Multi-User Microgrids: Obstacles to Development and Recommendations for Advancement REVISED
NECEC and the Boston University Institute for Sustainability, with support from E4TheFuture, published a new white paper on multi-user microgrid deployment, "Multi-User Microgrids: Obstacles to Development and Recommendations for Advancement."
While multi-user microgrids are emerging as a highly resilient approach to electricity service, few are actually in operation. The paper seeks to identify the barriers limiting multi-user microgrid development, as well as potential solutions to those barriers, focusing particularly on the northeast United States. Augmenting research of publicly available information by interviewing industry experts, the paper identifies seven key barriers to multi-user microgrid development and suggests beneficial actions and recommendations to overcome them
An Analysis of the Massachusetts RPS
NECEC, in partnership with Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, commissioned An Analysis of the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard to analyze the economic, energy and environmental impacts of increasing the RPS in New England’s two largest markets: Massachusetts and Connecticut. The report was produced by Synapse Energy Economics, Inc. and Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC.
The report found an imbalance between the Commonwealth’s policies that affect renewable energy demand (like the RPS) and renewable energy supply (like the Energy Diversity Act procurements and the state’s solar program). A remedy to this supply and demand imbalance is necessary to maintain the current renewable energy fleet, to encourage new investment and production in a cost-effective and sustainable manner and to help the Commonwealth fulfill its obligations under the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act, which sets a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020 and by 80 percent by 2050.
Partnering for the Clean Energy Economy
"Partnering for the Clean Energy Economy" examines how the Northeast is leading in areas of clean energy policy, market development and support for business and innovation growth. The white paper, produced by NECEC staff, looks at specific examples and approaches that are underway, as well as what more is needed to accelerate the region’s energy transition and to serve as a global example of how clean energy can be both a climate solution and a driver of economic prosperity. NECEC analyzed the three key economic development elements needed to ensure 2030 clean energy targets are achieved and that the region continues on its steady path towards a clean energy future:
- The Clean Energy Policy Foundation
- Clean Energy Market Development
- Business Growth and Innovation
Leading the Next Era of Electricity Innovation
Drawing on NECEC’s work on the Massachusetts Grid Modernization Steering Committee and other grid modernization efforts in the Northeast, this paper examines the benefits of grid modernization and a 21st-century electricity system and the policy and regulatory framework needed to advance them.
Leading the Next Era of Electricity Innovation is an independent report by NECEC, supported by funding from the Energy Foundation. It was written by NECEC President Peter Rothstein, NECEC Executive Vice President Janet Gail Besser and Jesse Jenkins, a researcher, analyst, and writer with expertise in energy and climate change, electric power systems, energy policy, and innovation policy who is currently an MIT Ph.D. student.
New England's Cleantech Innovation Landscape
NECEC published the first region-wide study of the cleantech innovation cluster that identifies both early-stage cleantech companies as well as pieces of the region’s innovation infrastructure, which include government entities, university programs, non-profit institutions, and corporations that support cleantech technology research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. NECEC also created an “Innovation Infrastructure Infographic” showcasing the region’s innovation resources.
Offshore Wind: Recommendations for a Coordinated Aggregated Power Procurement Mechanism for Offshore Wind Projects in New England
In 2012, NECEC convened an Offshore Wind Task Force, consisting of 24 members representing development, transmission, supply chain, government, academic institutions, and national and regional trade organizations. Together, the Task Force worked to identify barriers to the development of offshore wind and to provide recommendations for overcoming those barriers.
Offshore Wind: Recommendations for a Coordinated Aggregated Power Procurement Mechanism for Offshore Wind Projects in New England report includes recommendations for the effective development of a coordinated aggregated procurement process for large offshore wind projects in New England.