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      1. CEO Statement on Colorado Public Utilities Commission Order on Energy Storage

        CEO Statement on Colorado Public Utilities Commission Order on Energy Storage

        ESA commends Chairman Ackermann and the Colorado Public Utilities Commission for adopting an Order yesterday that codifies the intent of the Colorado General Assembly reflected in last session’s ESA-endorsed Energy Storage Procurement Act (HB 18-1270). The final Commission decision adopts many of the recommendations ESA, along with our allies at CO SEIA, SEIA and the Western Resource Advocates put forward in the associated proceeding.

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      2. ESA Unveils Initial Assessment of Regional Grid Operator Compliance with FERC Order 841

        ESA Unveils Initial Assessment of Regional Grid Operator Compliance with FERC Order 841

        ESA announced today its initial assessment of filings made one week ago by regional grid operators attempting to comply with directives issued last February by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in its landmark Order 841. While all regional grid operators opened market products to energy storage to some degree, with the exception of the California Independent System Operator (CA ISO), all other filings either left out key compliance parameters or suggested limitations contrary to the intent of FERC Order 841.

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      3. EVgo Goes Plaid With New Ultra-Fast Charging Station In Baker, California

        EVgo Goes Plaid With New Ultra-Fast Charging Station In Baker, California

        EVgo has flipped the switch on a new bank of fast, super-fast, and ultra-fast EV chargers that help plug-in vehicle drivers conveniently make the run from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. The new installation brings two 50 kW fast chargers, new 150 kW and 175 kW super-fast chargers, and a 350 kW ultra-fast charger to the popular gas-and-go town of Baker, California. The chargers include a bank of second-life batteries to store up cheap power and push it out to charging vehicles in order to mitigate the steep demand charges from the utility that typically eat into the cost of delivering power to vehicles charging at high rates of speed.

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      4. UK Water Utility Makes Storage Splash

        UK Water Utility Makes Storage Splash

        UK water company Northumbrian Water will trial energy storage systems at several of its UK sites next year. The systems, comprising second-life lithium ion batteries from Renault electric cars, will mainly be used to manage energy loads and reduce energy spend by recharging with lower cost electricity at night for providing power during high-cost evening peak times. The batteries will also earn revenues by providing grid balancing services.

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      5. Enbala to Enable World's Biggest Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Virtual Power Plant

        Enbala to Enable World's Biggest Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Virtual Power Plant

        Enbala, the Vancouver, Canada-based startup with software that runs virtual power plants across North America, has landed a contract to manage the world’s biggest aggregation of household solar and behind-the-meter batteries with Australian utility AGL. On Monday, Enbala announced it will provide the “cloud-based control and optimization platform” for AGL’s VPP project in South Australia. In terms of its goals, it’s the world’s biggest single VPP, aimed at managing up to 5 megawatts and 12 megawatt-hours of flexibility from up to 1,000 residential behind-the-meter energy storage systems.

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      6. NYPA Announces $250 Million Commitment to Accelerate Flexibility of Electric Grid to Combat Climate Change

        NYPA Announces $250 Million Commitment to Accelerate Flexibility of Electric Grid to Combat Climate Change

        The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced a new commitment to invest $250 million between now and 2025 to accelerate the flexibility of the electric grid to give New Yorkers greater access to renewable energy resources such as wind and solar power. The multi-pronged, collaborative investment will address key market and financing barriers, accelerate implementation of up to 150 megawatts (MW) of grid flexibility projects and decrease market risk. The announcement also plays an essential role in growing a clean energy economy by accelerating private sector investment and achieving the state’s clean energy goals, maintaining affordable energy and combating climate change for all New Yorkers.

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      7. Daimler brings its EV plans to the table with €20 billion battery cell order

        Daimler brings its EV plans to the table with €20 billion battery cell order

        In a statement released today, the car and battery manufacturer says it has invested €20 billion in the purchase of battery cells, as part of its CASE – connected, autonomous, shared & services and electric – corporate strategy. Without disclosing specifics, Daimler says it buys the cells on the world market to ensure “the best possible technology”, while it focuses on its “core competence” of battery assembly. Overall, the manufacturer says it is investing more than €1 billion in the creation of a global battery network within the production network of its Mercedes-Benz Cars, which will eventually comprise eight factories on three continents.

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      8. North Carolina Panel Bullish on Energy Storage

        North Carolina Panel Bullish on Energy Storage

        Energy storage will not only help North Carolina replace coal-powered electricity in the state in the coming decades but may also offset the need for new natural gas plants as well.  A study of the energy storage landscape was submitted to the state’s General Assembly in early December that will serve as a roadmap to help lawmakers and regulators fully develop the technology. North Carolina is currently in the initial phases of deploying energy storage facilities; however, the report authored by the team of university experts concluded that storing electricity could not only smooth out peak demand periods, but would also become a reliable everyday piece of the region’s fuel mix.

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      9. Renewables, Energy Storage, & Managing The Utility Grid Of The Future

        Renewables, Energy Storage, & Managing The Utility Grid Of The Future

        Things are changing fast in the world of electricity generation and distribution. As always, changes are to the advantage of some and the disadvantage of others. The sharp drop in the cost of renewable energy in the past few years is the primary engine driving the changes. The next revolution is bulk energy storage, the piece of the puzzle that will turn traditional ideas of how an electrical grid should operate completely upside down. Here’s a look at what is happening right now and what the utility grid of the future may look like.

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      10. LSIS Acquires Parker Hannifin’s Energy Grid Tie Division to Create a New U.S. Based Company, LS Energy Solutions

        LSIS Acquires Parker Hannifin’s Energy Grid Tie Division to Create a New U.S. Based Company, LS Energy Solutions

        CHARLOTTE, N.C.--LSIS, a $2B Korea-based global leader in power, automation and smart energy solutions, announced today the acquisition of the Charlotte-based Energy Grid Tie (EGT) Division of Parker-Hannifin, creating a new U.S.-based company, LS Energy Solutions. Financial terms and details of the transaction are not being disclosed.

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      11. Battery Energy Storage System Uses Artificial Intelligence to Lower Energy Bills and Provide Utility Grid Services

        Battery Energy Storage System Uses Artificial Intelligence to Lower Energy Bills and Provide Utility Grid Services

        NEW YORK , Dec. 5, 2018 - Peak Power Inc., a leading energy services provider, announced today that it has successfully completed the installation of 375 kW / 940 kWh of battery energy storage with GHP Realty, a division of Houlihan-Parnes Realtors, LLC, at their headquarters at 4 West Red Oak Lane, White Plains, New York . This project was funded in part through an incentive from a Con Edison Energy Efficiency program.

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      12. DOE: Energy Security, Investments are Top Priority

        DOE: Energy Security, Investments are Top Priority

        In his keynote speech at the 2018 Energy Investment Forum held at the Shangri-La at the Fort, Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi highlighted the importance of investments in the sector, adding that it was the Duterte’s administration top priority. “Ensuring reliable, sufficient and affordable electricity in the country entails close cooperation and collaboration with all our partners in the industry,” Sec. Cusi was quoted as saying in a Philippine Information agency report.

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      13. Project of the Year: REV Connect

        Project of the Year: REV Connect

        Let's be clear: Anything that can take the torturous rigidity out of utility procurements deserves an award. New York's Reforming the Energy Vision has been around a few years, and the state's efforts to reshape the utility sector are beginning to pay off. Plenty of states have followed suit, but New York's REV is a holistic reimagining of energy resources and the business models underpin the sector. While REV aims to bring about wholesale changes, one initiative within it is speeding the development of new resources and solutions while helping remake utility procurement processes.

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      14. Greensmith Energy Delivers Enhanced Energy Management Software Platform GEMS 6

        Greensmith Energy Delivers Enhanced Energy Management Software Platform GEMS 6

        The technology group Wärtsilä today announced the release of GEMS 6 (Greensmith Energy Management System, version 6), the latest generation of its award-winning software platform proven across grid-scale deployments globally. With this latest release, GEMS continues to be the most advanced energy management solution available today, deployed across more than 70 grid-scale systems in nine countries, integrated with a multitude of thermal and renewable generation assets as well as load and weather forecasting data. “Greensmith Energy is proud to announce the latest innovation in our product portfolio with the release of GEMS 6,” said John Jung, President and CEO of Greensmith Energy. “With this industry-leading energy management platform, we will enable our utility and IPP customers to integrate and optimize all of their energy resources to improve resiliency and flexibility during a time of tremendous transition – paving a viable way towards a 100 percent renewable energy future.”

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      15. Milwaukee Eyes its Own Rooftop Solar Mandate with a California Clone

        Milwaukee Eyes its Own Rooftop Solar Mandate with a California Clone

        Eyeing the success of the recently-passed California solar mandate, Milwaukee Common Council Member Tony Zielinski has proposed legislation that would require all new residential units in the city to include solar arrays, starting in 2019. Zielinski told Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) that the idea for his proposal came while he was reading about California’s rooftop solar mandate. “I think this is just one step in a series of steps that we need to undertake to help improve our environment and gradually reduce our reliance on fuels,” Zielinski said while appearing on WPR. ” There’s a whole myriad of other initiatives… I think we need to add more. I just think that this is one step and there’ll be additional steps down the road as well.”

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      16. Austin Energy GM on the Utility's Innovative Storage Program: 'We've Already Learned a Lot'

        Austin Energy GM on the Utility's Innovative Storage Program: 'We've Already Learned a Lot'

        Austin Energy is looking holistically at how storage can serve customers and the grid across the city of Austin, Texas. The Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar Photovoltaics (SHINES) program is harnessing utility-scale storage, distributed storage, smart inverters and data to help the local grid integrate more solar power. How is it going since it launched earlier in the year?

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      17. Battery Boosters Pushing Congress to Give Industry a Tax Credit

        Battery Boosters Pushing Congress to Give Industry a Tax Credit

        Renewable-energy advocates are pushing Congress to create a tax credit for power-storage systems, a move that may help unlock new opportunities for wind and solar nationwide. A storage tax credit would boost the grid’s resiliency and reliability, they say, key buzzwords in the Trump administration’s campaign to save struggling nuclear and coal-fired power plants. But so far, congressional Republicans aren’t biting.

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      18. Kokam Wins 40 MWh of Battery Storage Contracts in South Korea

        Kokam Wins 40 MWh of Battery Storage Contracts in South Korea

        November 29 - South Korean firm Kokam Co Ltd has secured orders to supply 40 MWh of energy storage systems linked to solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in South Korea. Kokam, a provider of lithium-ion battery cells, batteries and energy storage solutions, said on Wednesday that the capacity is split between two projects totalling 12 MWh and 28 MWh, respectively. It is expected to be put on stream by the end of this year.

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      19. National Renewable Energy Laboratory Gets DOE Award to Develop Grid Electricity Storage System

        National Renewable Energy Laboratory Gets DOE Award to Develop Grid Electricity Storage System

        The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) recently awarded DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) $2.8 million to develop a grid electricity storage and power generation system. The system includes a charging device, thermal energy storage modules, a heat exchanger, and a closed-loop Brayton cycle turbine. “When electric power is cheapest, electric heaters will ‘charge’ the storage modules by heating stable, inexpensive solid particles to more than 1,100 degrees Celsius,” NREL Principal Investigator Zhiwen Ma said. “And when it’s time to discharge this energy, the hot particles will move through a heat exchanger to heat a working fluid that drives a high-efficiency closed-Brayton combined cycle attached to an electric generator.”

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      20. Carbon Bill Makes First Footprint

        Carbon Bill Makes First Footprint

        A group of House lawmakers introduced Tuesday night the first bipartisan carbon pricing legislation in a decade. Months in the making, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act would start with $15 fee per metric ton of carbon dioxide on domestic oil, gas and coal sectors, ramping up $10 each calendar year until emissions standards are met. "It is the product of rigorous negotiations between Democrats and Republicans," Florida Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch, the bill's lead sponsor, told reporters on a conference call. Backers argue the effort will deliver major benefits: 2.1 million net new jobs by the 10th year; 13,000 avoided pollution-related U.S. deaths annually and a 90 percent reduction in carbon emissions from 2015 levels by 2050.

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      21. US Congress Urged to Clarify Eligibility of Energy Storage for ITC

        US Congress Urged to Clarify Eligibility of Energy Storage for ITC

        The US government has been urged to recognise the “critical role” energy storage can play in making the grid cleaner and able to accept more renewable energy, by increasing the eligibility of batteries and other technologies to receive the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The ITC is applicable to purchases of solar energy equipment in the US and applies about a 30% rebate or discount for buyers. In recent years the policy scheme has been adjusted to include energy storage but for a long time, storage systems could only receive the Federal subsidy if installed at the same time as solar equipment.

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