The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded $20 million in grants to 26 projects that will develop the Commonwealth\u2019s energy storage market and deliver benefits to Massachusetts ratepayers and the electrical grid. Recognizing the potential benefits energy storage holds for the Commonwealth, paired with the strength of submitted projects, the Administration doubled the available funding from the initial $10 million commitment. The awarded projects will benefit 25 communities and draw in $32 million in matching funds, helping to grow the Commonwealth\u2019s energy storage economy.\u00a0\n\nThe grants were awarded as part of the Baker-Polito Administration\u2019s\u00a0Energy Storage Initiative\u00a0(ESI)\u00a0Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage\u00a0(ACES) program, funded by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) through Alternative Compliance Payments (ACP) and administered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).\u00a0\u00a0The announcement was made by Governor Baker during an event at UMass Memorial \u2013 Marlborough Hospital. The critical care facility will use funding received under the grant program to integrate a 400kw solar canopy and energy storage system, reduce energy use and costs, shave its peak demand and increase its overall resilience.\n\n\u201cThe development and deployment of energy storage projects will be vital to the Commonwealth\u2019s ability to continue leading the nation in energy efficiency,\u201d\u00a0said Governor Charlie Baker.\u00a0\u201cFunding these storage projects is an investment in our energy portfolio that will reduce costs for ratepayers and help create a clean and resilient energy future.\u201d\n\n\u201cMassachusetts has a rich history of leadership in innovation and this storage grant program is another important step for the Commonwealth\u2019s energy industry,\u201d\u00a0said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.\u00a0\u201cWe look forward to these projects playing an important role in their local communities and delivering the many benefits energy storage can provide to Massachusetts ratepayers.\u201d\u00a0\n\nLaunched\u00a0by the Baker-Polito Administration in 2015, the ESI aims to make Massachusetts a national leader in energy storage by analyzing opportunities to support energy storage companies, accelerating the development of early commercial storage technologies and developing policy options to encourage energy storage deployment. The first phase of the ESI, the\u00a0State of Charge\u00a0study released in September 2016, identified hundreds of millions of dollars of potential ratepayer benefits from the deployment of energy storage in Massachusetts. The study analyzed the benefits of 10 specific use cases to evaluate how storage economics vary by business model, market involvement and location. These awards represent eight of those use cases and an additional use case not previously identified in the report.\u00a0\n\n\u201cEnergy storage has the potential to revolutionize the energy sector in Massachusetts,\u201d\u00a0said Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton.\u00a0\u201cThe Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage program puts Massachusetts one step closer to realizing the hundreds of millions of dollars in system benefits and ratepayer savings that the deployment of energy storage can provide, while position the state to achieve its energy storage target.\u201d\n\nIn June, in accordance with the bipartisan comprehensive\u00a0energy diversification legislation\u00a0signed by Governor Baker in August of 2016, DOER\u00a0announced\u00a0a 200 Megawatt hour (MWh) energy storage target for the state\u2019s three electric distribution companies to achieve by January 1, 2020. The projects awarded under the ACES program represent a total of 32 MW and 85 MWh of energy storage capacity, of which 16 MW and 45 MWh are within electric distribution company territory. \u00a0Massachusetts currently has approximately 4 MW and 7 MWh of advanced energy storage installed. \u00a0\u00a0\n\n\u201cEnergy storage is a strategic opportunity for the Commonwealth to transform the way we utilize our energy resources,\u201d\u00a0said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson.\u00a0\u201cThe projects receiving funding through the ACES program will provide a roadmap for how Massachusetts can integrate storage into our diversified energy portfolio to lower overall energy costs, increase grid efficiency by decreasing peak demand, and more effectively utilize our strong clean energy sector.\u201d\n\n\u201cThese projects represent a substantial step forward for the emerging energy storage sector in Massachusetts,\u201d\u00a0said MassCEC CEO Stephen Pike.\u00a0\u201cThe Commonwealth\u2019s leadership in developing this industry will allow renewable energy sources to be harnessed to their full potential and increase the resiliency of the electrical grid.\u201d\n\nThe projects awarded funding are:\n\n\n\t\t\tLocation\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tFacility\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tAwardees\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tAmount\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tActon\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tEducation\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tEnerNOC\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$1,250,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tAmherst\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tEducation\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tUMass-Amherst\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$1,143,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tAshburnham\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tUtility\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tMassachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$600,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tBoston\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tEducation\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tUMass-Boston\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$850,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tBoston\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tCommercial\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tGeneral Electric - Headquarters\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$221,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tBoston\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tHospital\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tBoston Medical Center\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$403,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tBraintree\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tUtility\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tBorrego Solar Systems\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$700,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tBrockton, Leicester\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tCommercial\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tAdvanced Microgrid Solutions\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$645,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tClinton, Dracut, Leominster, Taunton\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tCommercial\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tGreenlots\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$439,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tEdgartown\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tTransit Authority\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tMartha\u0027s Vineyard Transit Authority\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$545,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tEverett\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tHotel and Casino\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tTesla\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$1,074,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tLexington\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tResearch Center\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tSolect Energy\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$1,000,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tLunenburg\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tUtility\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tNuGen Capital\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$1,225,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tMarlborough\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tHospital\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tUMass Memorial-Marlborough Hospital\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$686,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tNantucket\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tResidential Sites\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tTesla\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$1,250,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tNew Bedford\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tManufacturing\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tBorrego Solar Systems\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$700,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tNorth Reading\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tUtility\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tReading Municipal Light Department\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$1,000,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tNorwood\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tBiotechnology\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tNextEra Energy\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$500,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tShirley\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tUtility\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tNational Grid\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$875,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tSomerville\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tCommercial\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tAmeresco\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$348,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tTaunton\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tUtility\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tTaunton Municipal Light Plant\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$1,250,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tVarious Locations\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tResidential Sites\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tSunrun\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$561,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tGreater Boston\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tCommercial\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tConstellation\u00a0\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$1,250,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tVineyard Haven\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tAgriculture\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tWH Bennett\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$382,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tWakefield\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tUtility\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tMassachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$800,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\tWest Boylston\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tUtility\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\tWest Boylston Municipal Light Plant\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t$243,000\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\u00a0\n\nAdditional information on the funded projects can be found\u00a0here.\n\nEnergy storage technologies include batteries, flywheels, thermal storage, and pumped hydroelectric storage, which are capable of storing energy during off peak periods when costs are low and then make energy available during peak periods when costs are higher. Energy storage also makes it possible to increase the effectiveness of renewable energy sources, like solar, by storing energy generated during the day for use at night. Energy storage can also provide power during outages, result in greenhouse gas reductions, and increase the electric grid\u2019s overall reliability and resilience.\u00a0\n\n\u201cWe are appreciative of Governor Baker and his administration for their support of Marlborough and our important community resources like Marlborough Hospital. This program through the Baker-Polito Administration, DOER and MassCEC will help create a new energy storage industry here in Massachusetts,\u201d\u00a0said Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant.\u00a0\u201cUMass Memorial Hospital\u2019s leadership in this industry is demonstrated by its innovative proposal to combine energy storage with CHP and solar to create a unique microgrid that will allow this critical facility to continue to operate even in a widespread power outage.\u201d\n\n\u201cOn behalf of UMass Memorial Health Care and Marlborough Hospital, we are appreciative of the Baker Administration\u2019s support of initiatives that promote and ensure safe, resilient and reliable energy infrastructure. \u00a0We all must continue to look at ways to reduce greenhouse gas, cut energy costs and provide a cleaner healthy environment for our community,\u201d\u00a0said Steve Roach, President and CEO, UMass Memorial \u2013 Marlborough Hospital.\u00a0\n\n\u201cWith this innovative grant program Massachusetts continues to demonstrate its leadership in clean and resilient energy solutions,\u201d\u00a0said State Representative Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough).\u00a0\u201cI commend the Baker-Polito Administration, DOER and MassCEC for their hard work and congratulate UMass Memorial Hospital for being awarded this grant which will demonstrate a cutting edge energy efficient and resilient microgrid at a critical facility in Massachusetts.\u201d\n\n\u201cRecent advances in energy storage technology will transform the way homes and businesses in communities across the Commonwealth interact with energy resources,\u201d\u00a0said State Representative Carmine L. Gentile (D-Sudbury).\u00a0\u201cThis funding will allow UMass Memorial Hospital and many others to take full advantage of the potential of renewable energy sources and promote the expansion of a clean, resilient, reliable, and responsible energy infrastructure in Massachusetts.\u201d\n\n\u201cI want to thank the Baker-Polito Administration, DOER and MassCEC for launching this smart grant program that allows the state to identify energy-storage solutions throughout Massachusetts,\u201d\u00a0said State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton).\u00a0\u201cEnergy storage is critical to building a resilient clean energy grid for the future, and I want to congratulate UMass Memorial Hospital in Marlborough and the Acton-Boxborough School District for demonstrating how to produce savings while providing clean, reliable energy.\u201d\n\n\u201cThe Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage grant program is an important component of the Baker-Polito Administration\u2019s ongoing commitment to promoting more clean energy sources and expanding the state\u2019s energy storage capacity,\u201d\u00a0said House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading).\u00a0\u00a0\u201cThis funding will enable the Reading Municipal Light Department to better manage peak energy demand while also providing RMLD customers with more reliable and cost-effective service.\u201d\n\n\u201cThe North Reading proposal will provide significant value to the region,\u201d\u00a0said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester).\u00a0\u201cEnergy storage is critical to unlocking the full potential of renewable energy generation, peak demand response capacity, and robustness of the grid. Using this unique lithium ion system will help our environment and economy.\u201d\n\n\u201cThese grants demonstrate the Commonwealth\u2019s continued commitment to being a leader on clean energy and resiliency\u201d\u00a0said House Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset).\u00a0\u201cI am pleased that Taunton Municipal Light Plant has been chosen to participate and will be undertaking an innovative battery storage project with a new solar array.\u201d\n\n\u201cThe advances taking place in energy storage will change the game and keep our power flowing efficiently at both low- and peak-power periods,\u201d\u00a0said Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton), founding chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change.\u00a0\u201cI\u2019m pleased that these grants will help our communities take advantage of this technology and help them save money while making our grid as clean and stable as possible.\u201d\n\n\u201cThe Northeast Clean Energy Council congratulates the companies and projects announced today as well as the Baker Administration for its leadership in kick-starting the Commonwealth\u0027s energy storage market,\u201d\u00a0said Northeast Clean Energy Council President Peter Rothstein.\u00a0\u201cWe look forward to seeing these and many other energy storage projects come online to demonstrate new business models and bring significant value to Massachusetts through monetary savings, high-priority energy and environmental policy impacts, grid management and resiliency benefits, and economic growth.\u201d\n\nSince releasing the study, DOER has implemented a majority of the report\u2019s recommendations to promote energy storage in the Commonwealth. They include, but are not limited to, becoming the first state in the nation to incentivize the pairing of energy storage with solar in the new proposed solar incentive program,\u00a0SMART; conducting solar-plus-storage feasibility studies for Massachusetts manufacturing companies; authorizing the pairing of energy storage technologies with the\u00a0largest procurement\u00a0of clean and offshore wind energy generation in state history, 9,450,000MWh of clean energy generation and 1,600MW of offshore wind energy generation; continued energy storage grant opportunities through the\u00a0Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative; and funding energy storage projects through the\u00a0Peak Demand Reduction Grant Program.