December 7, 2017
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) have awarded $20 million in grants for 26 energy storage projects in 25 communities. This grant funding is part of the Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) program. DOER and MassCEC originally intended to award $10 million in grants, but decided to double the grant amount based on an influx of strong applications. Details on each of the 26 projects are available *here*. A press release announcing the awards is available *here*.
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."
September 20, 2017
Long before the current emphasis on sub-national leadership in advancing clean energy, some states had created funds dedicated to supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy development. In 2002 a new national nonprofit organization emerged to coordinate and assist these clean energy funds. That organization – the Clean Energy States Alliance – works to promote clean energy technologies and markets by bringing together stakeholders and offering technical assistance, information sharing, partnership development and other services.
September 5, 2017
The 2017 National Summit on RPS will take place on Tuesday, November 7 and Wednesday, November 8 in Arlington, Virginia at the Westin Crystal City Hotel. Attending the Summit is the best way to learn about developments and trends related to state RPSs and to network with many of the people from across the country who are most engaged in implementing and analyzing state RPS programs. The Summit is hosted by CESA for the RPS Collaborative, with generous financial support from the Energy Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. *Read more and register here[webinars/2017-national-summit-on-rps/]*.
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