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      1. Solar+Storage Sited at C&I Locations can be the Backbone of the Grid

        Solar+Storage Sited at C&I Locations can be the Backbone of the Grid

        A new analysis suggests that 9.2 GW of the California Independent System Operator’s required 47.5 GW of “Resource Adequacy” could be met by customer-sited solar+storage. In total, it would require approximately 48 GWdc of rooftop solar power, and 21 GW / 42 GWh of battery storage, to meet the requirement. The study looked at individual rooftops within the state, in essence building a grid from the rooftop up.

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        Mentions: CA NREL CAISO
      2. Solar-Powered Car Parks with Battery Storage in New Trial

        Solar-Powered Car Parks with Battery Storage in New Trial

        A new pilot to demonstrate a solar-powered car park supported by battery storage for drivers to charge their electric vehicles has been launched. The Smart Hubs Demonstrator R&D project will manage the integration of solar, EV charging, and vehicle to grid systems at car parks and transport hubs. Smart hubs that incorporate energy storage systems are expected to increase the ability to charge large amounts of EVs without placing further pressure on the grid as well as bring revenue streams for car park owners, including airports, train operators, local authorities, hospitals and retail centers.

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      3. Energy Storage & Microgrids as Part of ISO New England's Puzzle

        Energy Storage & Microgrids as Part of ISO New England's Puzzle

        The New England Independent System Operator says in its 2019 Regional Electricity Outlook that its challenges are to integrate greater levels of renewables onto the grid while also maintaining a robust transmission system and energy security. Some of the issues to overcome are bringing battery storage to market while dealing with stricter air emissions rules that can limit the use of conventional infrastructure. In the past, New England has benefited from two pumped-hydro facilities that have supplied nearly 2,000 MW of capacity within 10 minutes. But today the region has 20 MW of grid-scale battery storage, and it has another 1,300 MW on the table, which could come on line by 2022.

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        Mentions: MA New Hampshire FERC
      4. Norway's State-Run Oil and Gas Giant Is Backing a Battery-Research Fund

        Norway's State-Run Oil and Gas Giant Is Backing a Battery-Research Fund

        Equinor, the Norwegian oil-and-gas giant formerly known as Statoil, will announce today that it plans to pour money into an approximately $180 million investment fund focused on battery and related technologies. The Chicago-based fund, Volta Energy Technologies, is run by battery and technology-commercialization experts and grew out of the U.S. government’s Argonne National Laboratory, a site of extensive battery research. Volta seeks to serve traditional energy behemoths that have concluded they must play in the emerging battery race but lack the in-house technical expertise to play it smartly. It has made four investments so far and has more in its sights.

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        Mentions: U.S. Norway Argonne
      5. Thermal Storage Finds a Niche Reducing Energy Demand in Refrigeration

        Thermal Storage Finds a Niche Reducing Energy Demand in Refrigeration

        Thermal storage is gaining ground in refrigeration applications, providing demand response for one of utilities’ most energy-intensive industries. Thermal storage generally involves salt-based solutions that can absorb heat and cool refrigerators. Viking Cold Solutions partnered with Eversource to install a Viking Cold Solutions thermal energy storage system to reduce the Greater Boston Food Bank’s peak demand, realizing a 75 percent reduction in peak energy use, the company said.

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      6. Ultimate Five-Year Plan: 24 Hour Solar+Storage Power Plants, in Design Pipeline Now

        Ultimate Five-Year Plan: 24 Hour Solar+Storage Power Plants, in Design Pipeline Now

        In an interview with pv magazine USA 8minutenergy President & CEO Tom Buttenbach talked of the USA solar market, a 14 GW pipeline and energy storage being a fundamental – not an add-on – feature. Tom’s opening words to pv magazine USA included that energy storage is no longer a cool feature, but something that our grid will increasingly depend upon as renewable penetration continues to increase.

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      7. Engie Backs Tiko for Distributed Virtual Power Plants

        Engie Backs Tiko for Distributed Virtual Power Plants

        Engie has taken a majority stake in Tiko, a Swiss startup with technology that’s aggregating household and business loads into some of Europe’s biggest virtual power plants. Tiko, a 2012 joint venture of Swisscom and Repower, has grown from piloting its technology in Swiss homes to enabling a fleet of residential, commercial and industrial assets adding up to more than 100 megawatts of load across Switzerland, Germany, France and Austria. But while it directly operates its original 6,500-home, 40-megawatt project in Switzerland as Swisscom Energy Solutions, it’s also white-labeling its technology to match real-time distributed energy resource controls to real-time grid commands

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      8. Technopolis - Battery City: Are Batteries the Key to Our Cities' Energy Future?

        Technopolis - Battery City: Are Batteries the Key to Our Cities' Energy Future?

        Will every building in your city one day be powered by a battery? In this podcast episode, Molly and Jim look at how energy storage could change everything about how we turn on the lights and get around town. And they'll explore how renewable energy might keep our cities running even when the sun doesn't shine and the wind doesn't blow. They talk with John Zahurancik of Fluence Energy and Rushad Nanavatty of Rocky Mountain Institute. They also make an inspiring phone call to Dan Neil, auto columnist for the Wall Street Journal.

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      9. Batteries Edge Out Natural Gas Peaking Plants in Arizona RFP

        Batteries Edge Out Natural Gas Peaking Plants in Arizona RFP

        A recent announcement by electric utility Arizona Public Service could mark the tipping point in the way utilities think about building resources to meet peak demand. Historically utilities built “peakers,” usually gas turbines fueled by natural gas, to meet spikes in demand, but in recent solicitations Arizona Public Service chose battery storage projects over peakers. Late last month, APS, the largest utility in the state, said it plans to add 850 MW of energy storage by 2025, including 200 MW of stand-alone energy storage projects that competed and won against gas-fired peakers.

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      10. ESA Calls for Robust Evaluation of Benefits in New Jersey Storage Study

        ESA Calls for Robust Evaluation of Benefits in New Jersey Storage Study

        ESA filed comments in response to a notice requesting comments by the Board of Public Utilities in support of the New Jersey energy storage cost benefit study called for by the 2018 Clean Energy Act. Staff is seeking comments in support of regulatory analysis and policy recommendations in the report. In our comments, ESA outlines the potential benefits of energy storage in New Jersey and provides guidance on which benefits should be included in the analysis; describes the current regulatory and market barriers to the deployment of energy storage systems in New Jersey; and includes a framework that allows for all storage technologies of all durations and types to support New Jersey’s ambitious clean energy and climate goals.

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      11. Rocky Mountain Power Proposes 600-Battery Apartment Building Among Trio of Utah DSM Projects

        Rocky Mountain Power Proposes 600-Battery Apartment Building Among Trio of Utah DSM Projects

        Rocky Mountain Power has asked the Public Service Commission of Utah for authorization to implement three 'innovative utility programs' it says were authorized by the Sustainable Transportation and Energy Plan (STEP) Act of 2016, focusing on transportation, storage and grid management. The programs include a battery demand response project in a 600-unit multi-family development, and an intermodal transportation charging and power balancing system to be developed with the Utah State University’s Sustainable Electrified Transportation Center and the state's transit authority. RMP's application is its fifth tranche of proposed STEP programs, and the utility said the funding for the programs has already been earmarked.

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      12. SaltX starts groundbreaking pilot plant tests in Berlin

        SaltX starts groundbreaking pilot plant tests in Berlin

        SaltX Technology is a Swedish company that developed EnerStore, a technology whereby energy can be stored in salt indefinitely to provide heating or cooling. During the summer of 2017, SaltX, and Vattenfall initiated a collaboration to construct a large-scale energy storage based on SaltX solution with nano-coated salt. Now - one and a half year later - the plant has been installed, tested and commissioned at Vattenfall's combined heat and power plant, Reuter-C in Berlin. The next step for the parties is to perform actual testing of the energy storage for a number of months to evaluate both technology and functionality.

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        Mentions: Sweden SaltX
      13. How Residential Energy Storage Could Help Support the Power Grid

        How Residential Energy Storage Could Help Support the Power Grid

        The growth of battery storage in the power sector has attracted a great deal of attention in the industry and media. Much of that attention focuses on utility-scale batteries and on batteries for commercial and industrial customers. While these larger batteries are critical segments of the energy-storage market, the rapid growth of residential energy storage is outpacing expectations, and these household systems will likely become important assets sooner than many expect. The growth trajectory and potential value of these household systems to customers and the power grid warrants a closer look.

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        Mentions: CA U.S. MA
      14. Storing Energy By Heating Stones To 600 Degrees — Could Power Whole Country For Hours

        Storing Energy By Heating Stones To 600 Degrees — Could Power Whole Country For Hours

        The Danish minister of education and research attended the official inauguration of a giant pilot facility that will use 600 degree hot stones to store energy. High-temperature thermal energy storage uses cheap, non-degradable, and environmentally friendly storage materials combined with known charging and discharging technology to reduce the cost and increase the efficiency of energy storage.

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      15. Advanced Microgrid Solutions Breaks 2 Gigawatt-Hours in Grid Services

        Advanced Microgrid Solutions Breaks 2 Gigawatt-Hours in Grid Services

        The competition for the title of "world’s largest virtual power plant" has largely been focused on residential solar-battery systems, like those being deployed by contenders like Australia’s AGL or Vermont’s Green Mountain Power. But according to AMS, formerly known as Advanced Microgrid Solutions, the world’s biggest VPP is already up and running in the form of the 27-megawatt, 142-megawatt-hour fleet of batteries it’s managing today at commercial and industrial sites across the territory of utility Southern California Edison. On Tuesday, the San Francisco-based startup announced that its systems delivered more than 2 gigawatt-hours of grid services over their first year of operations.

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      16. Arkansas Utility Contracts NextEra to Build 100MW PV Project with 30MW Storage

        Arkansas Utility Contracts NextEra to Build 100MW PV Project with 30MW Storage

        NextEra Resources will build a 100MW solar farm for Entergy Arkansas, to include 30MW of battery energy storage, as Entergy seeks to build out solar capacity in the state. Entergy Arkansas said yesterday that it has contracted NextEra Resources, one of the three main NextEra power producer companies along with Florida Light & Power and NextEra Energy, to build the project near Searcy, in White County Arkansas. Scheduled for completion in 2021, Entergy will own and operate plant once it has been designed and built by NextEra, bringing the utility’s solar generation capacity in its service area up to 281MW.

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        Mentions: FL Arkansas Entergy
      17. Trio of Federal Energy Storage Bills Avoid Tax Credits

        Trio of Federal Energy Storage Bills Avoid Tax Credits

        Three bipartisan energy storage bills were introduced in Congress last week, but none would provide investment tax credits, which industry has sought to increase the competitiveness of the technology. The three storage bills, which focus on opportunities for loans and research in energy storage, come amid rising interest in the technology, with an increasing number of state targets, a new bipartisan storage caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives and increased funding in the President's latest budget request.

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        Mentions: U.S. Congress ESA
      18. Germany Looks to Put Thermal Storage Into Coal Plants

        Germany Looks to Put Thermal Storage Into Coal Plants

        The German Aerospace Center is investigating whether Germany’s coal plants could be reused as energy storage assets. The research body, which has a track record in concentrated solar power development, is planning a pilot that will involve ripping out the boiler from an old coal plant and replacing it with a molten salt thermal storage tank that will be heated using excess renewable energy. If the concept works, then advocates say it could help safeguard coal generation jobs while giving Germany tens of gigawatts of storage capacity for renewable energy load-shifting on the German grid.

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        Mentions: Germany Spain
      19. Highview Power and TSK Enter Joint Venture to Develop Cryogenic Energy Storage Projects

        Highview Power and TSK Enter Joint Venture to Develop Cryogenic Energy Storage Projects

        Highview Power and TSK, a global engineering, procurement and construction company headquartered in Spain, have entered into an agreement to co-develop gigawatt-hour scale, long-duration energy storage systems using Highview Power’s proprietary cryogenic energy storage solution. The new joint-venture company, named Highview TSK, will commit to the development of multiple projects in Spain, the Middle East and South Africa. An initial number of projects have been identified for several GWh of clean energy storage to be developed from 2019 through 2022.

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        Mentions: Africa Spain CO
      20. Maryland's Pioneering Energy Storage Income Tax Credit Turns 2

        Maryland's Pioneering Energy Storage Income Tax Credit Turns 2

        In 2017, Maryland became the first state to pass legislation establishing an income tax credit for energy storage systems. Last month, the Maryland Energy Administration announced it was accepting applications for the state’s energy storage income tax credit for the 2019 tax year. The deadline for residential and commercial customers to submit applications is January 15, 2020. This year, up to $750,000 is available ($300,000 for residential customers, $450,000 for commercial customers) on a first-come, first-served basis. Tax credits are capped at 30 percent of the total installed system cost, or up to $5,000 for residential systems and up to $75,000 for commercial systems. Maryland’s energy storage income tax credit is funded at $750,000 annually through the 2022 tax year.

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      21. How Three Battery Types Work in Grid-Scale Energy Storage Systems

        How Three Battery Types Work in Grid-Scale Energy Storage Systems

        Storage systems may support renewable projects, such as wind and solar, by regulating the variability of these energy sources and increasing reliability to deliver on-demand power. Picking an ideal battery application and designing the best system and operating strategy can make or break the economics of an energy storage project. There are performance-specific features and applications for each of these battery systems, however, the goal of energy storage developers is the same: to choose a battery application that will ensure an affordable, reliable, and efficient energy-storage system.

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        Mentions: DoE U.S. Singapore
      22. California’s Wildfire Threat Could be an Opportunity for Clean-Energy Microgrids

        California’s Wildfire Threat Could be an Opportunity for Clean-Energy Microgrids

        California’s biggest investor-owned utilities are expected to de-energize power lines more frequently this year to stop them from igniting fires when the weather is dry and windy. It’s one of the fastest and cheapest ways for utilities to keep wildfires from sparking. But there’s an obvious downside: Whole communities can go dark for hours or even days. With those concerns in mind, some energy companies are urging state officials to incentivize microgrids and smaller standalone energy systems, such as rooftop solar paired with batteries, in fire-prone communities. Those technologies, the companies say, could help keep the lights on during preemptive power shutoffs.

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      23. Research of Large Energy Users Highlights the Possibilities for Storage and Flexible Loads

        Research of Large Energy Users Highlights the Possibilities for Storage and Flexible Loads

        The current energy system is likely to constrain the continued expansion of  renewable uptake by businesses. In wholesale markets, solar PV is hollowing out demand in the middle of the day, which is lowering the price and business case for new solar installations. On distribution networks, large volumes of solar power can push infrastructure beyond operating limits, requiring increased network investment. Luckily new solutions use storage and load flexibility to locally optimize demand and supply, such as through efficiency improvements, renewable energy, battery and existing non-battery thermal storage, and the use of demand management controls to optimize integration.

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        Mentions: Australia
      24. Could Pumped-Storage Hydro Help Southwest Virginia Reclaim its Role as an Energy Hotbed?

        Could Pumped-Storage Hydro Help Southwest Virginia Reclaim its Role as an Energy Hotbed?

        Southwest Virginia lawmakers are looking to pumped-storage hydro and renewables to make the state’s coalfields an energy hotbed again. The General Assembly approved a bill this month to create a state authority that could win grants and other funding to fuel energy technology research and development. The legislation, which still awaits signature by Gov. Northam, carries no funding mechanism but erects a structure for the state to support an array of R&D activities in the coalfields. The legislation specifically names as priorities pumped-storage hydropower — a clear reference to Dominion Energy’s plans to build such a facility — as well as the development of renewable energy generation on brownfield sites, including abandoned mines. The bill also directs the authority to support workforce training and development of a Southwest Virginia Energy Park.

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      25. Zola Electric Unveils a New 'Smart' Storage System to Displace Diesel and Eliminate Outages

        Zola Electric Unveils a New 'Smart' Storage System to Displace Diesel and Eliminate Outages

        Achieving universal energy access is about much more than bringing light to far-flung communities. It involves delivering power around the clock to homes and businesses in areas with weak grid connections, as well as off-grid communities where energy infrastructure is nonexistent. Zola is on a mission to “democratize renewable energy globally” with a product that combines solar technology with energy storage to serve as a modular alternative to diesel generators. The system is billed as the first “smart” storage product to autonomously manage multiple power sources and deliver 24/7 AC power.

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