This week, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed the state’s first energy storage mandate into law. Assuming the law is authorized by the Oregon Public Utility Commission, electric utilities operating within the state will be required to procure at least 5 megawatt-hours of energy storage by 2020.
Written by the Clean Energy Group www.cleanegroup.org
Although the report applies to Baltimore, its detailed policy and financing recommendations can be applied across the country. Among those recommendations are to:
- Deploy solar with storage at critical community and government facilities that serve low-income, disabled and elderly communities during emergencies.
- Promote targeted public funds to increase the use of clean energy in those communities.
- Use existing bond financing tools to finance solar projects in public and community facilities like schools, community centers and senior housing.
- Address the existing legal obligations of government agencies under the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide electricity so the elderly and the disabled can fully access emergency services during power outages.
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