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      1. 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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      2. 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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      3. 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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      4. 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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      5. 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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      6. Latest FERC ruling a ‘victory for grid reliability’

        Latest FERC ruling a ‘victory for grid reliability’

        Renewable energy trade bodies have welcomed the order and its potential for building a more resilient grid. Energy Storage Association CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman said Order 2222 represents the next step forward for energy storage and other distributed energy resources. “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.”

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      7. Outspoken PURA chair aims to help CT in ‘delivering value for what we are paying’ utilities

        Outspoken PURA chair aims to help CT in ‘delivering value for what we are paying’ utilities

        An outsider nearly 18 months ago, Marissa Gillett is fast becoming the authority lawmakers are leaning on as they weigh policy changes to ensure a more affordable and reliable electric grid. Now, when many want a sheriff to lay down the law for the state’s utilities, Gillett, chair of the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, has a far better grasp of how far forward to push on that frontier of regulatory oversight. 

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      8. FERC Order Backs Grid Market for DERs

        FERC Order Backs Grid Market for DERs

        Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association (ESA) and a keynote speaker at POWER’s upcoming Distributed Energy Experience virtual event Oct. 19-22, in a statement shared with POWER said, “Today is another landmark day for competition and innovation in the power sector. 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,” Speakes-Backman said. “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.”

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      9. 'Game-Changer' FERC Order Opens Up Wholesale Grid Markets to Distributed Energy Resources

        'Game-Changer' FERC Order Opens Up Wholesale Grid Markets to Distributed Energy Resources

        The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has passed a long-awaited order to open up the country’s wholesale energy markets to distributed energy resources (DERs) like rooftop solar, behind-the-meter batteries and electric vehicles. Now comes the hard part: creating market rules that allow these DERs to play in bulk energy markets while retaining the role of state regulators and utilities to maintain the soundness of their distribution grid operations and retail DER programs. Order 2222, passed by a 2-1 vote Thursday during FERC’s open meeting in Washington, D.C., is the culmination of years of work on how to allow DER aggregations to compete in the energy, capacity and ancillary services markets operated by the regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs) that manage the transmission grids carrying electricity to about two-thirds of the country. 

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      10. FERC adopts big utilities’ narrative in PURPA ruling

        FERC adopts big utilities’ narrative in PURPA ruling

        According to Jason Burwen, vice president of policy at the Energy Storage Association (ESA), the switch from using net output to using aggregate capacity for QF eligibility limits certain solar plus storage configurations. As a result, some solar plus storage configurations might trend smaller or reduce the use of storage, if they seek QF status.

        “This is not an optimal outcome for the grid,” Burwen added. “We should be encouraging more storage, not less, and taking advantage of available interconnection capacity.”

        That said, the ESA does not see this order as significantly slowing the installation of solar plus storage. “Not only is solar plus storage still eligible for QF status at smaller project sizes, but more solar plus storage is being installed without seeking QF eligibility. Since standalone storage has grown and been deployed profitably without securing QF status to date, we see this mostly as a lost opportunity for additional growth,” Burwen said.

        For its part, the Energy Storage Association plans to work with FERC to achieve clarity on the eligibility of storage as a QF, including when paired with solar.

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      11. Statement from ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman on FERC Order 2222 Opening Wholesale Market Participation to DER Aggregations

        Statement from ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman on FERC Order 2222 Opening Wholesale Market Participation to DER Aggregations

        “Today is another landmark day for competition and innovation in the power sector. 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.”

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      12. ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman Commends PJM Stakeholders for Approving Critical Reforms to the Capacity Valuation of Energy Storage

        ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman Commends PJM Stakeholders for Approving Critical Reforms to the Capacity Valuation of Energy Storage

        “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, PJM stakeholders approved updates to rules determining the contribution of storage to electric system reliability. Once the rules approved today are implemented faithfully, storage will finally get equitable consideration alongside other resources in the mid-Atlantic to provide resource adequacy. Since commissioning our own analysis on the capacity value of storage in PJM, ESA has been advocating for the outcome realized today, and have appreciated FERC’s decision to review this matter. Ultimate adoption of this framework provides energy storage operators the fair value and predictability they need to enter PJM’s capacity markets, competing with other solutions to provide reliability, lower costs to consumers, and pave the way for a more diverse supply mix.”

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      13. New rival to power plants: chains of electric vehicles selling into the grid

        New rival to power plants: chains of electric vehicles selling into the grid

        Rooftop solar generators, electric vehicle batteries and other small energy resources will be allowed to supply wholesale power markets in the US, in a challenge to top-down delivery systems controlled by electric utilities. 

        New rules approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday put these dispersed energy resources in competition with big power plants — potentially hastening investment in solar and storage projects installed at homes and in businesses. 

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      14. Electric-Car Startup Lucid To Follow Tesla Into Energy Storage

        Electric-Car Startup Lucid To Follow Tesla Into Energy Storage

        Lucid Motors Inc., the electric-vehicle startup that has yet to build a production car, is following Tesla Inc.’s footsteps into the energy-storage business. The Newark, California-based company is developing home batteries -- similar to Tesla’s Powerwall -- and utility-scale devices, Chief Executive Officer Peter Rawlinson said in an interview. They will have the same battery-cell modules the company is installing in its debut EV.

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      15. California community energy group signs PPA for 400MW / 540MWh solar-plus-storage plant

        California community energy group signs PPA for 400MW / 540MWh solar-plus-storage plant

        Clean Power Alliance, one of California’s community choice aggregator (CCA) groups has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with developer 8minute Solar Energy for the output of a massive solar-plus-storage plant.

        CCAs give residents in selected parts of the US the opportunity to choose where their power is sourced and how it is generated. Clean Power Alliance procures electricity generation from low carbon sources and utilises the electricity network infrastructure of Southern California Edison, one of the state’s three main investor-owned utility (IOU) groups, to deliver it.

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      16. New York Is Breaking New Ground in Allowing Batteries to Play in Multiple Markets

        New York Is Breaking New Ground in Allowing Batteries to Play in Multiple Markets

        Last month, New York state grid operator NYISO officially started offering batteries and other energy storage resources a novel opportunity: a chance to earn money as both wholesale and retail energy resources, not just one or the other. 

        On August 26, NYISO enabled the software to allow batteries, pumped hydro facilities and other storage resources to submit offers to buy and sell energy in its real-time and day-ahead markets, and provide fast-responding ancillary services like frequency regulation to keep the grid stable. It also opened up its Installed Capacity market auctions to storage resources, giving them a chance to offer their services to support grid reliability during times of peak electricity demand.

        “NYISO is blazing a trail for dual use of storage in wholesale and retail service, pursuant to Order 841,” said Jason Burwen, vice president of policy at the Energy Storage Association trade group. But as ISOs and RTO implement the changes Order 841 requires, “a lot of focus is shifting to, how do these markets actually work when you bring storage to them?”

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      17. Load Profiles: How different storage systems, microgrid controllers fit specific C&I sites

        Load Profiles: How different storage systems, microgrid controllers fit specific C&I sites

        Several case studies of storage installations supporting a variety of C&I solar+storage sites. Includes information on load profiles, goals of projects, and the specific solution each site chose. An example of a profile is below:

        Site: Church

        Load profile: This church in Bakersfield, Calif., is actually multiple facilities. It has two sanctuaries, a gymnasium, offices and classrooms. While certain small areas are occupied intermittently during the week, the primary activities are one Sunday service and an evening service each week. During these services, load is far higher than the rest of the week. Plus, the evening service starts just before sunset — so solar offsets almost none of the peak demand for the week. The facility had an electricity bill of around $40,000 per year — half on an energy charge, half on demand. The 100-kW solar system was sufficient to address the customer’s entire annual energy usage but did essentially nothing to address demand.

        Goal: Boost the value (and reduce the payback time) of a solar array with Extensible Energy’s DemandEx load flexibility software by reducing demand charges and shifting energy out of expensive time of use (TOU) periods.

        Solution: Software

        • 100-kW PV array
        • 16 controllable ...

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      18. Solar-storage project would be ‘game-changer’ for Kansas City region

        Solar-storage project would be ‘game-changer’ for Kansas City region

        NextEra Energy is securing land for a solar-plus-storage project near Kansas City that would be one of the largest of its kind in the country.

        “We’re seeing these battery storage projects go larger and larger,” said Jason Burwen, vice president for policy at the Energy Storage Association.

         

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      19. NYISO allows full participation for energy storage in wholesale power markets

        NYISO allows full participation for energy storage in wholesale power markets

        The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) Sept. 8 announced it would allow full participation of energy storage resources in NYISO's wholesale energy markets.

        NYISO's action is in response to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Order 841, directing regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs) to remove barriers to energy storage from participating in energy, capacity, and ancillary service markets, Richard Dewey, NYISO president and CEO, said.

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      20. U.S. energy storage market reached second-highest quarterly deployment ever in Q2 2020

        U.S. energy storage market reached second-highest quarterly deployment ever in Q2 2020

        Topped only by the fourth quarter of the last year, the U.S. energy storage sector deployed 168 MW in the second quarter of 2020, according to the latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor report from Wood Mackenzie and the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA).

        “We are encouraged by the growth the energy storage market has seen this quarter,” Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of ESA, said. “Despite any setbacks from the coronavirus pandemic, the market for energy storage is poised to see significant growth in 2020. Looking out to future growth, we are confident that our expanded vision of 100 GW of new energy storage by 2030 is entirely reasonable and attainable, pushing us closer to reaching a more resilient, efficient, sustainable, and affordable electric grid.”

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      21. Battery systems for microgrids on three continents on the way from Rolls Royce, Fluence, Duke Energy

        Battery systems for microgrids on three continents on the way from Rolls Royce, Fluence, Duke Energy

        Microgrid projects on three different continents that include multiple megawatts of battery storage alongside renewable energy have been announced in the past few days from well-known industry players. Fluence is building a project in the Azores, Rolls-Royce Power Systems is building a project in the Cook Islands, and Duke Energy and Ameresco are partnering for an Army project at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

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      22. Large-scale battery systems in Australia met or exceeded expectations over 12 months of operation

        Large-scale battery systems in Australia met or exceeded expectations over 12 months of operation

        Reports into the performance of two large-scale battery energy storage systems (BESS) in the Australian state of Victoria have been published, showing that both performed as expected, or better, in 12 months of operation. The Gannawarra Energy Storage System (25MW/50MWh), saw a 50MWac solar farm retrofitted with a battery storage system, while the Ballarat Battery Energy Storage System (30MW/30MWh) was the first standalone battery-based energy storage system to be connected directly to the transmission network in front-of-the-meter (FTM).

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      23. Batteries begin storing wind and solar energy for the Texas grid

        Batteries begin storing wind and solar energy for the Texas grid

        Conventional wisdom maintains that wind and solar power depend on affordable energy storage, and until battery prices drop, the United States will rely on natural gas and coal-fired power plants. A few years ago, most analysts thought it would take decades, but the clean energy future is much closer than most people think. 

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      24. The long read: Storage … ready?

        The long read: Storage … ready?

        The story of residential rooftop solar is one of liberation. Confronted with high module prices, early PV adopters experienced significantly longer payback periods – it was not unheard of for homeowners to be making monthly finance payments higher than their utility bills. But consumers were motivated, seeking independence from the stranglehold that electricity providers had on them with ever-increasing utility rates.

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