How Clean Is Massachusetts’ Clean Peak Rule? Not So Much, New Study Says

By [email protected] A promising new clean energy policy may not be as effective as promised, a group of researchers contends.

The clean peak standard jumped from policy proposal to law of the land in Massachusetts in just a couple of years. It compels electricity retailers to buy credits for clean power that can be delivered during the hours of peak grid demand. Properly timed renewables and demand response count; since wind and solar cannot dispatch on command, though, energy storage stands to play a major role.

But Massachusetts’ Clean Peak policy will do little to reduce carbon emissions from energy storage plants, according to

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