Solar advocates push for passage of Massachusetts grid-planning bill

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Today, an organization representing hundreds of energy companies with thousands of clean energy workers is telling New England authorities to improve the grid planning process and integrate decentralized energy resources such as solar and energy storage. We called for the establishment of a policy (H.4348) for better support. The announcement was made when the Northeastern Clean Energy Supporters and the industry gathered at the RE + conference in Boston.

“Regional solar and storage play an important role in Massachusetts’ energy transition, but further progress is currently stagnant due to the grid planning process, which does not properly consider the growth of decentralized resources. “We are,” said Mike Judge, Vice President of Regulation. Office work of the Community Solar Access Union. “Establishing a new planning process that directs utilities to upgrade their grids to increase the number of distributed resources that can be interconnected is important to achieving the decarbonization goal.”

As highlighted in White paper Interconnection barriers released last week by the Coalition for Community Solar Access and Local Solar for All are stalling the demand for consumers, communities and businesses to access solar and energy storage. This paper provides important recommendations on the steps regulators and legislators must take to address barriers. This includes establishing a distribution system planning process designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs by incorporating solar and energy storage.

“Rooftop and community solar, along with energy storage, can play a leading role in our energy system, reduce consumer costs and protect the environment,” said Phyllis Cuttino, Managing Director of Local Solar for All. Says. “This cannot be achieved at the required scale and pace without facilitating the process of connecting solar and storage to the grid.”

Massachusetts has more than 3,500 MW of solar and 377 MW of storage installed, but a significant amount of additional renewable resources to comply with greenhouse gas reduction requirements under the Federal Global Warming Solutions Act. And energy storage megawatts are required.

Mark Silvia, Chairman of the New England Solar Business Association (SEBANE), said: ). “By improving the process of integrating new distributed solar and storage facilities, we can unleash the potential of local solar and storage, reduce pollution and boost the local economy.”

The legislation promoted by the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Commissions will soon be reviewed by the House of Representatives (H.4348) and will be removed by requiring utilities to “proactively develop plans for upgrades.” Includes new obligations for planning and grid investment specifically aimed at achieving carbonization. Transmission and distribution grids to improve grid reliability and resiliency. Increase customer access to renewable and distributed energy resources. Accelerate federal progress towards electrification of transportation, electrification of buildings and decarbonization. “

“We are building tomorrow’s grid, which requires us to use a different process than the way the current grid was built 100 years ago,” said the Northeast Regional Director of Coalition for Community Solar Access. One Kaitlin Kelly O’Neill said. .. “This is an important step in maximizing the benefits of local solar and storage in the state, efficiently updating the grid, while increasing clean energy adoption and resiliency and reducing fossil fuel reliance. “

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