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      1. Ørsted to Build Landmark Solar & Storage Project

        Ørsted to Build Landmark Solar & Storage Project

        Ørsted announced today that following final investment decision from its Board of Directors it has commenced construction on the company's first utility-scale solar plus battery storage project, the 460megawatt (MWac) Permian Energy Center. The facility is located in Andrews County, Texas, and will come online in mid-2021. Upon completion of the Permian Energy Center, Ørsted will become the first energy company to operate the full spectrum of onshore and offshore wind, solar PV and storage solutions in the US market.

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      2. In Search for Cheaper, Longer Energy Storage, Mountain Gravity Could Eventually Top Lithium-Ion

        In Search for Cheaper, Longer Energy Storage, Mountain Gravity Could Eventually Top Lithium-Ion

        Mountain gravity energy storage could be a viable way to store electricity for longer durations and at larger scales than lithium-ion battery storage can, according to a study recently published in the academic journal Energy. The idea of gravity as a form of storage is an example of ongoing research into additional storage options beyond lithium-ion batteries. Despite large cost reductions over the past several years, some experts still view lithium-ion systems as not economically-efficient enough at scale to fully back up the amount of renewable energy expected to come onto the grid due to states’ long-term clean energy goals.

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      3. Consumers Energy to Run Battery Storage Pilot

        Consumers Energy to Run Battery Storage Pilot

        Jackson-based Consumers Energy has announced a collaboration with California-based Sunverge to leverage the company’s energy storage technology for a Consumers Energy residential battery storage pilot. Consumers will take advantage of Sunverge's distributed energy resources management platform, which will provide the company with real-time grid-edge visibility and management capabilities, helping to identify grid locations with the highest potential and value from energy storage, such as avoided energy and outage costs.

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      4. New Mexico Electric Cooperative Will Soon Supply Customers 100% Through Solar

        New Mexico Electric Cooperative Will Soon Supply Customers 100% Through Solar

        Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) has finalized an agreement with Torch Clean Energy to purchase and develop two new solar and storage facilities for a total of 21 MW of additional solar capacity and 15 MW of storage capacity. With the completion of these installations, KCEC will surpass the 35 MW required to meet its goal of 100% daytime solar energy — originally set for the year 2022 — up to nine months earlier than anticipated.

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      5. The City of Los Angeles Taps 8minute Solar for Game-Changing Clean Energy Project

        The City of Los Angeles Taps 8minute Solar for Game-Changing Clean Energy Project

        The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the largest municipal utility in the United States, has announced a groundbreaking new partnership with 8minute Solar Energy, LLC to provide storable, renewable, and affordable power to households throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley—at the lowest combined solar and storage prices on record. The project offers a glimpse of the future, with zero carbon sources providing energy cheaper than fossil fuels.

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      6. Batteries vs. Blackouts: 1,100 Homes Powered Through Vermont Outage With Storage

        Batteries vs. Blackouts: 1,100 Homes Powered Through Vermont Outage With Storage

        Home batteries proved their resilience value during Vermont's Halloween blackout. A major rain and wind storm struck the state at the close of October, knocking out power to some 115,000 customers. Among those affected, 1,100 homes managed to keep the lights on thanks to pilot programs specifically designed to promote resilient backup power with energy storage. The battery backup service lasted nine hours on average, but the longest instance stretched to 82 hours.

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      7. EDF Acquires UK’s Pivot Power to Bolster Battery Storage Pipeline

        EDF Acquires UK’s Pivot Power to Bolster Battery Storage Pipeline

        French utility EDF has acquired UK battery storage firm Pivot Power, cementing its mulit-gigawatt bid to become a market leader in Europe’s energy storage market. EDF confirmed the transaction this morning, with Pivot becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of EDF’s renewables arm. Pivot will immediately play a central role in EDF’s bid to deploy as much as 10GW of additional energy storage by 2035, bringing with it a 2GW+ pipeline of energy storage assets in the UK that are at various stages of planning.

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      8. RWE Inks Solar Plus Storage PPA with Georgia Power

        RWE Inks Solar Plus Storage PPA with Georgia Power

        The renewables subsidiary of energy giant RWE has signed a 30-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to provide solar power in the US. It has inked the deal with Georgia Power Company to supply electricity from its 195.5MW Broken Spoke Solar plant, coupled with a 40MW battery storage unit, from late 2021. The solar plant, located in Mitchell County, will consist of more than 650,000 panels. Christoph Hunfeld, Head of Asset Commercialisation North America at RWE said: “Broken Spoke Solar will include a 40 MW 2-hour Energy Storage System, enabling firm delivery of energy from the facility.”

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      9. Webinar: New York’s Energy Storage Outlook: Gigawatts, Targets and Incentives

        Webinar: New York’s Energy Storage Outlook: Gigawatts, Targets and Incentives

        This webinar is free for members of ESA and NY-BEST, and $75 for non-members. Register here.

        Please join us November 22, 2pm EST, for a webinar with the top experts on the New York storage landscape from the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) to discuss what the latest policy activity means for the outlook for energy storage in New York. Some key questions include: Will New York take resource adequacy from the New York Independent System Operator or will the wholesale market rules adapt to support the State’s climate and energy goals? What will happen with the natural gas peaker plants in New York City?

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      10. Webinar: Long Duration Storage: Where are We Now and Where are We Headed?

        Webinar: Long Duration Storage: Where are We Now and Where are We Headed?

        This webinar is free for ESA members; $75 for non-members. The slides and recording will be available to all registrants. Register here.

        Join us November 20 at 2pm EST for a webinar that will review the several energy storage technologies that can provide reliable energy beyond the durations that are presently commonplace. These technologies meet many existing needs, from power during grid outages to helping utilities and large users meet peak demand by using storage to shave peak load, thus reducing or eliminating the need for power from fossil-fuel peaker generation. They also represent foundation technologies for developing future, longer-duration storage solutions.

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      11. Stem Joins Forces with NEC Energy Solutions to Deliver Turnkey Offering for Solar + Storage Optimization

        Stem Joins Forces with NEC Energy Solutions to Deliver Turnkey Offering for Solar + Storage Optimization

        Stem, Inc., the global leader in artificial intelligence (AI)-driven energy storage services, announced today that it is partnering with NEC Energy Solutions, headquartered in Westborough, MA, to simplify and optimize the deployment and operation of solar + storage projects. Stem will resell and integrate its Athena AI platform with NEC’s GSS® end-to-end grid storage solution. The agreement will result in a powerful solar + storage solution for large-scale projects, leveraging NEC’s AEROS® proprietary energy storage controls and Stem’s sophisticated Athena™ AI platform to perform solar and storage optimization, wholesale market participation services, solar charging compliance and reporting, and warranty compliance and administration.

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      12. Bay Area Energy Agencies Launch Storage Solicitation Amid PG&E Power Shutoffs

        Bay Area Energy Agencies Launch Storage Solicitation Amid PG&E Power Shutoffs

        Four local energy agencies in the San Francisco Bay area announced a joint solicitation today for the installation of more than 30 MW of energy storage for residential and business customers across three counties. The storage may be combined with new or existing solar systems and comes as utility customers look to other energy options, including distributed solar and storage, amid planned power shutoffs. The groups expect to choose partner vendor(s) in early 2020 with program details released in spring 2020 and projects "underway soon after with the inte​nt of preempting the next fire season."

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      13. Bulking Up: Storage Heads for Center Stage

        Bulking Up: Storage Heads for Center Stage

        Until recently, battery energy storage has largely served markets at the margin, offering short bursts of frequency regulation or light pricing arbitrage. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), however, utility-scale storage is about to leap forward in the U.S. The growth is being driven not just by falling storage costs, but also continuous price drops for clean generation. Forecasters largely missed this emerging dynamic. Although storage’s progress down the cost curve has historically been slower, whole system costs have continued to fall as wind and solar became the cheapest form of generation.

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      14. Interior Gives VI Energy Office $625000 to Support Energy Resilience at Hurricane Shelters

        Interior Gives VI Energy Office $625000 to Support Energy Resilience at Hurricane Shelters

        The Virgin Islands Energy Office (VIEO) was chosen as a recipient of $625,000 in Fiscal Year 2019 funding under the Energizing Insular Communities (EIC) grant program, funded and administered through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs. The VIEO will utilize the grant to develop a Solar Plus Storage Micro-Grid pilot project that will be integrated at the St. Croix Educational Complex’s emergency hurricane shelter. The micro-grid will enable the emergency shelter to function reliably during extended grid outages and significantly reduce the use of fossil fuel generators that have proven difficult to maintain and costly to fuel.

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      15. One Gigawatt Down, Portfolio of Gigawatts Next

        One Gigawatt Down, Portfolio of Gigawatts Next

        Fluence has been awarded or built more than 1 GW of energy storage capacity in 95 unique projects across 20 countries. Now, the company – a joint venture between Siemens and AES –is modeling the future of the power grid to predict where its expertise will be utilized next. The company expects significant future volume to come from two pathways: “wireless solutions” – that is, storage as transmission – and reaching into the natural gas mid-merit market.

         

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      16. ESS Raises $30M From SoftBank, Breakthrough Energy Ventures to Scale Iron Flow Batteries

        ESS Raises $30M From SoftBank, Breakthrough Energy Ventures to Scale Iron Flow Batteries

        Iron flow battery startup ESS raised an additional $30 million to take its technology from pilots to commercial scale. Since 2011, the company has been developing a low-cost, nonflammable long-duration storage technology to compete across domains where the dominant lithium-ion battery chemistries are weaker. The bigger potential for flow batteries is large-scale renewable energy-shifting, and that requires moving into megawatt-scale territory. This marks the second energy storage investment from Japanese investment firm SoftBank. It made its first foray into the sector this summer with a splashy $110 million investment in the block-stacking gravity storage startup Energy Vault. 

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      17. Lead Battery Carves Market Position as Energy Storage Grows

        Lead Battery Carves Market Position as Energy Storage Grows

        With energy storage expected to double this year and triple in 2020, researchers are working to boost lead battery performance for its use in renewable energy integration and electric vehicles. energy storage deployment. The Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI), a global research organization that funds innovation in lead batteries, has developed a roadmap for growth. Advanced lead batteries offer cost and sustainability advantages, said Alistair Davidson, director, CBI. They’re generally less expensive than alternatives and are recycled at a rate of 99%.

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      18. Energy Storage and a Carbon-Free Grid System

        Energy Storage and a Carbon-Free Grid System

        Whilst energy storage enables grid operators to expand their renewable energy resources, and lower carbon emissions by changing their reliance on conventional energy resources, the technology is also playing a pivotal role in modernizing grid networks and towards the introduction of new business cases. For instance, energy storage is granting stakeholders flexibility in generation, transmission, distribution and end-use. The deployment of utility-scale energy storage systems has allowed Italian multinational energy firm Enel to adopt new sustainability goals in line with standards promoted by the UN Global Compact, the Science Based Targets Initiative and the We Mean Business coalition.

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      19. Empower Energies and Hannon Armstrong Announce Large Investments in C&I Renewable Energy Projects

        Empower Energies and Hannon Armstrong Announce Large Investments in C&I Renewable Energy Projects

        Empower Energies, a renewable energy development and financing company, and Hannon Armstrong, an investor in climate change solutions, recently announced they will jointly invest in renewable energy projects in the commercial & industrial (C&I) and municipal, university, school, and hospital markets across the United States. The collaboration unites Hannon Armstrong’s extensive experience in providing long term financing with Empower Energies’ existing platform for the development and acquisition of C&I-scale solar rooftop, ground-mount solar and canopy projects, as well as energy storage and related distributed generation technologies.

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      20. Top Federal Energy Official Visits Alabama Power's Smart Neighborhood

        Top Federal Energy Official Visits Alabama Power's Smart Neighborhood

        Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette toured a home at Reynolds Landing in Hoover, where Alabama Power partnered with Signature Homes, Southern Company, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and technology vendors to create the Smart Neighborhood. Reynolds Landing homes feature emerging energy-efficient technologies, materials and appliances. The neighborhood is connected to a nearby community-scale solar energy system with natural gas and battery backup, the first of its kind in the Southeast.

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      21. Balance-of-System Costs Falling for Non-Residential Storage

        Balance-of-System Costs Falling for Non-Residential Storage

        Since 2014, non-residential storage system prices have declined by more than 15 percent in the U.S. Commercial and industrial customers with predictable, peaky loads are increasingly turning to storage to help manage demand charges. Grid services are also expected to provide a key value stream by the early 2020s. Over the next five years, system costs will decline further, with all-in costs falling by more than 27 percent by 2024, according to a new Wood Mackenzie report that looks at the pricing landscape for the U.S. non-residential storage segment.

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      22. 8minute Solar Energy and Doosan GridTech Ink Deal to Develop Advanced Predictive Controls for Dispatchable Solar + Storage

        8minute Solar Energy and Doosan GridTech Ink Deal to Develop Advanced Predictive Controls for Dispatchable Solar + Storage

        8minute Solar Energy has partnered with Doosan GridTech to develop an advanced energy software control solution for dispatching energy from advanced solar photovoltaic plus storage centers. 8minute Solar Energy and Doosan GridTech will develop an advanced control platform with predictive dispatch capability at the Springbok 3 solar plant in the Mojave Desert. This partnership pairs Doosan’s flexible software platform and energy storage expertise with 8minute’s dispatch approach to maximize asset value creation.

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