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      1. New York Pushes Energy Storage to Solve Renewable Power's Biggest Problem

        New York Pushes Energy Storage to Solve Renewable Power's Biggest Problem

        New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this month announced an ambitious plan for deploying energy storage, a technology that can mitigate renewable power’s most persistent problem: how to use it when the sun isn't shining or the wind isn't blowing. “This is the clearest and most ambitious policy signal the energy storage market has seen on the East Coast,” said Jason Burwen, policy and advocacy director of the Energy Storage Association, a trade group for the industry.

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      2. AES and Siemens AG Merge into Fluence Energy

        AES and Siemens AG Merge into Fluence Energy

        As reported previously, AES Energy Storage and the energy storage team from Siemens recently merged, creating Fluence Energy, LLC. The new company is jointly owned by Siemens and the AES Corporation, combining the engineering, product development, implementation and services capabilities of both teams. It is now embarking on an “aggressive expansion” of the business, backed by the financial support of the two parent organizations. Fluence builds on more than a decade of grid-scale battery-based energy storage experience and the largest advanced battery-based energy storage fleet in the world with nearly 500 MW deployed or awarded across 15 countries.

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      3. Colin Roy Appointed Chairman of Highview PowerLong Duration Energy Storage Leaders Also Announce Opening of New York Offices

        Colin Roy Appointed Chairman of Highview PowerLong Duration Energy Storage Leaders Also Announce Opening of New York Offices

        NEW YORK, Jan. 11, 2018 - Highview Power, a leader in true long duration energy storage solutions for utilities, announced today that prominent corporate financier Colin Roy has been appointed to be the company’s chairman. A pioneer of modern corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions practices in Europe, Roy brings to Highview over 20 years of executive leadership in multinational corporations and has successfully scaled up several businesses from scratch to market leading positions. Additionally, Highview is announcing the opening of its New York offices to meet the growing demand for long duration energy storage in the United States.

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      4. The Next 5 Years in Energy Storage, According to 500 Energy Professionals

        The Next 5 Years in Energy Storage, According to 500 Energy Professionals

        Last month at Greentech Media's Energy Storage Summit, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel, Crowdsourced Market Insights: Role of Energy Storage in Creating the Grid of the Future. This panel employed a unique structure where our experts on stage were asked to interpret and weigh in as 500 attendees answered live polling questions on the top themes in the market. The results, with additional context from our research, are presented in a new research report, available for free here. Below, I summarize some key findings.

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      5. Warren Buffet’s Nevada Utility NV Energy to Consider Energy Storage in 330MW Renewables Push

        Warren Buffet’s Nevada Utility NV Energy to Consider Energy Storage in 330MW Renewables Push

        NV Energy, the main electric utility for the US state of Nevada, has tendered for more than 300MW of renewable energy in a Request for Proposals that also includes consideration of battery energy storage paired with renewables. Our sister site PV Tech reported mid-2017 that the utility exceeded Nevada’s state mandated target of 20% renewable energy in its generation mix during 2016 for the seventh year in a row. As of last March, NV had 8,726MW of owned and contracted generation capacity, of which 1,708MW is classified as “renewable and non-carbon generation capacity”.  NV yesterday issued the RfP for solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and biogas resources to add up to 330MW of new renewable energy projects. For the first time ever in one of its solicitations, NV also said that it will “consider adding supplemental battery energy storage systems that are integrated with the proposed renewable energy resource”. Proposals will be assessed for the value they provide to NV’s customers and in benefits conferred to the state of Nevada, as well as other factors.

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      6. The Best News Yet for Energy Storage in New York

        The Best News Yet for Energy Storage in New York

        Once New York Governor Andrew Cuomo endorsed energy storage as a component of his clean energy strategy, he went in big. Cuomo kicked off 2018 with a series of clean energy proposals, including a groundbreaking energy storage pledge: to deploy 1,500 megawatts by 2025 as the state works toward 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. The target came just a month after he signed a bill to create a storage deployment program.

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      7. ESA Expands its Executive Team

        ESA Expands its Executive Team

        WASHINGTON D.C., January 10, 2018 – Energy Storage Association (ESA), the leading voice for member companies advancing energy storage, today announced Marissa Paslick Gillett is joining as vice president of external relations and Jason Burwen has taken on the role of vice president of policy. Gillett has extensive leadership experience in the energy sector, including her most recent position as the senior advisor to the chairman at the Maryland Public Service Commission. Burwen is being promoted from his previous position as director of policy. In their new roles, Gillett and Burwen will aid the organization in developing its strategic direction.

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      8. Microgrids with Energy Storage Sought by US Military

        Microgrids with Energy Storage Sought by US Military

        The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) issued a solicitation Tuesday seeking pre-proposals for multiple projects at military installations that will assess large-scale energy storage within microgrids. Applications are due March 8 by 2 p.m. ET. In describing its reason for pursuing microgrid technology, the defense department noted that major power outages are growing in number and severity in the United States. In addition, military bases are experiencing outages more often, and those outages last longer.

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      9. Resilience Gets FERC-Level Attention. Good News for Microgrids.

        Resilience Gets FERC-Level Attention. Good News for Microgrids.

        The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruled Monday that it will make energy resilience “a priority” — but not in the way U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry had requested. The commission rejected the energy secretary’s assertion that retirement of coal and nuclear plants threatens electric resilience. Instead FERC plans to look at broader challenges that may influence the reliable flow of energy in competitive wholesale markets, among them severe weather, physical and cyber attacks, accidents and fuel supply disruptions

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      10. CEO’s Statement on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Formal Action on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Proposed Rulemaking on Grid Resiliency Pricing

        CEO’s Statement on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Formal Action on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Proposed Rulemaking on Grid Resiliency Pricing

        Statement from Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association, regarding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) formal action on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) proposed rulemaking on grid resiliency pricing: "The actions taken yesterday are an encouraging sign that FERC is serious about ensuring resilience of the bulk power system. By building a robust record of fact from the system operating bodies responsible for reliability and resilience, and by taking the important first step of defining both, FERC is rightly assuring that any actions taken will be holistic and effective.

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      11. Siemens, AES Energy-Storage Collaboration Upbeat on NY Plan

        Siemens, AES Energy-Storage Collaboration Upbeat on NY Plan

        New York’s plan to invest $200 million in energy storage could help boost demand for what new energy storage company Fluence, a creation of Siemens and AES Energy, sees as a growing market. New York’s goal to build 1.5 gigawatts of energy storage by 2025, announced on Jan. 2, is part of its plan to generate half of its electricity with renewables by 2030, including enough power from offshore wind farms to power more than 1.2 million homes. The state’s energy-storage target and regulatory support could be a blueprint for other states as they consider projects, said Ray Hohenstein, market applications director for Fluence, which was formed Jan. 2 and is based in Arlington, Va.

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      12. Batteries Perform Many Different Functions on the Power Grid

        Batteries Perform Many Different Functions on the Power Grid

        Driven largely by installations over the past three years, the electric power industry has installed about 700 megawatts (MW) of utility-scale batteries on the U.S. electric grid. As of October 2017, these batteries made up about 0.06% of U.S. utility-scale generating capacity. Another 22 MW of batteries are planned for the last two months of 2017, with 69 MW more planned for 2018. New energy storage information available in the 2016 edition of EIA’s Annual Electric Generator Report provides more detail on battery capacity, charge and discharge rates, storage technology types, reactive power ratings, storage enclosure types, and expected usage applications. Batteries, like other energy storage technologies, can serve as both energy suppliers and consumers at different times, creating an unusual combination of cost and revenue streams and making direct comparisons to other generation technologies challenging.

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      13. US Wind + Storage: The Business Case

        US Wind + Storage: The Business Case

        As renewable energy continues to disrupt wholesale markets, energy storage has potential to exploit volatile energy prices by buying low and selling high, allowing a wind farm to shift its energy from periods of low prices to take advantage of spikes. As a result, announcements of wind plus storage hybrid systems are ramping up as these systems become more flexible and can accommodate a wide variety of renewable generation. However, wind energy’s less predictable output and its eligibility for the production tax credit and investment tax credit make the value proposition for paired storage less clear than it is for solar.

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      14. Microgrid News from NRG Energy, Cummins, USA Microgrids, Navigant

        Microgrid News from NRG Energy, Cummins, USA Microgrids, Navigant

        Here is one to watch. Energy giant NRG Energy and engine manufacturer Cummins have formed a partnership to offer distributed energy systems for commercial and industrial customers. The partnership brings together NRG’s distributed energy capabilities with Cummins’ generators into a platform designed to save customers as much as 15 percent over their current energy costs, often at no enrollment expense.

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      15. New Florida Legislation Could Make Solar-Plus-Storage the Go-to for Disaster Relief and Resiliency

        New Florida Legislation Could Make Solar-Plus-Storage the Go-to for Disaster Relief and Resiliency

        Legislation proposed in Florida could see solar and energy storage become part of the go-to solution for providing energy resiliency against natural disasters and helping restore power in their aftermath. Holly Raschein, a Republican member of the House of Representatives for the US’ so-called ‘sunshine state’, introduced HB 1133 ‘Energy security and disaster resilience program’ on 2 January. The bill calls for the establishment of a pilot programme within Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to investigate and correctly value the use of solar-plus-storage systems in preventing or coming back from energy supply and delivery problems stemming from natural disasters and other causes.

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      16. Greensmith Energy Will Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Azores

        Greensmith Energy Will Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Azores

        Greensmith Energy, a part of the technology group Wärtsilä, will deliver an integrated energy management system based on its industry-leading Greensmith Energy Management System (GEMS) software for Graciolica Lda’s microgrid power facility in the Azores. When completed, Graciosa Hybrid Renewable Power Plant will enable 1 MW of solar and 4.5 MW of wind power to be supplied to the local electricity grid, reducing the islands’ reliance on imported fossil fuels and significantly reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The order, placed by Portuguese project company Graciolica Lda and supported by its majority shareholder, Denmark based Recharge A/S was booked in December 2017. The Graciosa Hybrid Renewable Power Plant, located on the island of Graciosa in the northern part of the Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal, will combine solar and wind generation, together with energy storage using lithium-ion batteries supplied by Leclanché SA.

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      17. Energy Storage Gets Boost from New York Governor

        Energy Storage Gets Boost from New York Governor

        New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave energy storage a triple boost yesterday with the release of a series of new climate change initiatives. First, Cuomo called for 1,500 MW of energy storage in New York by 2025, a goal he sees the state reaching through regulatory changes and utility solicitations. Second, he proposed that the NY Green Bank commit $200 million to drive down energy storage costs and deploy it where most needed on the grid. In addition, Cuomo directed the New York State Energy & Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) to apply at least $60 million to pilots and activities that will reduce barriers to energy storage, such as delay and obstructions caused in permitting, customer acquisition, interconnection, and financing.

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      18. CEO Applauds New York Gov. Cuomo's Target of 1500 MW of Storage by 2025

        CEO Applauds New York Gov. Cuomo's Target of 1500 MW of Storage by 2025

        The Energy Storage Association heartily congratulates Governor Cuomo for his leadership and bold commitment to scaling up clean energy production through increased deployment of energy storage. In setting this goal and providing funds, New York will accelerate the innovative use of storage as infrastructure and reduce the state’s reliance on inefficient, heavier polluting sources of electricity, bringing $2 billion in benefits to New Yorkers. We at ESA are delighted to count New York as a leader in the march toward 35 GW of new energy storage by 2025, as outlined in our Vision 2025 report, and ESA stands by to assist states like New York forging a path toward a more efficient, resilient and reliable, sustainable and affordable grid.

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      19. Governor Cuomo Unveils 20th Proposal of 2018 State of the State: New York's Clean Energy Jobs and Climate Agenda

        Governor Cuomo Unveils 20th Proposal of 2018 State of the State: New York's Clean Energy Jobs and Climate Agenda

        Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled the 20th proposal of the 2018 State of the State: a comprehensive agenda to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and growing the clean energy economy. By further strengthening the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and welcoming new state members, New York will continue its progress in slashing emissions from existing fossil fuel power plants. In addition, unprecedented commitments announced today to advance clean energy technologies, including offshore wind, solar, energy storage and energy efficiency, will spur market development and create jobs across the state.

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      20. Residential Energy Storage Systems Ready for Prime Time

        Residential Energy Storage Systems Ready for Prime Time

        Energy storage for the residential solar market has always been something of a holy grail for advanced energy companies. If storage becomes cheap enough, it could allow a rooftop solar system to provide all of the energy a homeowner needs, potentially making it possible to go off-grid. It could also be the energy hub for the home, deciding how to use energy most efficiently and connecting the smart devices that are beginning to become more common. In 2017, the commercial and utility energy storage markets started to thrive and grow, and in 2018, it looks like the residential energy storage market will start to show the same promise. Here's why that is and why SunPower, SolarEdge, and Sunrun -- and not Tesla -- are the three to watch next year.

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      21. Microgrid Knowledge Stories that Made the 2017 Most Read List

        Microgrid Knowledge Stories that Made the 2017 Most Read List

        As we compiled this year’s list of most-read Microgrid Knowledge stories, we were intrigued to see what captured — and kept capturing — our readers’ attention. Storms, wildfires, innovations, blockchain, energy storage, solar and the city of Pittsburgh were among the winning topics. Companies in the top 10 articles include ABB, Consolidated Edison, Demand Energy, Duquesne Light, Enchanted Rock, Enel, ESS, GI Energy, Hitachi, LO3 Energy, Navigant Consulting, Northern Reliability, NRG Energy, PECO, S&C Electric, Siemens, Schneider Electric, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Stone Edge Farm, TECO, Tesla and SimpliPhi Power.

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      22. Toyota Tsusho Investing and Participating in Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Start-up

        Toyota Tsusho Investing and Participating in Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Start-up

        Toyota Tsusho Corporation ("Toyota Tsusho") announces today that it has invested and participated in the U.S. based start-up company Nuvve Corporation ("Nuvve"), a world leading Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) service provider. The investment was made through Toyota Tsusho's Next Technology Fund established in April 2017. A board member of Nuvve will be appointed from Toyota Tsusho in order to support expansion of the virtual power plant (VPP)* businesses utilizing EVs and plug-in-hybrid vehicles (PHV) in new markets such as Japan and other countries where these vehicles are expected to flourish in the near future. 

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      23. Energy Storage Safety Set to Move Forward in 2018 with New Fire Standards

        Energy Storage Safety Set to Move Forward in 2018 with New Fire Standards

        Most of the focus on energy storage safety has been on mobile applications, given the spate of exploding laptop and phone batteries. Lithium-ion batteries used in those applications are under tighter restrictions for size and density that can lead to higher risks. Stationary storage applications are often safer than mobile uses because there are not the same space constraints. But in some markets, space can also be an issue for stationary storage, especially with projects that use lithium-ion batteries.

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      24. The UK Could Install 12 Gigawatts of Energy Storage by 2021

        The UK Could Install 12 Gigawatts of Energy Storage by 2021

        Britain could have a 12-gigawatt battery market by 2021, according to a parliamentary policy group. The paper was written by the U.K. Renewable Energy Association (REA) and an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Energy Storage, an interest group made up of members of the House of Lords and House of Commons. Hitting that 12-gigawatt target will require major policy support, however.

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      25. New England Leads East in Renewables Transition

        New England Leads East in Renewables Transition

        New England stakeholders will open the new year with a vote on whether to seek FERC approval for a two-settlement market construct to integrate state-sponsored renewable energy resources into the wholesale electricity market. The New England Power Pool’s Participants Committee is scheduled to vote Jan. 5 on the two-tier market concept called Competitive Auctions with Sponsored Policy Resources (CASPR). (See New England Strives to Find CASPR Consensus.)

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