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  • March 24, 2017

    New York’s Community Microgrids Program Advances to Stage 2

    Out of the 83 community microgrid proposals funded under stage 1 of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s NY Prize program, eleven are moving on to stage 2. Each microgrid, many of which include solar and storage, will be awarded $1 million to fund detailed design, engineering, and financing feasibility studies. Stage 3 winners will vie for a remaining $20 million in NY Prize funds, along with a chance to secure up to $50 million in financing from the NY Green Bank. Read more here and here.

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  • December 6, 2016

    California Energy Commission to Award up to $26M for Solar+Storage Solutions

    The California Energy Commission will award up to $26 million in grants for advanced technologies and solutions that support the increased viability, capability, adoption or grid integration of distributed solar resources. The Commission’s solicitation calls for pilot demonstrations of advanced solar+storage technologies, enhanced modeling tools to maximize solar+storage benefits, advanced smart inverter capabilities that help reduce the adverse impacts of high amounts of PV on the grid, forecasting tools the California Independent System Operator can integrate into its planning efforts, and energy storage technologies that prevent the uncontrolled mid-day export of large amounts of solar PV generation to the grid and reduce the evening net load peak. Read more here.

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  • March 10, 2016

    Energy Storage for Neighborhood Resilience in Massachusetts

    CEG/CESA has executed a no-cost contract with Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to provide free technical support services to MA communities that received awards in DOER’s Community Clean Energy Resilience Initiative. The technical assistance is available to help communities design, procure, install and operate energy storage systems, and is provided with support from US DOE Office of Electricity, Sandia National Laboratories, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, and foundation funders. Read more here.

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  • November 11, 2015

    NYSERDA Supports CHP Buyers and Streamlines the Market

    For more than a decade the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has promoted combined heat and power (CHP), also known as cogeneration, as an efficient and reliable energy technology. CHP systems produce electricity from an engine or generator and capture heat generated during this process for separate uses, such as space heating. By recycling the leftover heat, they can produce energy more efficiently than if the electricity and heat were produced separately. Modern CHP systems typically use natural gas, so they have low emissions. Many kinds of facilities use CHP systems, including hospitals, apartment buildings, and large commercial office buildings.

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  • May 28, 2015

    Massachusetts Announces $10 Million Energy Storage Initiative

    Massachusetts has announced the launch of a $10 million Energy Storage Initiative (ESI) to fund energy storage demonstration projects. These projects will range from residential to utility scale. The ESI will include two studies, one analyzing the industry landscape, and the second providing policy and regulatory recommendations as well as a cost-benefit analysis. Funding for the ESI will come from the state's alternative compliance payments (ACPs). Read more here.

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  • April 30, 2015

    New York Funds Microgrid Studies, Announces $450 Million in Solar Funding with Adder for Storage

    Two big announcements have come out of New York over the last couple weeks: $500,000 will be awarded through the New York Prize Microgrid Competition to fund five microgrid feasibility studies and $450 million in funding was announced for commercial/industrial scale solar PV systems. The announced NY-Sun Commercial/Industrial Incentive Program includes extra incentives for projects incorporating an energy storage component. For more information, click here.

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  • April 17, 2015

    New Jersey Leverages Markets to Support Resilient Solar+Storage Deployment

    The results of New Jersey’s Renewable Electric Storage Competitive Solicitation are in, and they are impressive.  With only $3 million to spend, the state Board of Public Utilities has announced awards to 13 solar+storage projects (one also uses a significant amount of wind generation) that will provide resilient power to critical facilities such as schools serving as emergency shelters and wastewater treatment plants.  

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  • April 16, 2015

    Maryland’s Microgrid Policy: Selling a Market, Not Giving Away Money

    While other states are trying to attract microgrid developers through incentive programs, Maryland has another plan: to foster a market that is itself an incentive. Through quantifying the benefits of resilient power and by reducing soft costs, the Maryland Energy Administration hopes to build a market that will make the state competitive for microgrid developers. “My goal is that I never have to design another grant program again," said Kyle Haas, a Maryland energy policy manager. Read more about Maryland's microgrid strategy in an article by Elisa Wood for Microgrid Knowledge here.

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  • December 13, 2014

    Internship offers insight into efforts to transform energy distribution

    CESA/CEG's 2014 summer intern Jillian Corley wrote an article for the Poughkeepsie Journal about her experience working on our Resilient Power Project. Read the full article here.

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  • September 18, 2014

    New report from Clean Energy Group describes the evolution of resilient power

    Clean Energy Group has released a new paper about the progress of “resilient power” efforts since the New York City blackouts in 1999 to Superstorm Sandy. The paper goes on to announce the launch of the Resilient Power Project and describes the importance of new technologies like solar PV with energy storage to provide resilient power as weather patterns become increasingly volatile and longer power outages become more frequent.

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  • August 1, 2014

    Resilient Rhode Island Act Signed

    The Resilient Rhode Island Act, the state's first comprehensive climate change bill, was officially signed on August 1. The bill has received strong support since it was proposed.

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  • July 31, 2014

    N.J. launches $200M bank to develop microgrids

    By Henry Gass, ClimateWire

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  • July 31, 2014

    Updates from the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA)

    Earlier this year Governor Malloy announced a joint effort between DEEP and the University of Connecticut - the creation of a multi-disciplinary, regional center of excellence, the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA). CIRCA brings together experts in the natural sciences, engineering, economics, political science, finance, and law to provide practical solutions to a changing climate. The Institute will help coastal and inland floodplain communities in Connecticut and throughout the Northeast better adapt to climate impacts and make their human-built infrastructure more resilient while protecting ecosystems and the services they offer (recreation, storm protection, food, clean air and water, and energy).

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  • July 23, 2014

    New Jersey Establishes Energy Resilience Bank

    CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION TAKES STEPS TO ESTABLISH ENERGY RESILIENCE BANK: Innovative Program will Address Resilience of Critical Infrastructure and Facilities

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  • July 15, 2014

    California Ready to Fund the Next Wave of Microgrids Paired With Renewables and Storage

    The California Energy Commission has just announced $26.5 million in grants for microgrid projects that “incorporate clean, low-carbon energy resources with energy storage and on-site energy management” to help meet the state’s carbon reduction and renewable energy goals. Read more on this story in Greentech Media's article "California Ready to Fund the Next Wave of Microgrids Paired with Renewables and Storage."

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  • May 15, 2014

    Massachusetts Issues $40 Million Resilient Power Solicitation

    The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (MassDOER) is offering $40 million for energy resiliency projects as part of their Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative. The funding will be awarded through two separate solicitations, one for technical assistance and another for project implementation. “These grants will provide an opportunity for cities and towns to tap the technology and expertise of the commonwealth’s clean energy industry to protect residents and businesses from the effects of climate change,” said MassDOER Commissioner Mark Sylvia. 

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  • April 24, 2014

    Commerce RI issues report on the risks and opportunities of climate change

    The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation presented a report to the Rhode Island Climate Change Commission entitled Understanding the Economic Development Opportunity and Impact of Climate Change. This report provides an overview and framework for planning and preparing for the economic development opportunities and impacts related to climate change.

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  • April 23, 2014

    Progress Report on Sustainable DC Initiative Shows Successful First Year

    Mayor Vincent C. Gray and District government agency leaders today presented the first-year progress report on Sustainable DC, Mayor Gray’s initiative to ensure the District becomes the nation’s greenest, healthiest, most livable city.

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  • April 19, 2014

    Energy Trust of Oregon Funds Solar and Geothermal Plant at Oregon University

    The Energy Trust of Oregon provided $1.5 million in funding to the Oregon Institute of Technology for a solar and geothermal plant. “As Oregonians, clean energy is practically in our DNA,” said Oregon Senator Ron Wyden. “Nothing in my view epitomized that more than Oregon Tech. You’ve got here a solar, geothermal project that provides an incredible value, not just to Oregon Tech, and the students here, but also to the Basin and to the state. It creates jobs, reduces our carbon footprint and saves money. That is a trifecta, my friends, in which everybody wins.” Read more about this project here

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  • April 8, 2014

    Clean Energy and Climate Resilience Join Forces in Massachusetts and New Jersey

    Massachusetts and New Jersey are spearheading clean energy financing programs that also address the need for climate resilience. Both of these programs appear to be partially motivated by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The United Nations combines these two funding pools already, but within the United States, this is a new development at both federal and state levels.

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  • March 6, 2014

    CT DEEP powers up first microgrid under Connecticut's first-in-nation statewide program

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy today joined state and local officials at Wesleyan University in Middletown to help power up the first microgrid project to come online under the inaugural round of Connecticut’s statewide microgrid pilot program. During the ceremony, the Governor also announced that proposals for a second round of projects under the program are now being accepted.

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  • March 3, 2014

    Alaska Center for Energy and Power presented research at microgrid summit

    Researchers, developers and policy makers involved with promoting micro grids met in Austin, Texas, last week to share their work at the Microgrid RODEO Summit. Jeremy VanderMeer of ACEP presented on the research he and Dr. Marc Mueller-Stoffels have been performing on integrating a potential geothermal energy source into the wind-diesel microgrid of Nome, Alaska.

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  • February 25, 2014

    Maryland Energy Administration establishes resiliency through microgrids task force

    Governor Martin O’Malley tapped his Energy Advisor, Abigail Hopper, to lead the Resiliency Through Microgrids Task Force to study the statutory, regulatory, financial, and technical barriers to the deployment of microgrids in Maryland. Microgrids combine clean, distributed power generation with advanced control technologies, enabling portions of the electric grid to remain online even if the wider grid is down. This effort builds on recommendations from the Grid Resiliency Task Force’s report issued in September 2012. This roadmap could also offer assistance to Maryland entities that apply for Department of Energy funding to assist with microgrid development.
     
    “Marylanders expect and deserve an electric grid they can count on, especially during unpredictable severe weather events. Developing microgrids is critical to a sustainable future,” said Governor O’Malley. “As smart grid technologies continue to improve, microgrids have the potential to become an important piece of the climate resilience puzzle. The roadmap this task force will create will pave the way to a stronger, more reliable power grid in every corner of our State.” 

    The Resiliency Through Microgrids Task Force, staffed by the Maryland Energy Administration, will hold a series of public meetings starting March 3rd, with additional meetings through the rest of the month. The meetings will include panels of experts from across the State and nation and provide an opportunity for Maryland residents to contribute to the development guide.
     
    The Task Force will focus on the statutory, regulatory, financial and technical barriers to the development of microgrid energy systems, including advanced control technologies, generation assets, and energy storage. It will also identify possible locations for pilot microgrid projects in high-demand areas across Maryland. The Task Force will report back to the Governor with a roadmap for action to address these barriers by April 14, 2014.
     
    “I am excited to begin these discussions so that Maryland can clear the way for future microgrid deployment,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, Governor O’Malley’s Energy Advisor and Director of the Maryland Energy Administration. “Microgrids involve novel technologies deployed in new and interesting ways. By engaging key stakeholders and charting a clear path forward, we will offer Marylanders another tool to increase the resilience of the electric distribution system.”

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  • February 21, 2014

    MassCEC Comissioned Study on Microgrid Deployment

    As cities and states seek to improve the resilience, reliability, and efficiency of the electric grid in the face of increasingly severe storms and other emerging threats, microgrids offer policy makers, elected leaders and the communities they serve an additional tool with which to address these challenges. 

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  • February 12, 2014

    New CEG Report - Clean Energy for Resilient Communities

    Solar and Energy Storage Can Protect Cities from Power Outages, Create Resilient Communities

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  • August 5, 2013

    Governor Cuomo Announces Action to Spur More Than $3 Billion in Private Investment to Help Communities Implement Storm Recovery Plans

    Governor Directs State Agencies to Prioritize Rebuilding Projects and Accelerate Permitting

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  • July 9, 2013

    CEFIA Releases RFP for CHP Pilot Program

    Rocky Hill, Conn., July 9, 2013 — The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) today released a rolling Request for Proposals (RFP) for its Combined Heat and Power Pilot Program. Pursuant to Section 103 of Public Act 11-80, and subsequently amended by Public Act 12-2, CEFIA is charged with administering a three-year $6 million dollar pilot program. The total funding remaining in the program for all selected projects under this competitive solicitation is $5 million dollars. This program will offer support for projects that are below five megawatts.

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  • June 3, 2013

    Using State RPSs to Promote Resilient Power at Critical Infrastructure Facilities

    The new briefing paper from Todd Olinsky-Paul, Project Director at Clean Energy States Alliance, explores whether RPSs could be used to help address the problem of electric grid failures from severe storms.

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  • July 31, 2012

    Climate Change Reports Highlight Impacts and Challenges for California

    Leading scientists outline opportunities for solutions

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  • October 31, 2011

    CESA Supports Agriculture-based Clean Energy Program in New Farm Bill

    In a recent letter to US Lawmakers on the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, Clean Energy States Alliance Executive Director Mark Sinclair expressed support for continued energy-related programs such as the Energy Title of the 2088 Farm, Conservation, and Energy Act:

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