February 7, 2018
By Val Stori, Project Director, CESA
January 5, 2018
Block Island Wind Farm - Photo by Val Stori, CESA. 2017 was a banner year for offshore wind in the U.S. Boosted by the start of commercial operations at the Block Island Wind Farm in December 2016, the offshore wind sector gathered momentum and made significant progress over the year.
December 13, 2017
Last week, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $20 million in grants[https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-awards-20-million-for-energy-storage-projects] to support 26 energy storage projects in 25 Massachusetts communities. The grant program, Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES), is part of the state’s ongoing Energy Storage Initiative, which includes a range of energy storage policy efforts. It puts the state clearly in the storage leadership role in the East.
November 2, 2017
Today, the States of Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island released three reports that set out the context for offshore wind development in the Northeast and reveal its potential economic development benefits.
October 20, 2017
The Connecticut Green Bank: Innovation in Finance Sparks New Model for Public/Private Investment in Clean Energy
The Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation announced in July that the Connecticut Green Bank had won this year’s Innovations in American Government Award. The Ash Center award recognizes excellence and creativity across a wide range of government initiatives, from technology and public health programs to conservation and education. That Connecticut’s pioneering clean energy financing model won this prestigious award, selected from among thousands of entries, speaks to the important role of states in accelerating the renewable energy transition.
October 15, 2017
As Puerto Rico continues to experience massive power outages in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, experts are pointing to Alaska as an example of how to rebuild a stronger more resilient grid. While not an island, Alaska contains many remote communities, and for years has been leading the country in developing resilient clean energy microgrids to provide power to these “islanded” communities. Articles in The Chicago Tribune, CleanTechnica, and NPR propose “the Alaska model” as the best path forward as Puerto Rico rebuilds. "When we are facing the sort of infrastructure destruction we have seen this hurricane season, it only makes sense to give some pause before reinvesting in the exact same system that proved so vulnerable," said Gwen Holdmann, who directs the Alaska Center for Energy and Power at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. “If the system were redesigned around microgrids incorporating local power production, there would still be losses, but the number and duration of outages due to severe weather events would decrease."
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