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      1. Fluence acquires Advanced Microgrid Solutions’ artificial intelligence-driven software and digital intelligence platform

        Fluence acquires Advanced Microgrid Solutions’ artificial intelligence-driven software and digital intelligence platform

        Fluence, a Siemens and AES company, today announced it has acquired the digital intelligence platform of AMS, the leading provider of AI-enabled optimized bidding software for utility-scale storage and generation assets. The combination of the two companies’ technologies will help utilities, developers, and commercial and industrial customers optimize energy storage and flexible assets to deliver additional revenue, improve grid reliability and efficiency, and support the global transition to more sustainable and resilient power systems.

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      2. To batteries and beyond: Lithium-ion dominates utility storage; could competing chemistries change that?

        To batteries and beyond: Lithium-ion dominates utility storage; could competing chemistries change that?

        The industry is growing increasingly comfortable with lithium-ion, but its limitations open up a space for other technologies to compete in the storage mix. This deep-dive article describes the growth of energy storage over the past decade, and what the future might look like. 

         

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      3. NYPA, Environmental Justice Groups to Work Together on Peaker Plant Replacements

        NYPA, Environmental Justice Groups to Work Together on Peaker Plant Replacements

        Utilities operating fossil-fueled power plants, and the low-income and disadvantaged communities that face the brunt of their pollution, may have a new model for resolving their differences. On Tuesday, the New York Power Authority signed a landmark agreement with the Peak Coalition, a group of five environmental justice and clean energy groups, to study ways to replace or reduce emissions from NYPA’s six gas-fired peaker plant sites in New York City and Long Island. 

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      4. Wärtsilä’s 9 MW battery storage system reduces a city’s demand peaks, saves transmission costs

        Wärtsilä’s 9 MW battery storage system reduces a city’s demand peaks, saves transmission costs

        Wärtsilä, the massive marine and power plant specialist, is introducing its new modular energy storage product in a deployment that allows the city of Martinsville, Virginia to lower its power costs and stabilize the surrounding grid. An independent power producer, AEP OnSite Partners, will be the first to deploy Wärtsilä’s new storage product. The 9 MW/15.6 MWh battery energy storage system will respond to PJM market signals and reduce the city’s peak demand by about 9 MW, while saving $1 million per year in transmission and capacity costs, according to the company. The project is scheduled to be operational in the second half of 2021.

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      5. Solar-plus-storage replaces coal plant in New Mexico, makes carbon-capture retrofit moot

        Solar-plus-storage replaces coal plant in New Mexico, makes carbon-capture retrofit moot

        The debate over how to replace the generation capacity that will be lost following the closing of the 847-MW coal-fired San Juan Generating Station in June of 2022 is officially over, with Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) opting to move forward with four solar-plus-storage projects in San Juan’s stead. The announcement is not altogether surprising, as state regulators ordered PNM to procure San Juan replacement power from utility-scale renewables earlier this summer. 

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      6. We’re ready for ‘exponential growth’ of DC-coupled solar-plus-storage, Powin Energy says

        We’re ready for ‘exponential growth’ of DC-coupled solar-plus-storage, Powin Energy says

        Energy storage system integrator and manufacturer Powin Energy has signed a deal to supply its new DC-coupled solutions to developer Amp for projects in the Northeast US. Company senior director of product KJ Plank told Energy-Storage.news that “Powin is ready” for an expected exponential growth in the grid-scale DC-coupled solar-plus-storage segment of the energy industry “in the next few years”.

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      7. California Energy Commission funding energy storage, microgrid firms

        California Energy Commission funding energy storage, microgrid firms

        The California Energy Commission (CEC) selected UK-based Invinity Energy Systems for funding as part of an initiative for long-duration, non-lithium energy storage with the use of its vanadium flow batteries (VFBs) technology. CEC also awarded modular microgrid energy solution company, BoxPower, a $1.2 million dollar grant to further develop its software and hardware solution at 15 microgrid sites in California.

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      8. Guidehouse: China’s demand for utility-scale storage will see Asia-Pacific overtake North America

        Guidehouse: China’s demand for utility-scale storage will see Asia-Pacific overtake North America

        North America is currently leading the world for utility-scale energy storage deployments, but could be overtaken by the second-largest market, the Asia-Pacific region, as early as 2023, according to forecasting and analysis by Guidehouse Insights. The Asia-Pacific region by 2029 is expected to achieve a compound annual growth rate in energy storage installations of 39.4%, with a cumulative 60,747.4MW of new utility-scale capacity expected to be added between this year and then. In 2020, the region will add around 554MW of new large-scale storage.

         

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        Mentions: Australia Japan Asia
      9. California's Salton Sea offers chance for US battery supply chain, despite financial, policy challenges

        California's Salton Sea offers chance for US battery supply chain, despite financial, policy challenges

        Developing a lithium industry in California's Salton Sea, an area that experts think could supply more than a third of lithium demand in the world today, could help set up a multi-billion dollar domestic supply chain for electric vehicle batteries, according to a new report from New Energy Nexus. But doing so will require navigating multiple financial and policy-related challenges, including receiving financial backing for demonstrating and commercializing lithium recovery projects, the report noted — without which, manufacturers could be hesitant to enter into contracts with lithium producers.

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      10. Arizona OKs home battery incentives as Green Mountain Power program shows millions in customer savings

        Arizona OKs home battery incentives as Green Mountain Power program shows millions in customer savings

        The Arizona Corporation Commission last month approved the state's first residential battery storage program — an incentive pilot proposed in August by the Arizona Public Service Company. Around the same time, Green Mountain Power (GMP) said its growing network of stored energy in Vermont, including home batteries and other resources, has reduced customer costs by about $3 million so far in 2020. 

        Increased adoption of residential storage could also bring cost savings to the utilities themselves, making ambitious renewable energy targets more achievable by reducing peak demand, according to Jason Burwen, vice president of policy for the Energy Storage Association.

        “If Arizona seeks to achieve a 100% clean energy future, as the Arizona Corporation Commission is deliberating on now, a peak demand reduction target with energy storage would complement those clean energy goals while helping to keep service costs affordable and empower customers,” Burwen said in an email. He indicated that numerous states have pursued a similar strategy.

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      11. Global storage heading to 741 GWh by 2030, WoodMac projects, amid ongoing challenges

        Global storage heading to 741 GWh by 2030, WoodMac projects, amid ongoing challenges

        Global energy storage capacity could amount to 741 GWh by the end of the decade, representing a 31% compound annual growth rate, analysis from Wood Mackenzie has found — and the U.S. could make up nearly half of that. The average cost of lithium-ion battery cells is expected to drop during that timeframe, according to IHS Markit, falling below $100 per kWh in the next three years and potentially dipping to as low as $73 per kWh by the end of the decade.

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      12. Eos Energy Storage Expands Battery Deployments in Nigeria

        Eos Energy Storage Expands Battery Deployments in Nigeria

        Eos Energy Storage LLC (“Eos”), the leading manufacturer of safe, low-cost and long-duration zinc battery storage systems, today announced an expansion of its partnership with Nayo Tropical Technology Ltd. (“Nayo”), a leading West African mini-grid engineering, procurement, and construction (“EPC”) company.  Eos will deploy additional units of its signature Znyth™ systems, rated at 125kW/500kWh, to four rural microgrid projects in Nigeria in the first quarter of 2021.

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      13. Largest floating solar power plant in the Southeast coming to Fort Bragg

        Largest floating solar power plant in the Southeast coming to Fort Bragg

        The U.S. Army’s Fort Bragg in North Carolina will soon be home to the largest floating solar plant in the Southeast – a 1.1-megawatt (MW) system as part of a Utility Energy Service Contract (UESC) awarded to Duke Energy. The $36 million contract will focus on energy resilience and security at Fort Bragg: infrastructure modernization including lighting and water upgrades, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning and boiler system improvements. The floating solar installation will be paired with a 2-MW battery energy storage system. The system will supplement power to Fort Bragg from the local grid and provide backup power during electric service outages.

         

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      14. House advances bill that would create energy storage grants and federal technical assistance program

        House advances bill that would create energy storage grants and federal technical assistance program

        The House this week passed the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act (H.R. 4447), pushing for innovation in clean energy, greater electrification of the transportation sector, efficiency in the home sector, and modernization of the grid at large. Proponents hope that the bill, which authorizes $5 million annually for the program from 2020 through 2025, would also provide well paying jobs wherever its funding went. It also received praise from the Energy Storage Association (ESA). “By passing H.R. 4447, the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act, numerous bipartisan proposals for promoting energy storage are moving forward, including increasing R&D and demonstration investments in energy storage technology, integrating storage across all DOE Energy offices, assisting rural customers with storage for resilience, and incorporating storage into public investments in transportation electrification and workforce development,” ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman said. “ESA is pleased to support these efforts to ready the electric system for 21st century demands to provide resilient, efficient, sustainable, and affordable electric service.”

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      15. California community group contracts for 260MWh of batteries to help keep lights on in dark times

        California community group contracts for 260MWh of batteries to help keep lights on in dark times

        A community choice energy provider run by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission in California has signed contracts for battery storage with EDF Renewables and NextEra Energy totalling 260MWh, to be deployed in combination with solar PV. San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is the provider of water to the City of San Francisco and other parts of the Bay Area in California but also provides hydroelectric and solar energy in the Hetch Hetchy Valley of the famous Yosemite National Park - as well as providing power to San Francisco homes and businesses through its community choice programme, CleanPowerSF.

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      16. Energy storage's prominent role in bipartisan green recovery package for US welcomed

        Energy storage's prominent role in bipartisan green recovery package for US welcomed

        Legislation to help the US economy invest in clean energy jobs and support innovation and industry passed the House of Representatives this week - and Energy Storage Association (ESA) CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman applauded the prominent inclusion of energy storage in the bill.

        Next stop for the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act will be the upper house of US Congress, the Senate. The bill includes wide-ranging measures on: energy efficiency, renewable energy, carbon pollution reduction technologies, nuclear energy, the electric grid and cybersecurity, transportation, research and innovation, technology transfer, industrial innovation and competitiveness, critical materials and environmental justice.

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      17. Virginia’s Energy Storage Rules Are Being Written. Are They On the Right Track?

        Virginia’s Energy Storage Rules Are Being Written. Are They On the Right Track?

        A year ago, Virginia did not register on the shortlist of interesting storage markets to watch. It didn’t register on the long list either — there simply wasn’t much happening.

        That changed suddenly in the spring, when the legislature passed and Gov. Ralph Northam signed into law the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which mandates a phaseout of fossil fuels by 2045. The law included an energy storage mandate of 3.1 gigawatts to be installed by 2035, one of the most ambitious targets in the country.

        ESA VP Jason Burwen is quoted in this article, speaking both on the level of scrutiny small projects would undergo and how the state could foster a diversity of storage for resilience. 

        “This level of scrutiny, if implemented, would slow the development of distributed storage, including aggregations,” said Jason Burwen, vice president of policy at the Energy Storage Association, in an email. “We are unaware of any jurisdiction where 100 kW storage projects require an additional process beyond local permitting and distribution interconnection.”

        Safety and reliability is already assessed through other processes, Burwen added, and it is not clear why regulators think another layer of scrutiny is needed.

        “There is also growing interest ...

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      18. PJM action on valuation 'opens the door' to energy storage in its capacity market

        PJM action on valuation 'opens the door' to energy storage in its capacity market

        The Markets and Reliability committee at PJM Interconnection last week approved an Effective Load-Carrying Capability (ELCC) package in response to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's order on how regional transmission organizations value energy storage in wholesale power markets. Energy storage operators can look forward to the fair value and predictability they need to enter the Mid-Atlantic market, Energy Storage Association (ESA) CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman said in a statement reacting to the committee's action.

        Last week’s action opens the door for storage operators to PJM’s capacity market, Jason Burwen , vice president of policy for ESA, said in an email. 'The approach approved by PJM’s stakeholders would finally create that ‘reliability-agnostic’ valuation of energy storage, determining the contribution that storage of differing durations makes to system reliability in a manner that allows a more apples-to-apples comparison to fuel-based generation and other resources,' he said. 'Today, yet another regulatory barrier to energy storage deployment was removed, following directives from FERC to re-examine how the value of storage is determined in PJM’s capacity market,' ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman said in a statement.

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      19. New York’s first community solar-plus-storage plant to lower participants’ electricity rates 10%

        New York’s first community solar-plus-storage plant to lower participants’ electricity rates 10%

        Jason Burwen, VP of policy at the national Energy Storage Association told Energy-Storage.news earlier this year that New York’s energy storage target and policies around it that “tied it to a statutory requirement” were instrumental in driving forward development and progress is reviewed annually by state regulatory apparatus. A few weeks ago utility NYPA inaugurated the first publicly-owned standalone storage system in the state.

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      20. How New York is Changing the Energy Storage Play in US Competitive Markets

        How New York is Changing the Energy Storage Play in US Competitive Markets

        “We commend NYISO on implementing Order 841 market updates to facilitate regular participation of energy storage in its markets,” said Jason Burwen, vice president of policy for the Energy Storage Association. “NYISO is blazing the trail for the dual-use of storage in wholesale and retail service. This sets a foundation for storage market participation and is a critical first step to realizing the cost savings, resilience, and sustainability benefits that storage offers electric systems.”

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      21. FERC’s new DER rule to pry open big opportunities for solar, storage

        FERC’s new DER rule to pry open big opportunities for solar, storage

        “Enabling these flexible resources to participate together as ‘virtual power plants’ in wholesale markets is a victory for enhancing grid reliability, enabling a more resilient grid and lowering costs for customers,” Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association said, noting that this new rule builds on FERC order 841, which lets energy storage to compete in wholesale power.

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        Mentions: ESA FERC PJM
      22. Viking Cold Solutions Announces Launch of Xcel Energy’s Custom Thermal Storage Incentive Program

        Viking Cold Solutions Announces Launch of Xcel Energy’s Custom Thermal Storage Incentive Program

        Viking Cold Solutions, the leading thermal energy storage technology provider for the low-temperature cold storage and frozen food industries, announces the inclusion of its award-winning energy storage technology in Xcel Energy’s new Custom Thermal Storage Incentive Program, part of their Custom Efficiency programs in Colorado and Minnesota. As an industry leader in delivering clean energy solutions, Xcel Energy is currently offering significant funding for energy-saving technology upgrades, such as Viking Cold’s Thermal Energy Storage (TES) systems, which safely reduce demand and add temperature resiliency and efficiency to low-temperature facilities with large energy needs.

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      23. FERC approves final rule enabling DERs to compete in regional electric markets

        FERC approves final rule enabling DERs to compete in regional electric markets

        Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association, called it a landmark ruling. “FERC’s Order 2222 removes regulatory barriers to aggregation of distributed resources in wholesale electricity markets and is the next step forward for energy storage and other distributed energy resources. Energy storage is increasingly located on local electric grids, in households and businesses, and is often integrated with distributed generation and controllable loads. Enabling these flexible resources to participate together as ‘virtual power plants’ in wholesale markets is a victory for enhancing grid reliability, enabling a more resilient grid, and lowering costs for consumers,” Speakes-Backman said.

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