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      1. Batteries Win Biggest Energy Storage Competition of the Year

        Batteries Win Biggest Energy Storage Competition of the Year

        Batteries won big in the U.K.’s contest to provide power that can be dispatched quickly to help keep the electricity grid stable, a step that will help the nation expand the amount of renewable energy it’s using. The companies that won National Grid Plc’s enhanced frequency-response tender include EDF Energy Renewables Ltd., Vattenfall AB, EON SE, Low Carbon, Element Power Ltd., RES and Belectric Solar Ltd. Of the 64 sites with storage units that bid, 61 were batteries, marking the first time National Grid will used the technology at that scale. They will supply electricity at 1 second’s notice.

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      2. A Texas Startup's Big Energy Idea: Storing Electricity Underground

        A Texas Startup's Big Energy Idea: Storing Electricity Underground

        In a field in Central Texas, Aaron Mandell and his crew are running pumping equipment to bring a former oil and gas well back to life. But they’re not trying to extract black gold. Instead, they are developing a way to turn abandoned oil and gas wells into vaults for storing electricity. The concept behind Mandell’s startup, Quidnet Energy, sounds simple: pumping water deep into the earth to fill up the cracks in-between rocks that previously held fossil fuels. When the pressurized water is released, it acts like a spring as it races through a turbine-generator above ground, powering it to produce electricity.

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        Mentions: CA NV OR
      3. EAC Provides DOE with Recommendations on Distributed Energy Storage

        EAC Provides DOE with Recommendations on Distributed Energy Storage

        As announced by the U.S. Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability, The Electricity Advisory Committee has made recommendations on tangible ways in which the Energy Department can support distributed energy storage (DES) market deployment through technology developments and technical analyses. The research was spearheaded by the Smart Grid Subcommittee and the Energy Storage Subcommittee of the EAC.

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      4. Power Efficiency Corp. Wins 2-Year 12 MW Bid in Con Edison BQDM Auction

        Power Efficiency Corp. Wins 2-Year 12 MW Bid in Con Edison BQDM Auction

        Power Efficiency Corp. won its bid to provide Con Edison 12 MW of demand response energy in the summer months of 2017 and 2018. The auction was part of the innovative Con Edison program to defer $1 billion in infrastructure expenditures required for Richmond Hill, Ridgewood, and Crown Heights networks in Brooklyn and Queens by reducing 52 MW of peak load in the BQDM area through a combination of customer sided solutions (41 MW) and non-traditional utility sided solutions (11 MW). Con Ed sought 41 MW in commitments for 2017 and 2018 from companies, with an objective to use these demand side resources to reduce peak summertime loads on the electric grid in this territory.

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      5. Energy Storage for Public Health: A Smarter Way to Deploy Resources

        Energy Storage for Public Health: A Smarter Way to Deploy Resources

        Energy storage deployment has been ramping up at a rapid pace across the country, mainly because it can reduce electric bills and cut utility expenses. It is now time to consider another key benefit of storage—public health, especially the power of energy storage to reduce pollution in marginalized communities. Researchers at the University of California Berkeley and PSE Health Energy, an energy research and policy institute, recently published an interesting article in the journal Energy Policy on the role of clean energy technologies and public health. It describes a new approach to the siting and dispatch of emerging clean energy resources, specifically energy storage and demand response. The authors argue that policy-driven clean energy deployment strategies should be locationally optimized—policymakers should think more about where these resources should go—based on impacts to air pollution, human health, and environmental justice.

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      6. How Much Energy Storage Would Be Needed for California to Reach 50 Percent Solar?

        How Much Energy Storage Would Be Needed for California to Reach 50 Percent Solar?

        If California wants to continue increasing its share of solar power on the grid, it will need greater capacity to store it. The question remains: how much? A new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory attempts to quantify the answer. The authors model several scenarios in which the California grid generates 50 percent of its power from solar by 2030. To do so will require some pretty major changes, including more flexible baseload generation, as well as more deployment of electric vehicles, exports to other states and demand response. 

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        Mentions: CA DoE U.S.
      7. Greensmith Energy Partners with E.ON Climate and Renewables and Tucson Electric Power for a 10 Megawatt Energy Storage Project in Arizona

        Greensmith Energy Partners with E.ON Climate and Renewables and Tucson Electric Power for a 10 Megawatt Energy Storage Project in Arizona

        Greensmith Energy, the leader in energy storage software and integration services, announced it will partner with E.ON Climate and Renewables and Tucson Electric Power (TEP) to design and deliver a grid-scale energy storage system located at the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park southeast of Tucson. The 10 megawatt (MW) site will provide frequency response and voltage control in addition to solar integration for a new 2 MW array.

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      8. Biggest Battery Contracts Move U.K. Closer to Grid-Scale Storage

        Biggest Battery Contracts Move U.K. Closer to Grid-Scale Storage

        Grid-scale electricity storage will move closer to commercial reality on Friday when the U.K.’s grid operator offers contracts to companies to help balance the network, a key measure needed to help balance increasing supply from renewables. National Grid Plc will announce the winners of a bidding round for as much as 200 megawatts of storage capacity, which is about the size of a small power plant. It’s likely to be the storage industry’s biggest award this year in global market expected to install $5.1 billion of equipment in 2020, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Storage plays a key role in the greening of utilities’ networks by allowing grid managers to handle higher volumes of intermittent power from the wind and sun.

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      9. SEIA Applauds Energy Settlement In Colorado

        SEIA Applauds Energy Settlement In Colorado

        A major solar energy battle has reached a settlement in Colorado. The solar industry is pretty happy with the result. The following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the filing of a multi-faceted settlement to resolve energy issues in Colorado: “This settlement, signed by more than 20 parties, represents a turning point in Colorado’s energy future. It was a massive undertaking and Xcel Energy should be praised for their leadership.

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      10. FERC Approves CAISO Tariff Changes for Demand Response, Distributed Storage

        FERC Approves CAISO Tariff Changes for Demand Response, Distributed Storage

        The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week approved changes to how the California grid operator treats some distributed, non-generator resources including energy storage, better aligning them with traditional market structures. The changes are designed to optimize demand response resources and better represent what storage assets are available to day-ahead markets.

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      11. Using Energy Storage to Improve Public Health in Disadvantaged Communities

        Using Energy Storage to Improve Public Health in Disadvantaged Communities

        Energy storage deployment has been ramping up at a rapid pace across the country, mainly because it can reduce electric bills and cut utility expenses. It is now time to consider another key benefit of storage—public health, especially the power of energy storage to reduce pollution in marginalized communities. Researchers at the University of California Berkeley and PSE Health Energy, an energy research and policy institute, recently published an interesting article in the journal Energy Policy on the role of clean energy technologies and public health. It describes a new approach to the siting and dispatch of emerging clean energy resources, specifically energy storage and demand response. The authors argue that policy-driven clean energy deployment strategies should be locationally optimized—policymakers should think more about where these resources should go—based on impacts to air pollution, human health, and environmental justice.

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      12. Essel Green Energy snaps up 240 MW solar project in Indian state of Odisha

        Essel Green Energy snaps up 240 MW solar project in Indian state of Odisha

        A 270 MW solar tender offered by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has been completed this week, with Essel Green Energy, a subsidiary of the Essel Group, winning the bulk of the available capacity. Essel Green Energy was awarded a contract for a 240 MW solar project in the eastern state of Odisha after agreeing to the reserve price set by SECI of Rs 4.43 per kWh ($0.067/kWh). The winners were chosen on the basis of the lowest viability gap funding (VGF) sought from the ministry. Essel Green Energy asked for a VGF of Rs 49.5 lakh/MW to secure the project.

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      13. Alevo Moves Closer to Commercial Deployment of Its Big Battery in PJM Territory | Greentech Media

        Alevo Moves Closer to Commercial Deployment of Its Big Battery in PJM Territory | Greentech Media

        Alevo, a battery manufacturing aspirant with mysterious sources of big funding, has moved a little closer to commercial deployment of its sulfur-based inorganic lithium-ion electrolyte chemistry. The first commercial deployment for the big battery is in the City of Lewes, Delaware, where it will enable the "repurposing of a retired oil-fired generator building once operated by the Lewes Board of Public Works."

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        Mentions: NV U.S. Panasonic
      14. SoCal Edison to Build 20 MW Storage Project at Pomona Gas Plant Site

        SoCal Edison to Build 20 MW Storage Project at Pomona Gas Plant Site

        Southern California Edison has selected a subsidiary of Calgary-based AltaGas Ltd. to construct a 20 MW storage project with a discharge capacity of 80 MWh at the utility's Pomona Facility in the east Los Angeles Basin of Southern California. AltaGas Pomona Energy Storage Inc. will build, own and operate the project, which is estimated to cost $40 million to $45 million and could be online by the end of the year. Greensmith Energy Management Systems will provide the lithium-ion batteries, software control platform and power conversion technology.

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      15. Conergy to Build Large-Scale Solar-Plus-Battery Project in Australia

        Conergy to Build Large-Scale Solar-Plus-Battery Project in Australia

        Conergy plans to build a 10.8MWac solar PV plant combined with 1.4MW/5.3MWh of lithium-ion battery storage near Lakeland, Australia. The plant has garnered the interest of Melbourne-headquartered mining firm BHP Billiton, which is the largest mining firm in the world, as it considers solar-plus-storage applications for its own remote operations through a knowledge sharing steering committee. Similarly, Ergon Energy is looking to avoid network upgrade costs in Queensland through the technology combination. The Conergy plant will provide energy for more than 3,000 homes and will create 60 jobs during construction. Origin Energy is buying the power form the plant.

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      16. Battery Storage Is Already Profitable For Some Customers

        Battery Storage Is Already Profitable For Some Customers

        There is no shortage of speculation these days about when and in what form battery storage will become economic for consumers. But according to new research from US-based consultancy McKinsey & Company, that time has already come – but only for a chosen few. According to the report, and illustrated in the graph below, battery storage makes economic sense, right now, for a subset of commercial customers in “each of the four most important applications:” demand-charge management, grid-scale renewable power, small-scale solar-plus storage, and frequency regulation.

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      17. Washington Commits $12.6M to Grid Modernization Effort

        Washington Commits $12.6M to Grid Modernization Effort

        Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) has committed $12.6 million in Clean Energy Fund grants to five Washington state utilities for projects focused on renewable integration and grid modernization. The grants will fund projects proposed by Avista, Seattle City Light, Orcas Power and Light, Snohomish County Public Utility District and Energy Northwest. The state's funding will be matched by utilities and their partners.

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        Mentions: U.S. Avista WA
      18. Energy Storage Sector Calls for Grid Contracts Clarity to Ignite 'Smart Power Revolution'

        Energy Storage Sector Calls for Grid Contracts Clarity to Ignite 'Smart Power Revolution'

        The business case for energy storage is being undermined by many uncertainties within the burgeoning sector, such as limited revenue streams and grid services contract availability, according to new research from renewable energy purchaser and supplier SmartestEnergy. The 'Making the case for battery storage' survey consulted 45 battery storage innovators exploring the barriers they face to commercialisation in the build-up to the National Grid’s first 200MW Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) auction this week. The biggest challenges for respondents were the limited revenue streams currently available to secure the battery capacity required for the “smart power revolution”, and the length of grid services contracts available which are currently deemed too short to meet lender requirements. 

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      19. Nissan and Eaton Collaboration in Developing Energy Storage Solutions

        Nissan and Eaton Collaboration in Developing Energy Storage Solutions

        Nissan and Eaton have joined forces to provide an innovative energy storage solution incorporating renewable energy sources for cloud and IT services hosting company Webaxys' new, 'eco-responsible' data centre based at the Saint-Romain de Colbosc Eco Park in Normandy. The energy storage solution provides a 'second-life' for Nissan electric vehicle batteries and in combination with Eaton's leading uninterruptible power supply capabilities, provides an industrialised energy control and storage solution for managing data centres. This innovative solution not only enables integration with local renewable sources, but allows companies to draw down from and provide energy back to the grid, ensuring stable and cost efficient energy management systems.

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      20. RES Rocks Glastonbury Storage

        RES Rocks Glastonbury Storage

        RES has completed its first energy storage project in the UK with a 300kW/640kWh lithium-ion battery system at a solar farm in Somerset. The Hertfordshire developer’s system was installed alongside a 1.3MW British Solar Renewables' PV site at Butleigh near Glastonbury. The under-construction system was ordered by DNO Western Power Distribution under a turnkey contract after RES won a tender last November.

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        Mentions: UK BYD
      21. AES to Deploy 37.5 MW of Advancion® Energy Storage Arrays for SDG

        AES to Deploy 37.5 MW of Advancion® Energy Storage Arrays for SDG

        ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The AES Corporation (AES) today announced its subsidiary, AES Energy Storage, has entered into two contracts with San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E). AES will install and commission two energy storage arrays totaling 37.5 MW using its Advancion® energy storage solution at sites in San Diego County, California. The SDG&E-owned energy storage arrays will help to improve regional reliability and integrate greater amounts of renewable energy when operational by the end of January 2017. "We are excited that SDG&E has selected AES' Advancion energy storage solution to help meet peak demand and ensure the reliability of the electric grid in Southern California," said Andrés Gluski, AES President and Chief Executive Officer. "AES recently made Advancion available to utilities, developers and commercial customers interested in owning our innovative and scalable solution, and SDG&E's selection of Advancion highlights the significant growth potential we see for our energy storage business."

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        Mentions: CA U.S. VA
      22. SDG&E will Build Energy Storage Facilities in El Cajon and Escondido

        SDG&E will Build Energy Storage Facilities in El Cajon and Escondido

        SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego Gas & Electric's plans to build energy storage facilities in El Cajon and Escondido were approved Thursday by the California Public Utilities Commission. SDG&E announced that construction of the 30-megawatt and 7.5-megawatt projects will begin immediately on utility-owned property, with completion scheduled for early next year. In May, the CPUC directed Southern California electric utilities to fast- track additional energy storage options to enhance regional reliability. SDG&E is mandated by the state agency to have 165 megawatts of energy storage online by 2024.

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      23. California Utilities Are Fast-Tracking Battery Projects to Manage Aliso Canyon Shortfall

        California Utilities Are Fast-Tracking Battery Projects to Manage Aliso Canyon Shortfall

        Facing the threat of rolling blackouts next year, Southern California’s utilities are turning to energy storage developers to get battery projects up and running at a record speed -- and at a higher-than-usual cost. This week, utilities Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric officially asked the California Public Utilities Commission to approve contracts for more than 50 megawatts' worth of lithium-ion battery projects. They range in size from 2 megawatts to 20 megawatts, and use lithium-ion batteries, like many other storage projects in the state. But the deadline for getting them up and running -- Dec. 31, 2016 -- is much tighter than we’ve seen for projects of their size in the past.

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