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      1. Energy Stored in Underground Caverns Joins Megabatteries in South Australia

        Energy Stored in Underground Caverns Joins Megabatteries in South Australia

        Canadian company Hydrostor has just received approval to build the first grid-scale compressed air energy storage system in Australia. Hydrostor will deploy a 5MW / 10MWh system at a former zinc mine near Strathalbyn, South Australia. The advanced compressed air energy storage (A-CAES) project, expected to cost AU$30 million (US$21.09 million) in total, received development approval and has been welcomed in statements by local politicians

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      2. Report Offers Ways to Expand Mass. Battery Storage Innovation

        Report Offers Ways to Expand Mass. Battery Storage Innovation

        A new report from UMass Amherst’s Clean Energy Extension, released on July 5, 2019, sees significant potential to accelerate Massachusetts’s emerging energy and battery energy storage (BES) innovation ecosystem. The report, Creating Opportunity: Building a Massachusetts Battery Energy Storage Innovation Ecosystem” attributes much of the potential to the connections between the Commonwealth’s academic and private sectors.

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      3. New study By Astrapé, Energy Storage Association, and National Resources Defense Council refutes PJM arguments in FERC 841 Order

        New study By Astrapé, Energy Storage Association, and National Resources Defense Council refutes PJM arguments in FERC 841 Order

        A new study released by Astrapé Consulting, funded by the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) and National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), concludes that Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) efforts to encourage more energy storage deployment is supported by sound data. The findings, which are specific to the PJM market, show that PJM’s proposal requiring a storage asset to run for 10 continuous hours in order to qualify its full output for the capacity market is unnecessary and unduly restrictive. The Astrapé study concludes that a shorter storage duration requirement correctly reflects its capacity value for the foreseeable future.

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      4. CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman's Statement on Georgia Public Service Commission's Long-Term Energy Plan

        CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman's Statement on Georgia Public Service Commission's Long-Term Energy Plan

        “We commend the Georgia Public Service Commission for its approval this week of an ambitious, long-term energy plan that includes includes 80 MW of battery storage for the state,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the U.S. Energy Storage Association. The commission’s strategy also calls for pilot programs to re-purpose used batteries to enable fast-charging of electric vehicles.

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      5. Energy Storage Research Center opens in Birmingham

        Energy Storage Research Center opens in Birmingham

        Birmingham, Alabama’s Southern Research this week opened the new Energy Storage Research Center on its engineering campus. The center’s aim is to speed the development of the next generation of clean and sustainable energy storage technology. It will test chemical, mechanical and thermal energy storage systems. It will also allow research and development from the electric utility industry, academics, government and other entities.

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      6. Highview Power Contracts with Tenaska Power Services for US Cryogenic Energy Storage Projects

        Highview Power Contracts with Tenaska Power Services for US Cryogenic Energy Storage Projects

        Highview Power has contracted Tenaska Power Services Co., a provider of energy management services to generation and demand-side customers in the U.S., to identify, model, optimize and provide energy management services for up to four giga-scale cryogenic energy storage plants in the United States over two years. The initial project is expected to be developed in the ERCOT market.

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      7. GE and BlackRock Launch Distributed Solar and Storage Business

        GE and BlackRock Launch Distributed Solar and Storage Business

        GE has announced it’s taking its distributed solar and solar-plus-storage business to a new stage, via a partnership and majority investment by asset management firm and heavyweight renewables investor BlackRock Real Assets. The new company, named Distributed Solar Development, will be 20 percent owned by GE Renewable Energy and 80 percent owned by a fund managed by BlackRock. The business, which has been incubated within GE since 2012, will focus on commercial, industrial and public-sector customers.

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      8. Canada Launches New Challenge to Accelerate Battery Innovation

        Canada Launches New Challenge to Accelerate Battery Innovation

        Canada is building a clean energy future that creates jobs, reduces costs for families and ensures that we remain a destination of choice for international investment. Central to this goal is the growing global battery market that has the potential to change the way we use and store power, providing a major economic opportunity for Canada while directly supporting efforts to mitigate climate change.

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      9. Georgia Power Ups Plan for Renewables and Storage After Push From Local Stakeholders

        Georgia Power Ups Plan for Renewables and Storage After Push From Local Stakeholders

        Georgia's utility regulators approved a long-term plan that will see Georgia Power drastically expand renewable generation and develop, own, and operate up to 80 megawatts of energy storage. Southeastern states have seen exceedingly little energy storage development so far, although utilities like Duke Energy and Florida Power & Light have announced significant investments for the coming years. Regulated utilities in the Southeast have shown a keen interest in building and owning their own storage.

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      10. Montana Energy Storage Project Lines Up Financial Partner

        Montana Energy Storage Project Lines Up Financial Partner

        Construction on a 400MW, $1 billion energy storage system in central Montana could start as soon as next year after its sponsors said Friday they reached a financing agreement with a Danish firm that invests in renewable energy. Next up, he said, is to make arrangements with utilities or others interested in using the Montana facility to complement their own electricity generation.

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      11. Minnesota to Consider Using Energy Storage for Peaker Plants

        Minnesota to Consider Using Energy Storage for Peaker Plants

        Gas peaker plants may be among the first casualties of a new Minnesota law requiring utilities to include energy storage as part of their long-range plans. The provision, part of an omnibus jobs and energy bill, "puts energy storage on a level playing field with natural gas plants and other resources," said Ellen Anderson, executive director of the University of Minnesota's Energy Transition Lab. "Utilities will have to acknowledge the capabilities storage can provide as an alternative to, say, a fossil fuel plant."

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      12. The Long Read: The Dawn of Megastorage

        The Long Read: The Dawn of Megastorage

        Last year was record-breaking for global energy storage deployment. The non-residential segment overtook the residential sector for the first time, with half of the 3.3 GW capacity installed in front of the meter, according to market analysts Wood Mackenzie. The drive toward large, utility-scale projects has been the single most noteworthy change for the industry over the last 12 to 18 months, with storage projects now exceeding 100 MW for four-hour durations.

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      13. Governor Cuomo Announces $55 Million of Energy Storage Projects

        Governor Cuomo Announces $55 Million of Energy Storage Projects

        Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $55 million for energy storage including commercial and residential storage projects on Long Island. This program will be launched with an initial rollout of nearly $15 million in incentives from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Energy storage projects supported by this Long Island initiative will advance progress toward achieving New York's target of 3,000 megawatts of energy storage deployed by 2030 - the equivalent to powering 40 percent of New York's homes. Today's announcement supports Governor Cuomo's Green New Deal - a nation-leading clean energy jobs agenda putting New York on a path to carbon neutrality.

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      14. Bill Would Speed Up Federal Development of Long-Duration Energy Storage Technologies

        Bill Would Speed Up Federal Development of Long-Duration Energy Storage Technologies

        U.S. Sens. Angus King (I-ME) and Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced legislation to hasten the development of long-duration energy storage technologies that would support an electrical grid dominated by renewable generation such as solar and wind. The Joint Long-Term Storage Act of 2019, S. 2048, would require the U.S. Secretary of Energy to establish a demonstration initiative focused on the development of long-duration energy storage technologies, including the establishment of a joint program with the U.S. Secretary of Defense, according to the bill’s text.

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      15. 'Opportunities Everywhere': NREL Study Shows Mass Potential for Storage to Provide Peaking Capacity

        'Opportunities Everywhere': NREL Study Shows Mass Potential for Storage to Provide Peaking Capacity

        The booming U.S. battery storage market is showing no signs of slowing down, and a new government-funded report says its prospects could be even bigger than previously thought. "The Potential for Battery Energy Storage to Provide Peaking Capacity in the United States," published last month by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), concluded that every region across the country offers the potential for peaking capacity needs to be met by short-duration, four-hour battery storage systems.

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      16. Stem Steps Into Grid-Scale Storage With Partnership in Massachusetts

        Stem Steps Into Grid-Scale Storage With Partnership in Massachusetts

        Stem is jumping from behind-the-meter energy storage into the grid-connected battery realm. The decade-old startup, known for using batteries to help commercial customers manage demand charges, just stepped to the front of the meter market. Stem will build 28.2 megawatts/28.2 megawatt-hours of solar-paired energy storage across five sites in Massachusetts, working with private equity firm Syncarpha Capital, which develops, owns and operates solar plants.

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      17. NantEnergy Shows how solar + Storage Is a No-Brainer for Businesses in California, New Mexico Right Now

        NantEnergy Shows how solar + Storage Is a No-Brainer for Businesses in California, New Mexico Right Now

        The solar + storage value proposition is increasingly a no-brainer for commercial buildings in states out West. Demand charges in California have increased by as much as 64% since 2014, and these charges can represent more than 50% of a company’s monthly energy bill. What’s more, California experienced more outages in 2017 than any other state (430+), with outages lasting an average of 117 minutes.

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      18. When the Battery Is a Building

        When the Battery Is a Building

        AES has broken ground on a 100 MW / 400 MWh battery storage system in Long Beach, California that will feed the Southern California Edison (SCE) region in a 20 year power purchase agreement. The facility was specifically procured to provide power at peak times of the day, offer local capacity and ramping/ancillary services. Construction is expected to complete by the end of 2020, and will complement a new air cooled 1 GW gas facility that is replacing an older ocean cooled system.

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      19. Lithium Batteries: Far More Widely Recycled than Second-Hand Statistics Imply

        Lithium Batteries: Far More Widely Recycled than Second-Hand Statistics Imply

        Lithium-ion batteries are far more widely recycled than many people think, while China and South Korea are already leaders of the emerging circular economy of lithium, a report commissioned by the Swedish Energy Agency has found. The report has been republished in English after a launch in Spring in Swedish. The author stated that many misconceptions and poor observations are made and repeated around lithium recycling and that more than 70% of lithium-ion batteries recycled today are processed in China and South Korea, with “high” recovery rates of materials.

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      20. Power Plants Create Giant Water Battery

        Power Plants Create Giant Water Battery

        California is a leader in renewable energy, and the state has pledged to use only clean sources for electricity, including wind and solar power, by 2045. One hurdle is energy storage, but an old solution involving water may help the state reach its goal of zero emissions. The solution is pumped storage, which uses water in reservoirs at different elevations to smooth the fluctuations of intermittent power from the wind and sun, and makes electricity available when it is needed.

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      21. NYS Awards $55M for Energy Storage on Long Island

        NYS Awards $55M for Energy Storage on Long Island

        New York state is providing $55 million in funding for energy storage including commercial and residential storage projects on Long Island. Announcing the funding Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said there would be an initial rollout of about $15 million in incentives from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Energy storage projects supported by this initiative would help to advance the state’s goal of achieving New York’s target of 3,000 megawatts of energy storage by 2030.

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      22. New York Regulators Assess Potential for Storage to Replace Peaking Units in the State

        New York Regulators Assess Potential for Storage to Replace Peaking Units in the State

        New York's Department of Public Services on Monday issued two reports on energy storage development in the state — a unit-by-unit study of replacing or repowering peaking units in the state and a review of a DER Data Platform pilot.
        At least 275 MW of peaking units, or about 6% of the total rated capacity of New York's peaking fleet, were identified as potential candidates for replacement with six‐hour energy storage sized to the maximum 2013 output of each peaking unit, according to study. This number increases to over 500 MW when using eight‐hour duration storage.

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      23. Tennessee Valley Authority Plans for Up to 14GW of Solar by 2038

        Tennessee Valley Authority Plans for Up to 14GW of Solar by 2038

        The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) expects to add up to 14 gigawatts of solar and 5 gigawatts of energy storage over the next 20 years, a massive new clean energy addition to its current hydropower, nuclear and coal-dominant generation mix. TVA released its draft IRP in February, and is expected to vote on the final proposal filed last week at its August board meeting in Knoxville. The long-range planning document doesn’t set any specific procurements in motion, and its various scenarios over the next 20 years don’t all predict the same high level of solar and storage penetration.

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      24. Utility-Scale Energy Storage Will Enable a Renewable Grid

        Utility-Scale Energy Storage Will Enable a Renewable Grid

        The way the world gets its electricity is undergoing a rapid transition, driven by both the increased urgency of decarbonizing energy systems and the plummeting costs of wind and solar technology. But the intermittent nature of those sources means that electric utilities need a way to keep energy in their back pocket for when the sun is not shining and the winds are calm. That need is increasing interest in energy-storage technology which is finally poised to be more than just a bit player in the grid.

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      25. Diversifying the Northeast Power Mix: Is Offshore Wind + Storage Key to the Region's Reliability?

        Diversifying the Northeast Power Mix: Is Offshore Wind + Storage Key to the Region's Reliability?

        Offshore wind and battery storage are about to come into the Northeastern power mix in a big way. With more states requiring offshore wind targets, almost 18 GW are mandated to come online by 2035 in states across New England. But how that intermittent capacity will fit into an increasingly clean energy mix, how it will impact system reliability and whether the region's utilities are ready for more change, remains in question.

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