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      1. Massachusetts Decided to Set an Energy Storage Target. What Should It Be?

        Massachusetts Decided to Set an Energy Storage Target. What Should It Be?

        The Bay State could soon follow the Bay Area as a leading battery boomtown. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) decided, at the close of 2016, that it would set an energy storage target. Now it has six months to figure out what that number should be and how to implement it, following the timeline set by legislation last summer. Once complete, this will be only the third state-level target after California and Oregon.

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      2. First Solar Proves That PV Plants Can Rival Frequency Response Services From Natural Gas Peakers

        First Solar Proves That PV Plants Can Rival Frequency Response Services From Natural Gas Peakers

        Last summer, First Solar and California grid operator CAISO ran a set of tests to show that utility-scale solar PV, instead of being a disruptive influence on the power grid, could actually help stabilize it. Over a series of days in August, First Solar slightly curtailed power output at a 300-megawatt solar farm in California, enabled its array of inverters, and plugged into CAISO’s system. It then orchestrated the plant’s output to follow CAISO’s automatic generation control (AGC) signals, respond to its frequency regulation commands, and use inverters for voltage regulation, power factor regulation and reactive power control.

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      3. Energy Storage Event Powers Up

        Energy Storage Event Powers Up

        Last year’s 26th ESA Annual Conference and Expo drew more than 1,700 attendees and 130 speakers. The mix of workshops, keynote and education sessions, and site tours focusses on the role of energy storage and how it is reshaping the electric grid in North America and other parts of the world. This year’s conference will examine how evolving power markets, technologies and regulatory structures are impacting storage investment opportunities. A pre-conference workshop will focus on what is happening in power markets and what intermittent energy sources such as wind and solar mean for storage technologies and vendors supporting the industry.

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      4. IRENA: Batteries For Energy Storage Could Reach 250GW by 2030

        IRENA: Batteries For Energy Storage Could Reach 250GW by 2030

        The cost of lithium-ion batteries for energy storage declined 65% in five years between 2010 and 2015, while battery storage’s use for electricity could hit 250GW by 2030, from just 1GW today, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). “REThinking Energy 2017: Accelerating the global energy transformation” is the latest ‘flagship’ report from the agency, analysing policies, technologies and technical innovations, as well as deployment figures and markers for moving forward to decarbonise and decentralise world energy networks.

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      5. Anesco Acquires 40MW Storage

        Anesco Acquires 40MW Storage

        Anesco has acquired four battery storage projects backed by capacity market contracts from London developer Green Hedge. Located in the East Midlands and West Sussex, the 10MW projects were among the first energy storage schemes to be allocated 15-year contracts in December’s capacity market auction.

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      6. High Interest in India's First Utility-Scale Solar-Plus-Storage Tender

        High Interest in India's First Utility-Scale Solar-Plus-Storage Tender

        India’s first grid-scale solar-plus-storage tender from Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has received very strong interest with a total of 13 developers submitting bids. The tender called for 5MW/2.5MWh battery enery storage systems to be added to two separate solar projects of 50MW each in the Kadapa Solar Park. A SECI document seen by Energy-Storage.News showed that the storage systems shall support the grid at rated power output for 30 minutes, with a minimum cycle life of 5,000 cycles and a response time of no more than one second.

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      7. Contract for Solar and Storage System | Energy Storage Association

        Contract for Solar and Storage System | Energy Storage Association

        CPS Energy invites the submission of proposals from experienced companies to engineer, design, procure, install, test and commission an approximately 5 MW AC utility-scale solar PV facility and a 10 MW / 10 MWh battery energy storage system to be co-located within CPS Energy’s service territory. Intent to bid forms must be submitted by January 27th and proposals are due March 3rd.   

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      8. UK Battery Storage Pipeline Stands at 2.3GW, Report Finds

        UK Battery Storage Pipeline Stands at 2.3GW, Report Finds

        The UK has a pipeline of 2.3GW of commercial and industrial (C&I) battery-based energy storage projects, with many developers already looking to ‘stack’ revenues through providing multiple services, a new report has found. Many of these developers are the same names that have been behind the rapid growth in utility-scale renewables that the country has seen over the past few years, including Anesco, Low Carbon and Green Hedge Energy, according to the UK Battery Storage Project Database, produced by the market research division of Energy-Storage.News’ publisher, Solar Media.    

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      9. Smart Grids and Energy Storage: Microgrid on a Blockchain Platform

        Smart Grids and Energy Storage: Microgrid on a Blockchain Platform

        On sunny days, Martha Cameron’s electric meter runs backwards. There’s a simple reason for that. On the roof of her brownstone, a row house that was built about 1900 in the idyllic Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn, she has a solar installation. When the sun is shining brightly, she can’t use all the electricity from her 18 photovoltaic panels, so the excess power is transferred to the power grid. When Cameron installed her solar system in 2010, she was a pioneer. But she was soon joined by five other buildings with solar systems on her leafy street, which is lined with Norway maples and sycamores.

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      10. Eguana and LG Chem to Expand Energy Storage Partnership

        Eguana and LG Chem to Expand Energy Storage Partnership

        CALGARY, ALBERTA -01/18/17- Eguana Technologies Inc. announced today that it has expanded its energy storage partnership with LG Chem. Development has begun to optimize integration and delivery of LG Chem's new industry-leading JH3 battery cell technology for stationary storage systems as part of Eguana's AC Battery portfolio. Since the product was first announced, the US Residential AC Battery, based on LG Chem's JH2 cell technology, has been certified to meet US national standards and passed rigorous internal testing at both Eguana and LG Chem. Deployments in the Hawaii and California markets have taken place in both homeowner and utility applications.

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      11. RES Announces Substantial Completion of 198 MW Bluestem Wind Project

        RES Announces Substantial Completion of 198 MW Bluestem Wind Project

        BROOMFIELD, Colo., Jan. 18, 2017 -- Renewable Energy Systems (RES), a leader in the development, engineering, and construction of wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects in the Americas, is pleased to announce substantial completion of the Bluestem Wind Project located in Beaver County, Oklahoma. The project, which consists of 60 Vestas V117-3.3 MW™ turbines, will distribute power via OG&E's transmission system, feeding the grids of cities and industries across the state, in addition to the broader Southwest Power Pool region. The project is expected to generate approximately 845,000 MWh per year, enough electricity to power 77,000 U.S. homes. RES developed the project and also served as the engineering, procurement, and construction contractor. The project is RES' seventh operational wind farm in Oklahoma and the first in the state for Exelon Generation, who purchased the project in December 2015.

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      12. Oregon PUC Issues Guidance on Energy Storage Program

        Oregon PUC Issues Guidance on Energy Storage Program

        Actions are underway  at the Oregon Public Utility Commission (the “PUC”) to implement HB 2193, Oregon’s energy storage legislation.  HB 2193 requires that PacifiCorp and Portland General Electric (“PGE”) submit proposals for energy storage systems capable of storing at least 5 MWh of energy – with an aggregate capacity not to exceed one percent of each company’s peak load in 2014 – by January 1, 2018. On December 28, 2016, the PUC issued Order No. 16-504 (the “Order”), setting forth guidelines and requirements for PacifiCorp and PGE to follow in submitting these proposals.  Approved by Chief Administrative Law Judge Michael Grant on January 5, 2017, the Order adopts project guidelines, proposal guidelines, storage evaluation requirements, and competitive bidding requirements for PacifiCorp and PGE storage project proposals.

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      13. Oncor Demo Center Tests DG, Energy Storage — and Gives Visitors a Jolt

        Oncor Demo Center Tests DG, Energy Storage — and Gives Visitors a Jolt

        LANCASTER, Texas — In a darkened room, seven video screens flicker to life. A crack of lightning lights up the darkness as the rumble of thunder suddenly explodes through six speakers in the ceiling and a sub-woofer in the corner. That’s about the time most visitors have to be peeled off the ceiling. “We like to give people a little jump … and we’re only running the [sound system at] about 60%,” Oncor Chief Technology Officer Michael Quinn says with an impish grin.

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      14. How Can Energy Storage Mini-Grids and Utilities Become Best Buds?

        How Can Energy Storage Mini-Grids and Utilities Become Best Buds?

        The term microgrid used to give utility executives sleepless nights and indigestion. These small, self-reliant systems would pop up, seemingly like mushrooms, within a utility’s service territory, threatening both the utility’s resource plan and its obligation to serve reliable power. They completely went against the grain of what utilities were all about: providing a standard level of electricity service to all customers from large, centralized power plants based around economies of scale.

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      15. German Battery Maker Sonnen A Zayed Future Energy Prize Winner

        German Battery Maker Sonnen A Zayed Future Energy Prize Winner

        Germany’s sonnen is among the winners of the 2017 Zayed Future Energy Prize, taking out the Small/Medium Enterprise (SME) category. Sonnen CEO Christop Ostermann accepted the award and US$1.5 million prize purse during the opening ceremony of the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. The $4 million Zayed Future Energy Prize was created in 2008 by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, in honor of his late father’s vision for such an award.

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      16. Nanoscale View of Energy Storage

        Nanoscale View of Energy Storage

        In a lab 18 feet below the Engineering Quad of Stanford University, researchers in the Dionne lab camped out with one of the most advanced microscopes in the world to capture an unimaginably small reaction. The lab members conducted arduous experiments - sometimes requiring a continuous 30 hours of work -- to capture real-time, dynamic visualizations of atoms that could someday help our phone batteries last longer and our electric vehicles go farther on a single charge.

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      17. A Big Test for Big Batteries

        A Big Test for Big Batteries

        ESCONDIDO, Calif. — In Southern California in the fall of 2015, a giant natural gas leak not only caused one of the worst environmental disasters in the nation’s history, it also knocked out a critical fuel source for regional power plants. Energy regulators needed a quick fix. But rather than sticking with gas, they turned to a technology more closely associated with flashlights: batteries. They freed up the utilities to start installing batteries — and lots of them.

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      18. What Enel’s Buy of Demand Energy Says about Energy Storage and Microgrids

        What Enel’s Buy of Demand Energy Says about Energy Storage and Microgrids

        When a very big international company buys a very small company in an emerging area like energy storage and microgrids, you’ve got to ask, ‘What’s up?’ This week Italian energy giant Enel swooped in to take 100 percent ownership of Demand Energy, an entrepreneurial U.S. energy storage company based in Washington state.....Watch for more of this type of deal as the energy storage prices continue to drop and the market continues to ascend, said Matt Roberts, executive director of the Energy Storage Association (ESA).

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      19. Ameresco to Build Renewable-Powered Microgrid for US Marine Corps

        Ameresco to Build Renewable-Powered Microgrid for US Marine Corps

        Ameresco will build a renewable-powered microgrid at a Marine Corp facility in Parris Island, South Carolina. The project at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) includes 6.7MW of PV generation, a 3.5MW combined heat and power facility and a 8MWh battery storage system. A US$91.1 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) has been put in place to fund Ameresco’s engineering, construction and operation works. The ESPC uses the electricity bill savings delivered by the system to pay down its cost. This is essentially cost-neutral for the client.

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      20. AES and Mitsubishi Corporation to Deliver India’s First Grid-Scale Energy Storage Array to Tata Power DDL

        AES and Mitsubishi Corporation to Deliver India’s First Grid-Scale Energy Storage Array to Tata Power DDL

        AES India, a subsidiary of The AES Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation, today announced a joint partnership agreement to deliver India’s first grid-scale energy storage array to the electric grid operated by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (Tata Power-DDL). AES and Mitsubishi Corporation will develop and own the 10 megawatt (MW) Advancion energy storage array, which will demonstrate peak load management, increase system flexibility and support high levels of reliability for more than 7 million customers in the region. This is the first grid-scale project in India, and part of a larger global trend to solve critical infrastructure challenges using battery-based energy storage.

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