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      1. China Tariffs: US Industry Group Has 'Deep Concerns'

        China Tariffs: US Industry Group Has 'Deep Concerns'

        The US Energy Storage Association has expressed “deep concern” that additional tariffs slapped on Chinese goods will adversely affect the domestic energy storage industry. The increase in prices in a price sensitive industry “could stymie projects already underway or cancel others altogether”, which could threaten livelihoods. The decision will “have an immediate and adverse economic effect on grid energy storage deployments in the United States,” a statement from the association said.

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        Mentions: China ESA
      2. Sunnova Partners With California Roofer Ahead of Solar Mandate

        Sunnova Partners With California Roofer Ahead of Solar Mandate

        A high-profile solar-homebuilder partnership has emerged from the flurry of activity surrounding California’s new solar home mandate, which goes into effect in 2020. Residential solar provider Sunnova and PetersenDean, a California-based company that installs roofs and solar, will work together on solar and storage leases and power-purchase agreements in the state. California’s new policy requires solar installations on new residential buildings under three-stories.

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        Mentions: California Sunnova
      3. Department of Energy Announces $40 Million in Funding for 29 Projects to Advance H2@Scale

        Department of Energy Announces $40 Million in Funding for 29 Projects to Advance H2@Scale

        The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced approximately $40 million in FY 2019 funding for 29 projects to advance the H2@Scale concept. The focus of H2@Scale is to enable affordable and reliable large-scale hydrogen generation, transport, storage, and utilization in the United States across multiple sectors. Funded through the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), with contribution from DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy, the selected projects will advance hydrogen storage and infrastructure technologies and identify innovative concepts for hydrogen production and utilization including grid resiliency.

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      4. Getting Paid for a New or Existing Energy Storage System on Your Commercial Property – Massachusetts Incentivizes Energy Storage Systems

        Getting Paid for a New or Existing Energy Storage System on Your Commercial Property – Massachusetts Incentivizes Energy Storage Systems

        Commercial property owners with existing energy storage systems, or owners considering implementing an energy storage system, may be able to benefit from a recent order by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities allowing utility companies to pay customers who agree to rely upon their energy storage systems and dispatch the energy during peak events.

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      5. East Penn Expands Innovation Investment by Acquiring Majority Share of Navitas Systems

        East Penn Expands Innovation Investment by Acquiring Majority Share of Navitas Systems

        East Penn has announced the acquisition of a majority interest in Navitas Systems, a leader in larger-format lithium battery technology and systems for heavy-duty commercial/industrial as well as government/defense market segments. The acquisition will accelerate East Penn’s expansion of its Motive Power battery offering, as well as its strategic integration into other market segments. Navitas products will complement East Penn’s offerings, and its lithium Research and Development expertise will add to East Penn’s current lithium R&D program.

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      6. Stitching Together the Grid of the Future

        Stitching Together the Grid of the Future

        Autonomous Energy Grids is the name of a multifaceted project that the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has created to envision the electricity grid of the future, where output from many decentralized energy sources is managed simultaneously to ensure a secure and consistent energy supply. The concept is focused on smart technology and autonomous communication, based on a series of interconnected microgrids, which communicate with each other and make use of algorithms to continually find the best operating condition in response to constantly shifting energy demand, availability and pricing.

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      7. CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman's Statement on Announcement of Additional Tariffs on Chinese Lithium-ion Batteries

        CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman's Statement on Announcement of Additional Tariffs on Chinese Lithium-ion Batteries

        As expressed in its statement on June 11, 2019, the U.S. Energy Storage Association has deep concerns regarding the announcement of additional tariffs on Chinese lithium-ion batteries. We also reiterate that this will have an immediate and adverse economic effect on grid energy storage deployments in the United States. It could stymie projects already underway or cancel others altogether; threatening jobs and livelihoods.

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        Mentions: China ESA
      8. Buckland Sets a Milestone for Rural Energy Capabilities with New Li-ion Battery

        Buckland Sets a Milestone for Rural Energy Capabilities with New Li-ion Battery

        A few years ago, the village of Buckland in northwest Alaska set a milestone a leader in rural renewable energy when it got two turbines and three solar panels installed. Now, the village has hit an even more ambitious target: unofficially becoming the first village to power itself entirely off of renewable energy stored in recently installed lithium-ion batteries.

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      9. New Type of Electrolyte Could Enhance Supercapacitor Performance

        New Type of Electrolyte Could Enhance Supercapacitor Performance

        Supercapacitors, electrical devices that store and release energy, need a layer of electrolyte — an electrically conductive material that can be solid, liquid, or somewhere in between. Now, researchers at MIT and several other institutions have developed a novel class of liquids that may open up new possibilities for improving the efficiency and stability of such devices while reducing their flammability.

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        Mentions: Massachusetts
      10. Battery Storage Called Into Action As UK Suffers Country-Wide Power Cuts

        Battery Storage Called Into Action As UK Suffers Country-Wide Power Cuts

        Battery storage assets were called into action last week after the UK suffered country-wide power outages following a transmission system stress event. On August 9th, two large generators were disconnected from the UK’s power system almost simultaneously, effectively taking 2GW worth of electricity generation within minutes of each other. That collapse in generation sent the country’s transmission grid frequency to dip, so National Grid, the country’s electricity system operator, called on reserve and flexible generation capacity to respond, with many operators dispatching battery storage capacity to meet National Grid ESO’s calls.

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      11. Energy Storage Earns More Awards for KIUC

        Energy Storage Earns More Awards for KIUC

        Kauai Island Utility Cooperative led the nation again in 2018 for interconnection of energy storage watts per customer, and ranked second in annual energy storage capacity, according to the Smart Electric Power Alliance. In 2018, KIUC posted more than 3,000 Wh/C, nearly six times more than the next ranked utility: Sterling Municipal Light Department in Massachusetts. This is the second year running that KIUC topped the list of storage watts per customer.

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        Mentions: Hawaii
      12. Texas Gives Public Power a Leg Up on Energy Storage

        Texas Gives Public Power a Leg Up on Energy Storage

        In a few weeks, municipal utilities and electric cooperatives in the state of Texas will have legal confirmation on their right to own energy storage facilities that sell energy or ancillary services, while not having to register as an energy generator. Current policy in the state defines energy storage as a generation asset, which requires owners to register as power generators.

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      13. Engie Puts Store in California Education

        Engie Puts Store in California Education

        Engie Storage has installed battery storage systems for the Downey Unified School District in California. The 3.5MW solution will be operated by Engie's GridSynergy software at seven school sites with the aim of cutting electricity bills by reducing demand charges. The GridSynergy cloud-based software uses historical and real-time data to calculate optimal charge and discharge cycles for the lithium-ion batteries.

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      14. U.S. Department of Energy Assistant Secretary Daniel Simmons to Keynote the 2019 ESA Storage Exchange

        U.S. Department of Energy Assistant Secretary Daniel Simmons to Keynote the 2019 ESA Storage Exchange

        The U.S. Energy Storage Association announced that Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy Daniel Simmons will deliver a keynote address on Tuesday, Oct. 15 to the attendees of 2019 ESA Storage Exchange – Powered by EPRI (formerly named the STUDIO Conference).

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      15. Dominion Submits $33M Battery Storage Pilot Plan

        Dominion Submits $33M Battery Storage Pilot Plan

        Dominion Energy Virginia announced Tuesday it is planning to spend around $33 million to build four electric power battery storage projects at three sites in central Virginia. The pilot projects, totaling 16 megawatts, would be the utility’s first use of battery storage technology. The projects will test different applications for battery storage, which is increasingly seen as a way to improve the resiliency of the electrical grid and better integrate renewables such as wind and solar. The pilot projects are required under a 2018 overhaul of the state’s electric utility regulation. Dominion submitted an application with state regulators Friday.

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      16. Stacks on Value Stacks: The Large-Scale Solar Plus Storage Market Is Coming Together

        Stacks on Value Stacks: The Large-Scale Solar Plus Storage Market Is Coming Together

        The United States will grow to be the largest global market for solar + storage this year, where peaking capacity requirements are driving procurement, according to a recent IHS Markit study. Utility-scale solar + storage projects now are online or being built in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Indiana and Florida, and the list grows. In March, NextEra Energy said it would build the Florida Power and Light Manatee Energy Storage Center’s battery system, with four times the capacity of the world’s largest battery system currently in operation.

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        Mentions: Nextera
      17. A Deluge of Batteries Is About to Rewire the Power Grid

        A Deluge of Batteries Is About to Rewire the Power Grid

        By 2050 solar and wind will supply almost half the world’s electricity, but it can’t happen without storage. The switch from an electricity system supplied by large fossil fuel plants that run virtually uninterrupted to a more haphazard mix of smaller, intermittent renewable sources needs energy storage to overcome two key hurdles: using power harvested during the day to supply peak energy demand in the evening and ensuring there’s power available even when the wind drops or the sun goes down.

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      18. UMass Attaches Largest Label to Dartmouth Battery Storage System

        UMass Attaches Largest Label to Dartmouth Battery Storage System

        UMass Dartmouth officials are touting a public battery storage system as the largest of its kind in Massachusetts, and citing its potential to control costs by releasing energy at peak usage periods when the price of electricity is the most expensive. With FirstLight, AMS and Eversource, the university on the South Coast recently launched the 520-kilowatt system, adding to an infrastructure there that already includes a 1.6 megawatt hour co-generation plant and 369 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic panels.

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      19. Georgia Power Unveils Atlanta's First Smart Neighborhood

        Georgia Power Unveils Atlanta's First Smart Neighborhood

        The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently helped unveil a new community of 46 smart townhomes in Atlanta which will serve as a living laboratory for DOE researchers to evaluate how homeowners are using energy in a real-world, smart home environment. This research is instrumental to understanding how emerging smart technologies and distributed energy resources can impact energy efficiency, energy management and resiliency. The Altus neighborhood, known as the Georgia Power Smart Neighborhood, is a set of townhomes on a microgrid that have been outfitted with solar photovoltaic panels, batteries, and state-of-the-art, grid-connective, energy-efficient building components and appliances.

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      20. The Rapid Maturation of the U.S. Energy Storage Market

        The Rapid Maturation of the U.S. Energy Storage Market

        Significant expansion in energy storage markets is poised to occur against a backdrop of regulatory changes in federal and state incentive programs, cost improvements and advances in monetization of energy storage. These current and anticipated trends affecting the U.S. energy storage market will have a significant influence on how industry participants choose when, where and how to invest in and develop energy storage technology.

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      21. Shaheen Reintroduces Bill to Identify and Overcome Barriers to Use of Clean Energy Technologies

        Shaheen Reintroduces Bill to Identify and Overcome Barriers to Use of Clean Energy Technologies

        U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has reintroduced the Clean Energy Grid Act. This bill would aim to strengthen US energy security, reduce pollution, increase electric reliability and spur job creation by improving the deployment of efficient and cost-effective energy resources, such as solar and wind power and energy storage.

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      22. Energy Storage Investments Boom As Battery Costs Halve in the Next Decade

        Energy Storage Investments Boom As Battery Costs Halve in the Next Decade

        Energy storage installations around the world will multiply exponentially, from a modest 9GW/17GWh deployed as of 2018 to 1,095GW/2,850GWh by 2040, according to the latest forecast from research company BloombergNEF (BNEF). This 122-fold boom of stationary energy storage over the next two decades will require $662 billion of investment, according to BNEF estimates. It will be made possible by further sharp declines in the cost of lithium-ion batteries, on top of an 85% reduction in the 2010-18 period.

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