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  • April 5, 2017

    ESTAP Leaders Testify about Energy Storage for Vermont Policymakers

    CESA project director Todd Olinsky-Paul and Dr. Imre Gyuk of US DOE Office of Electricity (DOE-OE) gave testimony in April at the request of the Vermont House Energy & Technology Committee, which is considering a bill that would direct the state Department of Public Service to conduct an energy storage study. The study would characterize the opportunities for, benefits of, and barriers to energy storage deployment in Vermont; assess relevant policy and programs adopted by other states; identify regulatory options and structures available in Vermont; and make recommendations to the Committee regarding the next best steps for Vermont to take. DOE-OE funds CESA’s Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP)[http://cesa.org/projects/energy-storage-technology-advancement-partnership/aerial%20screenshots] through a contract with Sandia National Laboratories; through this program, CESA provides support for state energy storage policy development and state-sponsored energy storage deployment efforts. Vermont is one of several states now considering how best to approach energy storage policy development.

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  • April 3, 2017

    Lessons Learned from Community Solar at SMUD

    In 2008, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) developed SolarShares, one of the country’s first utility-run community solar programs. SMUD continues to adapt and promote its SolarShares program to enable solar access for renters and homeowners alike. In a webinar on Thursday, April 13, SMUD’s SolarShares program managers will highlight the lessons learned from designing the utility’s program. Read more and register here.  

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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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  • March 13, 2017

    States Move Forward with Offshore Wind

    Across the country, CESA member states are working to advance offshore wind.

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