March 23, 2020
ESA Statement on Massachusetts’ Implementation of a Clean Peak Standard
The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) commends the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) for finalizing the nation’s first Clean Peak Standard (CPS). The Baker-Polito Administration pioneered this innovative, new regulatory tool to reduce the costs and environmental impacts of periods when electricity demand is the highest and generation tends to be the most polluting. During these peak periods, the CPS drives the use of energy storage resources to deliver clean energy exactly where it’s needed, when it’s needed.
The CPS is an important step towards making the grid more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable. Not only is the program expected to reduce emissions by 560,000 metric tons CO2 over the next decade, but also it is expected to reduce infrastructure costs for ratepayers by $710 million.
ESA also commends the Massachusetts DOER for including measures to accelerate the CPS over time, should compliance be achieved faster and more cost effectively than anticipated. Along with opportunities for long-term contracting, the finalized regulations announced by DOER are an encouraging basis for energy storage companies to invest further in Massachusetts. ESA looks forward to working with Massachusetts officials and stakeholders to ensure its success and to provide a replicable model for other states.