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      1. US Battery Storage Prospects Lifted by Policy Progress, Cost Reduction

        US Battery Storage Prospects Lifted by Policy Progress, Cost Reduction

        Battery storage deployment in the US is set for a rapid acceleration from 2020. That is one of the key takeaways from the latest S&P Global Platts Analytics’ US Power Storage Outlook, released to clients on December 18. In addition, while megawatt deployments in 2019 were at 2018 levels, the storage duration of battery storage assets increased in the past years, pointing to new usages. State policies and peaking capacity needs will remain the major drivers of near to medium-term battery deployments. Platts Analytics expects more than 13 GW of utility-scale battery storage to be commissioned by 2024 in the US.

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      2. Xcel Energy to Build 7 Community Microgrids with Siemens and Fluence

        Xcel Energy to Build 7 Community Microgrids with Siemens and Fluence

        Xcel Energy is seeking regulatory approval to move forward with seven microgrids, at a cost to the utility of $23.4 million, chosen from a community resilience solicitation that the Colorado utility issued in May. The microgrids will serve the Denver International Airport Automated Guideway Transit System; National Western Center; Denver Rescue Mission’s Lawrence Street Community Center; City of Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities; Town of Nederland Community Center; Summit County Middle School; and Alamosa Family Recreation Center. The petition for approval and cost recovery is before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (Proceeding 19A-0225E).

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      3. SPP Committee Looks at Energy Storage Integration Plans

        SPP Committee Looks at Energy Storage Integration Plans

        The growth in energy storage is rapidly evolving the power industry and the Southwest Power Pool is the latest entity grappling with how to integrate the new resource. In a new white paper, SPP averred that energy storage can serve as a substitute for transmission by resolving short-term reliability issues such as voltage support and congestion, which could avoid costly transmission upgrades.

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      4. NEC Energy Solutions to build 100 MW of storage capacity in Northern Ireland – pv magazine International

        NEC Energy Solutions to build 100 MW of storage capacity in Northern Ireland – pv magazine International

        The company will provide two 50 MW systems for investor the Gore Street Energy Storage Fund and project developer Low Carbon. The projects will be completed by the first quarter of 2021. NEC Energy Solutions has revealed plans to install 100 MW of energy storage capacity at two sites in Northern Ireland, backed by engineering, procurement and construction services. Under the terms of the deal, NEC will also provide its GSS end-to-end grid storage solution, as well as AEROS, its proprietary energy storage control software.

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      5. What Would It Take for the US to Become an Energy Storage Manufacturing Powerhouse?

        What Would It Take for the US to Become an Energy Storage Manufacturing Powerhouse?

        U.S. entrepreneurs have led the world in creating new technologies for storing grid power, but they largely rely on other countries for their core ingredients. When a global supply crunch constrained those top tier suppliers, integrators turned to a growing roster of Chinese producers and found that they measured up. The Trump administration’s Department of Energy last week proposed a different vision, one in which the U.S. establishes a domestic supply chain for energy storage by 2030. It’s calling this a “Grand Challenge,” and promising millions of dollars and considerable institutional resources to achieve it.

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      6. CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman's Statement on Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act of 2019

        CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman's Statement on Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act of 2019

        “ESA commends Representatives Tom Reed (R-NY), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), and their bipartisan colleagues for introducing the Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act of 2019, which looks to establish a longer term, technology-neutral tax structure for all emerging energy technologies,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the U.S. Energy Storage Association. 

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      7. First Large Battery in Republic of Ireland Targets Super-Fast Grid Services

        First Large Battery in Republic of Ireland Targets Super-Fast Grid Services

        The Republic of Ireland recently received its first grid-scale battery, which will help manage volatility as the island nation ramps up renewable power plants. The Fluence-supplied battery system will make money via a new product that rewards high-speed frequency response. Developer Statkraft and battery supplier Fluence announced Wednesday that the battery had been installed in County Kerry and will enter commercial operation a few weeks after commissioning. The Kilathmoy battery packs 11 megawatts/5.5 megawatt-hours and sits alongside a 23-megawatt wind farm.

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      8. Maryland Regulators Urged to Consider Climate, Grid Benefits of Energy Storage

        Maryland Regulators Urged to Consider Climate, Grid Benefits of Energy Storage

        Maryland regulators should create new value streams for energy storage projects that would compensate them based on their ability to reduce emissions and defer the need for distribution grid upgrades, among other factors, a group including utility, government, and other stakeholders including ESA said in a filing with the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC). The document is the next step toward determining how Maryland utilities will solicit energy storage projects 5 MW to 10 MW in size, as the state's investor-owned utilities are mandated to do as part of a pilot program created by the state legislature last year.

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      9. Contenders: Long Duration Energy Storage Technologies, and Who's Behind Them

        Contenders: Long Duration Energy Storage Technologies, and Who's Behind Them

        As the global energy market, piece by piece, slowly but surely, moves towards a renewables-centered paradigm, dispatchable solar and uncurtailed wind, along with other forms of clean energy, are requiring longer and longer durations of storage to integrate them to the grid. While there’ll be a place for lithium-ion for many years yet, the technology really excels at applications of up to around four hours. For everything else, there’s a growing list of contenders, with diverse technologies and at different stages of commercialization. Here’s a handy guide to some of those technologies and their providers, electrochemical and otherwise, that promise anything from five hours to even days or weeks of storage.

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      10. Local Solar Installers Embrace Big New Opportunity: Home Battery Add-Ons

        Local Solar Installers Embrace Big New Opportunity: Home Battery Add-Ons

        From Texas to Florida, more homeowners are interested in pairing batteries with rooftop solar. Local solar installation companies have faced a number of challenges in recent years, from the decline of state net metering policies to the Trump administration's import tariffs. Now, a potentially significant opportunity is coming into focus for them: home battery systems. 2019 was a big year for both residential solar and home storage in the U.S. Power shutoffs in California and demand pull-in from the soon-to-decline federal Investment Tax Credit helped both industries log new records.

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      11. California has Big Clean Energy Ambitions, and is Looking for Better Energy Storage to Realize Them

        California has Big Clean Energy Ambitions, and is Looking for Better Energy Storage to Realize Them

        The California Energy Commission (CEC) is putting up to $11 million on the table for developers of energy storage technologies other than lithium-ion batteries, according to a solicitation launched last month. The agency is looking for one group of projects based on emerging customer-side storage technologies and a second to focus only on customer-side electrolytic hydrogen storage. The solicitation is largely driven by California’s 100% clean energy statutory requirement and the need for a diverse set of longer-duration storage technologies, Jason Burwen, vice president of policy at the Energy Storage Association, told Utility Dive. 

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      12. Highview Power and Encore Renewable Energy to Co-Develop the First Long Duration, Liquid Air Energy Storage System in the United States | Highview Power

        Highview Power and Encore Renewable Energy to Co-Develop the First Long Duration, Liquid Air Energy Storage System in the United States | Highview Power

        Highview Power Storage, Inc. and Encore Renewable Energy today jointly announced plans to develop the United States’ first long duration, liquid air energy storage system. This facility will be a minimum of 50MW, provide in excess of eight hours of storage (400MWh) and will be located in northern Vermont. The project is the first of many utility-scale, liquid air energy storage projects that Highview Power plans to develop across the United States to help scale up renewable energy deployment. The Vermont facility will contribute to resolving the longstanding energy transmission challenges surrounding the state’s Sheffield-Highgate Export Interface (SHEI) and enable the efficient transport of excess power from renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power to help integrate them on the power grid.

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      13. CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Tax Provisions

        CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Tax Provisions

        “We are disappointed in the tax provisions announced this morning that omitted a provision for stand-alone energy storage,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the U.S. Energy Storage Association. “This was a clear opportunity for Congress to address the urgent challenges of climate change and to support clean energy innovation. The Energy Storage Incentive and Deployment Act of 2019 is a bipartisan measure to level the playing field for energy storage technologies that enable a more resilient, efficient and sustainable grid.”

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      14. U.S. Energy Storage Association Issues New Safety Resource for Storage Businesses Nationwide

        U.S. Energy Storage Association Issues New Safety Resource for Storage Businesses Nationwide

        The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) today published U.S. Energy Storage Operational Safety Guidelines, which provides energy storage businesses and users a compendium of codes, standards, and additional guidelines to plan for and mitigate wide-ranging potential operational hazards.  

        This is the latest resource to come from ESA’s years-long effort to advance industry safety strategies, which culminated in the April 2019 announcement of an Energy Storage Corporate Responsibility Initiative (CRI) Task Force and Corporate Responsibility Pledge.  Currently, nearly 60 signatories have taken the safety and responsibility pledge, including dozens of companies that have contributed plans and guidelines to this latest safety and planning guide.

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      15. California Moves to Boost Storage to Combat Safety-Driven Power Shutoffs

        California Moves to Boost Storage to Combat Safety-Driven Power Shutoffs

        California regulators are proposing to authorize an annual collection of $166 million from ratepayers from 2020 through 2024 to fund the state’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) — and 85% of that budget will be allocated to energy storage technologies, in a bid to help communities that experience frequent public safety power shut-offs. The CPUC's proposed decision would also expand the parameters of SGIP to benefit customers in high fire-threat areas.

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      16. Lockheed Martin Announces Teaming Agreement with TC Energy on Innovative Flow Battery Technology

        Lockheed Martin Announces Teaming Agreement with TC Energy on Innovative Flow Battery Technology

        Lockheed Martin announced today a teaming agreement with TC Energy in which the two companies will identify and develop large-scale, long-duration energy storage projects using GridStar® Flow, Lockheed Martin's innovative flow battery technology. This cutting-edge energy storage system is capable of storing six to 12 hours or more of energy and dispatching it as needed.

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      17. Congress Has a Chance to Pass Meaningful Energy Legislation

        Congress Has a Chance to Pass Meaningful Energy Legislation

        At a time of nearly unprecedented legislative gridlock on Capitol Hill, there are too few policies that have the bipartisan support and national importance necessary to move through Congress. But one of those policies has received the backing of key congressional constituencies and could revolutionize the energy grid as we know it. This Op/Ed from Kelly Speakes-Backman and Heather Reams describes the need for a stand-alone storage investment tax credit. 

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