Energy Storage News

  • November 8, 2018

    Emerging State Leaders in Energy Storage: Iowa and Maryland

    Many states are looking to energy storage for renewables integration, cost savings, and resilient power. Two recent and notable state energy storage efforts are taking place in Iowa and Maryland.

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  • October 11, 2018

    New York Establishes $40 Million Incentive for Storage Paired with Solar

    New York is taking its first major step toward reaching the state’s 1.5-gigwatt energy storage target by 2025. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $40 million in funding to support the development of 50 megawatts of storage paired with solar. The incentive program will be targeted toward the commercial and industrial sector and community solar projects, with the aim of reducing barriers such as customer acquisition, identifying project locations, and interconnection. The funding will be offered through the state’s NY-Sun program, with has supported the installation of more than a gigawatt of solar. Read more...

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  • April 17, 2018

    New Video by ACEP Highlights Rural Community Wind Microgrid

    AK videoA video by the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) showcases a wind-powered community microgrid located on Alaska's Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The six-minute video, "Kongiganak - An Energy Success Story," includes footage of the rural community and the wind turbines, and interviews with project partners and residents. Read more about the Kongiganak project here and here.

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  • March 28, 2018

    FERC 841 Opens Markets to Energy Storage

    Last month’s FERC order 841 was hailed by some as a watershed moment in energy storage history. But the devil’s in the implementation, according to Mike Berlinski of Customized Energy Solutions. Berlinski and his colleagues at CES will present details of FERC’s order and address implementation in a Clean Energy States Alliance webinar on April 4.

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  • December 13, 2017

    Massachusetts Announces More Energy Storage Grants

    Last week, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $20 million in grants 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.

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  • July 5, 2017

    How One Small US Town Will Save Millions with a Microgrid

    By Todd Olinsky-Paul, Project Director, CESA

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  • April 14, 2017

    ESTAP Helps Small Massachusetts Community Save Big with Energy Storage

    By Todd Olinsky-Paul, Project Director, CESA

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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) 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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  • December 28, 2016

    Massachusetts to Set Energy Storage Procurement Targets

    Massachusetts is officially in line to join California and Oregon as the third state in the country to set energy storage procurement targets for utilities. Just before the close of 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources announced that the state would be adopting procurement targets to be achieved by 2020. The department is now seeking stakeholder input on the scale and structure of energy storage targets to put in place. Read more here and here.

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  • December 12, 2016

    Vermont Affordable Housing Development Sets New Standard for Resilient, Zero-Energy Homes

    The McKnight Lane Housing Development in Waltham, Vermont is doing what no affordable housing project has done before: It is offering rural, low-income tenants zero-energy, single-family housing that also includes resilient solar energy storage systems. You can read a project profile here, and a blog post about the project here.

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  • September 21, 2016

    Massachusetts Goes All-In on Energy Storage

    By Todd Olinsky-Paul, Project Director, CESA

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  • September 16, 2016

    CESA Applauds Massachusetts Energy Storage Study and Legislation

    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. 
    Todd Olinsky-Paul, project director for CESA’s Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP), applauds the state’s leadership: “If the state follows the study’s recommendations, Massachusetts will further solidify its position as a leader in energy storage policy. The comprehensive policy approach that Massachusetts has developed should serve as a model for other states to develop energy storage markets, grow the industry, and unlock the many benefits of energy storage for utilities, businesses and ratepayers.”

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  • April 4, 2016

    Vermont Microgrid Included in State Energy Plan as Example for Replication

    Vermont’s 2016 Clean Energy Plan, produced by the Department of Public Service (DPS), includes the Stafford Hill Microgrid as an example of the use of scalable energy storage that improves energy resilience (read more about the project here). In its recommendations, the plan calls for studying the performance of the project to understand costs, benefits, and implications for grid-scale storage in Vermont, furthering project development in the state, and facilitating the development of microgrids, particularly where they support critical infrastructure. The Stafford Hill microgrid was built with the support of a joint grant from the Vermont DPS and US DOE, Office of Electricity, and with technical support from Sandia National Laboratories and from the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership program administered by Clean Energy States Alliance. Read the full state clean energy plan 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.

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  • December 21, 2015

    Energy Storage Brings Resiliency to Eugene, OR

    by Todd Olinsky-Paul, Project Director, CESA

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  • May 21, 2015

    ODOE to Offer Research and Development Funds for Energy Storage

    Through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and Sandia National Laboratories, the Oregon Department of Energy will be issuing an energy storage demonstration project Request for Proposals in June. The program will initially offer up to $250,000 in funding for the project, with another $45,000 available through a partnership with Oregon BEST. CESA's Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP) coordinated the federal/state partnership. More information on this solicitation is available here.

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  • January 15, 2015

    The Stafford Hill Solar Farm - Watch how a solar installation is built!

    This video by Green Mountain Power provides an introduction to the Stafford Hills Solar Farm in Rutland, Vermont. The Stafford Hill Solar Farm combines solar, storage and micro-grid technology in an innovative new solar project to improve resiliency and safety in communities.

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  • January 7, 2015

    Power to the People: Envisioning Rutland as 'Energy City of the Future'

    An innovative solar + energy storage microgrid project in Rutland, Vermont will provide resilient power to a community hit hard by 2011's Hurricane Irene. Energy generated from the microgrid will be used to power a local emergency relief shelter. CESA's Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP) and CESA member the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund have been major supporters and co-funders of this project. Read more about the Safford Hills Solar Farm in Power to the People: Envisioning Rutland as 'Energy City of the Future' by Seven Days reporter Kathryn Flagg.

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  • February 17, 2012

    Energy Storage Technology Advancement Project (ESTAP) RFI Released by DOE and Sandia

    Today, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), on behalf of DOE-OE’s Energy Storage program, released a Request for Information (RFI) soliciting ideas from U.S. state and territorial governmental entities for the design, procurement, installation, and demonstration (for a minimum of one year of operation) of state-of-the-art electrical energy storage technology demonstration projects that meet the goals of the Energy Storage Program (see RFI is available here:

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