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      1. Massachusetts Grants Help Get Energy Storage Projects off the Ground

        Massachusetts Grants Help Get Energy Storage Projects off the Ground

        A year after Massachusetts awarded $20 million in energy storage grants, the first project is online and showing promise to help shave peak demand, save customers money, and pave the way for more solar power. Municipal utility Braintree Electric Light Department (BELD) paid for most of the $2.6 million battery installation using its reserve funds and some of its business customers invested additional money in exchange for lower demand charges.

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      2. Battery Storage to Become $1.2trn Market, with Australia Leading the Way

        Battery Storage to Become $1.2trn Market, with Australia Leading the Way

        Australia is set to lead the global energy storage boom, which according to a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) will grow to a $1.2trn industry. The global energy storage market is set to draw in $1.2trn investment by 2040 and the cost of batteries is also set to significantly decrease. The report, entitled the Long-Term Energy Storage Outlook, predicts a strong uptake of stationary energy storage, thanks to households trying to maximise solar self-generation and networks working to balance increasingly renewable grids.

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      3. New York and California Lead the Charge Against Climate Rule Rollbacks

        New York and California Lead the Charge Against Climate Rule Rollbacks

        New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood is preparing for battle against the Trump administration over its attempt to dismantle the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. The Empire State, along with 26 Democratic state attorneys general, cities and counties, outlined its legal and policy rationale for opposing the Clean Power Plan replacement in public comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday — the deadline to weigh in on the Trump’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) proposal.

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      4. Puerto Rico Seeks 100 Percent Renewable Energy

        Puerto Rico Seeks 100 Percent Renewable Energy

        In the wake of Hurricane Maria, the Puerto Rican government is proposing the enactment of the Puerto Rico Energy Public Policy Act, a bill focusing on committing the island to a 100 percent renewable energy grid by 2050. Senate Bill 1121 was introduced by the chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Energy Affairs, Larry Seilhamer, and Senate Minority Leader Eduardo Bhatia. The bill’s purpose is to eliminate the monopoly held for decades by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) by allowing the sale of PREPA’s power plants while putting the transmission and distribution systems under a private concessionaire. Consequently, the strategy would begin to shift the power grid away from its resilience on oil and toward renewables.

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      5. Ahead of Biggest Energy Storage Rule Change Yet, US' Transmission Network Operators Open up Markets

        Ahead of Biggest Energy Storage Rule Change Yet, US' Transmission Network Operators Open up Markets

        Transmission system operators in the US have begun making their moves to accommodate energy storage into their wholesale markets, with New England ISO and Southwest Power Pool both making filings in the past month. In February the US’ main regulator the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), issued FERC Order 841, instructing the US’ six regional electricity transmission organisations to reconfigure their wholesale markets to allow energy storage to participate. The ISOs and RTOs have about a year to respond in full.

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      6. Massive Energy Storage Growth Expected in UK

        Massive Energy Storage Growth Expected in UK

        Applications for energy storage projects have reached a cumulative capacity of 6,874MW in seven years, RenewableUK figures show, indicating a growing appetite for the techology. The average capacity of applications for new battery storage projects has also nearly tripled in the last three years: from 10MW in 2016 to 27MW in 2018.

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      7. Sonnen Targets Utility Contract for Arizona Aggregated Storage Project

        Sonnen Targets Utility Contract for Arizona Aggregated Storage Project

        One year since announcing a partnership to build 2,900 homes in a new virtual power plant community in Prescott Valley, Arizona, Sonnen anticipates a real breakthrough that will hopefully include a utility contract. Sonnen is still working out the details on its Jasper project but expects to make an announcement by the end of the year, Blake Richetta, the company's U.S. senior vice president, told Utility Dive.

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      8. EMA in Energy Storage Tie-up with PSA, Sembcorp Industries , Energy & Commodities

        EMA in Energy Storage Tie-up with PSA, Sembcorp Industries , Energy & Commodities

        SOLAR is the most viable source of renewable energy for Singapore, but to fully exploit its green potential calls for the use of one game-changing technology. The Energy Market Authority (EMA) has roped in two private sector partners, PSA and Sembcorp Industries to help roll out on a commercial scale, the use of Energy Storage Systems (ESS). ESS is akin to a large storage to capture unused energy. On the one hand, an ESS can help mitigate the intermittency of solar, wind and other renewable sources. On the other, it allows power grid operators to defer capital-intensive capacity expansion.

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      9. Duke Product VP: 'We Are in the Best Position to Plan, Operate and Manage Energy Storage'

        Duke Product VP: 'We Are in the Best Position to Plan, Operate and Manage Energy Storage'

        Over the next decade and a half, Duke Energy plans to spend $500 million or more on energy storage across the Carolinas. After looking extensively at pricing and tech trends, the utility realized energy storage would play an extremely important role on the grid. How important? "To do effective planning, you have to mix it into your planning at large scale," said Melisa Johns, Duke Energy's vice president of distributed energy resource business and product development.

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      10. Europe's Largest Industrial Energy Storage Facility Unveiled

        Europe's Largest Industrial Energy Storage Facility Unveiled

        Europe's largest industrial energy storage facility has been inaugurated in Belgium. The facility is a pilot project comprising energy storage and solar PV integrated with a microgrid. It is operated by CMI Energy at the company’s international headquarters in Seraing. CMI makes industrial boilers, steam generators and HRSGs for concentrated solar power with thermal storage and the MiRIS (Micro Réseau Intégré Seraing) storage facility will help power the company’s headquarters, which currently consumes 1.3 GW a year. CMI said that the plant is also intended “to demonstrate advanced integration of intermittent renewable energy resources with battery-based energy storage to produce a fully dispatchable renewable energy resource”.

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      11. Big Solar-Plus-Storage Deal Signed In California

        Big Solar-Plus-Storage Deal Signed In California

        Recurrent Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Canadian Solar, has signed two 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) in California with Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Monterey Bay Community Power for a 150 MW AC solar power system with 180 MWh of battery storage. According to Canadian Solar, this joint procurement represents the largest contracted solar-plus-storage project in California to date.

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      12. Salt River Project, DOE Team up to Assess Value of Distributed Energy Storage

        Salt River Project, DOE Team up to Assess Value of Distributed Energy Storage

        The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is teaming up with Arizona's Salt River Project (SRP) to launch "one of the largest" home battery storage studies to date, NREL announced on Thursday. The study would offer insight into distributed storage, while also encouraging installations. 295 SRP customers have already submitted an application to install a battery and join the study, according to an SRP spokesperson, and about half of those systems have been installed and commissioned.

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      13. With San Diego Airport Microgrid, No More Blackouts and $6.4M/year Saved

        With San Diego Airport Microgrid, No More Blackouts and $6.4M/year Saved

        Before the San Diego International Airport microgrid was built, the airport experienced four to five blackouts a year, each which lasted two to eight hours, according to Darr Hashempour, CEO of DH Green Energy, the consulting firm that designed and built the microgrid. The blackouts — which occurred during San Diego Gas and Electric’s (SDG&E) outages — embarrassed airport executives, upset airport customers, and spurred losses for airlines, he said.

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      14. AECOM, Lockheed Martin Together Build Energy Storage System at Fort Carson

        AECOM, Lockheed Martin Together Build Energy Storage System at Fort Carson

        In August, AECOM announced it started construction of a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) at Fort Carson Army base in Colorado using Lockheed Martin’s GridStar® Lithium energy storage system. The 4.25 MW/8.5 MWh BESS is part of an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to reduce Fort Carson’s energy costs and increase its energy resilience. Though there are some existing energy storage systems at military bases, this unit will be the largest stand-alone commercially contracted battery at an army base. The large, revenue-generating storage system operates behind Fort Carson’s electric utility meter. It reduces electrical demand during peak intervals, thereby increasing power grid resilience.

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      15. Largest Renewable Energy Microgrid in Australia Offers Businesses Lower Cost Energy

        Largest Renewable Energy Microgrid in Australia Offers Businesses Lower Cost Energy

        Victoria’s coal power hub, the Latrobe Valley, is set to host Australia’s “largest” renewable energy microgrid, after a $15 million solar and battery storage project proposed by a consortium of local companies was announced as the winner of a $3 million state government grant.

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      16. Energy Storage: Opportunities, Key Trends and Market Drivers

        Energy Storage: Opportunities, Key Trends and Market Drivers

        Battery storage has traditionally been seen as a supplement to the power generation mix that offers a solution to intermittency issues brought about by increased renewable penetration and a means of avoiding potentially costly grid reinforcement works. Even though the underlying technology is relatively well established and proven, recent improvements may open up new opportunities.

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      17. Xcel Energy, United Power Among Utilities Using Batteries

        Xcel Energy, United Power Among Utilities Using Batteries

        For longtime proponents of renewable energy, figuring out how to keep the lights on when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine has been a key challenge. Harnessing the excess energy from a turbine or solar panel to use later was the “holy grail” or “golden key,” as one Colorado utility executive calls it.

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      18. Enel and EnergyNest Explore Thermal Energy Storage Opportunities

        Enel and EnergyNest Explore Thermal Energy Storage Opportunities

        Among innovative technology providers developing a thermal energy storage system, Norway-based cleantech company EnergyNest is currently one of the partners selected by multinational energy provider Enel for the analysis of the benefits and impacts of the integration of its technology in one of Enel’s numerous power generation assets. According to EnergyNest, impressive economic and climate-relevant figures could be achieved by the company’s latest thermal energy storage technology when integrated in full-scale: annual CO2 reduction of up to 45,000 tons, 14 million liters of fuel oil saved per year and project payback in less than three years.

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      19. ARENA Commissions 30-MW Energy Storage System in Victoria

        ARENA Commissions 30-MW Energy Storage System in Victoria

        The Ballarat Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), currently in the final testing phase, is the first facility of its kind in the state. Owned by AusNet Services and operated by EnergyAustralia, the facility is capable of powering more than 20,000 homes for an hour of critical peak demand before being recharged. It is located at AusNet Services' Ballarat terminal substation. A consortium led by Downer Spotless completed the battery system with technology provider Fluence serving as a supplier.

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      20. BYD’s First Energy Storage Project in Poland Begins Operations

        BYD’s First Energy Storage Project in Poland Begins Operations

        BYD has started up its first grid-scale energy storage project in Poland with the official opening of its new 1.26MW/2.52MWh energy storage facility. The system, which was shipped into Poland in May, came online just a few months later in September, highlighting just how quickly large-scale stationary storage deployments can be brought online. The installation is the first in the Polish market and will be operated in partnership with ML System S.A.

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      21. World's Largest Microgrid Moves One Step Closer In Palau

        World's Largest Microgrid Moves One Step Closer In Palau

        Tucked away in the Micronesia region of the Pacific Ocean is the small Republic of Palau, boasting a population of just over 20,000. The country will nevertheless soon be home to what is believed to be the world’s largest microgrid consisting of solar, diesel, and energy storage, representing at least 45% of the island nation’s total demand. While the microgrid has been in development for some time, the Republic of Palau this week announced the signing of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with ENGIE EPS, a worldwide microgrid and energy storage pioneer which will complete the project.

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      22. Clean Energy Leaders Meet in Charlotte to Tout Capacity, Demand for Energy Storage

        Clean Energy Leaders Meet in Charlotte to Tout Capacity, Demand for Energy Storage

        North Carolina was a hotbed of energy storage activity in 2016. So much so that the national trade association - the Energy Storage Association (ESA) - held its annual conference in Charlotte and the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) convened its first Energy Storage Working Group. There was great promise to open the market to more energy storage in North Carolina. And now they’re back.

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