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      1. The Business Using A.I. to Change How We Think About Energy Storage

        The Business Using A.I. to Change How We Think About Energy Storage

        California-based Stem is using artificial intelligence to help businesses store energy on a large scale.The idea is to pair artificial intelligence (AI) with energy storage so that businesses and organizations can, according to Stem, “automate energy cost savings and protect against changing rates.” Customers include major firms like Adobe Systems, Bed Bath & Beyond and Whole Foods Market.

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      2. ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Financing Our Energy Future Act

        ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Financing Our Energy Future Act

        The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) supports the efforts of Senators Coons and Moran and Representatives Thompson and Estes to introduce the bipartisan Financing Our Energy Future Act. Including energy storage as an eligible asset for master limited partnerships would allow energy infrastructure providers to build and acquire energy storage technologies at lower cost, accelerating the transition to a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable energy infrastructure. Coupled with the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act (S. 1142 / H.R. 2096), which ESA also endorses, the Financing our Energy Future Act will help establish a long-term tax framework to accelerate storage deployment.

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      3. Iowa Officials Consider Energy Storage Tax Credit, ‘Value of Storage’ Study

        Iowa Officials Consider Energy Storage Tax Credit, ‘Value of Storage’ Study

        Iowa economic development officials are tentatively endorsing a tax credit for battery storage to complement the state’s wind and solar generation. The tax credit is one of several recommendations made in a recent report on energy storage opportunities by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Others include targeting grant money and conducting additional research, including a “value of storage” analysis.

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      4. Siemens Gamesa Begins Operation of its Innovative Electrothermal Energy Storage System

        Siemens Gamesa Begins Operation of its Innovative Electrothermal Energy Storage System

        Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has begun operation of its electric thermal energy storage system (ETES). The system contains around 1,000 tonnes of volcanic rock as an energy storage medium. It is fed with electrical energy converted into hot air by means of a resistance heater and a blower that heats the rock to 750°C. When demand peaks, ETES uses a steam turbine for the re-electrification of the stored energy. The ETES pilot plant can thus store up to 130 MWh of thermal energy for a week. In addition, the storage capacity of the system remains constant throughout the charging cycles.

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      5. Consultants: Faster PV, Storage Roll-Out Possible in Puerto Rico

        Consultants: Faster PV, Storage Roll-Out Possible in Puerto Rico

        Puerto Rico has been urged to embrace PV and energy storage more decisively as it works to rebuild its battered power grid, fortifying it against future storms. Siemens' new advice, submitted to Puerto Rico power regulator PREPA this month, urges the island to roll out 920MW of battery energy storage by 2023. The new figure – revised upwards from the 600-900MW recommended by Siemens in February – would include 400MW of six-hour storage systems and 200MW of two-hour counterparts.

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      6. How to Determine the Right Mix of DER

        How to Determine the Right Mix of DER

        Recognizing that versions of the same dilemmas are playing out for utilities across the U.S. in many different markets, geographies and regulatory climates, Austin Energy sought funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office's Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar (SHINES) program. The objectives of the Austin SHINES project is to not only help Austin Energy to achieve its goals but also contribute to advancing utility knowledge for the industry at large.

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      7. Cordova Cuts Ribbon on New Energy Future

        Cordova Cuts Ribbon on New Energy Future

        Senator Lisa Murkowski and energy leaders were in Cordova, Alaska over the weekend for the ribbon cutting of Cordova Electric Cooperative's battery energy storage system. Hydropower produces 70% of Cordova's energy, while diesel fills in the gap producing 30% of their energy. In the summers, the fishing industry and processing plants produce a higher demand on the energy grid, and the load goes up and down; the battery will help them cut down the amount of times they have to start and stop the diesel generator in half.

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      8. World's Largest Battery System Planned for Nevada Solar Plant

        World's Largest Battery System Planned for Nevada Solar Plant

        Last week, one of the largest solar and battery projects in the world just got one step closer to approval. On Friday the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the colossal Gemini Solar Project, a behemoth planned for 11 square miles of the Nevada desert northeast of Las Vegas. The paperwork shows few exact details of the project, however it notes that there has been an upgrade to the scale of the battery storage component, with a mammoth 531 MW / 2125 megawatt-hour (MWh) battery planned accompany the 690 MWac of solar that will be deployed.

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      9. Iberdrola to Build Largest UK Wind Power Battery

        Iberdrola to Build Largest UK Wind Power Battery

        Iberdrola is to build the UK’s largest battery linked to a wind farm, said the Spanish group’s ScottishPower unit. The 50MW lithium-ion battery will store power from the 539MW Whitelee project in Scotland that is currently Britain’s biggest operating onshore wind facility. The battery is set to be operating by the end of 2020. Adding large-scale storage capability is seen as a key strategy to allowing variable renewable sources such as wind power to respond effectively to demand. The Whitelee battery will be able to offer services such as reactive power and frequency response to the National Grid.

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      10. Viking Cold Solutions Installs 1.3 MW of Thermal Energy Storage

        Viking Cold Solutions Installs 1.3 MW of Thermal Energy Storage

        Viking Cold Solutions has completed the installation of eight Thermal Energy Storage systems as part of a utility-backed demand management program in Massachusetts. These eight behind-the-meter TES systems store and facilitate management of approximately 1.3 MW of energy onsite, and do not require any additional real estate for the system components. The average size of the cold storage facilities in the program is approximately 50,000 square feet, with the largest being 157,000 square feet.

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      11. Solar Customers May Be Required to Store Energy

        Solar Customers May Be Required to Store Energy

        The Guam Power Authority is reviewing whether to require energy storage systems for all future solar power customers in light of intermittency, or power fluctuations, within the power grid. "It would be substantially cheaper for the utility to provide (energy storage systems) than for individual customers to install theirs," GPA General Manager John Benavente told The Guam Daily Post.

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      12. NYPA, Westchester County Develop Solar Arrays, Energy Storage

        NYPA, Westchester County Develop Solar Arrays, Energy Storage

        The New York Power Authority is partnering with Westchester County to develop and implement solar photovoltaic and energy storage systems at seven county-owned properties, including bus garages, the Westchester County Courthouse and Hilltop Hanover Farm. The new systems are expected to offset more than 2,800 tons of greenhouse gases each year, which is equivalent to removing more than 600 cars from the road. The solar projects and renewable energy and financing services for municipalities offered at the forum support Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Green New Deal, a clean energy and jobs agenda that strives to achieve 100 percent clean electricity by 2040.

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      13. U.S. Energy Storage Market Breaks Record for Megawatts Deployed in a Single Quarter, Growing 232% Year-Over-Year

        U.S. Energy Storage Market Breaks Record for Megawatts Deployed in a Single Quarter, Growing 232% Year-Over-Year

        The United States non-residential storage market had its strongest quarter ever in Q1 2019, according to the new U.S. Energy Storage Monitor from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the U.S. Energy Storage Association. Q1 2019 was also the second strongest quarter on record for the U.S. residential storage segment.

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      14. How Can the US Reduce Battery Costs and Foreign Dependence? Recycle, Argonne Official Tells Senators

        How Can the US Reduce Battery Costs and Foreign Dependence? Recycle, Argonne Official Tells Senators

        Recycling lithium-ion batteries could significantly reduce the cost of battery storage and other applications, George Crabtree, director at Argonne National Laboratory's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee yesterday. The U.S. Department of Energy earlier this year launched a program that aims to reclaim and recycle critical materials from lithium-based battery technology. Sen. Manchin, D-W. Va., voiced concerns that the current trade war between the United States and China, and general instability of the bilateral relationship, could affect the supply of minerals such as lithium or cobalt commonly used in battery storage.

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      15. Duke Energy Florida to Build its Largest Battery Storage Projects Yet

        Duke Energy Florida to Build its Largest Battery Storage Projects Yet

        Duke Energy Florida announced three battery storage projects, totaling 22 megawatts, that will improve overall reliability and support critical services during power outages. Collectively, the storage facilities will enhance grid operations, increase efficiencies and improve overall reliability for surrounding communities. They will also provide important backup generation during power outages, a service that is becoming increasingly important with the number and intensity of storms that have recently impacted the state.

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      16. East Coast ESS Projects Switched on by NEC, Aggreko

        East Coast ESS Projects Switched on by NEC, Aggreko

        Two of the best known system integrators in the energy storage field have just completed work on large-scale battery systems on the eastern coast of the US, NEC in Massachusetts and Aggreko in New York. The two latest projects demonstrate how states in the US, and not just the usual solar industry ‘hotspots’ such as California, Arizona or Texas can use energy storage systems to cost-effectively increase reliability of electricity supply while also lowering energy costs through either high value single applications or a combination of appropriate applications for the technology.

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      17. New York State to Award $5M for Ideas to Integrate Renewable Energy Into Grid

        New York State to Award $5M for Ideas to Integrate Renewable Energy Into Grid

        New York State will award $5 million for projects that will help New York integrate renewable energy in ways to improve the electric grid. The proposals will be evaluated based on several factors: how they improve overall grid performance, reduce energy costs, and support the state’s clean energy goals. This supports Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Green New Deal proposal to achieve 70 percent renewable energy by 2030.

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      18. I say, Eaton Boys Are Flogging Spare Capacity on Data Centre UPS Systems to Keep Lights on in Ireland

        I say, Eaton Boys Are Flogging Spare Capacity on Data Centre UPS Systems to Keep Lights on in Ireland

        Power distribution specialist Eaton has kicked off a pilot project in Ireland that uses data center UPS systems to help power the grid in periods of peak demand, to avoid grid-level outages. The owners of UPS systems are compensated for the effort – being paid as much as €50,000 per year for every MW of UPS capacity they provide to the grid. The scheme taps into UPS batteries to regulate the frequency of the grid when there's not enough electricity to go around, preventing brownouts and blackouts – and Eaton claims it can do this without interfering with the primary UPS function of protecting the IT load.

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      19. Siemens to Modernize Industrial Power Plant from BASF in Germany with Key Components

        Siemens to Modernize Industrial Power Plant from BASF in Germany with Key Components

        Siemens recently took part in a ground-breaking for a new energy storage project in Schwarzheide, near Dresden, Germany. For this project, Siemens will use a SIESTART energy storage solution with a Fluence battery energy storage system. The energy storage will provide black-start capability for a natural gas power plant, ensuring it can be quickly ramped up at any time.

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      20. Utah Hosts 1GW Storage Mega-Mix

        Utah Hosts 1GW Storage Mega-Mix

        Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and Magnum Development are collaborating on what will result in a 1GW energy storage project in Utah, in the US. The Advanced Clean Energy Storage initiative, announced by the companies with state governor Gary Herbert, will deploy four utility-scale technologies – renewable hydrogen, compressed air energy storage, large-scale flow batteries and solid oxide fuel cells

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      21. What's the Value of Energy Storage? Minnesota Aims to Find Out

        What's the Value of Energy Storage? Minnesota Aims to Find Out

        Minnesota lawmakers included multiple energy storage provisions in the Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill when they approved it May 24, including requiring utilities to consider batteries as a resource in their long-term planning efforts. The bill also directs the Minnesota Department of Commerce to conduct an energy storage cost-benefit analysis, in order to determine the value of adding the resource to the electric grid.

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