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      1. AES and Parker Hannifin Team Up on Energy Storage

        AES and Parker Hannifin Team Up on Energy Storage

        Parker Hannifin an American energy company, recently announced the completion of the Cochrane energy storage facility, a project undertaken with AES Gener.  The partnership with the Chilean energy producer and supplier has resulted in a large plant located Mejillones, Antofagasta, Chile. The facility will provide spinning reserve and grid reliability services to Northern Chile, part of the Norte Grande Interconnected System. This system in particular primarily provides energy to the country’s mining operations, which take place in the north. The facility can provide 20 megawatts of energy storage.

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      2. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to Welcome Attendees to Denver for the Energy Storage Industry’s Premier Conference and Expo

        Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to Welcome Attendees to Denver for the Energy Storage Industry’s Premier Conference and Expo

        Washington, D.C. (February 22, 2017) – The Energy Storage Association (ESA) is pleased to announce that Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will open our 27th Annual Conference and Expo as a keynote speaker, welcoming more than 2,000 global attendees from across the energy and utility industries to the largest conference and expo dedicated to advancing grid energy storage.

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      3. Dynapower Energy Storage Inverter is the First Designated as 'Smart'

        Dynapower Energy Storage Inverter is the First Designated as 'Smart'

        Vermont Business Magazine South Burlington-based Dynapower, the global leader in energy storage inverters, and Intertek, a leading provider of quality solutions to industries worldwide, have jointly announced that Dynapower’s MPS-250 (link is external) is the first storage-only energy inverter to be confirmed by Intertek to meet the UL 1741 SA draft requirements for a “smart” inverter. Compliance with this standard ensures that Dynapower’s MPS-250 smart inverter is California Rule 21 and Hawaii Rule 14H compliant through development of advanced inverter features. This was achieved by Dynapower through the use of Intertek’s SATELLITE™ Data Acceptance Program.

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      4. RES Awarded Storage Project for NREL'S National Wind Technology Center

        RES Awarded Storage Project for NREL'S National Wind Technology Center

        Broomfield, Colo. – Renewable Energy Systems (RES), is pleased to announce that our RESolve® energy storage system has been selected for the 1MW/1MWh energy storage test project at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) National Wind Technology Center (NWTC). RES is a technology-agnostic integrator that performs the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) as well as offering long-term performance wraps.

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      5. More Than 3 Million in US Now Work in Clean Energy

        More Than 3 Million in US Now Work in Clean Energy

         

        On Wednesday, February 22, national business groups representing the range and breadth of clean energy companies in the United States cheered government statistics showing their industries support more than 3 million American jobs – equal to the employment of retail stores across the country, and twice as many jobs as involved in construction of buildings. This is based on 2016 data recently released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in its second annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report. DOE does not offer a definition of "clean energy," and the trade associations representing different portions of the industry have their own ways of defining what "clean energy" represents. But the groups all agree that, in the aggregate, these jobs add up to more than 3 million nationwide.

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      6. Energy Storage in Wholesale Markets: Microgrids as Big Batteries?

        Energy Storage in Wholesale Markets: Microgrids as Big Batteries?

        Comments have poured into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on proposed rules that would boost energy storage in wholesale markets. 

        Issued in November, the FERC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) attempts to smooth the way for energy storage to transact in six regional wholesale markets that span much of the U.S. The proposal (RM-16-23) also gives distributed energy aggregators wholesale market inroads. As is customary, FERC has called on stakeholders to comment on the ideas before it puts them into effect. More than 100 companies, utilities, organizations and state agencies have weighed i

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      7. Engie S A : The rise of solar energy

        Engie S A : The rise of solar energy

        There are a number of reasons that explain the boom in solar energy: installations are more powerful and less expensive, investments have been stepped up, and more encouraging regulations have been introduced. As a result, in more and more countries, industrial operators and electricity producers such as ENGIE are focusing on this solution of the future. The sun is a source of energy with considerable potential to fight against climate change, stimulate growth and enable widespread access to energy: it is virtually unlimited, easily available, present in practically every country in the world, non carbon-emitting, and can be exploited on either a small-scale or a large-scale basis. At the present time, there is no technological barrier holding back the energy transition towards solar energy. It is rather financial and legal issues that are restraining it, but these are in the process of changing all around the world. The time for solar energy has dawned.

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      8. Overheard at the 3rd Annual Energy Storage Policy Forum

        Overheard at the 3rd Annual Energy Storage Policy Forum

        WASHINGTON — Nearly 200 energy policy and market experts gathered at the National Press Club on Wednesday for the Energy Storage Association’s 3rd annual Energy Storage Policy Forum. Here’s some of what we heard.Several state regulators spoke at the conference, after having just gone through what Washington Utilities and Transportation Commissioner Phil Jones called “NARUC hell,” referring to the winter meetings of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. The regulators spoke about how they view their role in setting policies on energy storage and how they communicate with elected officials about the technical aspects of energy markets and technology.

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      9. The Age of the Giant Battery Is Almost Upon Us

        The Age of the Giant Battery Is Almost Upon Us

        The idea that giant batteries may someday revolutionize electrical grids has long enthralled clean-power advocates and environmentalists. Now it’s attracting bankers with the money to make it happen. Lenders including Investec Plc, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. and Prudential Financial Inc. are looking to finance large-scale energy-storage projects from California to Germany, marking a coming-of-age moment for the fledgling industry. The systems help utilities solve a longstanding clean-power conundrum: managing the unpredictable output from wind and solar farms, and retaining electricity until it’s needed.

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      10. New Utility Program Hopes to Stimulate Sustainable Energy Storage Growth

        New Utility Program Hopes to Stimulate Sustainable Energy Storage Growth

        There is considerable debate throughout the energy storage industry about what the optimal location is for energy storage systems (ESSs) to provide the most value. Systems can be installed either behind the meter (BTM) for individual customers, or located strategically on the utility side of the grid. While these two types of systems are typically designed for different purposes, the advances being made in storage software platforms are blurring the lines between these markets and the specific services they are able to provide. A recently proposed energy storage program from utility Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) is hoping to capture the most advantageous aspects of both approaches.

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      11. SCE Wins Prestigious Solar Grant From Department of Energy

        SCE Wins Prestigious Solar Grant From Department of Energy

        As part of its effort to encourage the growth of solar energy, Southern California Edison has received a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, a national program to better integrate more solar into the electrical grid. Results of the competitive process were announced in San Diego during the annual DistribuTECH conference. SCE was one of only 13 successful applicants.

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      12. Tesla & Lg Chem Set To Dominate Massive US Battery Storage Market

        Tesla & Lg Chem Set To Dominate Massive US Battery Storage Market

        The US firm Tesla and South Korea’s LG Chem are tipped to dominate the US battery storage market, which is expected to be worth as much as $US50 billion by 2020. Analysts at investment bank Morgan Stanley suggest Tesla and LG Chem are best positioned to take big market shares in a market that it predicts will grow faster than most others expect. Morgan Stanley says the “addressable” battery storage market in the US is 85GWh, or around $US30 billion. But if regulators come on board and allow it to compete in deregulated power markets, then that forecast is nearly doubled to 140GWh or more than $US50 billion.

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      13. Panasonic, Younicos, & Xcel Energy Form Denver Public/Private Microgrid Partnership

        Panasonic, Younicos, & Xcel Energy Form Denver Public/Private Microgrid Partnership

        Spurred by state mandated renewable energy goals, Panasonic, Xcel Energy, and Younicos have formed a public/private partnership with the city and county to promote a microgrid centered around the Peña Station NEXT, a 382-acre transportation hub located near Denver International Airport. The Xcel Energy feeder for Peña Station NEXT already has 20% solar penetration and is expected to have 30% solar penetration by the time the microgrid project is completed in the first half of 2017.

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      14. Natural Gas Power Plant: Minnesota Senate says yes to Becker Power Plant

        Natural Gas Power Plant: Minnesota Senate says yes to Becker Power Plant

        ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature is moving to side-step utility regulators by approving a new Xcel Energy power plant in central Minnesota. The natural gas-fired plant in Becker will help offset losses from two coal-fired generators set to close in 2023 and 2026. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission sidelined Xcel's proposal in October because it wanted the utility company to study renewable energy options for the new plant. Minnesota's Senate passed the bill Thursday. Sen. Andrew Mathews of Milaca says the plant will solve long-standing power concerns in his community. Democratic lawmakers pushed back against the bill, saying Xcel energy will pass costs onto ratepayers in their communities.

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      15. Energy Storage Comes to Washington: 3rd Annual Energy Storage Policy Forum

        Energy Storage Comes to Washington: 3rd Annual Energy Storage Policy Forum

        On Wednesday, ESA hosted our 3rd Annual Energy Storage Policy Forum with nearly 200 energy policy and market development experts gathered at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The event brought together senior government leaders to collaborate with the energy storage industry and shape the future of energy and infrastructure policy in our nation’s capital and beyond.  

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      16. Energy Storage: Falling Costs, Major Gains

        Energy Storage: Falling Costs, Major Gains

        As published in EI New Energy - Vol.6, No:7, Feb. 16, 2017

        As the energy transition charges forward, one technology holds the keys to both the rise of renewable power and the evolution of auto transport: Batteries and other energy storage technologies, assuming they continue to improve, will allow intermittent solar and wind to keep gaining market share while accelerating the shift away from oil-based transport. But can energy storage make economic sense, or will it only add to costs? Matt Roberts, executive director of the Energy Storage Association in Washington, tells EI New Energy that US energy storage costs have fallen “very substantially” in recent years and are “well where they need to be.” As a result of the economic gains and technological advances, energy storage is gaining serious attention from a far-reaching cast of characters including automaker Tesla, the Pentagon, French oil major Total, and President Donald Trump’s administration.

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        Mentions: France ESA WA
      17. Who Is Narada Power? Under-the-Radar Chinese Storage Company Sets Sights on Global Expansion

        Who Is Narada Power? Under-the-Radar Chinese Storage Company Sets Sights on Global Expansion

        Zhejiang Narada Power Source Co., an under-the-radar Chinese energy storage giant, is gearing up for international expansion after emerging from the shadows last month. The January announcement of China’s first commercial energy storage project -- a 1.5-megawatt, 12-megawatt-hour battery project for GCL Silicon, a solar-cell polysilicon maker -- was the first time many international observers had heard of Narada. Despite being relatively unknown outside China, Hangzhou-based Narada claims to have almost 306 megawatt-hours of storage deployed worldwide and 800 megawatt-hours in its contract pipeline.

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      18. Wholesale Market Changes Will Reflect the ‘Unique Abilities’ of Energy Storage, Says FERC’s LaFleur

        Wholesale Market Changes Will Reflect the ‘Unique Abilities’ of Energy Storage, Says FERC’s LaFleur

        In recent months, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has taken several steps toward fully incorporating energy storage in U.S. wholesale energy markets -- which, if successful, could be a major boon for the energy storage industry. These actions reflect the fact there’s an exponential amount of energy storage slated to come online, and its “unique abilities to help in different ways,” said Acting FERC Chairman Cheryl LaFleur, speaking this week at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ winter meeting.

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        Mentions: CA U.S. FERC
      19. Baker Electric Inc. Named EPC for NEC Battery Grid Energy Storage Solution for SoCal Edison

        Baker Electric Inc. Named EPC for NEC Battery Grid Energy Storage Solution for SoCal Edison

        Baker Electric Inc. is pleased to announce it has been named the engineering, procurement and construction contractor (EPC) for NEC Energy Solutions' (NEC ES) grid energy storage pilot system for Southern California Edison. The storage system project is under a pre-approved energy storage procurement program initially conceived of and announced by SCE last year. NEC Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of NEC Corporation, awarded Baker Electric Inc. the EPC contract for the above grade engineering design and installation of the turn-key NES ES GSS(R) grid energy storage solution. It will include 3.4MWh of containerized lithium ion batteries, a 3MW power conversion system, and NEC ES's proprietary AEROS(R) controls software suite. The system is intended to support peaks in electricity demand and is expected to be completed in November of this year.

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      20. Napa Valley’s Pacific Union College to Install Green Charge Commercial Energy Storage

        Napa Valley’s Pacific Union College to Install Green Charge Commercial Energy Storage

        10:30 AM EST Napa Valley’s Pacific Union College to Install Green Charge Commercial Energy Storage Green Charge today announced that Pacific Union College will install a 1MW/2MWh commercial energy storage system on its Napa Valley campus. Pacific Union College is expected to save nearly $800,000 dollars over the 10-year agreement with revenues generated through demand charge reduction and demand response programs through Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

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      21. Lead Acid Storage Firm Ecoult Receives ARENA Funding to Help India Expansion

        Lead Acid Storage Firm Ecoult Receives ARENA Funding to Help India Expansion

        Sydney-based lead-acid energy storage specialist Ecoult has secured AU$4.1 million (US$3.13 million) recoupable funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to develop and commericalise its UltraBattery products. This supports a AU$10.6 million (US$8 million) venture from Ecoult to enhance its lead-acid battery’s performance and the extra funding will also be used for the expansion of the company’s engineering team in Sydney. It will also help Ecoult move into international markets after it recently signed a global manufacturing deal with India’s largest battery manufacturer, Exide Industries, which will manufacture and distribute the UltraBattery in India and South Asia.

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        Mentions: Australia Asia India
      22. Ice Energy Extends Award-Winning, Multi-Patented Ice Battery Technology to Commercial Refrigeration Market

        Ice Energy Extends Award-Winning, Multi-Patented Ice Battery Technology to Commercial Refrigeration Market

        SANTA BARBARA, CA -- 02/14/17 -- Ice Energy has announced the planned release of several new ice battery solutions for supermarkets and the general commercial refrigeration market, based on its proven line of award-winning energy storage products for HVAC applications. The decision follows prototyping and testing at Ice Energy's IdeaLAB in Riverside, California, where the company has demonstrated commercial refrigeration storage capabilities with the same low cost and high reliability that Ice Energy has delivered to commercial and residential HVAC markets with its Ice Bear and Ice Cub products. The new products serving the worldwide commercial refrigeration market will be designated the Polar Bear line, with different models supporting a range of refrigeration storage capacities and application needs. They are expected to be available by the end of this year

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      23. Xcel Energy to Test Battery Storage Technology in Stapleton

        Xcel Energy to Test Battery Storage Technology in Stapleton

        Xcel Energy is partnering with battery vendors Sunverge Energy and Northern Reliability, Inc. to test battery storage technology to maximize the use of rooftop solar energy while ensuring the safety and reliability of the electric grid. The two-year pilot project is taking place in Stapleton's North Central Park and Eastbridge neighborhoods. As customers' demand for solar energy in their homes and businesses increases, this is a crucial time for Xcel Energy to learn how battery storage can help integrate higher concentrations of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy onto its system. The company wants to not only learn how to accommodate more solar energy onto its grid, but also manage other grid issues such as voltage regulation and peak demand, and reduce energy costs

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