A solar-and-battery mix from the national company Sunrun was included in the recent forward capacity auction held by ISO-NE, marking the first time it has been included along with power plants and demand response in figuring out whether we’re safe from brownouts over the next three years.

The forward capacity auction is a complicated process, designed to get lowest-cost guarantees that enough electricity will be available in the six New England States for at least the next three years. The Sunrun plan is a tiny part of the mix (20 MW out of more than 30,000 MW total) but this is still significant, a sign that the one-way grid really is morphing into something new.

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