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      1. Hydrostor Secures Financing to Complete Australia's First Compressed Air Storage Facility

        Hydrostor Secures Financing to Complete Australia's First Compressed Air Storage Facility

        Canada’s Hydrostor has closed US$37 million in growth financing. The company plans to use the funding to complete construction of the 5 MW/10 MWh Angas Project in South Australia and to advance its 2 GW pipeline of large-scale advanced compressed air energy storage projects.

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      2. GE’s Largest Battery Deal Yet Will Support a 200MW Australian Solar Plant

        GE’s Largest Battery Deal Yet Will Support a 200MW Australian Solar Plant

        GE won its biggest grid battery deal so far, to supply a solar plant in South Australia. The 200-megawatt Solar River plant will be coupled with a 100-megawatt/300-megawatt-hour GE Reservoir grid storage system. Solar River could start generating power as early as 2021. This battery will outrank South Australia's Hornsdale Power Reserve, the Tesla-supplied system that currently holds the title for world's largest. Like that battery, it will provide fast-reacting capacity for a state grid dealing with rapid renewables growth and baseload coal retirement. But the GE system will use its longer energy duration to turn solar power into a dispatchable resource.

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      3. Arkansas Boots up 10-MW Solar, 24-MWh Storage Facility in Fayetteville

        Arkansas Boots up 10-MW Solar, 24-MWh Storage Facility in Fayetteville

        The City of Fayetteville, Arkansas, is now home to one of the first large-scale solar-plus-storage systems in the mid-South, a joint project between the city, Ozarks Electric Cooperative, and Today’s Power Inc. The project consists of three solar arrays and two battery facilities sited near Fayetteville’s two water treatment facilities. With a capacity of 10 MW of solar and 24 MWh of energy storage, the installation will save the city approximately $180,000 per year.

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      4. Power Plants with Energy Storage Can Boost Electric Market Competition and Lower Costs

        Power Plants with Energy Storage Can Boost Electric Market Competition and Lower Costs

        As electricity markets innovate with new technologies to increase system reliability and efficiency, a new industry white paper released today shows how energy storage projects integrated with power plants, such as wind and solar power, are crucial to providing greater value to the electric grid, facilitating greater market competition and lowering electricity costs for consumers. The white paper, entitled Enabling Versatility: Allowing Hybrid Resources to Deliver Their Full Value to Customers, is the product of a collaboration between Grid Strategies and the U.S. Energy Storage Association.

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      5. California Supercharges Battery Incentive for Wildfire-Vulnerable Homes

        California Supercharges Battery Incentive for Wildfire-Vulnerable Homes

        California has passed its first-ever subsidy aimed specifically at bringing more distributed solar and energy storage to people at highest risk of having their power shut off by utilities trying to prevent wildfires. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved changes late last week to the Self-Generation Incentive Program, the state’s premier behind-the-meter battery incentive program. Among them is a $100 million carve-out for vulnerable households and critical services in “high fire threat districts,” offering incentives that could pay for nearly all of a typical residential battery installation, according to the CPUC analysis.

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      6. Renewables, Storage Poised to Undercut Natural Gas Prices, Increase Stranded Assets: RMI

        Renewables, Storage Poised to Undercut Natural Gas Prices, Increase Stranded Assets: RMI

        Wind, solar, and storage projects, combined with demand-side management, have reached a 'tipping point,' meaning they're now able to compete alongside natural gas on price while providing the same reliability services. But unlike the fluctuating price of fuels, these technologies' prices are expected to continue dropping, according to a pair of reports released by the Rocky Mountain Institute.

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      7. Alabama Power Moves Forward on Solar & Storage

        Alabama Power Moves Forward on Solar & Storage

        Alabama Power is about to join the big leagues for solar + storage. Earlier this month the Southern Company subsidiary asked state regulators for permission to procure power from 400 MW of solar and energy storage, along with plans to add new gas turbines to existing plants, acquire a new plant and enter into a new contract for more gas.

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      8. South Sudan to Embrace Renewables

        South Sudan to Embrace Renewables

        The government of South Sudan and the South Sudan Electricity Corporation utility have launched a call for consultants to help define the nation’s renewable energy development program. The utility said consultants must have relevant professional experience, especially in development of private sector, grid-connected solar projects and associated battery storage. The winning bidder will be tasked with defining the tender mechanism for the procurement of clean energy generation capacity. The eight-year-old nation is facing an energy crisis with record low levels of access to electricity and high power prices.

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      9. Eos Looks to Scale Up Battery Manufacturing in Pittsburgh

        Eos Looks to Scale Up Battery Manufacturing in Pittsburgh

        Eos Energy Storage is gearing up for multi-gigawatt manufacturing. The Edison, New Jersey-based battery company inked a deal with Holtec International, mostly known in energy circles as a front-runner in the race to commercialize small modular reactors, to create a manufacturing joint venture to produce Eos’ Znyth aqueous zinc batteries. The new company plans to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Pittsburgh.

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      10. The Value of Customer-Sited Storage: It's About More than Demand Charges, Study Finds

        The Value of Customer-Sited Storage: It's About More than Demand Charges, Study Finds

        As battery prices fall, energy storage is becoming economical in a growing number of markets. While customer-owned systems remain nascent, new research from the Department of Energy's Berkeley Lab indicates they may pencil out for a growing number of residential and commercial customers — depending on how retail electricity rates are designed.

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      11. Nothing Standing in the Way of Energy Storage's 'Explosive Growth': Navigant

        Nothing Standing in the Way of Energy Storage's 'Explosive Growth': Navigant

        The growth of the global energy storage market is creating one headline after another, as analysis after analysis predicts new heights of investments and deployments. Coupled with falling technology costs, particularly for lithium-ion batteries, energy storage is expected to play a key part in the global transition toward a more sustainable and reliable power grid. Navigant has identified close to 2,100 energy storage projects globally. And international storage markets are anticipated to grow exponentially over the next decade, a second report from Rethink Technology Research found.

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      12. Commentary: The Military's Next Essential Tool: Battery Storage

        Commentary: The Military's Next Essential Tool: Battery Storage

        Military bases around the country are developing plans and projects to ensure critical missions are powered in the face of nearly any disruption. Those plans increasingly include grid-scale battery storage, a resource well suited to mission assurance and the critical operations across the DoD footprint. Battery storage can provide immediate, flexible power to military installations while reducing the carbon footprint, fuel demands and recurring costs of existing backup generators. Storage technology has advanced to the point that large-scale installations can provide resilient power without straining defense budgets.

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      13. Open Season: The Next Steps for Energy Storage

        Open Season: The Next Steps for Energy Storage

        The world has watched on as some of its leading regional markets, China, South Korea, Australia, Japan, parts of the US, the UK, and many parts of Europe have raced ahead in deploying energy storage in the last five years. Record-breaking figures have been reported in the US and other territories such as the UK, year-on-year. In those leading regions, the rapid rise is happening both in front of and behind the meter, with economic cases that are finally starting to make sense and often – but not always – with specific policy support.

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      14. APS Issues RFPs for Solar and Wind Energy Resources

        APS Issues RFPs for Solar and Wind Energy Resources

        Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) issued two separate Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for solar and wind resources. These RFPs will help expand the company’s renewable energy portfolio to approximately 2,500 megawatts by 2021 – enough to power more than half a million Arizona homes. Projects must employ commercially proven technology and must be designed with the flexibility to add energy storage as a future option.

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      15. New York Installs 20MW Battery

        New York Installs 20MW Battery

        The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has completed the state’s largest battery storage installation. The 20MW system, supplied by Key Capture Energy, will serve the state’s electrical system by enhancing power grid performance and reliability. The capacity will contribute towards New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Green New Deal, which mandates a state-wide energy storage target of 3GW by 2030, the largest target in the US.

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      16. California's Initiatives to Overcome its Challenges in the Sun

        California's Initiatives to Overcome its Challenges in the Sun

        California is embracing energy storage as a reliability solution for an electrical grid that’s adopting more renewable, intermittent generation. Public agencies such as the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have set ambitious energy storage targets while companies across the state are developing cutting edge storage technologies such as zinc-air batteries and renewable hydrogen. The goal is to ensure a dependable energy supply for the state as it races toward its target of 100% carbon-free energy by 2045.

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      17. #StorageITC: US Industry Groups Mark ‘Day of Action’ in Run-up to November Crunch Time

        #StorageITC: US Industry Groups Mark ‘Day of Action’ in Run-up to November Crunch Time

        The Energy Storage Association and US Solar Energy Industries Asssociation joined forces to promote a ‘Day of Action’ in calling for an Investment Tax Credit to be applied to standalone energy storage technologies. Figures out today in research company Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables' quarterly Energy Storage Monitor, produced in partnership with the ESA, forecast that the ITC could add an extra 0.3GW of annual deployments by 2024: from 4.8GW in its base case scenario to 5.1GW with the tax incentive. ESA is also encouraging Twitter users to use the hashtag #storageITC in supportive tweets.

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      18. Virtual Power Plant of 1,000 Homes Planned for Hawaiian Electric

        Virtual Power Plant of 1,000 Homes Planned for Hawaiian Electric

        The world’s largest residential virtual power plant is planned for the Hawaiian island of O'ahu, managing the electricity from some 1,000 rooftop solar-plus-storage systems that will be installed under a four-year contract beginning in 2020. Project developers Sunrun and OATI will send the energy from the residential systems to Hawaiian Electric Company's (HECO) grid as called upon by the utility. The virtual power plant will provide peak demand shaving, on-demand reserve capacity and ancillary services.

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      19. 8minute Solar Energy Approved to Build 400-MW Solar-Plus-Storage Project for City of Los Angeles

        8minute Solar Energy Approved to Build 400-MW Solar-Plus-Storage Project for City of Los Angeles

        The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the largest municipal utility in the United States, has announced a new partnership with 8minute Solar Energy 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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      20. Bipartisan Senate Bill Allocates $100M to Ease Residential Solar, Storage Permitting

        Bipartisan Senate Bill Allocates $100M to Ease Residential Solar, Storage Permitting

        Sens. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, introduced a bill on Monday to create a federal program to ease the permitting of distributed energy systems, including solar, battery storage and electric vehicle fast chargers. S. 2447 would appropriate $20 million annually, from fiscal year 2019 to 2024, for a new nonprofit organization under the Department of Energy, dubbed the Distributed Energy Opportunity Board, to streamline local permitting and inspection for qualifying systems.

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      21. U.S. Residential Energy Storage Market Sees Most Growth Ever in a Single Quarter in Q2 2019

        U.S. Residential Energy Storage Market Sees Most Growth Ever in a Single Quarter in Q2 2019

        The United States storage sector deployed more residential storage in Q2 2019 than in any other quarter on record, adding more than 30 megawatts for the first time, according to the new U.S. Energy Storage Monitor from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the U.S. Energy Storage Association. In a 20 percent increase from Q2 2018, 75.9 megawatts of front-of-the-meter and behind-the-meter storage was deployed in the second quarter of 2019.

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      22. New Risk Management Publication Marks the Latest Step in Energy Storage Industry’s Commitment to Safety

        New Risk Management Publication Marks the Latest Step in Energy Storage Industry’s Commitment to Safety

        The U.S. Energy Storage Association today published a white paper on operational risk management, advancing the industry’s ongoing effort to reinforce industry-wide safety standards. The paper, Operational Risk Management in the U.S. Energy Storage Industry: Lithium-Ion Fire and Thermal Event Safety, examines how fire and thermal event risk prevention and management are currently being addressed in the energy storage industry; outlines the operational risks associated with energy storage applications; and analyzes best practices as well as codes and standards governing battery storage systems.

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