Using Energy Storage to Improve Public Health in Disadvantaged Communities

Here's another twist on why energy storage is a good thing. It can help clean the air and improve public health. Seth Mullendore of Clean Energy Group explains.Energy storage deployment has been ramping up at a rapid pace across the country, mainly because it can reduce electric bills and cut utility expenses. It is now time to consider another … [Read more...]

California: Out of Controversy Comes a Role Model for Energy Storage?

The Clean Energy Group's Seth Mullendore describes problems that have plagued California's Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) and reforms that may make it a role model for energy storage incentives.The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently proposed a few changes to California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) … [Read more...]

How to Bend the Technology Arc to Bring Resilient Energy to those Most in Need

Today’s drive to develop resilient energy is good for the world. But how quickly will microgrid-like technology arrive for those most in need?That’s a question that’s worried Lew Milford, president and founder of the Clean Energy Group (CEG), an organization for years at the forefront of innovations in renewable energy funding.Milford … [Read more...]

Next for the Resilient Power Industry: How to Keep the Rest of Us Out of the Dark

Resilient power -- what keeps the lights on when the central grid fails -- is evolving from a concept into an industry.Its roots lie in the realization that loss of power is at best uncomfortable, at worst dangerous in today’s electricity-reliant society. Outages also are expensive. So averting power loss has a monetary value to society.This … [Read more...]

How about Microgrid Financing through Warehouse Credit?

Solar took off once the industry started to use power purchase agreements and leasing.  What's the equivalent for microgrid financing?‘Warehouse credit’ might be the answer for microgrids, energy storage and other resiliency projects, according to a new report by the Clean Energy Group, “Ramp Up Resilient Power Finance.”Widely used in … [Read more...]

Connecticut DEEP Contemplates Microgrid Program Revisions

Connecticut officials are considering changes to the state's microgrid program, a first-of-its-kind grant offering.  Clean Energy Group's Todd Olinsky-Paul explains the proposed legislative and regulatory action.The hallmark of good programs is that they keep getting better. Last month, Clean Energy States Alliance awarded a State Leadership in … [Read more...]

Green Mountain Power Builds Microgrid to Revitalize City

Green Mountain Power has begun building what is believed to be the US’ first solar microgrid in a brownfield landfill,  part of project to revitalize Rutland City.The Vermont utility is installing 7,700 solar panels that can generate 2 MW, backed up by a 4-MW battery storage system.Called Stafford Hill Solar Farm, the $10 million microgrid … [Read more...]

Green Mountain Power Builds Microgrid to Revitalize City

Green Mountain Power has begun building what is believed to be the US’ first solar microgrid in a brownfield landfill,  part of project to revitalize Rutland City.The Vermont utility is installing 7,700 solar panels that can generate 2 MW, backed up by a 4-MW battery storage system.Called Stafford Hill Solar Farm, the $10 million microgrid is … [Read more...]

Should We Finance Energy Efficiency as We Do Roads and Bridges?

Finding the best way to finance energy efficiency projects may be the industry’s single most important quest. A lot of new options are on the table, many of them complex and some politically trying.So maybe the answer isn’t to find a new approach, but to remake an old one. That’s the message in a recent paper that proposes bringing “credit … [Read more...]

How the poor may boost clean tech

By Elisa Wood May 19, 2011It’s not surprising that a company like Greenhouse Holdings, which builds eco-friendly infrastructure, would have a thriving California-based operation.  But as John Galt, the company's executive chairman and founder, told Renewable Energy World magazine, the company is not just focusing on wealthy enclaves to grow its … [Read more...]