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CleanChoice Energy Offers New Renewable Energy Broker Program

Posted by Betsy Lillian, Solar Industry Magazine

CleanChoice Energy, a renewable energy company providing 100% clean electricity to customers across the country, has launched the CleanChoice Energy Broker Program . . . The new program will initially be available to partners serving Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Read more here.

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  • Energy Storage Gets Its Day in Congress, Greentech Media
    The House Energy and Commerce Committee invited experts to testify on what federal storage policy should look like.
  • Show me the money: The business opportunity for grid-interactive buildings, GreenBiz
    Studies by NREL and Clean Energy Group estimate that demand charges above $15/kW make battery storage economic, and GTM Research claims that by 2021, $11/kW demand charges will make battery storage economic. A recent study (PDF) by NREL found that “some of the country’s highest demand charges were found to be in states not typically known for high electricity prices, such as Colorado, Nebraska, Arizona, and Georgia.” If you haven’t checked your bill recently, check again.


Report details ‘bottom-up’ climate strategies for cities, states, Smart Cities Dive

Philadelphia finds a new way to support low-income solar, PV Magazine
In this op-ed for pv magazine, Bentham Paulos examines how Philadelphia is using Solarize to bring the benefits of solar to low-income residents.

Missouri Supreme Court gives new life to $2B Grain Belt Express transmission project, Utility Dive. The proposed 780-mile transmission line would move wind energy from western Kansas to utilities and customers in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and neighboring states. 

Iowa solar installer using storage to help customers avoid costly demand charges

Written by Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News

In Iowa, a state with some of the highest demand charges in the nation, a solar installer is offering a storage solution that the company claims could cut power bills in half for some large electricity customers. One year ago the company, Ideal Energy, installed its first solar-plus-storage system at Stuff Etc., a large consignment store in Coralville. Amy Van Beek, the company’s co-founder and its chief marketing officer, said the project has been performing well and the company is now working with several large electricity customers in the state to determine how solar-plus-storage could work for them. Continue reading.

Photo: An Iowa solar company installed battery storage at this consignment store near Iowa City to help avoid high demand charges. Credit: Ideal Energy