Massachusetts Sets 200 MWh Energy Storage Target

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) last week established a 200-MWh energy storage target for the state to be achieved by 2020.

“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,” Gov. Charlie Baker said in a June 30 statement. “This target, paired with our Energy Storage Initiative (ESI), will cause the state and industry to lead the way on exploring the most cost-effective deployment of energy storage for Massachusetts’ ratepayers.”

The governor’s ESI commits $10 million for examining ways the state can support energy storage companies and develop policies to encourage storage deployment.

According to the governor’s office, the target sets a flexible goal for the state’s 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.

Earlier in June, Baker announced $4.7 million in funding for nine projects that will demonstrate peak demand reduction technologies and services.

Energy storage technologies will be featured in five of nine the projects. Those projects are:

  • Demand management software provider eCurve and energy storage provider Advanced Microgrid Solutions will work with Massachusetts utility Eversource to demonstrate peak demand reduction technologies at solar-enabled and non-solar Kohl’s department stores.
  • Genbright will demonstrate the ability to capture up to six value streams at retail and wholesale levels by deploying behind-the-meter battery storage at a manufacturing site.
  • In a separate project, Genbright will use thermal energy storage at residential sites for peak demand reductions on Nantucket. The project aims to demonstrate a non-wires alternative to investment in a third undersea transmission cable to the island, according to DOER.
  • Holyoke Gas and Electric will install a grid-scale lithium-ion battery on a distribution feeder served from one of the company’s substations. DOER said that UMass Amherst will analyze the performance of the battery and quantify the peak demand reduction value of the equipment for use by other utility companies.
  • Tesla will demonstrate aggregated energy storage for peak demand reduction in National Grid territory. 

“These projects represent another important step towards a clean, affordable and resilient energy future for the Commonwealth,” DOER Commissioner Judith Judson, said. “By funding projects that focus on a wide variety of ratepayers — residential, commercial, and municipal — today’s grants will lay the groundwork for reducing peak demand statewide.”

Lead image credit: AES Energy Storage

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