Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) - Program Background
In 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a two-phase, $10 million dollar Energy Storage Initiative (“ESI”). The ESI aims to advance the energy storage segment of the Massachusetts clean energy industry by expanding storage technology markets, assigning value to storage benefits, accelerating the development of storage technologies, and attracting and supporting energy storage companies throughout the Commonwealth.
In the first phase of this initiative, MassCEC partnered with DOER on an energy storage study – State of Charge - to obtain a broad view of energy storage technologies that will inform future policy and programs.
In the second phase of this initiative, energy storage demonstration projects will be solicited through this ACES RFP with the design of this RFP informed by recommendations from the Study. This RFP aims to fulfill the Administration’s commitment to promote energy storage across the Commonwealth.