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Baker Administration Sets 200 Megawatt-Hour Energy Storage Target

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

 

Charlie Baker

Governor Charlie Baker announced a 200 Megawatt hour energy storage target to be achieved by January 1, 2020.   

The announcement comes in accordance with bipartisan energy diversification legislation signed by Baker in August 2016.

“As the Commonwealth continues to make unparalleled investments in renewable energy, energy storage technologies have the potential to play an integral role in effectively deploying these new resources. This target, paired with our Energy Storage Initiative, will cause the state and industry to lead the way on exploring the most cost-effective deployment of energy storage for Massachusetts’ ratepayers,” said Baker.

The target was set by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER). It builds on Baker’s Energy Storage Initiative (ESI), a $10 million commitment to analyze opportunities to support Commonwealth storage companies and develop policy options to encourage energy storage deployment.

Achieving the Target

In calculating the achievement of the target, DOER will consider procurement methods including the refinement of existing clean energy procurement methods, participating in alternative compliance payment funded pilot programs in which the company is an awardee or in a partnership with an awardee, and through the use of energy efficiency funds.

The target is meant to fulfill the intention of the legislation in a way that complements the planned course of the ESI so that the state can learn about the most cost-effective and viable deployment of energy storage and inform future policies.

“This target is a great first step in making energy storage a deserved pillar of our energy landscape.The advances taking place in both the private and public storage arenas will be a game changer. The power produced by our renewables needs to be saved and used to make our grid as efficient and stable as possible. If we are to truly embrace a clean energy future, we need to keep our power flowing efficiency and cleanly at both low- and peak-demand periods. I hope to build upon these targets as our legislative session continues and push ahead to make Massachusetts, once again, the foremost leader in energy efficiency,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton), founding chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change.

The target sets a flexible goal for the electric distribution companies to identify the most cost-effective applications and the best locations for energy storage deployment, including both in front of the meter and behind the meter applications.

 

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