Threat of Clean Power Plan repeal doesn’t derail search for clean energy

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Pruitt recently signaled the Trump Administration plans to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a directive by the Obama Administration to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. In spite of this positioning, state policies and other drivers likely will continue to push power companies toward investments in cleaner energy resources.

Energy storage could help Hawaii meet 100% renewable mandate by 2045

Hawaii Electric Co. is considering moving to a utility-scale commercial energy storage platform. The state’s 100% renewable energy mandate takes effect in 2045, and energy storage can help attain the goal. The company is anticipating 2,700 MW of storage by 2030, which will include small customer-sited batteries as well as utility-scale installations.

Hurricanes should drive discussion about resiliency, grid upgrades

While hurricanes in Florida, Puerto Rico and Texas were devastating to millions of Americans, a light at the end of the tunnel could be a new focus on grid modernization. Using Hurricane Sandy as a lesson, the storm shut down power to millions in the Northeast in 2012, forcing the electric utilities in the region to discuss resiliency. This led the region to invest in various grid modernization efforts as well as distributed energy resources.

Report: Energy storage can replace outdated generation technology in New York

The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium recently released a report that suggests investments in battery storage can help the city replace outdated generation resources and help meet climate change goals. The study finds that nearly 30% of New York City’s steam and combustion turbines will be past retirement in the next five years, and suggests batteries can help fill the generation void in a cleaner way.

Energy benchmarking now required of building owners in 18 U.S. cities

The American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy recently announced that eighteen U.S. cities now require building owners to benchmark the energy performance of their buildings and make this information public. This is an effort to make energy consumption more transparent and ultimately, to drive business owners to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings.