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      1. Arizona State University and TEXEL team up for battery tech commercialisation - Energy Live News

        Arizona State University and TEXEL team up for battery tech commercialisation - Energy Live News

        The new battery technology is said to include no rare metals, be potentially much more cost-effective than lithium-ion batteries in large scale and is 100% circular. Arizona State University (ASU) and TEXEL Energy Storage have signed a co-operation agreement to bring a new battery technology towards commercialisation in the US.

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      2. BYD provides 75-MW energy storage system to Mustang solar project

        BYD provides 75-MW energy storage system to Mustang solar project

        BYD “Build Your Dreams” announced it will partner with Canadian Solar to provide advanced battery technology for the 100-MWAC Mustang solar plant in Kings County, California. The 75-MW or 4-hour 300 MWh energy storage system is a retrofit addition to the Mustang solar plant, which was originally developed by Canadian Solar’s wholly owned subsidiary Recurrent Energy. 

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      3. CAISO approves hybrid storage policies as California preps to add 1.5 GW by 2022

        CAISO approves hybrid storage policies as California preps to add 1.5 GW by 2022

        The California Independent System Operator's (CAISO) board of governors last week approved market policies to better integrate new battery storage resources that would allow hybrid storage resources to provide energy and ancillary services to contribute to transmission system reliability. The system operator moved quickly to approve the proposal in light of the more than 1,500 MW of storage capacity expected to come online in California by the end of next year. This is part of around 3,300 MW of new procurement that the state is seeking to replace retiring fossil fuel plants by 2023.

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      4. IPP Broad Reach Power expands into California with 100MWh Enel project acquisition

        IPP Broad Reach Power expands into California with 100MWh Enel project acquisition

        Independent power producer (IPP) Broad Reach Power has made the first of “several planned expansions” into California’s market for energy storage, acquiring the 25MW / 100MWh Cascade Energy Storage project. Houston, Texas-headquartered Broad Reach Power was formed in July 2019 but already owns several gigawatts of utility-scale solar and energy storage projects in Montana, Wyoming and Utah as well Texas and now California in its portfolio.

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      5. ESA Lauds FERC 2222, but says states are "where it's happening for storage"

        ESA Lauds FERC 2222, but says states are "where it's happening for storage"

        The U.S. energy storage sector recently reported its strongest second quarter on record, with 168 MW of energy storage deployed in 2Q20--an increase of 72 percent quarter-over-quarter. With 2Q20 deployments setting a record this year, the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) projects the nation's energy storage market will grow significantly over the next six years.

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      6. Reminder: Getting Started with Energy Storage: The Essential Guide for Planning, Analyzing, Procuring and Communicating

        Reminder: Getting Started with Energy Storage: The Essential Guide for Planning, Analyzing, Procuring and Communicating

        Incorporating energy storage assumptions into utility system planning processes results in a more resilient, efficient, sustainable, and affordable electricity grid. With this seminar, utilities, regulators, and other stakeholders can learn about new energy storage modeling and planning techniques that are being incorporated at utility systems around the country to ensure cost effective procurement and reliable operations.

        Join the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for an in-depth virtual seminar on energy storage planning, held December 2-3, 2020, Getting Started with Energy Storage: The Essential Guide for Planning, Analyzing, Procuring and Communicating. Four modules offer attendees flexible learning, covering everything from approaches and frameworks for energy storage to communication and education. Learn more.

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      7. In Rare Battery Startup Move to Public Markets, Eos Raises Millions From Listing on Nasdaq

        In Rare Battery Startup Move to Public Markets, Eos Raises Millions From Listing on Nasdaq

        Challenging lithium-ion's battery market supremacy is not easy, but Eos will at least get a capital infusion to fund its growth. Eos Energy Storage, the aqueous zinc battery startup, listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange Tuesday after CEO Joe Mastrangelo virtually rang the opening bell. The 12-year-old company now goes by the name Eos Energy Enterprise, Inc. and trades under the symbol EOSE. Rather than conduct a traditional initial public offering, Eos partnered with a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) called B. Riley Principal Merger Corp. II.

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      8. Tesla Has a New Public Competitor in Power Storage

        Tesla Has a New Public Competitor in Power Storage

        Eos Energy Enterprises uses zinc-based batteries to hold electricity generated by facilities such as windmills. The technology has the potential to be less expensive than the lithium-based batteries Tesla uses. Eos Energy Enterprises completed its merger with a special-purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, on Monday, and began trading on Tuesday under the ticker EOSE. Both companies offer the ability to store power produced by renewable but unpredictable assets such as solar power so that it can be used when demand is the highest.

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      9. To batteries and beyond: The storage technologies poised to play a key role in the energy transition

        To batteries and beyond: The storage technologies poised to play a key role in the energy transition

        At least 33 U.S. utilities are aiming to become carbon-free or reach net-zero emissions by 2050. These are some of the technologies that could help them get there.

        By the end of 2019, approximately one out of three Americans lived in a state or community that has committed to or achieved 100% clean electricity, and experts say that getting to these ambitious goals will require large amounts of storage to smooth out electricity supply on a renewables-heavy grid.

        Utility Dive has collected four articles highlighting the following technologies: hydrogen, pumped hydro, battery chemistries other than li-ion, and compressed air and liquid air energy storage.

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      10. Form Energy Raises Another $70M for Long-Duration Storage

        Form Energy Raises Another $70M for Long-Duration Storage

        Form Energy raised a $70 million Series C to scale its super-long-duration energy storage technology. That investment was first reported by Reuters Friday, without naming the participating investors. It brings Form Energy's total funds raised to around $120 million, a hefty sum for a novel technology that's still a few years away from its first commercial deployment.

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      11. ESA Applauds Maryland Public Service Commission for Approval of Multiple-Use Energy Storage Pilots

        ESA Applauds Maryland Public Service Commission for Approval of Multiple-Use Energy Storage Pilots

        “The Maryland Public Service Commission took a significant step forward last week with the approval of 6 energy storage pilot projects that each demonstrate multiple uses and ownership models of energy storage,” said ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman. “ESA applauds Chairman Stanek and the Commission for their leadership in tackling fundamental challenges to the value of energy storage. Storage is an essential tool for Maryland to achieve its energy and climate goals, and these pilots will help inform the PSC and Maryland’s utilities about how to maximize the cost-effectiveness of energy storage deployment and gain more savings for ratepayers by increasing its utilization across multiple uses. ESA also appreciates the leadership of Delegate Marc Korman and Governor Larry Hogan in sponsoring and signing HB 650 (2019), which led to this important Order from the Commission.”

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      12. Richland's new solar and battery project is first of its kind in Washington state

        Richland's new solar and battery project is first of its kind in Washington state

        Washington state’s first utility-scale solar and battery project is now online in Richland. The Horn Rapids Solar, Storage & Training Project features more than 11,400 solar panels – enough to power 600 homes. Additionally, it has 1 MW of battery storage that can provide energy to about 150 homes for four hours. Construction on the project started in February, and a ribbon cutting was held on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

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      13. Maryland PSC greenlights Exelon pilots to guide future of utility-scale storage in the state

        Maryland PSC greenlights Exelon pilots to guide future of utility-scale storage in the state

        The Public Service Commission of Maryland last week issued an order approving six energy storage pilot projects, proposed by Exelon subsidiaries Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco), and Delmarva Power & Light that regulators say will return data and experience that could form the foundation for the next phase of utility-scale storage in the state.

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      14. Clean Energy Accelerator odds increase on Biden win, US net-zero grid goal

        Clean Energy Accelerator odds increase on Biden win, US net-zero grid goal

        The Clean Energy Accelerator, as envisioned in legislation introduced earlier this year and late last year, pairs each public dollar with multiple private dollars to expand clean energy’s reach in the US.

        Earlier this year, nearly 100 organizations voiced support for the Clean Energy Jobs Fund, which included a Clean Energy Accelerator in both its House and Senate versions. Letters of support for the Accelerator came from state green banks, start-ups, clean tech investors, utilities, energy industry trade groups, including the Solar Energy Industries Association and Energy Storage Association, and several environmental organizations.

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      15. What Does a Joe Biden Presidency Mean for Microgrids?

        What Does a Joe Biden Presidency Mean for Microgrids?

        Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the US Energy Storage Association: “By electing Joe Biden as President of the United States of America, Americans have sent the signal to accelerate the path forward toward a clean energy economy. We expect to see strong support from the new administration focused on decarbonization of the electric and transportation sectors, which will further drive the deployment of energy storage.”

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      16. To “Build Back Better,” Deploy Energy Storage at an Unprecedented Scale

        To “Build Back Better,” Deploy Energy Storage at an Unprecedented Scale

        By electing Joe Biden as President, Americans have sent a strong message of support for accelerating toward a clean energy economy. Investments in energy storage deployment, manufacturing and innovation are fundamental to recovering from the economic damage of COVID-19, rebuilding our infrastructure to meet 21st century demands, and decarbonizing our economy to fight climate change.

        As outlined in our 2030 Vision, at least 100 GW of energy storage is needed over the next decade to support the buildout of higher shares of wind and solar power, as well as distributed energy resources and electric vehicles. Energy storage will also be increasingly critical for frontline communities to have electric service resilient to extreme climate events, like heat waves, wildfires, storms, and hurricanes, as well as reducing our reliance on fossil-fuel power plants located in or near communities historically burdened by air pollution. And energy storage will provide this clean and resilient power while reducing peak demands on the power system, thus saving money for utilities, businesses, and homes, while serving as a foundation for a new domestic industry with a large international export market.

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      17. Energy Storage Association 'looks forward to working with President-Elect Joe Biden'

        Energy Storage Association 'looks forward to working with President-Elect Joe Biden'

        The election of Joe Biden as President of the US shows that Americans want to accelerate the transition to clean energy, Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the US national Energy Storage Association, has said.

        Speakes-Backman, who has previously characterised energy storage as something which enjoys rare bipartisan support in the upper levels of the US government and among lawmakers, gave a brief statement as it became clear just before the weekend that Biden had beaten incumbent Donald Trump in the race for 270 Electoral College votes to seal victory in the presidential race.

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      18. Clean Energy Industries Cheer Biden’s Victory, Lay Out Hopes for Early Action

        Clean Energy Industries Cheer Biden’s Victory, Lay Out Hopes for Early Action

        Solar and wind power, energy storage and grid infrastructure groups have high hopes for a climate-friendly administration. 

        Tax incentives for energy storage could also help boost technologies needed to integrate the country’s rising share of intermittent solar and wind power. Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the U.S. Energy Storage Association, said in a Saturday statement that the group expects “to see strong support from the new administration focused on the decarbonization of the electric and transportation sectors, which will further drive the deployment of energy storage.” 

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      19. Solar + storage industry reacts with enthusiasm to Joe Biden's presidential victory

        Solar + storage industry reacts with enthusiasm to Joe Biden's presidential victory

        The renewable energy industry expressed its enthusiasm when Joe Biden and Kamala Harris officially won the 2020 presidential election on Saturday, November 7. One of Biden’s core campaign promises was addressing climate change and a COVID-stricken economy by investing in green jobs and accelerating the renewable energy transition. The president-elect’s transition website features four key focus areas, including COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity and climate change.

        Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) issued the following response to the election:

        “By electing Joe Biden as president of the United States of America, Americans have sent the signal to accelerate the path forward toward a clean energy economy. We expect to see strong support from the new administration focused on decarbonization of the electric and transportation sectors, which will further drive the deployment of energy storage. We look forward to working with the Biden administration and congressional members to continue our bipartisan efforts to advance our vision of 100 GW by 2030, creating a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable electricity grid.”

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      20. How Biden’s Presidency Could (Further) Transform the Power Sector

        How Biden’s Presidency Could (Further) Transform the Power Sector

        The energy storage industry also hailed the election. “By electing Joe Biden as President of the United States of America, Americans have sent the signal to accelerate the path forward toward a clean energy economy,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the U.S. Energy Storage Association. “We expect to see strong support from the new Administration focused on decarbonization of the electric and transportation sectors, which will further drive the deployment of energy storage. We look forward to working with the Biden Administration and Congressional members to continue our bipartisan efforts to advance our vision of 100 GW by 2030, creating a more resilient, efficient, sustainable, and affordable electricity grid.” 

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      21. Highview Power Breaks Ground on 250MWh CRYOBattery Long Duration Energy Storage Facility | Highview Power

        Highview Power Breaks Ground on 250MWh CRYOBattery Long Duration Energy Storage Facility | Highview Power

        Highview Power, a global leader in long duration energy storage solutions, in partnership with Carlton Power, announced today that it is beginning the execution process on a 50 MW liquid air energy storage facility (with a minimum of 250MWh) in Greater Manchester, United Kingdom. The CRYOBattery™ will be one of Europe’s largest energy storage systems.

        “Our facility will deliver much needed clean, reliable and cost-efficient long duration energy storage to the National Grid,” said Javier Cavada, Highview Power CEO and President. “The CRYOBattery™ will help the UK to integrate renewable energy and stabilize the regional electrical grid to ensure future energy security during blackouts and other disruptions.”

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      22. 100% solar, wind and batteries is just the start — the 'super' power they produce will change the world

        100% solar, wind and batteries is just the start — the 'super' power they produce will change the world

        The Utility Dive article is contributed by Tony Seba and Adam Dorr, co-founder and research fellow, respectively, at RethinkX.

        Imagine having an energy system that generates three times more electricity we use today for a fraction of the cost (even free!) while generating no greenhouse gases or toxic waste. Imagine repatriating and growing energy-hungry industries, creating millions of jobs, trillions of dollars in societal wealth, and vastly improving our quality of life — while saving money. Incumbents would say it’s not possible. We have heard that before — but they’ve been proven wrong and we’ve been proven right.

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      23. Analysts: Storage a Matter of Dollars and Sense

        Analysts: Storage a Matter of Dollars and Sense

        More developers are adding energy storage to their power generation plans as they recognize how the technology improves a project’s economics.

        Solar and wind power project developers are recognizing the financial benefits that incorporating energy storage into their projects provides. Storage has become a major part of microgrid configurations, and commercial and industrial (C&I) enterprises are discovering it can improve the cost-effectiveness of their own installations. Continuing technology advancements bode well for growth in the sector as investments in storage become more attractive.

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