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      1. Congress Has a Chance to Pass Meaningful Energy Legislation

        Congress Has a Chance to Pass Meaningful Energy Legislation

        At a time of nearly unprecedented legislative gridlock on Capitol Hill, there are too few policies that have the bipartisan support and national importance necessary to move through Congress. But one of those policies has received the backing of key congressional constituencies and could revolutionize the energy grid as we know it. This Op/Ed from Kelly Speakes-Backman and Heather Reams describes the need for a stand-alone storage investment tax credit. 

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      2. Why Energy Storage is an Essential Ingredient in Grid Modernization

        Why Energy Storage is an Essential Ingredient in Grid Modernization

        If the energy industry was a solar system, energy storage might very well be the sun. At least, that’s the perspective of Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association (ESA) and featured luminary speaker at DISTRIBUTECH International next month in San Antonio, Texas. Speakes-Backman recently talked with POWERGRID about her work at the ESA and where she sees the future of energy storage.

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      3. Sunnova SunSafe Now Available in Florida Markets

        Sunnova SunSafe Now Available in Florida Markets

        Sunnova Energy International Inc. has expanded its Sunnova SunSafe 1 solar+battery storage system offering into Florida, making the state the 13th market where Sunnova now offers SunSafe. Sunnova also announced the addition of a 15-year financing plan for add-on solar battery storage. This offering is immediately available in all existing Sunnova SunSafe markets.

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      4. Oak Ridge National Lab Is Deep Into Second Use Battery Control System Development

        Oak Ridge National Lab Is Deep Into Second Use Battery Control System Development

        Oak Ridge researcher Michael Starke has been leading a project supported by the Office of Electricity’s Energy Storage Program to create and enhance controls for second-use battery energy storage, including testing of a 15 kilowatt system at a Habitat for Humanity home site in North Carolina. Testing is also taking place at an Oak Ridge research house in a neighborhood near the lab.

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      5. Nevada Regulators Approve NV Energy Plan for 1,190 MW Solar, 590 MW Storage

        Nevada Regulators Approve NV Energy Plan for 1,190 MW Solar, 590 MW Storage

        The Nevada Public Utilities Commission on Dec. 4 approved NV Energy's Integrated Resource Plan, including three solar projects totaling 1,190 MW and 590 MW of energy storage capacity. All of the new projects will be located in southern Nevada and are planned to be online by 2024. The utility last year committed to doubling its renewable energy resources by 2023 and says it is on track to meet that goal. The largest of the projects is Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners' Gemini solar+storage project. The company says it is believed to be one of the largest projects of its kind globally, with capital expenditures expected to top $1 billion.

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      6. New York Permits 316 MW Battery Storage Project, Trading Gas Plant for World’s Largest Battery

        New York Permits 316 MW Battery Storage Project, Trading Gas Plant for World’s Largest Battery

        New York’s utility regulator has approved construction on a 316-megawatt battery storage plant, a facility that, if built, would provide emissions-free power to New York City and the surrounding region while replacing a significant portion of the city’s fossil-fueled energy. Known as the Ravenswood Development, the project aims to provide 2,528 MWh of power and would operate during peak hours, with enough storage capacity to discharge 8 hours of power during the hours of highest demand.

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      7. FERC Tariff Approvals Create Big Moment for Energy Storage

        FERC Tariff Approvals Create Big Moment for Energy Storage

        US regulators gave energy storage a boost with recent approvals of tariffs filed by grid operators that create standardized ways of offering the resource to wholesale markets. Approved for some grid operators in late October and others last week, the tariffs are a response to a previous Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) order seeking fair treatment of energy storage in wholesale markets.

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      8. NV Energy to Add 3 Solar and Storage Projects to Southern Nevada

        NV Energy to Add 3 Solar and Storage Projects to Southern Nevada

        NV Energy received approval from state regulators to add three solar projects in Southern Nevada that should generate enough electricity to power 230,000 homes. On Wednesday, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada approved NV Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan, which would add 1,190 megawatts of solar renewable energy projects to the state, as well as an additional 590 megawatts of energy storage capacity.

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      9. GM, LG Chem to Announce EV Battery Joint Venture in Ohio

        GM, LG Chem to Announce EV Battery Joint Venture in Ohio

        South Korea’s LG Chem said it would invest $916 million in its U.S. subsidiary by 2023 to set up an electric vehicle battery joint venture with General Motors. The facility, expected to be located in the Lordstown area of Ohio, would see an investment of more than $2 billion, with GM and LG Chem expected to invest more than $1 billion each. A GM-LG plant could be the first unionized battery factory in the U.S. Teslas factory and LG Chems battery factory in Michigan do not have unions.

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      10. US Storage Industry to Build on Strong Third Quarter with Response to Power Shutoffs

        US Storage Industry to Build on Strong Third Quarter with Response to Power Shutoffs

        The United States energy storage sector had it strongest third quarter on record this year, deploying 100.7 megawatts (MW) and 264.6 megawatt-hours (MWh) of storage. The front-of-meter (FTM) market rebounded after its slump with 161 MW deployed, and the residential storage market kept up recent momentum, slightly outpacing second quarter deployment levels to deliver a new record for quarterly residential deployments.

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      11. US Storage Market Rebounds as Outage-Scarred California Promises Big 2020 Growth

        US Storage Market Rebounds as Outage-Scarred California Promises Big 2020 Growth

        The U.S. energy storage market bounced back in the third quarter of 2019, both in front of and behind the meter. But the most notable events of the quarter — the massive fire-prevention power outages in California — will have much larger impacts in the year to come. Wood Mackenzie expects one in five residential solar systems installed in California next year to be paired with batteries.

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      12. Colorado Utility Sees “Opportunistic Window” to Save Money with Solar and Wind Plus Storage

        Colorado Utility Sees “Opportunistic Window” to Save Money with Solar and Wind Plus Storage

        Black Hills Energy is seeking 200 MW of solar power or wind plus energy storage capacity as part of an RFP, driven – not by any requirements – but by 2019 summertime bids solar and solar plus storage bids of 2.4¢/kWh and 3.6¢/kWh and the pending step down of the 30% investment tax credit.

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      13. Wärtsilä to Provide Full Energy Storage Solution for One of the Largest Power Hybrid Projects at an Off-Grid Mine in Mali

        Wärtsilä to Provide Full Energy Storage Solution for One of the Largest Power Hybrid Projects at an Off-Grid Mine in Mali

        The technology group Wärtsilä will optimise the energy system of the Fekola Mine, located in a remote region in southwest Mali. This is needed to improve the mine’s operations, reduce fuel consumption, and lessen the carbon emissions. Wärtsilä has been contracted to design and engineer a cutting-edge 17MW/15MWh energy storage system based on the company’s GEMS energy management solution. 

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      14. Cheap at Last, Batteries Are Making a Solar Dream Come True

        Cheap at Last, Batteries Are Making a Solar Dream Come True

        The first solar-plus-storage installations started about a decade ago on a small scale in sunny states like California, Hawaii, and Arizona. Now they’re spreading across the country, driven by falling prices of both solar panels and lithium-ion batteries. “This is not just a California, New York, Massachusetts thing,” says Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association, an industry group in Washington. She says more than 30 states have renewable storage on the grid. Utilities have proposed and states have approved 7 gigawatts to be installed by 2030.

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      15. How Alternative Storage Solutions are Breaking into the Lithium-Ion-Dominated Market

        How Alternative Storage Solutions are Breaking into the Lithium-Ion-Dominated Market

        Recent growth in renewable energy, spurred by state mandates, federal tax incentives, and increasingly attractive costs, has shifted attention to the use of energy storage to ensure that variable wind and solar generation reliably serve load and provide ancillary services. In this domain, lithium-ion currently dominates. But some analysts don't see it as economically-efficient enough at scale to fully support the amount of renewable energy expected to come onto the grid, and other options are on the rise, including rail-based gravity systems, hydrogen and flow batteries.

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      16. Convergent Announces the Completion of 21 MWh of Energy Storage Projects at Two Shell Facilities

        Convergent Announces the Completion of 21 MWh of Energy Storage Projects at Two Shell Facilities

        Convergent Energy + Power (Convergent), a leading independent developer of energy storage solutions in North America, today announced that the 21 MWh of industrial battery storage systems under construction at two Shell Canada Products facilities in Ontario are now operational. Convergent is the largest operator of energy storage solutions in Ontario with over 40 MW in service. The energy storage projects are a joint venture between Convergent and Shell New Energies, designed to reduce the consumption of energy for the facilities by one-third of typical demand while increasing the reliability and long-term sustainability of the grid. 

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      17. Convergent Announces the Completion of 21 MWh of Energy Storage Projects at Two Shell Facilities

        Convergent Announces the Completion of 21 MWh of Energy Storage Projects at Two Shell Facilities

        Convergent Energy + Power, today announced that the 21 MWh of industrial battery storage systems under construction at two Shell Canada Products facilities in Ontario are now operational. Convergent is the largest operator of energy storage solutions in Ontario with over 40 MW in service. The energy storage projects are a joint venture between Convergent and Shell New Energies, designed to reduce the consumption of energy for the facilities by one third of typical demand while increasing the reliability and long-term sustainability of the grid. The projects are located at Brockville Lubricants Plant and Sarnia Manufacturing Centre.

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      18. Savion Powers Up, Energizing Utility-Scale Solar and Energy Storage Industry

        Savion Powers Up, Energizing Utility-Scale Solar and Energy Storage Industry

        Savion today announced its official launch as a new utility-scale solar and energy storage project development company. Backed by Macquarie’s Green Investment Group, Savion consists of a veteran team of developers, bringing a history of proven experience and more than 8 gigawatts (GW) of utility-scale solar and energy storage pipeline projects under construction, under contract, in operation, and in development. The Savion team will focus on the development of utility-scale solar and energy storage projects in partnership with utilities, municipalities, corporate customers, and landowners across the United States. 

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      19. Hydrostor and NRStor Announce Completion of World’s First Commercial Advanced-CAES Facility

        Hydrostor and NRStor Announce Completion of World’s First Commercial Advanced-CAES Facility

        Hydrostor, the world’s leading developer of Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) projects, in partnership with NRStor Incorporated, a diversified Canadian energy storage project developer, announce the completion of the Goderich A-CAES Facility, located in Goderich, Ontario, Canada. The plant represents a pivotal advancement in long-duration energy storage and a world first in the successful commercialization of fuel-free (adiabatic) CAES technology. 

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      20. Current and Future Opportunities for Energy Storage in New York

        Current and Future Opportunities for Energy Storage in New York

        While the MABI program is helping to develop a sustainable energy storage market, wholesale market revenues will strongly impact the pervasiveness of storage deployment in New York. 2019 has been transformational for the energy storage market in New York, which was marked by several milestones that reveal the powerful forces now emerging and exerting their influence across the state’s electricity landscape.

        ESA is co-hosting a webinar with NY-BEST on Friday, 11/22 at 2pm ET to discuss the future of energy storage in New York. Register here.

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      21. Utility-Scale Storage Critical to Achieving Massachusetts Carbon Goals: UMass Study

        Utility-Scale Storage Critical to Achieving Massachusetts Carbon Goals: UMass Study

        The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is likely to fall short of its greenhouse gas emission goals if it cannot implement utility-scale storage, according to a new study. More than 70% of the state’s two pumped-hydro storage facilities — with a collective capacity of around 1,800 MW — is currently unutilized due to the lack of market incentives, according to researchers. The lack of utility-scale storage could mean that the state’s grid remains “dirty” even with a high penetration of renewables.

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      22. Powin Energy Forms JV with Chinese 'Solar Module Super League' Player Gcl Si

        Powin Energy Forms JV with Chinese 'Solar Module Super League' Player Gcl Si

        Ranked among the leading solar PV module suppliers by our sister site PV Tech, GCL System Integration (GCL SI) has created a joint venture, branded as G-Powin Energy Solution, to expand its energy storage business in the Asia-Pacific region, notably Australia with US-Based energy storage technology provider Powin Energy.

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      23. CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on the GREEN Act

        CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on the GREEN Act

        “The U.S. Energy Storage Association greatly appreciates the House Ways & Means Committee for prioritizing stand-alone energy storage for ITC eligibility in the GREEN Act discussion draft,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of ESA. “Energy storage is already demonstrating early stage capability to transform the way we generate, deliver and use electricity in the United States, and this common-sense policy will accelerate the transformation to a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable electricity grid.

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      24. Businesses See Storing Energy While the Sun Shines as Key to California Power Shut-off Strategy

        Businesses See Storing Energy While the Sun Shines as Key to California Power Shut-off Strategy

        After three years of wildfires and now, blackouts, more and more business owners are looking to the power of the sun and storage of a battery pack for peace of mind. “I tell people if they have solar, think about adding batteries,” said Aron Moore, owner and president of Sun First Solar of San Rafael. “Many of our farm, winery and grocery store customers are already using solar and portable generators if needed, but today everyone is talking about storage.”

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