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      1. After Electric Cars, What More Will it Take for Batteries to Change the Face of Energy?

        After Electric Cars, What More Will it Take for Batteries to Change the Face of Energy?

        ABOUT three-quarters of the way along one of the snaking production lines in Nissan’s Sunderland plant, a worker bolts fuel tanks into the chassis of countless Qashqais—the “urban crossover” SUVs which are the bulk of the factory’s output. But every so often something else passes along the line: an electric vehicle called a Leaf.

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      2. Alphabet Makes Move into Energy Storage

        Alphabet Makes Move into Energy Storage

        The company’s special projects division, known as ‘X’, has been working on a number of so-called ‘Explorations’, including one called Malta, which is aiming to find a radical new way to store the energy generated by renewable power. Currently renewable energy is increasingly cheap, however, the power it produces is intermittent, dependant on when the sun is shining or the wind blowing. What X is attempting to achieve is a time-shift of this energy, from when it is produced, to a later period when it is needed.

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      3. LADWP Fast-Tracks First Utility-Scale Solar Battery

        LADWP Fast-Tracks First Utility-Scale Solar Battery

        LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Water and Power Commissioners on Tuesday advanced a utility-scale battery storage project at the Beacon Solar Plant in the Mojave Desert that will allow greater utilization of nearly 600 megawatts (MW) of solar power, while helping maintain grid reliability and reducing the use of LADWP’s natural gas-fired generating units.

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      4. SolarReserve Signs Agreement with South Australian Government for 150 Megawatt Solar Thermal Project with Energy Storage

        SolarReserve Signs Agreement with South Australian Government for 150 Megawatt Solar Thermal Project with Energy Storage

        ADELAIDE, South Australia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SolarReserve has signed a long-term Generation Project Agreement (GPA) to build a 150 megawatt solar thermal power station with 8 hours of energy storage near the town of Port Augusta, South Australia. The GPA with the State Government of South Australia was signed today at a ceremony with Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia, and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis.

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      5. Sri Lanka on Path to 100% Renewable Energy Says a New Joint Report by UNDP and ADB

        Sri Lanka on Path to 100% Renewable Energy Says a New Joint Report by UNDP and ADB

        New York, 16 Aug - Sri Lanka can meet its current and future electricity demand by judicial use of renewable energy by 2050, according to a joint study by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Asian Development Bank (ADB). The report, titled Assessment of Sri Lanka’s Power Sector—100 percent Electricity Generation through Renewable Energy by 2050, notes that by 2050, the country’s installed electricity generation capacity needs will increase from the current 3,700 megawatts (MW) to about 34,000 MW.  Of this, 15,000 MW will be wind energy and about 16,000 MW will be solar energy. Balance capacity is expected to be met by hydro and biomass based power plants. Further to addition of renewable electricity generating sources, the study has identified need to introduce electricity storage solution which should provide instantaneous power of 3,600 MW and energy storage capacity of 15,000 MWh. This will ensure stability of the electricity grid.

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      6. 5 Key Questions on How NY REV is Evolving

        5 Key Questions on How NY REV is Evolving

        It’s been over three years since New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision effort began. Under the initiative, regulators, utilities and third-party technology companies are coming together to recalibrate and optimize New York’s electricity market with distributed energy resources. There are still a lot of unanswered questions about how the state will achieve its goals. In advance of Greentech Media’s NY REV Future 2017 conference, GTM Research analysts address some of the most pressing questions.

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      7. Platts: US has more than 550 MW of grid-connected energy storage in Q2

        Platts: US has more than 550 MW of grid-connected energy storage in Q2

        Platts, reporting on storage data filed with FERC, concludes the United States had 565.5 MW of storage capacity installed at the end of the second quarter — with about a third of the capacity coming online in the last year. In total there are 45 grid-connected systems, the bulk of which are battery storage. Two projects are flywheel storage.

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      8. Australia’s Northern Territory Deploys 2MWh Battery for Indigenous Community

        Australia’s Northern Territory Deploys 2MWh Battery for Indigenous Community

        The latest phase of a AUS$55 million (US$43.8 million) programme giving remote communities in Australia’s Northern Territory reliable and clean power will see a 2MWh battery installed and paired with more than 3,000 solar PV panels. Daly River, a remote indigenous community in the Northern Territory, is projected to save 400,000 litres of diesel fuel each year with the installation of the 3,200 panel, 1MW PV system and co-located lithium-ion battery-based energy storage.

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      9. The Utility Love Affair With Storage Is Not Just a Fling

        The Utility Love Affair With Storage Is Not Just a Fling

        Energy storage companies have banked, either implicitly or explicitly, on a "try it, you'll like it" argument. Their approach: If only utilities would give this technology a shot, they'd see it's not very hard to deploy, and it can help in ways they haven't imagined. That approach is beginning to pay off. The clear message from last week's Energy Storage North America conference in San Diego was that a growing cadre of top-tier utilities are hooked on storage. The love-in started with Southern California Edison President Ronald Nichols,

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      10. NorthVolt Starts Biggest Fundraising for $4 Billion Battery Plan - Bloomberg

        NorthVolt Starts Biggest Fundraising for $4 Billion Battery Plan - Bloomberg

        NorthVolt AB, the Swedish battery factory developer founded by a former Tesla Inc. executive, is planning to close its first major fundraising round this autumn, potentially drawing in 100 million euros ($118 million). It’s a “partnership round” where the company is tapping its potential customers, such as carmakers, energy storage firms and industrial concerns, according to Chief Executive Officer Peter Carlsson. NorthVolt has previously raised about $14 million. Its investors include Sweden’s largest utility Vattenfall AB, which contributed 5 million kronor ($610,000). 

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      11. Can We Make Nuclear Power Great Again?

        Can We Make Nuclear Power Great Again?

        That nuclear revival that many people hoped for? It’s not looking so good. The latest blow came last week, when two South Carolina utilities backed away from a half-completed nuclear project in the state, after already having spent $9 billion. Nuclear is struggling, particularly in the U.S. In this episode, we'll talk with Jessica Lovering, the director of energy at the Breakthrough Institute, about how to rethink nuclear. What can we learn from other industries in order to foster innovation, support advanced nuclear technologies, and push the industry to evolve faster?

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      12. Hard Lessons in Living Off the Grid

        Hard Lessons in Living Off the Grid

        When people ask Luke Evslin why he decided to live off the grid, he starts with the time he almost died. Evslin grew up on Kauai, a nub of a former volcano at the oldest end of the Hawaiian archipelago, but he was living on nearby Oahu at the time of the accident, working and competing in races with an outrigger canoe club. The biggest race of the year is a daylong ocean crossing from the island of Moloka’i to Oahu’s Waikiki Beach, which can take between five and eight hours. Exhausted paddlers rotate out of the canoe during the race, jumping into the water to be scooped up by a waiting motorboat. During the first switch, Evslin was getting ready to heave himself into the canoe when the motorboat struck him.

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      13. US Electricity Storage Facilities' Power Rating Tops 565 MW at End of Q2

        US Electricity Storage Facilities' Power Rating Tops 565 MW at End of Q2

        The combined power rating of installed electricity storage in the US grew 181.5 MW over the past year, and totaled 565.5 MW at the end of the second quarter of 2017, according to data filed with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The data show 22 companies own and operate 45 grid-connected energy storage facilities in 12 states. All of the installations are battery storage systems bar two flywheel units. Of the installed power rating, 276.8 MW is used for frequency regulation.

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      14. Mexico's Nascent Energy Storage Market Is 'Very Open for Business'

        Mexico's Nascent Energy Storage Market Is 'Very Open for Business'

        Mexico doesn’t have any grid storage, but that won’t be the case for long. A delegation from the nation’s energy leadership journeyed to San Diego this week for the Energy Storage North America conference to deliver a message. After decades with a state-owned monopoly utility, Mexico deregulated its electrical grid with a 2013 law. The result is a greatly expanded opportunity for competitive investment in the Mexican electricity system. So far, that has unfolded on the generation side, but the laws opened the way for storage as well. Moreover, the Ministry of Energy has endorsed energy storage as a pillar of its transition to cleaner energy.

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      15. Hydrostor in Search for Sites to Develop CAES Projects in Australia

        Hydrostor in Search for Sites to Develop CAES Projects in Australia

        Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) company Hydrostor announced Tuesday that it has sought the services of Australian global infrastructure firm AECOM to support its entry into the market. AECOM’s Australia team will assist Hydrostor’s early-stage development efforts across the National Electricity Market (NEM). This work includes market assessments and site identification for the deployment of the Hydrostor Terra solutions in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

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      16. EDF Energies Nouvelles Partners with Canadian Solar for a 92.5 MWp Photovoltaic Project in Brazil

        EDF Energies Nouvelles Partners with Canadian Solar for a 92.5 MWp Photovoltaic Project in Brazil

        GUELPH, Ontario, Aug. 10, 2017 - Canadian Solar Inc. (the "Company" or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar power companies, and EDF Energies Nouvelles, a global market leader in renewable energy, announced today a partnership in the 92.5 MWp Pirapora III photovoltaic project in Brazil, through the sale of 80% interest in the Project by Canadian Solar to EDF EN do Brasil, EDF Energies Nouvelles' local subsidiary. The Pirapora III project has started construction and is expected to reach commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2017. Canadian Solar is supplying modules for the Project from its 380 MWp modules factory established in Brazil to support the local market. EDF EN do Brasil will manage both the construction and operations phases of the Project.

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      17. Deepwater Project Combines Wind, Energy Storage

        Deepwater Project Combines Wind, Energy Storage

        Deepwater Wind aims to set another milestone for offshore wind. After building the first U.S. offshore wind farm, the Providence-based renewable-energy developer wants to build the first offshore wind facility with battery storage. The Revolution Wind project has nearly five times the energy capacity as the 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm. But this wind proposal also includes a 40-megawatt-hour battery-storage system designed by tech-innovator Tesla. Details, such as the size and number of turbines and the location of the storage system, haven't been finalized, as the project is one of several seeking to build in a federal lease area 12 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.

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        Mentions: Australia NV U.S.
      18. Queensland Opens Registrations for 100 MW Energy Storage Auction

        Queensland Opens Registrations for 100 MW Energy Storage Auction

        The Queensland Labor government has kicked off its large-scale energy storage auction, calling for early registration of companies wishing to tender for the installation of up to 100 MW of energy storage before 2020, alongside 400 MW of new solar and wind farms. The Renewables 400 auction was officially launched on Monday, as a key plank of the Palaszczuk government's Powering Queensland Plan — an AU $1.6 billion scheme, first unveiled in June, to help the state meet its 50 percent renewable energy target by 2030.


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      19. FERC Accepts Preliminary Permit Application for 172-MW Panther Pumped Storage Project

        FERC Accepts Preliminary Permit Application for 172-MW Panther Pumped Storage Project

         

        The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced on July 25 it had accepted an application for a preliminary permit for the 172-MW Panther Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project in Pennsylvania. The project, to be located near the town of Simpson in Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, would be developed by Merchant Hydro Developers LLC.


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      20. APS Buys Energy Storage From AES For Less Than Half the Cost of a Transmission Upgrade

        APS Buys Energy Storage From AES For Less Than Half the Cost of a Transmission Upgrade

        Utility Arizona Public Service has contracted for a new grid-scale battery -- not to demonstrate the technology, but because it’s a lot cheaper than the conventional alternative. The company will purchase two 1-megawatt/4-megawatt-hour storage systems from AES for the small town of Punkin Center. This 600-person hamlet, 90 miles northeast of downtown Phoenix (and known for a bar with a prominent jack-o'-lantern sign) is bumping up against the limits of its distribution grid.

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        Mentions: Duke Energy Arizona
      21. Choose Your Own Future

        Choose Your Own Future

        Over the past four years, the Energy Storage Association (ESA) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have been working together to create a unique event, one that would leave the sales pitches at the door and allow for our utilities, engineers, system designers, grid operators, and technologists to work together collaboratively on advancing energy storage. We are working to create a better understanding of the myriad of storage technology, uses, design, integration, and operation (STUDIO) considerations needed for successful energy storage projects, and this fall we are excited to gather key power sector stakeholders to share their real-world energy storage experience.

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      22. Commission Unanimously Approves Amending Rule to Include Energy Storage | Energy Storage Association

        Commission Unanimously Approves Amending Rule to Include Energy Storage | Energy Storage Association

        Sante Fe, NM - (August 8, 2017) – The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) on Wednesday, August 2 – after listening to testimony gathered from public hearings held over the course of several weeks – voted unanimously to amend a Commission Rule that further moves New Mexico toward advanced technology regarding the storing of renewable energy.

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      23. Study: Batteries and Clean Energy will Outcompete Fossil Fuels by 2020

        Study: Batteries and Clean Energy will Outcompete Fossil Fuels by 2020

        Energy storage prices are falling rapidly, allowing new combinations of solar, wind, and energy storage to “outcompete” the costs of coal and natural gas plants, according to a new study. Research and development investment for energy storage projects have brought the cost of a lithium-ion battery down from $10,000 per kilowatt-hour in the early 1990s to an expected $100 per kilowatt-hour in 2018, the researchers said. Residential solar and electric battery storage could become cost-competitive with grid electricity by 2020, they added.

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