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      1. California CCA membership surpasses 200 communities, 28% of utility load

        California CCA membership surpasses 200 communities, 28% of utility load

        Community Choice Aggregators have reached a new milestone in California, surpassing 200 cities and communities with service and about 28% of utility load, and the expansion is continuing with two more CCAs launching service this year. The number of CCA jurisdictions reached 201 on April 1 as East Bay Community Energy initiated service to Newark, Pleasanton and Tracy, and MCE initiated service to Pleasant Hill and Vallejo.

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      2. Hydrostor wins funding for 500 MW of advanced compressed air energy storage

        Hydrostor wins funding for 500 MW of advanced compressed air energy storage

        The project will be the company’s third utility-scale plant to feature its Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage technology and its second in Canada. Hydrostor, a Canadian long-duration energy storage solution provider, received C$4 million ($3.19 million) from Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Innovation Program and Sustainable Development Technology Canada to pursue its development of a 300-500 MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility.

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      3. Strata to keep focus on solar with new company name Strata Clean Energy

        Strata to keep focus on solar with new company name Strata Clean Energy

        Utility-scale solar + storage installer Strata Clean Energy has announced its name change from the former Strata Solar. The rebrand represents the company’s commitment to the proliferation of clean energy products by providing more safe and reliable renewable energy options — especially for large, utility scale energy consumers.

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      4. Li-Cycle picks strategic US location for next commercial lithium battery recycling plant

        Li-Cycle picks strategic US location for next commercial lithium battery recycling plant

        Canada-headquartered lithium-ion battery recycling specialist Li-Cycle will build its third facility in Arizona, joining plants the company already operates in Ontario and New York State. Li-Cycle said yesterday in a press release sent to Energy-Storage.news that it will build a commercial recycling plant which will be able to process up to 10,000 tons of end-of-life batteries and scrap from battery manufacturers in Gilbert, Arizona. 

        At the beginning of this week, one of its prospective competitors, American Battery Metals Corporation said that it has secured financing to build a 20,000 metric ton-per-year lithium-ion battery recycling pilot facility. Currently in the process of changing its name to American Battery Technology Company (ABTC), to reflect its full lifecycle approach to battery metals production, the company already broke ground on its pilot facility in August last year.

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      5. Planning for the unexpected: How energy storage can be a grid resiliency asset

        Planning for the unexpected: How energy storage can be a grid resiliency asset

        From the rolling blackouts during California’s heatwave last summer and subsequent power cuts to mitigate wildfire risks to the recent Texas deep freeze in February, grid resiliency has become one of the industry’s watchwords. Energy storage is commonly cited as a key technology for increasing resiliency across the energy value chain.

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      6. DOE: Granholm eyes filibuster-proof clean electricity standard

        DOE: Granholm eyes filibuster-proof clean electricity standard

        Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said yesterday that the Biden administration is committed to delivering a clean energy standard to boost carbon-free energy, suggesting there's a way Congress could pass one without Republican support. Granholm also suggested that the administration, which in Biden's infrastructure plan calls for a 10-year extension of the tax credit for clean energy generation and storage, is open to a separate tax credit just for batteries.

        Granholm said the administration is "supportive of tax credits for battery technology, whether it's attached, whether its utility-scale, you name it. We want to see battery technology developed and deployed."

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      7. Following California and Texas blackouts, experts see potential for energy storage and better grid planning

        Following California and Texas blackouts, experts see potential for energy storage and better grid planning

        Energy storage could play a role in preventing the reliability challenges that both California and Texas experienced in the last year, but regulators still need to grapple with issues around compensation and technology viability. Last year, California had a few hundred megawatts of storage in wholesale markets, noted Carla Peterman, Southern California Edison senior vice president of strategy and regulatory affairs and former regulatory commissioner. 'This summer, we're going to have a few thousand. So it's really going to be a great opportunity to see how we can operate these facilities effectively,' she said.

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      8. Why lithium-ion batteries are so important

        Why lithium-ion batteries are so important

        The kickoff to a new battery series explains how LIBs became the workhorse of the electric vehicle and energy storage fleet. It is time to get into batteries. Waaay into batteries.

        Lithium-ion batteries are crucial to decarbonization in two important sectors. We know that the fastest, cheapest way to decarbonize, especially over the next 10 years, is clean electrification: shifting the grid to carbon-free sources and shifting other sectors and energy services onto the grid.

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      9. Long-duration storage roundup: News, players and technology

        Long-duration storage roundup: News, players and technology

        If economic long-duration energy storage actually existed (other than pumped hydro), it would already have been deployed by every utility with a decarbonization plan. Long-duration storage can accelerate the retirement of peaker plants, defer upgrades of transmission and distribution infrastructure, and improve the dispatchability of renewables such as solar and wind – theoretically, at least.

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      10. Con Edison adds another battery energy storage system

        Con Edison adds another battery energy storage system

        Con Edison and GI Energy said they installed a 1 MW / 1 MWh battery storage system at a customer site in the Bronx, a borough of New York City. The battery is intended to take stress off the utility’s grid on hot summer days when electrical usage soars. It is the second lithium-ion battery system the two have placed as part of a demonstration project. The first went into service early last year on Staten Island. An agreement gives Con Edison the right to discharge the batteries to provide power to customers as needed.

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      11. Treasury Dept. Report Finds ITC for Storage would Spur Clean Energy Production, Build More Resilient Grid

        Treasury Dept. Report Finds ITC for Storage would Spur Clean Energy Production, Build More Resilient Grid

        A report by the U.S. Treasury Department examining the President’s Made in America Plan today found that making standalone storage eligible for the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) would result in greater clean energy production and a more resilient grid. 

        “The Treasury Department’s report confirms that making standalone storage eligible for the ITC—just as other clean energy technologies are today—is critical for the United States to achieve its urgent climate and clean energy goals and build a more resilient grid,” said Jason Burwen, Interim CEO of ESA. “We continue to urge Congress to pass bipartisan legislation that would achieve this goal and power the economic recovery by creating jobs that build a cleaner, more resilient future for all.”

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      12. Confronting climate change with fiercely independent, data-driven journalism

        Confronting climate change with fiercely independent, data-driven journalism

        We’re on the cusp of a life-threatening climate calamity, a massive disruption of the energy industry and a revolution in greentech jobs. But mainstream journalists are largely ignoring the enormity of the problem. The world-class Greentech Media news team has gotten back together, teamed up with “Dr. Volts” David Roberts, a leading voice in energy journalism, and added more all-stars to the roster to launch the newsroom of record for the trillion-dollar decarbonization revolution. Check out Canary Media's first launch. 

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      13. Here’s a recap of key energy proposals from the Biden administration and Congress

        Here’s a recap of key energy proposals from the Biden administration and Congress

        President Joe Biden and his team have been in office for just over two months, and they’ve been busy, especially in terms of renewable energy and climate legislation and commitments. PV Magazine takes a look at the highlights on the energy and climate fronts in the first few months of President Biden's administration. 

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      14. Greenbacker Brings its First Solar+Storage Project Online

        Greenbacker Brings its First Solar+Storage Project Online

        Greenbacker Renewable Energy Co. (GREC), a company that acquires and manages renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, says Rawhide Prairie Solar, a 22 MW project in Colorado, has achieved commercial operation. GREC is managed by Greenbacker Capital Management, a national investment firm in the sustainable infrastructure sector.

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      15. State of the Electric Utility 2021: Gas doubts rise, DER focus wanes, and 5 other key takeaways

        State of the Electric Utility 2021: Gas doubts rise, DER focus wanes, and 5 other key takeaways

        Despite the impacts of COVID-19, the energy transition is stronger than ever, the results of Utility Dive's 8th annual State of the Electric Utility Survey Report show. The report, based on a survey completed near the end of 2020 by electric utility executives and professionals, covers trends in load, generation, non-baseload technologies and utility regulatory and business models, among other topics.

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      16. Risk for Texas-style power grid failure is growing in Western states

        Risk for Texas-style power grid failure is growing in Western states

        The Western Electricity Coordinating Council, which runs the Western Interconnection, has studied resources in the region and confirmed that at some times of the year, there's little surplus energy to call upon in an emergency.

        'Most subregions of the West have some hours of the year when they would be at risk if imports from other areas are limited,' said Victoria Ravenscroft, senior policy and external affairs manager at WECC, while updating Arizona regulators in March.

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      17. #ESACon21 Virtual Agenda Announced

        #ESACon21 Virtual Agenda Announced

        The U.S. Energy Storage Association Annual Conference & Expo (#ESACon21) will convene stakeholders throughout the energy storage ecosystem for a two-part event in 2021. The free virtual event will feature sessions such as Opportunities in Electrification for Decarbonization featuring Laura Nelson, Executive Director of the Green Hydrogen Coalition, Judith Judson, Vice President and Head of U.S. Strategy for National Grid, Lola Infante, Senior Advisor with EPRI, and Mert Geveci, Principal Controls Engineer at Malta. Check out the full agenda and register here.

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      18. ESA Statement on Virginia Governor Signing Bills Reforming Taxation and Permitting of Energy Storage

        ESA Statement on Virginia Governor Signing Bills Reforming Taxation and Permitting of Energy Storage

        “Virginia has taken the lead in energy storage development in the southeast,” said ESA Interim CEO Jason Burwen. “As we move from goal-setting to putting steel in the ground, enabling policies like tax and permitting reform are essential to ensuring that energy storage is deployed efficiently and cost-effectively. We were pleased to win this legislative package on behalf of our members, and applaud each of the bill sponsors and Governor Northam for their work pushing this forward. We also thank Virginia Advanced Energy Economy and Chesapeake Solar and Storage Association for their collaboration. We continue to work constructively with Virginia policymakers and stakeholders to lead the southeast in energy storage deployment.”

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      19. What Biden’s American Jobs Plan Means for Energy Storage

        What Biden’s American Jobs Plan Means for Energy Storage

        President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, unveiled yesterday, contains the most ambitious infrastructure investment program any U.S. president has put forward in decades. The proposed $100 billion investment to transform our electricity grid is significant and will provide more jobs, decarbonize of the grid, drive renewables expansion, and enable grid stability. While it is too soon to know how portions of the plan might be implemented, its ideas and language offer a roadmap of the administration’s priorities for advancing clean energy and energy storage as a means of creating jobs, strengthening American competitiveness, and achieving 100% carbon-free electricity. In this blog,  Stem CEO John Carrington reviews some of the plan’s key elements and explain what they could mean for energy storage.

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      20. ESA Praises American Jobs Plan That Would Accelerate Energy Storage Deployment

        ESA Praises American Jobs Plan That Would Accelerate Energy Storage Deployment

        The U.S. Energy Storage Association today praised the American Jobs Plan the White House released for including policies that would accelerate adoption and deployment of energy storage. 

        “To build back better, the United States must deploy energy storage at an unprecedented scale. President Biden’s American Jobs Plan would put us on that path. From factory to grid to frontline communities, it has the policies needed to achieve our goal of 100 GW of new energy storage by 2030 to decarbonize our power system, make our infrastructure resilient and put Americans in every state to work in a globally competitive industry,” U.S. Energy Storage Association Interim CEO Jason Burwen said.

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      21. India’s ‘first grid-connected community energy storage system’ inaugurated in Delhi

        India’s ‘first grid-connected community energy storage system’ inaugurated in Delhi

        A lithium-ion battery energy storage system that has been switched on in Rani Bagh, Delhi, will serve multiple applications and could pave the way for adoption of smarter energy networks based on renewable energy across India. The battery system is relatively small by the standards of some of the grid-scale systems that are starting to be deployed worldwide, but nonetheless provides valuable services to the local electricity grid and community. Described as India’s first grid-connected community energy storage system, it could also help prove the case for wider rollout of similar solutions across India, the companies behind the project have said.

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      22. Tesla Cofounder’s Battery Recycling Startup Ties Up With Top U.S. E-Waste Processor

        Tesla Cofounder’s Battery Recycling Startup Ties Up With Top U.S. E-Waste Processor

        Redwood Materials, a startup created by Tesla cofounder J.B. Straubel to profitably recycle lithium-ion batteries, is partnering with ERI, North America’s biggest processor of electronic waste, to gain access to thousands of tons of cells it can turn back into valuable raw materials. As part of the new alliance, Carson City, Nevada-based Redwood, which already recycles battery materials from Panasonic and Amazon, is investing an undisclosed amount in privately held ERI and Straubel is joining its board. Initially, Redwood will receive up to 30 tons a week of lithium-ion batteries collected by ERI.

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      23. Agilitas Energy starts work on its third SMART solar + storage project

        Agilitas Energy starts work on its third SMART solar + storage project

        Agilitas Energy has begun construction on a third project developed under the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program. The project is a 10 MW community solar and energy storage project in Warren, about an hour west of Boston. Under rules of the SMART program, any project with a capacity greater than 500 kW must also include energy storage. The company did not disclose the project’s storage capacity. Agilitas is building two other community solar-plus-storage projects in the state; those two total 16 MW of solar and 18 MWh of energy storage.

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      24. More than 150 Groups Urge Congress to Add Energy Storage Tax Credit to Infrastructure Bill

        More than 150 Groups Urge Congress to Add Energy Storage Tax Credit to Infrastructure Bill

        More than 150 organizations today sent a letter to U.S. House and Senate leaders requesting they include bipartisan legislation that would make standalone storage projects eligible for the investment tax credit (ITC) in the upcoming infrastructure bill. The letter, spearheaded by the U.S. Energy Storage Association, was signed by a diverse group of industry trade organizations, environmental advocacy groups, and small businesses across the United States. 

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