Massachusetts and Vermont crack the code on distributed energy storage
- Jul 20, 2020 8:32 pm GMT
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In 2019, Massachusetts commenced a nation-leading experiment by, for the first time, incorporating behind-the-meter energy storage into the Commonwealth’s three-year energy efficiency plan, through the ConnectedSolutions program, as a peak demand reducing measure. The state argued that this represented a new type of efficiency. Batteries do not generally reduce net consumption of electricity – the goal of traditional efficiency measures – but they are very good at shifting consumption from peak to off-peak times, something traditional efficiency measures can’t do. This is a highly valuable service, as shown by a report, State of Charge, published by the Massachusetts clean energy agencies in 2017, which found that 40 percent of the state’s annual spend on electricity was attributable to just 10 percent of the hours each year when demand was highest. Lowering those occasional demand peaks can make the whole system more efficient and lower capacity and transmission costs for utilities, in turn saving money for the ratepayers. The ConnectedSolutions program, launched statewide in 2019, does just that.
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