Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) Program

In 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a two-phase, $10 million dollar Energy Storage Initiative (“ESI”). In the first phase of this initiative, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) partnered with the Department of Energy Resources (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, MassCEC and DOER are seeking proposals for energy storage demonstration projects as part of the ACES program. These projects are aimed at piloting innovative, broadly-replicable energy storage use cases/business models with multiple value streams in order to prime Massachusetts for increased commercialization and deployment of storage technologies.

The ACES Program will help direct the Commonwealth’s first substantial investments in energy storage projects that demonstrate the benefits of storage to Massachusetts ratepayers and the electric grid, and will provide awards up to $1.25 million per project.