are preparing for the enhanced RPS and the state of their plans.
October 21, 2016
CESA, Five States, and the District of Columbia Awarded $1.73 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to Improve Low- and Moderate-Income Access to Solar
FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT: CESA has received a $1.73 million award under the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to help Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, and Rhode Island increase solar power adoption by low- and moderate-income (LMI) residents. Under this grant, the participating states will explore the best ways of increasing LMI adoption of solar, given each state’s circumstances. The states will develop and implement the most promising strategies to meet their respective goals, with involvement from key stakeholders in their states.
October 13, 2016
The town of Sterling, Massachusetts celebrated its Municipal Light Department’s new energy storage system with a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday. The occasion is literally groundbreaking, not just for the town or the state, but for New England. The project is the first utility-scale energy storage facility in Massachusetts and will be the largest battery installation of its kind in New England, in terms of megawatt hours.
October 7, 2016
Two Connecticut Green Bank programs have made headlines recently for their success in promoting clean energy adoption in the state.
September 19, 2016
How Solar Stakeholders in California are Making Plans for the Expansion of Clean Energy in Multifamily Affordable Housing
California’s Multifamily Solar Roofs Program, which was authorized by the passage AB 693, is a response to the profound gap in the level of solar installations serving low-income renters and disadvantaged communities. When implemented in 2017, it will be the first program in the country specifically designed to provide low-income renters with increased access to the electricity generated from on-site solar energy systems and ensure direct economic benefits from solar credits allocated to each low-income household. The program will have the capacity to bring integrated solar energy benefits to more than 150,000 low-income households over the next ten years.
September 16, 2016
A new energy storage study, "State of Charge," released today by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), recommends a suite of new policy and program actions to support the deployment of hundreds of megawatts of advanced energy storage in the state over the next decade. That goal is supported by a clean energy bill, recently signed into law by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, that authorizes DOER to set energy storage procurement targets that utilities must meet by 2020. The agency is directed to decide by the end of this year whether to do so.
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