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I joined the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) team a few months ago and, as you might imagine, have been introduced to a mountain of new information. Before I joined DOER, I had a very general understanding of what the department actually did for the Commonwealth. As time goes on, I am gaining insight into what initiatives the team at DOER has developed to increase energy efficiency for businesses and residents, what kind of costs are connected to the initiatives, and just how much energy certain programs can save.""

Within my first few days, I was able to attend a meeting with Commissioner Judith Judson — then also new to her role — when she spoke to the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC), largely about energy storage and DOER’s new Energy Storage Initiative (ESI). ESI is supported by a $10 million commitment of Alternative Compliance Payments from the DOER, and includes a two-part study from DOER and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). The study will analyze opportunities to support Commonwealth storage companies, as well as develops policy options that encourage energy storage.

DOER will also work to identify and evaluate the appropriate value of the services energy storage can provide to ratepayers and the grid through a market signals assessment. It will also partner with MassCEC and key market players to assist in the development of innovative projects in the Commonwealth. ESI will help the state move towards establishing a local market that will ultimately help the local economy.

Commissioner Judson said this about the Energy Storage Initiative “(It) will lay the ground work, through a holistic approach of analysis, assessment and demonstration projects, so that Massachusetts can confidently move forward with policies and regulations that will ensure Massachusetts becomes a national leader in the deployment can cost-effective use of energy storage.”

The Executive Director of the Energy Storage Association, Matt Roberts, commented that “Massachusetts continues to play a leading role in creating solutions for a more flexible and resilient grid. These investments in studying the positive impact that energy storage will have and funding new projects will undoubtedly spur continued advancement in the industry.”

Now that I’ve been at DOER for a few months, I have come to realize the importance of the department’s work for Massachusetts. I have learned about the effort and time it takes to help Massachusetts become more responsible about its energy use. I have witnessed first-hand the effort it takes to keep Massachusetts in a leading role in clean energy and I look forward to being a part of these efforts.

For more information on the Energy Storage Initiative, visit ESI or tweet us @MassDOER.

 

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Nick Schwalbert is a part of the marketing and stakeholder engagement team for the Department of Energy Resources (DOER). He has a B.A. in creative writing from Roger Williams University. Nick has had several internships with communications teams, as well as newspapers like The Lowell Sun and The Boston Herald. He is interested in serving the Commonwealth any way he can and found an opening at DOER. Outside of the office, Nick enjoys the town of Rockport in the summers and snowboards in the winters.

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