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      1. U.S. Energy Storage Association Hires Marc Chupka as VP of Research and Programs

        U.S. Energy Storage Association Hires Marc Chupka as VP of Research and Programs

        The U.S. Energy Storage Association is pleased to announce the hiring of Marc Chupka as Vice President of Research and Programs. Marc has over 30 years of experience analyzing and advising on the market impacts of both domestic and international energy and environmental policy, including serving as the acting Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy and International Affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy and chief economist at the White House Office of Environmental Policy. For the past 18 years, Marc consulted on a broad range of energy issues for utilities, trade associations, and investors as a principal at The Brattle Group, most recently focusing on issues related to grid resilience, clean energy, and climate policy.

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        Mentions: DoE U.S. ESA
      2. Public Utilities: The New Buyers of Energy Storage

        Public Utilities: The New Buyers of Energy Storage

        There’s no doubt that 2019 was a tipping point for announcements from investor-owned utilities about large-scale new energy storage and hybrid storage projects. We also witnessed dramatically increased project sizes and combination approaches, with stunning price decreases and shorter deployment schedules. Between 2016 and 2019, approximately 28 U.S. utilities proposed nearly eight gigawatts of storage. And some of the multi-hundred-megawatt procurement announcements by large investor-owned utilities like Nevada Energy, Arizona Public Service, Florida Power and Light, Hawaiian Electric Company, and Southern California Edison are indeed record-breaking.

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      3. APS Sets course for 100 Percent Clean Energy Future

        APS Sets course for 100 Percent Clean Energy Future

        Today marks a historic milestone in the 134-year history of Arizona’s largest electricity provider as Arizona Public Service (NYSE: PNW) announces a goal to deliver 100 percent clean, carbon-free electricity to customers by 2050. The company has been on a trajectory of increasingly clean energy through solar power innovation, major investments in energy storage technology, carbon-free nuclear operations and advances in energy efficiency solutions. Now, the company’s destination for that path is set as the boldest clean-energy goal of all Arizona electric companies, as well as one of the most ambitious in the country.

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      4. 4.5-MW Solar, 3.8-MWh Storage Project Completed at Former Massachusetts Landfill

        4.5-MW Solar, 3.8-MWh Storage Project Completed at Former Massachusetts Landfill

        A 4.5-MW solar array coupled with a 1.6-MW/3.8-MWh energy storage system has been completed on the former Titcomb pit landfill in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Kearsarge Energy developed and constructed the project that uses an AC-coupled GSS energy system from NEC Energy Solutions.

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      5. Proposed 2.2 GW Storage Project Plans to Use Navajo Coal Station Power-Lines

        Proposed 2.2 GW Storage Project Plans to Use Navajo Coal Station Power-Lines

        A proposal to build a 2.2 GW pumped hydro storage facility in Arizona moved one step closer to reality last week, after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) accepted its application for a preliminary permit. The $3.6 billion project would be built at a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation reservoir on the Colorado River, and rely on transmission infrastructure that was part of the retired Navajo Generating Station coal facility. It would deliver power to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

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      6. New York Power Authority: New Energy Storage demonstration Project

        New York Power Authority: New Energy Storage demonstration Project

        The New York Power Authority announced a collaboration with a leading-edge energy storage company to develop a demonstration energy storage system, using new zinc-air energy storage technology, in New York. The project, selected as a winner through the NYPA Innovation Challenge, will have the ability to provide back-up power, help level grid demand, and move the state further toward a carbon-free electric grid supported by renewable energy resources. The new technology storage system will work toward the achievement of Cuomo’s aggressive energy storage goal of 3GW by 2030, and by supporting a commitment of 100% electricity from zero carbon emission sources by 2040.

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      7. US Energy Storage Market May Grow 12X By End Of 2024 (Interview) - CleanTechnica

        US Energy Storage Market May Grow 12X By End Of 2024 (Interview) - CleanTechnica

        The recent Wood Mackenzie Q4 2019 US Energy Storage Monitor report contains a number of insights about energy storage trends that many people may enjoy reading about. Energy storage in the United States has been growing steadily over the last 5-10 years. In this interview, Dan Finn-Foley, head of energy storage research at Wood Mackenzie, discusses how the industry is growing.

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      8. US Battery Storage Prospects Lifted by Policy Progress, Cost Reduction

        US Battery Storage Prospects Lifted by Policy Progress, Cost Reduction

        Battery storage deployment in the US is set for a rapid acceleration from 2020. That is one of the key takeaways from the latest S&P Global Platts Analytics’ US Power Storage Outlook, released to clients on December 18. In addition, while megawatt deployments in 2019 were at 2018 levels, the storage duration of battery storage assets increased in the past years, pointing to new usages. State policies and peaking capacity needs will remain the major drivers of near to medium-term battery deployments. Platts Analytics expects more than 13 GW of utility-scale battery storage to be commissioned by 2024 in the US.

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      9. Xcel Energy to Build 7 Community Microgrids with Siemens and Fluence

        Xcel Energy to Build 7 Community Microgrids with Siemens and Fluence

        Xcel Energy is seeking regulatory approval to move forward with seven microgrids, at a cost to the utility of $23.4 million, chosen from a community resilience solicitation that the Colorado utility issued in May. The microgrids will serve the Denver International Airport Automated Guideway Transit System; National Western Center; Denver Rescue Mission’s Lawrence Street Community Center; City of Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities; Town of Nederland Community Center; Summit County Middle School; and Alamosa Family Recreation Center. The petition for approval and cost recovery is before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (Proceeding 19A-0225E).

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      10. SPP Committee Looks at Energy Storage Integration Plans

        SPP Committee Looks at Energy Storage Integration Plans

        The growth in energy storage is rapidly evolving the power industry and the Southwest Power Pool is the latest entity grappling with how to integrate the new resource. In a new white paper, SPP averred that energy storage can serve as a substitute for transmission by resolving short-term reliability issues such as voltage support and congestion, which could avoid costly transmission upgrades.

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      11. NEC Energy Solutions to build 100 MW of storage capacity in Northern Ireland

        NEC Energy Solutions to build 100 MW of storage capacity in Northern Ireland

        The company will provide two 50 MW systems for investor the Gore Street Energy Storage Fund and project developer Low Carbon. The projects will be completed by the first quarter of 2021. NEC Energy Solutions has revealed plans to install 100 MW of energy storage capacity at two sites in Northern Ireland, backed by engineering, procurement and construction services. Under the terms of the deal, NEC will also provide its GSS end-to-end grid storage solution, as well as AEROS, its proprietary energy storage control software.

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      12. What Would It Take for the US to Become an Energy Storage Manufacturing Powerhouse?

        What Would It Take for the US to Become an Energy Storage Manufacturing Powerhouse?

        U.S. entrepreneurs have led the world in creating new technologies for storing grid power, but they largely rely on other countries for their core ingredients. When a global supply crunch constrained those top tier suppliers, integrators turned to a growing roster of Chinese producers and found that they measured up. The Trump administration’s Department of Energy last week proposed a different vision, one in which the U.S. establishes a domestic supply chain for energy storage by 2030. It’s calling this a “Grand Challenge,” and promising millions of dollars and considerable institutional resources to achieve it.

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        Mentions: Asia DoE Nevada
      13. CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman's Statement on Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act of 2019

        CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman's Statement on Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act of 2019

        “ESA commends Representatives Tom Reed (R-NY), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), and their bipartisan colleagues for introducing the Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act of 2019, which looks to establish a longer term, technology-neutral tax structure for all emerging energy technologies,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the U.S. Energy Storage Association. 

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      14. First Large Battery in Republic of Ireland Targets Super-Fast Grid Services

        First Large Battery in Republic of Ireland Targets Super-Fast Grid Services

        The Republic of Ireland recently received its first grid-scale battery, which will help manage volatility as the island nation ramps up renewable power plants. The Fluence-supplied battery system will make money via a new product that rewards high-speed frequency response. Developer Statkraft and battery supplier Fluence announced Wednesday that the battery had been installed in County Kerry and will enter commercial operation a few weeks after commissioning. The Kilathmoy battery packs 11 megawatts/5.5 megawatt-hours and sits alongside a 23-megawatt wind farm.

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        Mentions: U.S. UK Ireland
      15. Maryland Regulators Urged to Consider Climate, Grid Benefits of Energy Storage

        Maryland Regulators Urged to Consider Climate, Grid Benefits of Energy Storage

        Maryland regulators should create new value streams for energy storage projects that would compensate them based on their ability to reduce emissions and defer the need for distribution grid upgrades, among other factors, a group including utility, government, and other stakeholders including ESA said in a filing with the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC). The document is the next step toward determining how Maryland utilities will solicit energy storage projects 5 MW to 10 MW in size, as the state's investor-owned utilities are mandated to do as part of a pilot program created by the state legislature last year.

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      16. Contenders: Long Duration Energy Storage Technologies, and Who's Behind Them

        Contenders: Long Duration Energy Storage Technologies, and Who's Behind Them

        As the global energy market, piece by piece, slowly but surely, moves towards a renewables-centered paradigm, dispatchable solar and uncurtailed wind, along with other forms of clean energy, are requiring longer and longer durations of storage to integrate them to the grid. While there’ll be a place for lithium-ion for many years yet, the technology really excels at applications of up to around four hours. For everything else, there’s a growing list of contenders, with diverse technologies and at different stages of commercialization. Here’s a handy guide to some of those technologies and their providers, electrochemical and otherwise, that promise anything from five hours to even days or weeks of storage.

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      17. Local Solar Installers Embrace Big New Opportunity: Home Battery Add-Ons

        Local Solar Installers Embrace Big New Opportunity: Home Battery Add-Ons

        From Texas to Florida, more homeowners are interested in pairing batteries with rooftop solar. Local solar installation companies have faced a number of challenges in recent years, from the decline of state net metering policies to the Trump administration's import tariffs. Now, a potentially significant opportunity is coming into focus for them: home battery systems. 2019 was a big year for both residential solar and home storage in the U.S. Power shutoffs in California and demand pull-in from the soon-to-decline federal Investment Tax Credit helped both industries log new records.

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        Mentions: California U.S. Texas
      18. California has Big Clean Energy Ambitions, and is Looking for Better Energy Storage to Realize Them

        California has Big Clean Energy Ambitions, and is Looking for Better Energy Storage to Realize Them

        The California Energy Commission (CEC) is putting up to $11 million on the table for developers of energy storage technologies other than lithium-ion batteries, according to a solicitation launched last month. The agency is looking for one group of projects based on emerging customer-side storage technologies and a second to focus only on customer-side electrolytic hydrogen storage. The solicitation is largely driven by California’s 100% clean energy statutory requirement and the need for a diverse set of longer-duration storage technologies, Jason Burwen, vice president of policy at the Energy Storage Association, told Utility Dive. 

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