EnerKnol Platform adds extensive electricity rate information from RateAcuity, building on largest collection of U.S. energy policy data in the world. New York, NY – October 11, 2017 – EnerKnol, Inc., creator of the world’s most comprehensive digital Platform for tracking U.S. energy policy, has teamed up with leading data firm RateAcuity™ to provide seamless…...
EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Massachusetts Among First to Consider Net Metering for Energy Storage amid Calls by Tesla
The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities has initiated a proceeding to investigate the eligibility of energy storage systems to net meter. Stakeholder comments in prior proceedings prompted the investigation, which comes at a time of boom for the storage industry which reflects in the policy realm. Multiple states have passed policies supporting storage, such as mandates, tax incentives, streamlined permitting processes, and research and development programs. While the spread of renewables will be one major driver for the growth of storage, grid resiliency efforts, especially in the wake of weather disasters, will provide another avenue for growth in the industry.Details
Panelists at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing concurred that having more diversified resources would help the authorities manage outages in the wake of hurricanes such as Irma, Harvey, and Maria. The catastrophic storms have emphasized the need for significant investments in the nation’s grid to protect it from a major, long-lasting outage that has affected Puerto Rico. Policymakers are turning to battery storage and microgrids as they do not just strengthen the grid against inclement weather but bring an array of other benefits.Details
The New York State Public Service Commission (NY PSC) has issued an order approving utility proposals to implement its Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) compensation mechanism, a structure that values DER in a more accurate manner including locational and environmental benefits that were previously not quantified. However, solar advocates that have so far commended New York’s reforms said the approval was inadequately reviewed and could undercompensate DER. While studies on the costs and benefits of solar and other types of DERs will help other states set their policies, New York will provide invaluable real-life lessons for other states with emerging solar markets.Details