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      1. Unbundled Ancillary Services Are Another Energy Storage Opportunity in Australia | Greentech Media

        Unbundled Ancillary Services Are Another Energy Storage Opportunity in Australia | Greentech Media

        New rules planned by Australian energy authorities add to the good news for storage providers in the country. The proposed rule changes were recently announced after a four-year gestation. They're designed to unbundle the country's grid services -- effectively separating the supply of energy and the provision of ancillary services. This is in contrast to the previous regime, which dictated that a company could only sell all their services to one buyer, the energy retailer. Now the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has determined that consumers should be able to sell their ancillary services to the party of their choice, opening up the field to smaller players.

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      2. German Energy Storage Company Fires up Energy Revolution

        German Energy Storage Company Fires up Energy Revolution

        A smart, entrepreneurial Germany battery company is taking on its country’s electric utilities as it carves out a new business model for itself amid a fast-changing energy marketplace. Sonnen, based in Bavaria, aims to bring its disruptive vision of the future of electric power to America in a few years. Just two weeks ago, it started providing an unprecedented blend of energy storage, energy management capabilities along with free electricity to 2,000 customers across Germany, from Hamburg to Munich, Christoph Ostermann, co-founder and CEO of Sonnen, Thursday told the Energy Times in an exclusive interview.

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      3. STA Sets Out Policy Requirements for UK Storage Market

        STA Sets Out Policy Requirements for UK Storage Market

        The Solar Trade Association has set out its key policy asks for the government regarding the growing energy storage market, with calls to resolve regulatory barriers and protect consumers with minimum standards leading the field. In its latest policy paper to government, dubbed 'Solar + Storage Opportunities', the STA has claimed a number of key issues affecting the nascent energy storage sector need to be resolved before it can reach its fullest potential.

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      4. Hawaiian Regulators Approve Time-of-Use Rate Pilot to Aid Solar Integration

        Hawaiian Regulators Approve Time-of-Use Rate Pilot to Aid Solar Integration

        Hawaii’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved a two-year pilot program giving customers of Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) the option of choosing time-of-use rates, the Associated Press reports. The program is designed to encourage customers to shift their electricity usage to times when rates are lower, such as when solar power and other forms of renewable energy are available, and away from peak demand hours. As many as 5,000 customers will be allowed to sign up. 

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      5. Axiom to Install $5 Million Worth of Energy Storage at Grocery Stores in NYC

        Axiom to Install $5 Million Worth of Energy Storage at Grocery Stores in NYC

        Owners of grocery stores and other cold storage facilities in parts of Brooklyn and Queens can now receive incentives from Con Edison’s Neighborhood Program for installing Axiom Exergy’s thermal energy storage system. The Axiom Exergy Refrigeration Battery stores cooling instead of electricity to help businesses manage their energy usage, reduce demand charges on their electric bills, and prevent food spoilage. Over $5 million worth of Refrigeration Battery systems are set to be installed at supermarkets and other businesses in the Brooklyn and Queens areas covered by Con Edison’s Neighborhood Program. The 1.5-2 MW of energy storage set to be installed has the capacity to shift in aggregate of 6-8 MWh of energy. Businesses are eligible for incentives under the program and Con Edison is working with customers to reduce their energy usage while still having the lighting, heating and cooling, and appliances they need to run their businesses.

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      6. SolarReserve Promotes Urban Solar Farms As A New Paradigm For Renewable Energy In South Africa

        SolarReserve Promotes Urban Solar Farms As A New Paradigm For Renewable Energy In South Africa

        The U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to SolarReserve South Africa (Proprietary) Limited to advance their "Urban Solar Farms" initiative in South Africa; a pioneering study into large metropolitan municipalities that will provide a framework for large commercial and industrial electricity consumers with significant power requirements to cost-effectively deploy renewable energy in urban areas. The grant, which supports the goals of the U.S. government-led Power Africa initiative, will support development of up to 200 megawatts of solar farms ranging in size from 5 to 30 megawatts. The projects will be privately owned and operated and will provide power to end users either directly or through wheeling arrangements with municipal distribution companies.

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      7. A New Kind of Solar Panel That's Smart, Stores Energy, and Even Talks

        A New Kind of Solar Panel That's Smart, Stores Energy, and Even Talks

        A fog machine goes off, and an astronaut emerges from behind the assembled crowd, carrying the device that the room has been waiting to see up onto the stage. The atmosphere could be mistaken for the unveiling of the latest virtual reality headset or a new Silicon Valley-backed fitness tracker.  But the four-year-old startup called SunCulture Solar, led by entrepreneur and inventor Christopher Estes, has developed something much more unusual and the company unveiled it for the first time on Wednesday night in the penthouse at The Battery club in downtown San Francisco.

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      8. US, Canada Utilities Aim to Link Three Microgrids in $12.4M Cross-Border Project

        US, Canada Utilities Aim to Link Three Microgrids in $12.4M Cross-Border Project

        Three utilities have formed a consortium with three technology companies and an academic institution in a $12.4 million project to link three microgrids in Maine and eastern Canada into a “transactive energy” scheme. Emera Maine, Nova Scotia Power and Toronto Hydro are teaming up with Opus One Solutions, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Smarter Grid Solutions and the Center for Urban Energy at Ryerson University for the project, which aims to demonstrate how microgrids can save money and aid in integrating renewable energy into the grid.

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      9. US Pledges US$37 Million to Improve Energy Storage Tech in Transport, Grid and Fuel Cells

        US Pledges US$37 Million to Improve Energy Storage Tech in Transport, Grid and Fuel Cells

        The US Department of Energy has set aside US$37 million to improve energy storage and conversion technologies in transportation batteries, grid-level storage, and fuel cells. The department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E) will fund 16 new research projects into how new technology, specifically solid ion conductors, can overcome the limitations of current battery and fuel cell products.

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      10. Energy Storage in Canada: Growing Leaps and Bounds

        Energy Storage in Canada: Growing Leaps and Bounds

        This week, ESA was excited to host the first-ever Energy Storage in Canada Summit with our partners Energy Storage Ontario and the National Research Council of Canada. The event was completely sold out and provided a global gathering of utility leaders, grid operators, project developers and technology companies with a forum to collaborate and pave a path forward for storage deployment in Canada.

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      11. An Industry in Flux: Energy Storage Transitions to New Markets and New Applications in the US

        An Industry in Flux: Energy Storage Transitions to New Markets and New Applications in the US

        The U.S. energy storage market is in a period of transition. Last year was a big one for storage, with Q4 2015 alone logging more total megawatts deployed than 2013 and 2014 combined. This growth drew increased attention from investors, regulators, consumers, and system operators. And in 2016, battery storage has expanded its foothold beyond its historically favorable markets, capitalizing on improved economics and a renewed focus on reliability. GTM Research has analyzed several key indicators of a transition for America's storage market.

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      12. Breaking the Ice with Thermal Energy Storage

        Breaking the Ice with Thermal Energy Storage

        Quick quiz: Where can somebody find a very common substance that has the potential to drastically reduce energy spending – especially at peak price points when electricity is most expensive?  Answer: Any freezer. Granted, the scale in the use of ice to cool a building and to cool a glass of ice tea is significantly different. But the bedrock principle of energy transfer is the same. Thermal cooling leverages that concept by freezing water at night, when the energy required to do so is less expensive. The melt water is stored and circulated as it is needed during peak demand times the next day. Thus, the heavy lifting — the energy-intensive process of freezing the water — is done at a point at which costs are lower.

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      13. Duke Energy Announces Plans to Expand 1,065-MW Bad Creek Pumped Storage by 200 MW

        Duke Energy Announces Plans to Expand 1,065-MW Bad Creek Pumped Storage by 200 MW

        Duke Energy announced plans last week to expand its 1,065-MW Bad Creek pumped storage project by 200 MW, with an anticipated completion date of 2023. This upgrade was included in the Duke Energy Carolinas Integrated Resources Plan that was filed Sept. 1. The company plans to file a license amendment for this work with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2017. Work to increase capacity will involve installing a more efficient and powerful pump-turbine, a new generator and higher-rated generator output circuit breakers.

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      14. DOE Announces Final Rule for the Integrated Interagency Pre-Application Process on Electric Grid Transmission

        DOE Announces Final Rule for the Integrated Interagency Pre-Application Process on Electric Grid Transmission

        Acknowledging that our aging electric transmission grid is also the backbone of our Nation’s economy, more than three years ago President Obama directed the Energy Department to improve parts of the transmission permitting process to help expand how federal, state, local and tribal governments work to modernize the grid. After all, a strong transmission system improves reliability and can lower electricity costs.

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      15. Massachusetts Earmarks 600MW of Storage by 2025 for $800 Million in Cost Savings

        Massachusetts Earmarks 600MW of Storage by 2025 for $800 Million in Cost Savings

        The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has recommended 600MW of advanced energy storage technologies to be installed on the state grid by 2025, providing over $800 million in cost savings to ratepayers.DOER said the cost savings could be realised over a “10-year time span’, and its proposed measures on energy storage would also see a reduction of around 350,000 tonnes in green-house gas emissions in the period, which it said was equivalent to taking 73,000 cars off the road.

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      16. GM Touts Energy Storage and New Solar Arrays as it Commits to 100% Renewables by 2050

        GM Touts Energy Storage and New Solar Arrays as it Commits to 100% Renewables by 2050

        US automotive manufacturer General Motors (GM) has said its expertise in electric vehicle batteries will help it to power 100% of its global operations with renewable energy by 2050, meeting annual demand of upwards of 9TW/h. GM said its “pursuit of electrified vehicles and efficient manufacturing”, combined with its expertise in electric vehicle batteries, will see it meet its 2050 target. “Energy storage can ultimately address the intermittency or reliability of wind and solar energy,” it said in a statement.

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      17. Utility Involvement in the Emerging U.S. Residential Energy Storage Market is Expected to Be Crucial to Further Growth, According to Navigant Research

        Utility Involvement in the Emerging U.S. Residential Energy Storage Market is Expected to Be Crucial to Further Growth, According to Navigant Research

        Collaborations between utilities and residential system providers have been one of the key factors in the industry’s growth to date, report finds. A new slide-based report from Navigant Research analyzes the U.S. residential energy storage (RES) market, focusing on the value these systems can provide customers and grid operators, as well as on collaborations between utilities and leading vendors, with system cost projections and adoption forecasts provided through 2025.

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      18. AEP Texas Sees Battery Energy Storage as Alternative to Grid Upgrades

        AEP Texas Sees Battery Energy Storage as Alternative to Grid Upgrades

        AEP Texas North applied Sept. 16 at the Public Utility Commission of Texas for approvals related to installation of lithium-ion batteries at the Woodson and Paint Rock sites in Texas. TNC is proposing to install a lithium-ion battery in the two locations in order to increase the reliability of its distribution system. Due to the nature of this distribution installation in Texas, TNC is requesting in this application commission confirmation that its proposed installation of batteries complies with Texas law and will be considered distribution assets whose cost will be eligible for inclusion in the company's distribution cost of service.

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      19. Korea to give incentives for energy storage system

        Korea to give incentives for energy storage system

        The South Korean government will provide incentives to encourage solar power plant operators to set up bulk energy storage facilities as part of its efforts to foster the local renewable energy market, the trade ministry here said Monday. Those who install the energy storage system at their solar power plants will be given additional points on assessment of their renewable energy certificates starting next year, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.

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      20. How Duke’s Solar and Battery Microgrid Is Weathering Disruptive Grid Events

        How Duke’s Solar and Battery Microgrid Is Weathering Disruptive Grid Events

        Duke Energy has spent years building out its concept of a utility-controlled microgrid, one that can be put together from standard parts and rolled out to customers at large. But the real tests of whether its technology is ready to move from demonstration to commercial scale can come in a matter of milliseconds. For Duke’s McAlpine microgrid test site in Charlotte, North Carolina -- a fire station connected to a substation with a 50-kilowatt solar array and 500-kilowatt lithium-ion battery -- these moments of truth came in two discrete events this year.

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      21. Massachusetts to Offer $10-$20M in Energy Storage Grants this Fall

        Massachusetts to Offer $10-$20M in Energy Storage Grants this Fall

        Massachusetts plans to offer $10-$20 million in energy storage grants this fall, as it positions for a paradigm shift in the economics of electricity. State officials described the upcoming solicitation in a call Friday with the media, with release of a new report, “State of Charge,” which calls for Massachusetts to add 600 MW of energy storage by 2025. The New England state is jumping on what industry analysts see as a major opportunity in the power industry. Today’s better and cheaper batteries open a path to correct one of the industry’s biggest economic hurdles: an inability to store its product for later use.

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      22. Why the New Massachusetts Energy Storage Report Is Such a Big Deal

        Why the New Massachusetts Energy Storage Report Is Such a Big Deal

        The government of Massachusetts released a study last Friday that lays out the costs and benefits of energy storage, setting the stage for a storage mandate that is yet to be determined. The report concludes that 600 megawatts of storage capacity installed by 2025 would save the state’s ratepayers $800 million in system costs. Not only that, but if storage is properly located and market and policy barriers are removed, a deployment of 1,766 megawatts would optimize system benefits for ratepayers. Plenty of researchers have modeled the value that storage and other distributed energy resources can provide for the grid. The State of Charge report, though, comes after Governor Charlie Baker signed an energy bill in August authorizing the Department of Energy Resources to set a storage target. That same department co-authored this report, marking one of the very few times when the authors of such research have the legal authority to enact their recommendations.

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      23. San Francisco Approves Green Roof Mandate

        San Francisco Approves Green Roof Mandate

        San Francisco has become the first city in the U.S. to approve such an obligation, which requires all new construction projects to have 30% of their roof space set aside for green roofs and/or solar panels, while one of the Californian city’s most iconic buildings also gets a solar makeover. Often considered the most progressive city in the U.S., San Francisco is continuing to pioneer environmentalist policy with its new green roof requirement. The scheme goes hand in hand with the drive for solar rooftops in the city, and was announced in the same week that one of the city’s famous “Painted Ladies” homes had a solar array installed on its roof.

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      24. Massachusetts State Report Recommends 600 MW Energy Storage Target

        Massachusetts State Report Recommends 600 MW Energy Storage Target

        The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has released an energy storage report that provides a roadmap of policy recommendations to grow the energy storage market in the state, including a recommendation for a 600 MW storage procurement target. The report, State of Charge, is part of the state’s $10 million Energy Storage Initiative that includes funding for the study, as well as for demonstration projects.

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