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      1. Renewables Gain Investors as Some Flee Oil, Gas, and Coal

        Renewables Gain Investors as Some Flee Oil, Gas, and Coal

        “There are concerns about financiers saying just wait and see, but I have not heard about anyone trying to renegotiate a project,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association, in an interview with POWER. Speakes-Backman is among the keynote speakers confirmed for POWER’s Distributed Energy Conference in Chicago, Illinois, Oct. 19-21.

        “I can tell you I don’t see this crisis impacting the long-term ability of storage to grow,” Speakes-Backman said. “We’re expecting a 300% increase in storage deployment this year, so even a 50% drop in that means we’re still doing well. I really feel like this is going to be a near-term situation for our industry. People have already begun to realize the importance of energy storage to decarbonizing the grid, and I don’t think that goes away with this crisis.”

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      2. Green Mountain Power expands BYOD and Tesla battery programs as it targets fossil peakers

        Green Mountain Power expands BYOD and Tesla battery programs as it targets fossil peakers

        Vermont regulators approved on Wednesday a Green Mountain Power program that offers rates for customer-sited battery storage, including a bring your own device (BYOD) option. Starting June 5, customers can enroll in GMP's Tesla Powerwall program or subscribe to rates with their own storage system for the next 15 years, based on GMP's previous pilots. The utility claims to be the first in the country to use customer-sited stored energy to lower peak energy use across its system, lowering costs for all customers.

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      3. San Diego Blood Bank adds solar + storage system to power electric blood mobile fleet - Solar Power World

        San Diego Blood Bank adds solar + storage system to power electric blood mobile fleet - Solar Power World

        Enel X, the Enel Group’s advanced energy services business line, continues to grow its energy storage business in California, signing an agreement to manage a battery storage system as part of a solar + storage project at the San Diego Blood Bank. By combining onsite solar generation with a battery storage system, the Blood Bank will be able to self-generate, store and consume electricity, providing the facility with cost savings, while also reducing its environmental footprint.

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      4. Landfills emerge as promising battery storage sites to back up renewable energy

        Landfills emerge as promising battery storage sites to back up renewable energy

        Solar panel installations have been one of the fastest-growing types of energy infrastructure in recent years and landfills have become fitting sites due to the sheer amount of land required. Now, for many of the same reasons, energy project developers are looking to landfills for a technology growing even faster than solar: battery storage. Storage on landfills is still a novel idea, with closed sites seen as largely the most suitable, and only a few examples of these projects exist.

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      5. Plus Power Breaks Into Battery Big League With Grid-Tied Project for Hawaiian Electric

        Plus Power Breaks Into Battery Big League With Grid-Tied Project for Hawaiian Electric

        Earlier this month Hawaiian Electric announced a slew of solar-plus-storage projects to continue its shift to fossil-free energy. Tucked inside that announcement was a big development: a massive grid-tied battery that will take over crucial duties from the last coal plant anywhere in Hawaii. The 185-megawatt/565-megawatt-hour Kapolei Energy Storage project marks a dramatic arrival to the big leagues for developer Plus Power. Plus power, an ESA member, had previously developed a 12-megawatt battery to ensure reliability at a car factory microgrid in Mexico.

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      6. Replacing peakers with storage to achieve the greatest health benefit

        Replacing peakers with storage to achieve the greatest health benefit

        Peaker generating units causing the greatest health burdens can be retired and replaced with storage. That’s the idea behind a new data visualization resource from Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE). The U.S. has more than 1,000 peaker units, which operate only at times of peak load, and often have high hourly emissions. Many are located in areas with high proportions of minority and low-income residents.

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      7. PG&E's total storage procurements pass 1 GW with latest round of projects | Utility Dive

        PG&E's total storage procurements pass 1 GW with latest round of projects | Utility Dive

        Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is asking California regulators to approve five lithium-ion battery storage projects amounting to 423 MW/1,692 MWh, including a 60 MW/240 MWh battery co-located with a geothermal facility, the utility announced this week. The five projects are slated to come online in August 2021 and bump up the amount of storage PG&E has under contract to more than 1,000 MW. The utility intends to issue another solicitation this summer for resources that can go into operation in 2022 and 2023.

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      8. #ESACon20 is now virtual -- August 24-27, 2020

        #ESACon20 is now virtual -- August 24-27, 2020

        To ensure the safety or our community and adhere to public health measures, The ESA Energy Storage Annual Conference & Expo (#ESACon20) is moving online! ESA is creating a virtual conference experience with the same top-caliber educational program, featuring both live and pre-recorded educational sessions. #ESACon20 will also feature a new eMarketplace, with a virtual expo hall designed to connect attendees to live exhibitors and dynamic company profile pages providing a seamless tool for attendees to seek, learn, and connect with companies.

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      9. Global Energy Storage to Rebound and Witness Strong Capacity Additions Despite Pandemic: Report

        Global Energy Storage to Rebound and Witness Strong Capacity Additions Despite Pandemic: Report

        Despite the current covid-19 pandemic, the medium-term future for energy storage remains bright. That’s according to Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, “Outlook for the Global Energy Storage Industry, 2020.” Just last month the US Energy Storage Association (ESA) released survey results that showed the impact that the novel coronavirus will have on the industry. The study focused on analyzing the covid-19 effect on energy storage companies’ revenue, employment and projects in the second quarter.

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      10. As utilities tackle immediate COVID-19 impacts, analysts stress need to focus beyond the pandemic | Utility Dive

        As utilities tackle immediate COVID-19 impacts, analysts stress need to focus beyond the pandemic | Utility Dive

        Data now verifies a pandemic-driven collapsing commercial-industrial (C&I) electricity load is only partially offset by sheltering-at-home customers' spiking residential usage. Utilities have implemented measures to help residential customers cope with rising power bills. But some utility leaders and analysts are thinking beyond today's uncertainties and looking instead toward tomorrow's system needs in light of these shifting load dynamics, they told Utility Dive. One of the resources they're looking at? Storage.

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      11. Eos Energy Storage providing zinc battery system at Greek oil refinery

        Eos Energy Storage providing zinc battery system at Greek oil refinery

        Zinc battery storage manufacturer Eos Energy Storage was awarded contracts for systems providing on-site power resiliency at an oil refinery in Greece. New Jersey-based Eos has partnered with Motor Oil Hellas and Ingeteam on the two projects. Eos will design, build and deliver a 1-MW/4 MWh behind-the-meter battery system at Motor Oil’s Corinth Refinery in Athens.

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      12. Siemens Gamesa to supply innovative hybrid plant in the Philippines for Berkeley Energy, reducing fossil fuel use in a remote location

        Siemens Gamesa to supply innovative hybrid plant in the Philippines for Berkeley Energy, reducing fossil fuel use in a remote location

        The plant will help provide stable electricity supply to island and reduce dependence on diesel, in turn further cutting emissions. Commercial hybrid project manages an existing 16MW wind power facility with battery storage integrated through Siemens Gamesa’s Hybrid Plant Controller (HPC). Siemens Gamesa has signed a 5-year maintenance contract for plant operations which can be optimized remotely using its Energy Management Service (EMS). Plant expected to be commissioned in the second half of 2020; additional 10MW wind farm facility is under negotiations.

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      13. El Paso Electric sees record low solar prices as it secures New Mexico project approvals

        El Paso Electric sees record low solar prices as it secures New Mexico project approvals

        The projects were proposed to serve southern New Mexico and west Texas customers, and start service in the summer of 2022. One project will add 100 MW of solar for $0.015 per kWh while the second will add 100 MW of solar and 50 MW of storage for $0.021 per kWh, record-low prices for solar and storage in New Mexico.

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      14. Hawaiian utility selects huge solar and storage proposals on way to 100% renewables

        Hawaiian utility selects huge solar and storage proposals on way to 100% renewables

        The Hawaiian Electric Company, the largest electric utility on the Hawaiian Islands, has selected 16 solar-plus-storage or standalone storage projects on the islands of Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii that will deliver a combined 459MW of solar generation and nearly 3GWh of power storage. The projects were awarded as part of Hawaiian Electric’s efforts to transition to using 100% renewable energy for electric generation by 2045, and date back to a request for proposals issued by the company back in August of 2019 – then the largest single renewable energy procurement effort in Hawaii and among the largest by any US utility.

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      15. Strata Solar and Tesla partner on 400-MWh battery project in Ventura County, California

        Strata Solar and Tesla partner on 400-MWh battery project in Ventura County, California

        Renewable energy developer Strata Solar sent an update on its landmark Ventura Energy Storage (VES) project — a 100-MW, 400-MWh battery energy storage system in unincorporated Ventura County, Calif. Strata awarded an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract to Tesla for its Megapack battery system. Pre-construction development is now complete. Construction, using local union labor, is scheduled to commence in July 2020. As the largest project selected in the paradigm-shifting solicitation by SCE, the project is helping Southern California to move away from the Aliso Natural Gas Storage facility and coastal power plants without compromising reliability.

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      16. Replace NYC peakers with renewables+storage? Plant owners say they're working on it

        Replace NYC peakers with renewables+storage? Plant owners say they're working on it

        New York City ratepayers shelled out $4.5 billion in capacity payments in the last decade to keep 16 fossil fuel-based peaking plants available, according to a recent analysis. Owners of the plants say they are already working to add energy storage and make the facilities more efficient and concede that running them less would help improve air quality. 

         

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      17. U.S. Department of Energy to Provide $6M for Research to Develop Energy Storage Technologies

        U.S. Department of Energy to Provide $6M for Research to Develop Energy Storage Technologies

        The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has announced up to $6 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development projects under the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0002332, Energy Storage for Fossil Power Generation. The FOA seeks applications to (1) advance near-term, system-integrated, energy storage solutions toward commercial deployment with fossil assets; (2) mature promising mid-technology-readiness-level (TRL), component-level energy storage solutions toward eventual system integration with fossil assets; (3) develop innovative, low-TRL concepts and technologies that offer game-changing benefits for fossil assets.

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        Mentions: DoE U.S.
      18. PacifiCorp Readies Multi-Gigawatt Solicitation for Wind, Solar-plus-Storage Projects

        PacifiCorp Readies Multi-Gigawatt Solicitation for Wind, Solar-plus-Storage Projects

        Utility group PacifiCorp is about to open a gusher of opportunity for wind, solar and energy storage developers in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions. Last year PacifiCorp finalized a landmark integrated resource plan (IRP) that for the first time envisions it relying on large amounts of wind farms and solar backed by energy storage to meet its long-range energy needs. Now the utility, part of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate, is preparing a solicitation for projects to meet that plan’s needs through 2024, taking a concrete step toward its vision.

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      19. SimpliPhi Power Teams Up with Footprint Project to Deliver Clean Energy Microgrid to Field Hospital for Matamoros Migrant Camp Fighting COVID-19

        SimpliPhi Power Teams Up with Footprint Project to Deliver Clean Energy Microgrid to Field Hospital for Matamoros Migrant Camp Fighting COVID-19

        SimpliPhi Power, a leading U.S. manufacturer of safe, cobalt-free lithium ion energy storage systems, has partnered with non-profit Footprint Project to supply and deliver a clean energy microgrid field hospital for the Matamoros migrant camp in Mexico on the U.S. border to power the camp's first mobile medical ICU to treat COVID-19 patients. The camp is comprised of approximately 3,000 asylum seekers living in overcrowded tents with little infrastructure and no access to basic medical care or hygiene, enhancing the threat of COVID-19 contagion.

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