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      1. Sunrun, Empowered by Light, and Aireko Energy Group Announce Plans to Install Solar on Five Additional Fire Stations in Puerto Rico

        Sunrun, Empowered by Light, and Aireko Energy Group Announce Plans to Install Solar on Five Additional Fire Stations in Puerto Rico

        Sunrun and Empowered by Light, in partnership with Aireko Energy Group, today announced an expansion of their collaboration to bring solar power to critical fire stations in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as part of a continuing effort to provide emergency relief to residents on the island. The initiative will equip a total of eight fire stations on the island with solar power and battery storage, which will power critical emergency systems 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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      2. Rhode Island Grid Mod Plan to Focus on Renewables Integration, Cost Control

        Rhode Island Grid Mod Plan to Focus on Renewables Integration, Cost Control

        Rhode Island energy officials say the state's efforts to modernize its electric grid will be a "complex undertaking" as well as a "huge opportunity" that ultimately will help control costs, while creating a more resilient and cleaner system. The state's energy agencies Nov. 17 submitted to Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) a report outlining steps to overhaul Rhode Island's electrical grid, with a focus on controlling costs, integrating more green power, improving service and overhauling utility incentive models.

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      3. Ingersoll Rand : Completes Acquisition of CALMAC® Corporation, a Leading Thermal Energy Storage Company

        Ingersoll Rand : Completes Acquisition of CALMAC® Corporation, a Leading Thermal Energy Storage Company

        Expands company’s thermal energy storage solutions portfolio and reinforces company’s climate commitment Strong strategic fit with company’s strategy to help customers solve climate challenges including energy and fuel efficiency, food waste and productivity Increases speed to market and broadens opportunity for growth in all regions of the world Ingersoll-Rand plc (NYSE:IR), a world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments, announced it has completed the acquisition of CALMAC ® Corporation, a privately held company specializing in thermal energy storage solutions. When integrated with Trane’s industry leading building controls platform, CALMAC thermal energy storage solutions take ...

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      4. Penn State Aims to Advance Renewables Through Energy Storage & Microgrid Training

        Penn State Aims to Advance Renewables Through Energy Storage & Microgrid Training

        A unique partnership between Penn State and industry members is working to advance solar and wind energy through energy storage and microgrid systems education and training. The Energy Storage and Microgrid Training and Certification (ESAM-TAC) program is part of the GridSTAR Center, a smart grid education and research center at Penn State at The Navy Yard, located in Philadelphia.

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      5. Younicos commissions 3MW battery-based energy storage system in Alaska | Energy Storage News

        Younicos commissions 3MW battery-based energy storage system in Alaska | Energy Storage News

        Younicos has completed the installation and commissioning of an upgraded 3MW battery-based energy storage system on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Younicos replaced the previously installed lead-acid systems with advanced lithium-ion batteries — expanding the system’s operational lifetime while boosting performance.

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      6. Doosan Gridtech Selects SMA Inverters for 20 MW Battery Storage Project

        Doosan Gridtech Selects SMA Inverters for 20 MW Battery Storage Project

        Inverter manufacturer SMA America LLC, subsidiary of German SMA Solar Technology AG, announced, that 13 SMA Sunny Central Storage inverters are being used in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) Beacon Energy Storage System, a 20 MW battery storage project at the »Beacon Solar Plant« in the Mojave Desert. The project will be owned and operated by LADWP to expand its energy storage portfolio, which already has 1,296 MW of energy storage capacity.

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      7. Proposed Enhancements to Energy Price Formation

        Proposed Enhancements to Energy Price Formation

        Since its inception, PJM Interconnection’s wholesale energy market has driven efficient resource entry and exit, successfully managed the retirement of a significant number of coal resources and their replacement primarily by natural gas resources, and maintained a reliable grid. The PJM market has also proven adaptable to changes in the industry as market rules have evolved to meet new needs.Changes in fuel and technology combined with a slow-down in demand growth are influencing the markets and have revealed an opportunity to enhance energy market pricing so that prices accurately reflect the true incremental cost of serving load and minimize the need to recover those costs through out-of-market uplift payments.

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      8. Panel Eyes Room for Both Gas Peakers, Battery Storage in Power Markets

        Panel Eyes Room for Both Gas Peakers, Battery Storage in Power Markets

        The power industry is seeing a heightened need for peaking-capacity resources as capacity from retiring power plants is lost and higher levels of renewable generation is integrated. This potentially sets up a battle for market share between natural gas-fired generators that are currently the dominant source of peaking capacity and battery energy storage systems that have seen significant cost declines in recent years, an industry panel said Tuesday.

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      9. RES Completed Construction of the Penitente Solar Project

        RES Completed Construction of the Penitente Solar Project

        BROOMFIELD, Colo., Nov. 14, 2017 -- Renewable Energy Systems (RES), a leader in the development, construction, and operation of solar, energy storage, wind, and transmission projects across the globe, is pleased to announce that it has completed construction of the Penitente Solar Project, a 3 MW installation in Saguache County providing power to the San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative (SLVREC).  RES developed, constructed, and will operate and maintain the distributed solar photovoltaic system in South Central Colorado. AEP OnSite Partners owns the solar installation and provides the output to SLVREC through a long-term contract. SLVREC is the second-oldest electric cooperative in Colorado and is headquartered in Monte Vista, CO.

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      10. A Flexible Generation and Energy Storage Solution

        A Flexible Generation and Energy Storage Solution

        The expected outcome of utility integrated resource planning (IRP) is the optimum combination of power generation resources that will produce the most cost-effective and reliable generation for the rate-payer. That process is relatively simple for a nuclear and fossil fuel-based system. However, the difficult process of integrating renewable generation has made asset optimization and operational flexibility paramount.

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      11. National Grid and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to Collaborate on Transmission Grid Modernization and Energy Storage Research - National Grid

        National Grid and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to Collaborate on Transmission Grid Modernization and Energy Storage Research - National Grid

        WALTHAM, MA and RICHLAND, WA — National Grid, a leading US transmission company, and the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have entered into an agreement to work together on research in the areas of transmission grid modernization and energy storage technologies.

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      12. United Power Announces Construction of Colorado’s Largest Battery Storage System - SoCore Energy

        United Power Announces Construction of Colorado’s Largest Battery Storage System - SoCore Energy

        United Power announced plans to construct its first commercial scale energy storage project.  Located in Firestone, CO and developed in collaboration with Chicago based SoCore Energy, the 4 MW / 16 MWh battery storage system will be the largest facility in the State of Colorado and one of the largest systems owned and operated by an electric co-op anywhere in the country. “As one of the fastest growing co-ops in Colorado, United Power wants to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to integrating new technology that can help boost reliability and keep costs down.  Energy storage will play an important role in the grid of the future, and we’re excited to be starting now,” said John Parker, CEO of United Power.

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      13. Puget Sound Energy Adopts Primus Power Battery Storage System

        Puget Sound Energy Adopts Primus Power Battery Storage System

        BELLEVUE, Wash., Nov. 13, 2017 -- Today Primus Power (“Primus”), a leader in stationary energy storage systems, and Puget Sound Energy (“PSE”), Washington state’s largest utility, announced the installation of a stationary energy storage system at one of its renewable generation facilities.

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      14. Indiana’s Battery Industry, Undeterred by Past Setbacks, Sees Bright Future

        Indiana’s Battery Industry, Undeterred by Past Setbacks, Sees Bright Future

        A couple of decades ago, Indiana seemed set to become a worldwide leader in battery development and production. Bad timing, bad luck and cutthroat competition combined to derail that movement, but experts contend it’s not too late for the state to make its mark in this rapidly growing field—if not as a mass-market builder of the battery cells themselves, then as a creator of value-added products. “I believe that Indiana could very well become the technology hub for lithium-ion cell manufacturing in North America, and also system assembly and deployment,” said Mike Canada, CEO of EnerDel, Indiana’s only lithium-ion cell producer—and one of just a handful in the entire United States.

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      15. How the House Tax Bill Would Impact Wind, Solar, Electric Vehicles and Utilities

        How the House Tax Bill Would Impact Wind, Solar, Electric Vehicles and Utilities

        House Republicans unveiled a massive tax reform bill last week. While it wasn’t as damaging to renewables as many feared, the changes still pose a threat. Wind and electric vehicles stand to lose the most. Lawmakers are looking to slash tax credits for wind by more than a third and eliminate the $7,500 federal credit for electric-vehicle purchases. The Senate is crafting its own version of the bill, however, so many of the proposals in the House version may never become law.

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      16. Innovate UK Conference Highlights the Work of Two Storage Tech Firms

        Innovate UK Conference Highlights the Work of Two Storage Tech Firms

         

        Two energy storage firms yesterday were recognized at the Innovate UK conference for their work in liquid air and copper/zinc technologies. In a keynote speech at the conference in Birmingham, England, Business Minister Claire Perry announced the winners of the first phase of an energy innovation competition looking into the feasibility of energy storage. Highview Enterprises Ltd. (d/b/a, Highview Power Storage) and Cumulus Energy Storage Ltd. were among the winners for an energy feasibility study competition. Specific award amounts were not disclosed.


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      17. Martin Milani Named CEO of Sunverge Energy

        Martin Milani Named CEO of Sunverge Energy

        SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 9, 2017 / Sunverge Energy, a leading developer of residential energy storage systems and Virtual Power Plant (VPP) software, has appointed Martin Milani to the role of Chief Executive Officer. Milani has served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer for Sunverge since December 2016. His background of over 25 yearsin technology, including experience in grid services and modernization, position him well to lead the company into its next phase of growth and innovation.

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      18. Global Battery Energy Storage Systems for Smart Grid Market 2017

        Global Battery Energy Storage Systems for Smart Grid Market 2017

        Global Battery Energy Storage Systems for Smart Grid Market Report illustrates the present development status of Battery Energy Storage Systems for Smart Grid along with the growth of Battery Energy Storage Systems for Smart Grid expected during the forecast period during 2017-2022. Battery Energy Storage Systems for Smart Grid Market analyses the industry based on different factors like growth trends, consumer volume, Battery Energy Storage Systems for Smart Grid market size and demand and supply status. Battery Energy Storage Systems for Smart Grid Market is a beneficial research material which conducts a competitive analysis of the Battery Energy Storage Systems for Smart Grid market. This report also portrays the Battery Energy Storage Systems for Smart Grid industry structure based on the product cost, major industry players, product applications, import/export details and Battery Energy Storage Systems for Smart Grid market competition.

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      19. Battery Storage Holds Promise in the Commercial Market

        Battery Storage Holds Promise in the Commercial Market

        A study published Aug. 24 by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in partnership with Clean Energy Group (CEG) found that about 25 percent of all commercial customers in the United States could cost-effectively reduce their electric-utility bills through onsite battery storage. The white paper, "Identifying Potential Markets for Behind-the-Meter Battery Energy Storage: A Survey of U.S. Demand Charges" (PDF), reported that some of the most promising market opportunities are in locations outside of the "first-mover" states known for progressive clean-energy policies (such as California and New York). These other states with promising markets include Georgia, Kentucky, West Virginia, Alabama, Michigan, Iowa, New Mexico and Texas.

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      20. Energy Storage Gets a Bigger Seat at the Utility Planning Table

        Energy Storage Gets a Bigger Seat at the Utility Planning Table

        Utility Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) are beginning to catch up with the growth of energy storage. Utilities across the country from Duke Energy Carolinas to Southern California Edison have implemented energy storage projects for a variety of reasons, but until now few have included energy storage in their IRPs. Now, utilities in states ranging from Indiana and North Carolina to Arizona, New Mexico and Oregon have included energy storage in their long term planning processes.

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      21. Heating and A/C Company Acquires Ice Energy Storage Company CALMAC

        Heating and A/C Company Acquires Ice Energy Storage Company CALMAC

        Trane, a manufacturer of heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, has acquired CALMAC, a privately-held company specializing in cool energy technologies. One of CALMAC’s key technologies is its IceBank storage tanks that store energy as ice that can be used later to cool buildings. Trane will retain CALMAC’s employees and leadership and, like Trane, CALMAC will become part of the Ingersoll Rand portfolio of products.

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      22. National Grid: 'Don't Put All Your Eggs in the Frequency Response Basket'

        National Grid: 'Don't Put All Your Eggs in the Frequency Response Basket'

        A representative of National Grid, the UK’s transmission system operator (TSO), has said that energy storage will be “integral” to the network’s flexibility strategy – while urging developers not to rely solely on early frequency regulation contracts. Claire Spedding, head of business development at National Grid, spoke at an event last week to launch “Energy storage: the next wave”, a market report on the technology and industry around it in Britain. The report is published by Regen, a non-profit consultancy promoting renewables and energy efficiency.

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      23. Can Puerto Rico Overcome a Colonial Past to Build a Greener Grid?

        Can Puerto Rico Overcome a Colonial Past to Build a Greener Grid?

        On September 20, Hurricane Maria swept across Puerto Rico, destroying its electricity grid. The storm felled half of the cross-island transmission towers. Nine out of 10 back-alley power poles blew down. Every single customer on the island lost power. Amid the wreckage lies an opportunity for Puerto Rico to rebuild stronger and smarter. Tesla chief Elon Musk said his company power the island with solar and energy storage. “The Tesla team has done this for many smaller islands around the world, but there is no scalability limit, so it can be done for Puerto Rico too," he tweeted.

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