Weekly Newsflash: Gubernatorial Support for Renewables, Energy Storage

Energy storage technologies are receiving a lot of grants (and press), while Apple commits to go 100& renewable and MIT freshmen participate in an Energy Orientation. What cleantech news have you been reading? Share it with us at @GreentownLabs!

22 News : Baker-Polito Administration Releases Energy Storage Report

The Baker-Polito Administration released Friday a comprehensive report,
State of Charge, detailing the value of deploying energy storage in Massachusetts and a road map of policy recommendations for growing the energy storage market and industry in the Commonwealth.

Microgrid Knowledge : Massachusetts to Offer $10-$20 Million Grants in Energy Storage this Fall

Massachusetts plans to offer $10-$20 million in energy storage grants this fall, as it positions for a paradigm shift in the economics of electricity. State officials described the upcoming solicitation in a call Friday with the media, with release of a new report, “State of Charge,” which calls for Massachusetts to add 600 MW of energy storage by 2025.

Newswise : $2 Million Grant Develops Membrane to Overcome Fuel Cell Limitations

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been awarded $2.2 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop innovative ion conduction materials for next-generation renewable energy conversion and storage technology.


Cleantechnia : Renewable Energy Now Accounts for 20% of Global Power Generation Capacity

According to a new report from the World Energy Council, renewable energy now accounts for over 30% of the total global installed power generation capacity, and 23% of total global electricity production.


Greentech Media : Valuing Demand-Energy Response (DER) in Emerging Distribution Market Models

New York is one of the most progressive energy markets in the U.S., actively seeking to debunk industry myths and establish new ways of operating a grid proliferated by distributed energy resources.


Cleantechnia : Bipartisan Group of Governors Seek US Wind and Solar Development Expansion

In an open letter (PDF) written on behalf of the Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition, a bipartisan group of the United States’ governors who are committed to developing the country’s wind and solar energy resources, the authors wrote to suggest actions that President Obama’s Administration can take to expedite and expand the wind and solar energy production of the respective governors’ states.


MIT News : Energy Orientation Introduces Freshmen to Low Carbon Technologies

In one of the last weeks before the official start of classes, 25 incoming MIT freshmen learned about their new undergraduate home — both on- and off-campus — in a pre-orientation program with a special focus on energy. The MIT Energy Initiative-led program, called Discover Energy: Learn, Think, Apply (DELTA-FPOP), was designed as an interactive introduction to topics from wind energy to nuclear power and climate policy — with group bonding activities throughout the week.


Computer World : Apple Commits to Run Off of 100% Renewable Energy
Apple announced that it has committed to running all of its data centers and corporate offices on renewable energy, joining a group of other corporations committed to the same clean energy goal.