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      1. UT Austin Develops Single-System Solar Energy Storage Technology

        UT Austin Develops Single-System Solar Energy Storage Technology

        Most current solar energy systems utilize storage outside of the generators that create the power. In other words, two separate systems are required to ensure successful operation. But experts from UT’s Cockrell School of Engineering have developed a way to integrate solar power generation and storage into one single system, effectively reducing the cost by an estimated 50 percent. The UT project will develop the next generation of utility-scale photovoltaic inverters, also referred to as modular, multifunction, multiport and medium-voltage utility-scale silicon carbide solar inverters.

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      2. New Jersey Governor Signs Historic Clean Energy Legislation

        New Jersey Governor Signs Historic Clean Energy Legislation

        New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed three solidified his state’s commitment to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2050. The initiative take critical steps to improve renewable energy programs, maintain nuclear energy and expand green energy employment. “Today, we’re taking another step forward in rebuilding New Jersey’s reputation as a leader in the development of clean energy sources while fulfilling a critical promise to foster our state’s energy future,” said Murphy. “Signing these measures represents a down payment to the people of New Jersey on . . .

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      3. ESA CEO Statement on New Jersey Energy Storage Legislation

        ESA CEO Statement on New Jersey Energy Storage Legislation

        The Energy Storage Association (ESA) applauds New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) for signing legislation that sets a new goal for increasing energy storage that will deliver significant economic, environmental and societal benefits to the state. Gov. Murphy joins leaders from California, New York, Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona who are enacting policies to encourage energy storage today. 

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      4. Lockheed Supplying Li-Ion System to Chicago Community Microgrid Demonstrator

        Lockheed Supplying Li-Ion System to Chicago Community Microgrid Demonstrator

        A community microgrid in Chicago will be supplied with lithium-ion battery storage from aerospace and defence giant Lockheed Martin, allowing it to be ‘islanded’ from the local grid network. Bronzeville, in the South Side of Chicago, is hosting a community microgrid built by utility Commonwealth Edison (ComEd). It is being developed with the help of a US$5 million grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and is acting as a demonstration of the technology and its uses.

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      5. Message to FERC: Think Beyond Bulk Power to Achieve Grid Resilience

        Message to FERC: Think Beyond Bulk Power to Achieve Grid Resilience

        Several groups are urging FERC to give microgrids and distributed energy resources a place at the table as it searches for ways to improve electric grid resilience on the bulk power system. grid resilienceThe groups offered input recently as part of a proceeding (AD18-7-000) that FERC opened after rejecting U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s push to subsidize coal-fired power plants. FERC determined that the subsidies aren’t necessary for grid resilience but decided to further explore what is.

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      6. NextEra Energy Resources, Salt River Project Announce Opening of Integrated Solar, Battery Plant

        NextEra Energy Resources, Salt River Project Announce Opening of Integrated Solar, Battery Plant

        NextEra Energy Resources and Salt River Project (SRP) announced Wednesday the opening of Pinal Central Solar Energy Center (PCSEC), located on 257 acres of land east of Casa Grande, Arizona. The facility is the largest utility-scale solar energy center paired with a battery storage system in Arizona. The 20-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic generation facility consists of 258,000 solar panels and includes a 10 MW lithium-ion battery storage system. A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources will own and operate the facility, and SRP will purchase all of the energy it produces.

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      7. Siemens Gamesa Pursues Hybrid Wind and Solar Projects With Energy Storage

        Siemens Gamesa Pursues Hybrid Wind and Solar Projects With Energy Storage

        Siemens Gamesa, the leading turbine manufacturer, is looking to go beyond wind — into hybrid systems with solar and storage. The company’s chief technology officer, Antonio de la Torre Quiralte, told GTM that Siemens Gamesa remains committed to the wind market. However, it is increasingly interested in other technologies to reduce renewable energy intermittency.

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      8. Energy Storage Association Elects 2018-19 Board Members

        Energy Storage Association Elects 2018-19 Board Members

        The Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade association for the U.S. energy storage industry, announced today the results of its board and officer elections. Each year, ESA holds open elections among its members, and the resulting Board of Directors also holds elections to select executive committee officers. The 2018-2019 ballot included seven candidates for five open board positions and voting concluded at the Meeting of the Members during the ESA’s 28th Annual Energy Storage Conference and Expo in Boston.

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      9. Duke Energy Exec Re-elected to Energy Storage Association Board

        Duke Energy Exec Re-elected to Energy Storage Association Board

        Zak Kuznar, who heads storage and microgrid efforts for Duke Energy Corp., has been re-elected to the board of the Energy Storage Association. Kuznar has been on the board since April 2016, almost as long as he has been the director for combined heat and power, energy storage and microgrid development at the Charlotte-based energy company. The election of five members of the 12-person board was announced Monday by the Washington-based association. 

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      10. NextEra and Salt River Project Complete Arizona's Largest Solar+Storage Plant

        NextEra and Salt River Project Complete Arizona's Largest Solar+Storage Plant

        NextEra Energy Resources and Salt River Project announced the opening of Pinal Central Solar Energy Center (PCSEC), a universal-scale, integrated solar plant equipped with a battery system that will store energy and enable SRP to provide clean energy to customers when usage is at its highest and needed most.

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      11. Kokam Delivers 30 Megawatt Energy Storage System to Alinta Energy: Largest Lithium Ion Battery Deployed for an Industrial Application in Australia

        Kokam Delivers 30 Megawatt Energy Storage System to Alinta Energy: Largest Lithium Ion Battery Deployed for an Industrial Application in Australia

        SEOUL, South Korea, May 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Kokam Co., Ltd, the world's premier provider of innovative battery solutions, today announced that it has successfully deployed for Alinta Energy, a leading Australian utility, a 30-megawatt (MW) system / 11.4-megawatt hour (MWh) Energy Storage System (ESS), the largest lithium ion battery deployed for industrial application in Australia. The ESS features Kokam's high power Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) Oxide battery technology, and is being used to improve the performance of an islanded high voltage network, which supplies power to major iron ore producers in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

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      12. Dominion's New Grid Plan Overlooks Energy Storage in Favor of Gas Peakers

        Dominion's New Grid Plan Overlooks Energy Storage in Favor of Gas Peakers

        High-tech grid resources that have become commonplace in some utility territories aren’t even considered in others. California utilities are already deploying energy storage in place of new gas plants. Regulated utilities in places like Arizona, Florida and North Carolina have begun factoring substantial amounts of storage into their grid planning, in order to tackle peak demand and make the grid more flexible. Meanwhile, Dominion Energy’s new long-term plan for Virginia and North Carolina barely mentions storage and instead calls for intensive deployment of new gas peakers.

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      13. Why Storage Might Solve Some Big Grid Problems, but Not the Ones You Think

        Why Storage Might Solve Some Big Grid Problems, but Not the Ones You Think

        In a perfect world, grid-connected energy storage plants would never be needed. The diversity and inherent flexibility of thousands of generators and loads in a large power system would provide all the flexibility that we could need to continuously match supply and demand at a very low cost, even with variable renewables dominating our generation resources. 

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      14. NextEra Energy Honored with Visionary Award for Innovation in Shared Value

        NextEra Energy Honored with Visionary Award for Innovation in Shared Value

        JUNO BEACH, Fla., May 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) has been recognized with the Visionary Award for Innovation in Shared Value from the WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation. The WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation is the only global membership organization and community of women corporate directors. "We're pleased to be recognized with this prestigious award from the WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation," said Jim Robo, NextEra Energy chairman and CEO. "Being innovative and having a strong commitment to continuous improvement is at the heart of who we are as a company. From state-of-the-art renewable energy solutions and leading-edge battery storage systems to smart grid technology, we're making significant investments in innovative, advanced technologies to do what's right on behalf of our customers, our stakeholders and our shareholders. Importantly, it's our people and their passion for excellence that differentiates us from others in our industry, and I've long held the belief that our people are our greatest asset."

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      15. Energy Storage Facilities Across the Grid

        Energy Storage Facilities Across the Grid

        Battery-based storage is experiencing a resurgence thanks to advancements in the technology and improvements in its capabilities. These systems can store more energy and deliver more power than previous batteries could. Maintenance also has been reduced as battery life has increased, thanks to developments in power conversion and the adaption of power electronics found in state-of-the-art ESS.

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      16. ACCIONA Receives Grid-Scale Energy Storage Certificate

        ACCIONA Receives Grid-Scale Energy Storage Certificate

        ACCIONA Energia has received the first-ever prototype certificate for a grid-scale energy storage solution by DNV GL. The handover of the certificate took place at the American Wind Energy Association’s 2018 WNDPOWER Conference in Chicago. To explore the possibilities of grid-scale storage, ACCIONA Energia started up a hybrid plant for storing electricity in batteries as part of its grid-connected wind farm at Barasoain in Navarra, northern Spain.

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      17. EnSync : Energy Announces Solar Plus Storage Project with True Peer-to-Peer Network at Hawaii Affordable Housing Project

        EnSync : Energy Announces Solar Plus Storage Project with True Peer-to-Peer Network at Hawaii Affordable Housing Project

        MILWAUKEE, May 9, 2018/PRNewswire / -- EnSync, Inc. (NYSE American: ESNC), dba EnSync Energy Systems, a leading developer of innovative distributed energy resources (DERs), announced today the signing of a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with The Michaels Development Company to build a solar and energy storage system at the Keahumoa Place affordable housing development, a greenfield project that is expected to complete construction in 2019. The project - the highest valued in company history - will employ EnSync Energy's innovative True Peer-to-PeerTM DC-LinkTM technology to enable residents to directly exchange electricity with each other based on the energy needs of each individual unit, increasing energy efficiency and lowering electricity costs for the entire network.

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      18. New York City Moves to Streamline Energy Storage Permitting

        New York City Moves to Streamline Energy Storage Permitting

        If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. At least that is what the song says about New York City. And it stands for energy storage. New York City has some of the most stringent rules in the country for permitting energy storage projects, as well as an ambitious storage target of 100 MWh by 2020. But there were only 4.8 MWh of storage installed in the city at the beginning of 2017, as it is so difficult to secure a permit for a project — especially involving lithium-ion technology. At the end of April, New York took a step toward resolving that issue with the release of the first comprehensive guidelines for installing lithium-ion batteries in New York City.

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      19. Enel : Joins the Osmose Project to Boost Renewable Energies in Europe

        Enel : Joins the Osmose Project to Boost Renewable Energies in Europe

        Rome, May 7th 2018 -Enel Green Power joins the European OSMOSE project as a partner, which seeks to foster the spread of renewable energy at the international level through the development of integrated systems and services. More specifically, the trials will focus on renewables, storage systems, smart grid management and demand response technologies. The Enel Group will take part in the trials with the Potenza Pietragalla wind farm and the San Fiorano pumped-storage hydropower plant, with the aim of finding new flexibility solutions to support the electric system.

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      20. Iowa University to Install NEXTracker Solar+Storage Power Plant

        Iowa University to Install NEXTracker Solar+Storage Power Plant

        Iowa-based Ideal Energy is constructing a 1.1 MW power plant at the Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, Iowa, using the NEXTracker NX Flow integrated solar-plus-storage system. The project will be built on University land and, when completed, it is projected to be one of the largest solar-plus-storage power plants in the state, producing enough energy to cover nearly a third of the University’s annual electricity usage. In addition to those savings, NX Flow will use peak-shaving to significantly reduce MUM’s utility bill during high-demand times.

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      21. California to Require Solar Panels on Most New Homes

        California to Require Solar Panels on Most New Homes

        California to require solar panels on most new homes Jon Fingas There's no question that solar power is entering the mainstream, but More There's no question that solar power is entering the mainstream , but California is about to give it a giant boost. The state's Energy Commission is expected to approve new energy standards that would require solar panels on the roofs of nearly all new homes, condos and apartment buildings from 2020 onward.

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      22. The EDF Group Acquires a 450 MW Offshore Wind Project in Scotland from Mainstream Renewable Power

        The EDF Group Acquires a 450 MW Offshore Wind Project in Scotland from Mainstream Renewable Power

        DUBLIN , May 3, 2018 -- The EDF Group, via EDF Renewables in the United Kingdom , a joint subsidiary of EDF Energy and EDF Energies Nouvelles, has bought the Neart na Gaoithe [ 1 ] wind farm project from global wind and solar developer Mainstream Renewable Power, following a competitive bidding process.

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