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      1. APS, AES Bring Energy Storage to Arizona Customers

        APS, AES Bring Energy Storage to Arizona Customers

        PHOENIX-Arizona Public Service (APS) is bringing battery-based energy storage to the desert through a 4 megawatt (MW) energy storage agreement with AES Energy Storage which will provide enough storage capacity to power 1,000 homes. The pair of 2-MW AES Advancion® energy storage arrays will be deployed as part of the APS Solar Partner Program (SPP), and represent AES’ first installation in Arizona.

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      2. Sunverge Delivers Advanced AC-Coupled Energy Storage System

        Sunverge Delivers Advanced AC-Coupled Energy Storage System

        SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 7, 2016--�Sunverge Energy, a leading provider of intelligent energy storage systems for residences and small businesses, today announced the immediate availability of an AC-coupled model of its industry-leading energy storage product. Offered to renewable energy installers and electric utility partners, this alternative method for connecting to rooftop solar systems provides superior backup power and easier installation than competing energy storage systems.

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      3. Dynapower and Samsung SDI Launch Integrated Storage Solution for the Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage

        Dynapower and Samsung SDI Launch Integrated Storage Solution for the Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage

        SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., Dec. 07, 2016 - Dynapower Company and Samsung SDI announce the introduction of an integrated behind-the-meter energy storage system built on their respective proven technologies. The initial release of the system will be a 250 kW/550 kWh offering, with a 100 kW two-hour system to follow.

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      4. BREAKING: Trump taps fossil fuel ally Scott Pruitt to head EPA, reports say

        BREAKING: Trump taps fossil fuel ally Scott Pruitt to head EPA, reports say

        President-elect Donald Trump will appoint Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, multiple news outlets report. Pruitt is an ardent critic of the EPA's power sector regulations under President Obama and has worked with generators and fossil fuel companies to combat stricter environmental rules. He is one of the leaders of a lawsuit challenging federal carbon rules under the Clean Power Plan.

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      5. Australia Redesigns Its Energy Policy with Battery Storage Following Blackouts

        Australia Redesigns Its Energy Policy with Battery Storage Following Blackouts

        Lloyd’s Register is supporting RES in developing a live 100MW (approx. £40M) storage battery in South Australia. Demand for energy storage is expected to increase after the entire state of South Australia lost power in September. The blackout was a widespread power outage across South Australia that occurred as a result of storm damage to the state’s electricity transmission infrastructure.

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      6. Customized Energy Solutions supports Distributed Energy Resources in CAISO

        Customized Energy Solutions supports Distributed Energy Resources in CAISO

        PHILADELPHIA, PA--(December 07, 2016) - Customized Energy Solutions, Ltd. (CES) now provides services to Distributed Resource Energy Providers at the CAISO as highlighted in the CAISO's informational filing with FERC on November 30 in Docket ER16-1085. The new CAISO market entity, the Distributed Energy Resource Provider (DERP), is a means to integrate distributed resources into the CAISO at a lower cost and with more efficiency. As California transitions to a 50% Renewable Portfolio Standard by 2030, CES is eager to be a leader in the implementation of market design changes that better facilitate participation by distributed resources on the California ISO grid such as the DERP.

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      7. UK Council Approves 20MW Storage System for Grid Stabilisation

        UK Council Approves 20MW Storage System for Grid Stabilisation

        A local authority in the UK has approved planning permission for the construction of a 20MW energy storage system which will provide real-time grid stabilisation to the local distribution network. Developer Energy Reservoirs now has three years to begin construction of the system, which will be comprised of batteries housed in ten containers on a greenfield site to the west of Clay Hill Pitch, Dormington. The site is in the county of Herefordshire in the west of England, which has enjoyed a significant rise in renewable generation capacity, mostly from ground mount solar farms, in the past few years.

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      8. NYCEEC Brings the Battery to Brooklyn, Financing Energy Storage for a Low-Income Housing Microgrid

        NYCEEC Brings the Battery to Brooklyn, Financing Energy Storage for a Low-Income Housing Microgrid

        News Feed Item NYCEEC Brings the Battery to Brooklyn, Financing Energy Storage for a Low-Income Housing Microgrid The loan marks a new line of business for NYCEEC as the efficiency and clean energy finance organization enters the energy storage market December 6, 2016 11:00 AM EST Blog This NEW YORK , Dec. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation has made a 10-year project loan of more than $1 million to the energy storage company Demand Energy, bringing large-scale battery storage technology to a privately owned low-income housing development in Brooklyn, NY . Demand Energy's lithium-ion battery ...

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      9. Tesla Acquires Germany's Grohmann, Plans European Battery Factory

        Tesla Acquires Germany's Grohmann, Plans European Battery Factory

        The Tesla’s gigafactory in Nevada has set off something of an arms race for battery production. Tesla has now upped the ante with plans for another battery gigafactory in Europe, using German manufacturer Grohmann as a launching pad, according to media reports. And as Greentech Media reports, Peter Carlsson, a former Grohmann employee, plans to jump into the market with his own battery factory. Carlsson’s SGF Energy has submitted a feasibility study for a $4.2 billion plant that could produce up to 35 GWh of batteries a year when it opens in 2018.

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        Mentions: NV Europe Germany
      10. Islands Take to Renewables, Storage for Energy Independence

        Islands Take to Renewables, Storage for Energy Independence

         

        Enabling energy independence for the residents of islands around the world is a growing concern, as these communities turn to renewables and storage technologies to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.  SolarCity Co-founder and CTO Peter Rive tells the story of an installation of solar+storage on the island of Ta’u in American Samoa. The tiny population of this island now can rely almost completely on renewable energy to fulfill its power needs.


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      11. Inside Construction of the World's Largest Battery Energy Storage Facility

        Inside Construction of the World's Largest Battery Energy Storage Facility

        In August, San Diego Gas & Electric tapped energy storage company AES to install two energy storage projects totaling 37.5 MW, 150 MWh. When completed, the larger, 120 MWh project is expected to be the single biggest battery in service on a utility grid anywhere. Both battery facilities are expected to be online by the end of January 2017 — nothing short of miraculous in an industry where deploying assets, especially newfangled technologies, can take years. 

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      12. Statoil Invests in Energy Storage Developer Convergent Energy + Power

        Statoil Invests in Energy Storage Developer Convergent Energy + Power

        A corporate venture fund set up by oil and gas company Statoil has invested in North American energy storage developer Convergent Energy + Power. Norway-headquartered Statoil set up the US$200 million energy investment fund Statoil Energy Ventures in February this year. The fund is dedicated to renewable energy and the low carbon transition as the parent company seeks to add clean energy technologies and projects to its portfolio alongside its more traditional business areas in fossil fuels.

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      13. This Upgrade to Renewable Portfolio Standards Could Make Them a Lot More Effective at Grid Balancing

        This Upgrade to Renewable Portfolio Standards Could Make Them a Lot More Effective at Grid Balancing

        The consumer advocate in Arizona just proposed an overhaul of one of the most successful policies driving renewable energy adoption on the grid. Twenty-nine states accounting for 55 percent of U.S. electric sales have adopted renewable portfolio standards, which force utilities to meet a certain percentage of their annual electrical production from renewable sources. That’s been great for spurring the growth of clean energy -- approximately 60 percent of the increase in renewable generation since 2000 is associated with these measures. 

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        Mentions: U.S. ESA Arizona
      14. Texas Regulators Approve Draft Order for NextEra-Oncor Deal

        Texas Regulators Approve Draft Order for NextEra-Oncor Deal

        The Public Utility Commission of Texas last week approved a draft preliminary decision that would approve NextEra's plan to purchase Oncor Electric Delivery Co. LLC., though SNL Energy reports some changes to the order may still be in the works. Regulators cited concerns about provisions related to the rights of minority owners of Texas Transmission Investment (TTI) that could be eliminated should NextEra fail to acquire those interests.

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      15. Energy Storage, a Crucial Piece in the New Technology Jigsaw

        Energy Storage, a Crucial Piece in the New Technology Jigsaw

        Alternative power sources are rapidly becoming a crucial part of the global power sector due to the rising acknowledgment of the environmental damage caused by fossil fuels. Despite rising public and government support, the key obstacle in the path of the alternative energy market has consistently been the fluctuations in the energy output achieved by the use of most alternative energy sources. The lack of a reliable energy storage technology that will allow for long-term storage of the energy generated from renewable energy sources has exacerbated the problems holding back the alternative energy sector and is thus likely to be a key area of research in the coming years. 

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      16. Capacity of Lithium Ion Batteries for Plug-In Electric Vehicles

        Capacity of Lithium Ion Batteries for Plug-In Electric Vehicles

        Automotive original equipment manufacturers have new business models for developing stationary energy storage system projects, report finds BOULDER, Colo. A recent report from Navigant Research explores the concept of reusing plug-in electric vehicle lithium ion batteries for stationary energy storage system applications, focusing on the key issues, market drivers, and challenges related to reusing second-life PEV batteries.

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        Mentions: Asia Europe Nissan
      17. Making the Case for Energy Storage in Integrated Resource Planning

        Making the Case for Energy Storage in Integrated Resource Planning

        With utilities preparing to invest billions of dollars in system capacity over the next several years, “the time is now” for utilities to include energy storage in their integrated resource planning, according to the Energy Storage Association (ESA). To make its case, ESA recently prepared a primer on how to evaluate advanced energy storage as a long-term option for system capacity and flexibility. The primer builds on a 2014 Navigant Consulting report prepared for the trade group.

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        Mentions: CA U.S. GE
      18. Commission proposes new rules for consumer centred clean energy transition - European Commission

        Commission proposes new rules for consumer centred clean energy transition - European Commission

        The European Commission today presents a package of measures to keep the European Union competitive as the clean energy transition is changing global energy markets. The Commission wants the EU to lead the clean energy transition, not only adapt to it. For this reason the EU has committed to cut CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 while modernising the EU's economy and delivering on jobs and growth for all European citizens. Today's proposals have three main goals: putting energy efficiency first, achieving global leadership in renewable energies and providing a fair deal for consumers.

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      19. How Are Disruptive Business Models Shaping the European Energy Storage Market?

        How Are Disruptive Business Models Shaping the European Energy Storage Market?

        New value propositions which will radically change the way energy is generated and used by end-customers are already accelerating energy storage market growth. While in the grid-scale segment, many are waiting for regulation to enable certain approaches to storage, much is happening in the distributed energy storage sector. In our recent report on business models for distributed energy storage, we identified three primary approaches to sharing value between the end-customer and energy system. In this article, I will be focusing on the first two, which we believe have the greatest short-term potential:

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        Mentions: Europe Germany UK
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