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      1. Overheard at the Energy Storage Association Annual Conference

        Overheard at the Energy Storage Association Annual Conference

        BOSTON — Energy storage deployment will likely grow to 35 GW by 2025 as consumers, businesses and government agencies increasingly support the technology, industry experts said last week. “Our industry created the momentum for the unanimous support to unleash the benefits of storage through FERC Order 841,” Energy Storage Association CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman said at her organization’s 28th annual conference. “This is a watershed moment, friends, this is our moment.” (See FERC Rules to Boost Storage Role in Markets.)

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      2. NEC to Supply 20 MW Energy Storage System to Orsted UK

        NEC to Supply 20 MW Energy Storage System to Orsted UK

        WESTBOROUGH, Mass.--NEC Energy Solutions (NEC ES), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, is supplying Orsted UK with a 20 MW GSS® Grid Storage Solution. Once completed and operational by the end of 2018, the system will be used to provide services to the UK’s National Grid to help manage grid stability during changes between peak and low power demand.

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      3. Colorado Senate Approves Second Storage Bill, Waits on House

        Colorado Senate Approves Second Storage Bill, Waits on House

        The Colorado Senate on Monday voted 26-9 on third reading to approve HB18-1270, which directs the development of mechanisms to enable investor-owned utilities to acquire energy storage systems, while restricting their size to 15 MW. Because amendments were added on the floor, it will need to be approved again by the House. The bill would direct state regulators to "establish mechanisms" for investor-owned electric utilities to procure energy storage systems. Some criteria would need to be satisfied, however.

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      4. NextEra Moves Deeper into Solar Power and Solar Plus Storage

        NextEra Moves Deeper into Solar Power and Solar Plus Storage

        While power sector holdouts such as FirstEnergy get headlines by pushing for disingenuous regulatory changes in a vain attempt to make the future look like the past, many U.S. power companies are seeing the light in the low and predictable costs of large-scale wind and solar. One of the leaders in this regard is Florida power company NextEra Energy. The company’s Q1 2018 results show NextEra building not only large amounts of solar both through generation arm NextEra Energy Resources and utility Florida Power and Light, but also beginning to deploy large-scale energy storage through both companies.

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      5. Massachusetts Is Staring Down a Duck Curve of Its Own. Storage Could Help

        Massachusetts Is Staring Down a Duck Curve of Its Own. Storage Could Help

        After a barrage of wicked nor'easters this winter, Massachusetts residents probably aren't worried about having too much sun — but they should be. Over in Hawaii, California and Arizona, middaysolargeneration has begun to cause major swings in the balance of supply and demand on the grid. The resulting “duck curve” has become emblematic of the logistical challenges involved in massive renewables adoption. As it turns out, this duck infestation is migrating from the sunny, palm-lined enclaves of Venice Beach and Scottsdale to the Bay State.

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      6. ESA Lays out the Path for 35 GW of Energy Storage by 2025

        ESA Lays out the Path for 35 GW of Energy Storage by 2025

        Most of us are solar power professionals, for example we’re reading pv magazine. However, for those of us who haven’t already, it’s probably time to start paying attention to how energy storage will affect our business – because the largest players in our field have been modeling large scale energy storage projects for at least three years. The Energy Storage Association (ESA) has been watching also – and they’ve articulated their thoughts in a white paper: 35X25: A Vision for Energy Storage. In this document, focused on the years between now and 2025, the ESA describes market drivers for growth, how to value energy storage, where and how it expects the growth to happen and what we have to continue to do in order to make this real.

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      7. 50 States of Storage Under Speakes-Backman’s Thumb

        50 States of Storage Under Speakes-Backman’s Thumb

        Kelly Speakes-Backman, the CEO of the Energy Storage Association, spoke with pv magazine about storage and the challenges of state-level advocacy at ESA's annual conference in Boston.  As solar industry professionals, we’re all familiar with the 50 state markets that we deal with. What are the politicians thinking? Is there a new Governor coming in? What is the business environment going to look like in six? nine? twenty-four months? And how much should we invest in our operations in these complex states?

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      8. New Jersey Reconfigures Solar Policy, Sets Storage Target to Meet 50% Renewables Pledge

        New Jersey Reconfigures Solar Policy, Sets Storage Target to Meet 50% Renewables Pledge

        New Jersey is the latest US state to set itself targets for the deployment of energy storage, with newly passed legislation calling for 600MW of the technology within three years. A bill, S2314/A3723, passed last week as one of three sustainability and low carbon measures for the state going forward, calls on the New Jersey Public Utilities Board to analyse the costs and potential benefits of energy storage as well as making revisions for community solar, energy efficiency, peak demand reduction and solar renewable energy certificate programmes.

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      9. Lockheed Martin to Deliver 17 MWh of GridStar™ Lithium Energy Storage Systems to Peak Power Inc. - Markets Insider

        Lockheed Martin to Deliver 17 MWh of GridStar™ Lithium Energy Storage Systems to Peak Power Inc. - Markets Insider

        OTTAWA, Ontario, April 19, 2018 -- Lockheed Martin signed an agreement to supply approximately 17 MWh of GridStar™ Lithium energy storage systems to Peak Power Inc., a North American energy storage services provider. The units will be installed in Ontario, Canada, and along the East Coast of the United States.

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      10. Energy Storage Association lauds principles promoted by EEI and partners to advance energy storage growth - Daily Energy Insider

        Energy Storage Association lauds principles promoted by EEI and partners to advance energy storage growth - Daily Energy Insider

        The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and 32 energy companies and organizations sent a letter to leaders of the Energy Storage Association (ESA) on Wednesday to support its efforts in advancing energy storage and to highlight principles seen as critical to helping the nation achieve a cleaner, more reliable and affordable energy system.  The letter addressed to Kelly Speakes-Backman, ESA president and CEO, and ESA Chairman Praveen Kathpal coincided with ESA’s annual conference taking place in Boston this week. “Today, energy storage is positioning itself as an essential component of the future energy grid: allowing for greater penetration of renewable energy; creating more dynamic generation, transmission, and distribution systems; enhancing the customer experience; and enabling transportation electrification, microgrids, smart grids, and smart communities,” the letter said.

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      11. Baker Expects Short Delay in Offshore Wind Project Selection

        Baker Expects Short Delay in Offshore Wind Project Selection

        BOSTON — The electrical storage industry got a charge out of Gov. Charlie Baker's "clean peak" proposal that would encourage greater reliance on renewable energy sources during periods of peak electricity demand, and the governor on Wednesday said lawmakers have also been drawn to the idea. "I do think this is something there's a lot of support for here in our Legislature," Baker told the Energy Storage Association at a conference Wednesday in Boston. The assocation has a target of increasing storage capacity by roughly 70 times over the next seven years.

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      12. Origis Energy Completes First Community Solar+Storage Installation in Massachusetts

        Origis Energy Completes First Community Solar+Storage Installation in Massachusetts

        Origis Energy USA and Sterling Municipal Light Department (SMLD) celebrated the completion of the Sterling Community Solar + Energy Storage project. Representing the first community solar plus storage and the first operational solar plus storage installation in Massachusetts, the project couples a 1-MWac rooftop solar installation with a 1-MW/2-MWh energy storage system to deliver an annual base load of 1.7 MWh in dispatchable clean energy to the town’s ratepayers. It was developed and is owned by Origis Energy USA, delivering power and storage benefits to SMLD through a PPA.

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      13. New Jersey Could Get 2GW of Storage to Help Reach 50% Renewables Target

        New Jersey Could Get 2GW of Storage to Help Reach 50% Renewables Target

        New Jersey is the latest US state to set itself targets for the deployment of energy storage, with newly passed legislation calling for 600MW of the technology within three years. A bill, S2314/A3723, passed last week as one of three sustainability and low carbon measures for the state going forward, calls on the New Jersey Public Utilities Board to analyse the costs and potential benefits of energy storage as well as making revisions for community solar, energy efficiency, peak demand reduction and solar renewable energy certificate programmes.

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        Mentions: NJ PJM
      14. Ormat's Unit to Build 40MW Storage, Increase Grid Resilience

        Ormat's Unit to Build 40MW Storage, Increase Grid Resilience

        Ormat Technologies, Inc. (ORA - Free Report) announced that its subsidiary, Viridity Energy Solutions, Inc. will start the construction of two 20 megawatt (MW)/20MWh utility scale, in-front-of-the-meter battery energy storage systems (“BESS”) located in Plumsted Township and Alpha, NJ. The BESS will assist in balancing energy demand in the electricity grid and is expected to generate revenues in the range of $7-$8 million in 2019. The revenues will be based on spot price, which generally varies from period to period.

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      15. Dynapower and Viridity Energy Solutions Enter Into a Master Supplier Agreement for Energy Storage Inverters and Fully-Integrated Systems

        Dynapower and Viridity Energy Solutions Enter Into a Master Supplier Agreement for Energy Storage Inverters and Fully-Integrated Systems

        SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., April 17, 2018 -- Dynapower, a global leader in energy storage, is pleased to announce it has reached a master supplier agreement with Viridity Energy Solutions, Inc. to supply inverters and fully-integrated energy storage systems for utility-scale and behind the meter energy storage projects. The first projects Viridity chose Dynapower for are two 20MW/20MWh stand-alone in-front-of-the-meter battery energy storage installations in New Jersey scheduled to come online in 2018. These projects totaling 40MWs were designed and will be financed, constructed, owned and operated by Viridity.

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      16. Australia Leading the Global Energy Storage Race

        Australia Leading the Global Energy Storage Race

        A new research by Greentech Media (GMT) shows that Australia is leading the global race in energy storage, having installed the most storage technology in the world during 2017, ahead of Germany, the United States and Japan. According to GMT’s “Global Energy Storage: 2017 Year in Review and 2018-22 Outlook” Australia installed an astonishing 246 megawatts (MW) of energy storage power capacity, enough to power almost 400,000 homes at one time, while also taking second place for energy capacity (MWh).

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      17. Enel to Install 1MWh Energy Storage Project in Canada

        Enel to Install 1MWh Energy Storage Project in Canada

        Italian energy company Enel, through its energy services division Enel X and is US subsidiary EnerNOC has signed an agreement with Algoma Orchards of Ontario, Canada to install a 1MWh lithium-ion battery storage system. Enel’s DEN.OS software will optimise the battery use, with the aim to boost financial savings from managing Ontario’s Global Adjustment (GA) charges and to enhance Algoma Orchards’ participation in the demand response programme by Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). The storage system is expected to be deployed in the first half of 2018, and is due to generate significant savings for Algoma Orchards over the 11-year contract term

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      18. Energy Storage Charges Forward

        Energy Storage Charges Forward

        Use it or lose it. Few products in the world have a shorter shelf life than electricity. That's why pretty much everyone involved in the power sector — from utilities to buyers to startups to state regulators — is putting more energy than ever behind ways to extend it. That's fueling a boom in projects and investments centered on advanced battery chemistries and alternative energy storage approaches, such as hydrogen fuel cells and thermal options that use hot water or ice to conserve power. The holy grail over time is to create a network of resources that can be used in concert with solar and wind farms. The idea is to balance those intermittent renewable resources, help their production output become more predictable and make it easier to integrate distributed power plants into the grid.

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      19. New Hampshire Utility Proposes Virtual Power Plant with Tesla Powerwalls

        New Hampshire Utility Proposes Virtual Power Plant with Tesla Powerwalls

        A proposal to install 300 Tesla Powerwall batteries in homes in Lebanon, N.H., is just the latest example of utilities turning to distributed storage, as well as the growing battle to supply these Virtual Power Plants (VPP). Valley News reports Liberty Utilities tapped Tesla to supply the batteries, but the proceeding has grown as SunRun has called for a competitive bidding process to supply the batteries. The Liberty Utilities pilot will eventually be expanded to 1,000 customer homes.

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        Mentions: Australia Japan DoE
      20. Sungrow Partners with Greensmith to Deliver State-of-the-Art Solar Plus Storage Technology to Massachusetts

        Sungrow Partners with Greensmith to Deliver State-of-the-Art Solar Plus Storage Technology to Massachusetts

        OAKLAND, Calif., April 9, 2018 -- Sungrow, the global leading inverter solution supplier for renewables, recently announced to work with Greensmith Energy, a part of the Wärtsilä technology group, to provide an advanced energy storage system to Origis Energy USA in Sterling, Massachusetts. The project couples a 1MW rooftop solar installation with a 1MW/2MWh energy storage system to deliver an annual base load of 1.7MWh in dispatchable clean energy to the town's ratepayers.

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      21. Battery Storage Comes to the Blockchain

        Battery Storage Comes to the Blockchain

        An alliance announced in March could result in one of the most complete blockchain-based energy trading pilots to date — by adding batteries into the mix. Sonnen’s decision to join the NEMoGrid project in Europe is thought to be the first instance of a battery vendor taking part in a blockchain energy trading experiment. The project will look at the economic and technical impact of electricity trading between households within a region, said Sonnen in a press release.

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        Mentions: Europe Spain Siemens
      22. The Spectrum of Resiliency – What Role Does Energy Storage Play in a Microgrid?

        The Spectrum of Resiliency – What Role Does Energy Storage Play in a Microgrid?

        Microgrids and energy storage are highly promising and frequently discussed topics in the energy community. Growing cybersecurity threats and frequent natural disasters that pose risk to the electric system have made microgrid solutions a desirable infrastructure improvement for customers and utilities.

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