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      1. Puc + Fluence = Energy Storage Partnership. A Formula for Future Growth.

        Puc + Fluence = Energy Storage Partnership. A Formula for Future Growth.

        SAULT STE. MARIE, ON (AUGUST 13, 2018) – Today PUC Distribution, the designated electricity Local Distribution Company (LDC), for the City of Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario, Canada, together with its operating affiliate PUC Services, announced they are partnering with Fluence, a global energy storage technology and services company, to bring innovative energy management solutions to their largest customers. The partnership should result in both cost savings on these customers’ monthly energy bills and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Fluence, a market leader in energy storage solutions jointly owned by Siemens and the AES Corporation, will work with PUC Services to help better manage energy delivery during peak demand, while contributing to Canada’s strict new federal carbon reduction mandates.

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      2. India Working Towards a National Energy Storage Mission

        India Working Towards a National Energy Storage Mission

        To keep pace with the changing dynamics of the energy markets, India is now working toward a National Energy Storage Mission (NESM). In February 2018, a committee with representatives from relevant ministries, industry associations, research institutions and experts, was constituted by the MNRE to propose a draft for setting up NESM in India.

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      3. P2P Household Energy Trading, C&I Storage for Brewing Beer: Hawaii Keeps on Going

        P2P Household Energy Trading, C&I Storage for Brewing Beer: Hawaii Keeps on Going

        Following news yesterday of the first grid-scale solar-plus-storage system on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, two more modestly-sized projects show the potential diversity of applications for energy storage in the US state. Energy-Storage.news just reported that the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission had approved a 22-year power purchase agreement (PPA) deal for the project on the island of Molokai, which would pair 4.88MW of solar with a 3MW / 15MWh lithium battery system.

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      4. Expansion of Clean Energy Policies Continues

        Expansion of Clean Energy Policies Continues

        A law recently enacted by the Massachusetts legislature and signed by Governor Charlie Baker will increase the use of renewable fuels to produce electricity, allow the development of more offshore wind farms, enable more technologies to qualify for energy efficiency incentives and increase the use of technologies that store electricity. It is the third clean energy law enacted in Massachusetts since 2016.

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      5. MISO Energy Storage Group Seeks Expanded Role

        MISO Energy Storage Group Seeks Expanded Role

        MISO’s Energy Storage Task Force is making a bid to broaden its role by seeking the authority to evaluate storage issues in addition to identifying them. The group moved to revise its charter during a Tuesday conference, but any proposed changes are subject to approval by the Steering Committee at its next meeting. The task force is currently limited to only identifying storage issues requiring MISO’s attention. It then forwards its findings to the Steering Committee, which assigns the issues to larger stakeholder committees for decisions. 

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      6. Governor Northam Announces Selection of EVgo to Develop Statewide Public Electric Vehicle Charging Network

        Governor Northam Announces Selection of EVgo to Develop Statewide Public Electric Vehicle Charging Network

        RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued a Notice of Intent to Award a contract to EVgo Services, LLC, to develop a statewide public electric vehicle (EV) charging network. This contract is awarded from funding that the Commonwealth was allocated through the Volkswagen mitigation settlement, and it will serve as a forward looking program that will help to meet driver needs as electric vehicle adoption rates continue to increase.

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      7. CAISO Could Lose 28 Gas Plants and Keep the Lights on: UCS

        CAISO Could Lose 28 Gas Plants and Keep the Lights on: UCS

        California could retire 28 natural gas plants without impacting electricity reliability, the Union of Concern Scientists said in a report published Tuesday. In order to meet the California Public Utilities Commission's (CPUC) target to reduce carbon to 42 million metric tons (MMT) by 2030 in the most economic way possible, the UCS model chose not to build any new gas plants to replace less efficient combined-cycle gas turbines.

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      8. As Second Wave of State Storage Targets Builds, Utilities Propose New Projects

        As Second Wave of State Storage Targets Builds, Utilities Propose New Projects

        nergy storage has been taking root across the country, but coastal states, such as California, Massachusetts and Oregon, have taken the lead in implementing related policies. That could change as states such as Colorado and Nevada move closer to potentially ambitious policies to support energy storage. Rising renewable penetration combined with falling costs for lithium-ion batteries is driving many states to explore policies that encourage energy storage.

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        Mentions: CA Australia NV
      9. EnSync Energy Announces Sale of Debut Solar PPA Project in California to Standard Solar

        EnSync Energy Announces Sale of Debut Solar PPA Project in California to Standard Solar

        MILWAUKEE, Aug. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- EnSync, Inc. (NYSE:ESNC), dba EnSync Energy Systems ("EnSync Energy"), the leading provider of innovative distributed energy resources (DERs) and business models for residential, commercial and utility installations, announced today the sale of a project under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to Standard Solar, a leading solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of solar electric systems nationwide. The project marks EnSync Energy's entry into the California marketplace.

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      10. Grid-scale Solar and Battery Project in Hawaii Gets Approval

        Grid-scale Solar and Battery Project in Hawaii Gets Approval

        The first grid-scale solar and battery energy storage project to be built on the Hawaiian island of Moloka‘i has gained approval from the state’s Public Utilities Commission. The 2.6MW solar farm and its 3MW battery storage system will be owned and operated by Moloka‘i New Energy Partners, which will sell electricity to Maui Electric Company. The facility is expected to be in service by the end of 2019, when it will start providing savings to the island’s 3,200 customers over a 22-year contract.

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      11. Kona Brewing Company to Produce Sun-Powered Beer Through Solar-Plus-Battery Storage Project with EnSync Energy and Holu Energy

        Kona Brewing Company to Produce Sun-Powered Beer Through Solar-Plus-Battery Storage Project with EnSync Energy and Holu Energy

        HONOLULU , Aug. EnSync, Inc. (NYSE American: ESNC), dba EnSync Energy Systems, the leading provider of innovative distributed energy resources (DERs) and business models for residential, commercial and utility installations, and its subsidiary Holu Energy , a developer of DER projects in Hawaii , today announced a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Kona Brewing Company to build a solar-plus-battery storage system at the beer company's new brewery, under construction in Kailua Kona .

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        Mentions: HI China
      12. Dynapower Launches DC-DC Converter Partner Program for Central Solar Inverter Manufacturers

        Dynapower Launches DC-DC Converter Partner Program for Central Solar Inverter Manufacturers

        SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., Aug. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dynapower, the leading independent manufacturer of power electronics for energy storage, is pleased to announce the introduction of a DC-DC partner program for central, solar inverter manufacturers. The program enables participating central, solar inverter manufacturers to include Dynapower’s patent-pending DC-DC converters as part of their utility-scale offering. Dynapower was the first to commercially deploy DC-DC converters in utility-scale solar plus storage application, and received the 2018 ees Award (Electrical Energy Storage) Innovation Award for its DC-DC converters.

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      13. CEO Statement on Massachusetts Conference Committee Bill H4756

        CEO Statement on Massachusetts Conference Committee Bill H4756

        The Energy Storage Association (ESA) applauds the bipartisan, innovative energy policies reflected in Massachusetts Conference Committee Bill H4756. The leadership exhibited by the Massachusetts House and Senate this legislative session – especially by members of the conference committee – will advance the Commonwealth’s clean energy goals and enhance grid resilience. We especially appreciate the leadership of Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy Committee Chairs Rep. Tom Golden and Sen. Mike Barrett for facilitating a productive conference committee.

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      14. Duke Energy Florida Announces New Solar Power Plant in Columbia County

        Duke Energy Florida Announces New Solar Power Plant in Columbia County

        ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy Florida today announced the location of its newest universal solar power plant, which will provide cleaner, smarter energy solutions to benefit its Florida customers. The Columbia Solar Power Plant will be built on 580 acres in Fort White (Columbia County) Fla., off of Fry Road. The 74.9-megawatt (MW) plant will consist of approximately 245,000 solar panels on the site, which will produce enough carbon-free energy to power over 20,000 average homes at peak production.

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        Mentions: IN U.S. Tennessee
      15. California, Hawaii Lead Surge In Residential Battery Storage In Q1

        California, Hawaii Lead Surge In Residential Battery Storage In Q1

        A new report from Greentech Media and the Energy Storage Association finds residential battery storage in the US surged in the first quarter of 2018. In total, 36 megawatt-hours of behind the meter residential storage were installed in Q1 — equaling the total amount installed in the previous three quarters combined. The vast majority of new grid connected residential battery storage — 74% — took place in just two states, California and Hawaii.

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      16. Swinerton Renewable Energy Hires Craig Horne to Lead Energy Storage Expansion

        Swinerton Renewable Energy Hires Craig Horne to Lead Energy Storage Expansion

        SAN DIEGO, July 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Swinerton Renewable Energy (SRE), recently named the No. 1 solar contractor in the United States by Solar Power World, is pleased to welcome Craig R. Horne to the SRE team. Horne will spearhead SRE’s energy storage business in the utility, commercial and operations and maintenance (O&M) services segments.

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        Mentions: U.S. ESA NC
      17. The Big Chill: Highview's Solution To The Challenge Of Long-Duration Energy Storage

        The Big Chill: Highview's Solution To The Challenge Of Long-Duration Energy Storage

        In early June, Highview Power announced that it had officially launched its first grid-scale liquid air energy storage (LAES) plant at the Viridor Pilsworth site in Bury, United Kingdom (just outside of Manchester). This five megawatt (MW)/15 megawatt hour (MWh) facility is on the small side to truly earn the title of grid-scale, but that may be beside the point. The critical issue to consider here is that this new technology may ultimately prove to be a cost-effective long-duration energy storage resource that is – unlike compressed air energy or pumped hydro – geographically independent.

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      18. Further Tax Cuts on Li-ion Would be 'Essential Boost' for India's Energy Storage Industry

        Further Tax Cuts on Li-ion Would be 'Essential Boost' for India's Energy Storage Industry

        India’s Goods and Services Tax (GST), a single tax applicable across the whole of the country, will be lowered for lithium-ion batteries by 10% in a move which has been welcomed by the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA). All goods and services are taxable under the law, which was introduced in 2017. Along with a wide range of other changes, the GST rates on lithium-ion batteries has dropped from 28% to just 18%. In related news, fuel cell vehicles will see their GST reduced from 28% to 12%.

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      19. Utility Rates Driving Record Demand for Home Energy Storage Systems

        Utility Rates Driving Record Demand for Home Energy Storage Systems

        Installations of home energy storage system in the U.S. hit a record high in the first quarter of 2018, according to a new industry report. The new capacity of 36 megawatt-hours will sustain an estimated 4,000 home systems and adds to the 1,080 megawatt-hours installed in the past 4 years. The big picture: Home energy storage systems commonly use batteries to store the electricity generated by rooftop solar panels, which can then be used during peak times and on demand to reduce utility costs or for backup power during inclement weather. The increasing penetration of residential and commercial solar installations has lowered energy demands on utilities. But the policies they have implemented to offset those losses have ended up making home energy systems even more attractive.

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        Mentions: CA HI U.S.
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