The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
("DOER") and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
("MassCEC") released their long-awaited report on energy
storage, "State of Charge" (the "Storage
Study") on Friday. The Storage Study is a central
component of the Commonwealth's "Energy Storage Initiative" and is likely
to serve as the basis for future policy initiatives. It
recommends a suite of policies designed to promote the development
of 600 MW of advanced energy storage (i.e. energy storage other
than pumped hydro) in Massachusetts by 2025, which it asserts
would provide $800 million in system benefits to Massachusetts
ratepayers, increase grid resiliency, and reduce greenhouse gas
The Storage Study's smorgasbord of policy proposals builds
off of Massachusetts's experience with other energy
technologies, such as solar and energy efficiency. And many
of the proposals involve adapting ongoing or established
programs or regulatory processes. Without attempting to be
comprehensive, the Storage Study includes the following
Clarify Department of Public Utilities guidelines to
accommodate the use of advanced energy storage in demand reduction
programs as part of Energy Efficiency Investment Plans.
Expand the $10 million DOER/MassCEC RFP for storage project
demonstrations, which is expected to be released this fall, from
$10 million to $20 million.
Implement a "Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Storage
Program," ("MOR-Storage"), modeled on DOER's MOR-EV rebate
program for electric vehicles, that would provide rebates to
businesses that invest in customer-sited storage projects.
Implement a "Solar plus Storage" pilot program that
uses MassCEC funds to finance site assessments for small commercial
and industrial facilities.
Create an "Advanced Storage Working Group" at ISO-NE
to facilitate processes for easier participation of advanced energy
storage resources in ISO-NE markets.
Facilitate the adoption of codes and standards for the safe
deployment of advanced energy storage systems.
Increase investment in advanced energy storage companies in
Massachusetts to promote the growth of an "energy storage
cluster" in Massachusetts.
Together, these policy initiatives could prove an effective spur
to the deployment of energy storage in Massachusetts. The
Study notes that Massachusetts, with less than 2 MW of advanced
energy storage deployed, has lagged behind states that have more
aggressively created market opportunities for energy storage, and
that Massachusetts ratepayers could benefit substantially from
smart deployment of new storage resources.
DOER and MassCEC will hold a listening session on the Storage
Study on Tuesday, September 27th 9:30am-12:30pm in
the Tower Auditorium, Massachusetts College of Art and Design 621
Huntington Ave, Boston.
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