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      1. FERC Commissioners Deny Opportunity for State-by-State Opt Out of Storage Order

        FERC Commissioners Deny Opportunity for State-by-State Opt Out of Storage Order

        The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted Thursday to deny requests for rehearing of Order 841, a landmark decision seeking to provide fair market access for energy storage resources. Commissioners were nearly unanimous in voting to affirm FERC's determinations made in Order 841 regarding their authority over wholesale market sales, and to decline to adopt a state-by-state opt out of storage participation in the wholesale market.

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      2. WoodMac: Energy Storage will Move Toward Value Stacking as Industry Matures

        WoodMac: Energy Storage will Move Toward Value Stacking as Industry Matures

        Value stacking, or revenue stacking, is expected to play an increasingly important role in energy storage's future, with industry stakeholders currently determining the best ways to monetize the various use-case applications of storage. While utilities and regulators across the country have toyed with the idea of value stacking, and even adopted minor changes to capitalize on the technology's different applications, value stacking on a large scale is not happening yet.

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      3. North Carolina Approves Duke's First Solar+Storage Residential Microgrid

        North Carolina Approves Duke's First Solar+Storage Residential Microgrid

        North Carolina regulators on Friday approved a solar+storage microgrid project proposed by Duke Energy, designed to help maintain reliable power for a small town called Hot Springs in the western part of the state. The project includes a 2 MW solar array and 4 MW lithium-ion battery, and will be Duke's first utility-scale solar+storage project for residential customers. The microgrid is a small part of Duke's broader plan to roll out more storage on its system.

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      4. Battery On The Berm: The Ludington Pumped Storage Facility

        Battery On The Berm: The Ludington Pumped Storage Facility

        The Ludington pumped storage facility is essentially one of the world’s largest batteries. Consumers Energy gets its base load of energy from its coal and gas plants across the state. When the energy demands peak above that base load, they need places like the Ludington Pumped Storage Facility to pick up the slack. In just a matter of minutes, they can open up the gates, get the water flowing through the turbines and pick up that amount. When the demand is low, like at night, they will start pumping water back in to the reservoir, getting ready for that next call.

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      5. Fortum Pairs Li-ion Storage with Hydropower Plant in Sweden

        Fortum Pairs Li-ion Storage with Hydropower Plant in Sweden

        Fortum has started operating a 5 MW/6.2 MWh lithium-ion battery storage system at the Forshuvud hydropower plant in Dalarna, Sweden. It plans to use the storage system to lower the risk of network disturbances, while minimizing what Fortum describes as “wear and tear” on the hydropower facility. The batteries at Forshuvud will compensate for increasingly rapid changes in electricity generation caused by wind power, for example. The system will improve the hydropower plant’s role as a regulator and more effectively take advantage of capacity regulation.

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      6. NEC Energy Completes School Microgrid in Eugene Oregon

        NEC Energy Completes School Microgrid in Eugene Oregon

        NEC Energy Solutions has completed a 500 kW/1000 kWh battery energy storage system installed at a microgrid in the Howard Elementary School in Eugene, Oregon. The project, part of Eugene Water & Electric Board’s plan to improve esiliency by creating community points of water distribution around the city of Eugene for its customers during restoration following a large-scale disaster.

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      7. California ISO Tests Flow Battery Tech that Could Decrease Bulk Storage Costs

        California ISO Tests Flow Battery Tech that Could Decrease Bulk Storage Costs

        The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) on April 30 said it has become one of the first wholesale power markets in the United States to connect a new and innovative battery storage technology to its grid. The four-year pilot project is intended to test and evaluate the performance of flow batteries in the commercial wholesale market. San Diego Gas & Electric, in coordination with Tokyo-based Sumitomo Electric, started testing a flow battery in 2015, according to CAISO, and the battery started participating in the ISO wholesale market in December.

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      8. CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Energy Storage Project Law in Maryland

        CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Energy Storage Project Law in Maryland

        We commend Gov. Larry Hogan for signing the Energy Storage Pilot Project Act to advance energy storage in Maryland. Thanks to the leadership of State Sen. Brian Feldman, Chair of the Energy & Publilc Utilities Subcommittee of the Finance Committee, Del. Kumar Barve, Chair of the Environment & Transportation Committee, and Del. Marc Korman, Maryland will test regulatory ownership and deployment models to id entify savings and reliability benefits for ratepayers. This law exemplifies the bipartisan collaboration of Maryland policymakers and stakeholders, in coordination with the Public Service Commission.

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      9. Con Edison Installing Localized Small Battery Systems in NYC

        Con Edison Installing Localized Small Battery Systems in NYC

        Con Edison, the utility servicing New York City and one of the largest privately-owned utilities in the US, is beginning a drive to install small energy storage systems across NYC to meet local energy needs without costly infrastructure upgrades. Many of the battery projects are part of Reforming the Energy Vision, a larger state-wide program to modernize the grid and lower emissions.

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      10. Navigant Research Report Finds Value-Added Services in the Energy Storage System Market Present Opportunities for Innovative Companies to Establish a Leadership Position

        Navigant Research Report Finds Value-Added Services in the Energy Storage System Market Present Opportunities for Innovative Companies to Establish a Leadership Position

        A new report from Navigant Research discusses how energy storage value-added services (VASs) have evolved and how the storage industry has grown by using VASs to reduce customer risks. Because potential customers are generally unfamiliar with energy storage system (ESS) technology, VASs are required for projects to be considered bankable by customers and investors. These services shift technological and financial risk for project performance from customers to the battery hardware providers and systems integrators that design and build an ESS.

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      11. Lead Batteries Showcased at U.S. Energy Storage Conference

        Lead Batteries Showcased at U.S. Energy Storage Conference

        As a member of the Energy Storage Association, the US-based organization representing companies involved in the energy storage field, the Consortium for Battery Innovation had a clear message when exhibiting at the group’s annual conference, ESACon19: Lead batteries deliver a reliable, safe and cost-effective option for a wide range of energy storage applications. ESACon19 was the ideal place to launch CBI’s latest service – an interactive map showcasing global installations using lead batteries for utility and renewable energy storage. The interactive map highlights the successful use of advanced lead batteries for energy storage, an industry seeing increasingly rapid market growth and demand.

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      12. Brayton Point to Become Renewable Energy Center

        Brayton Point to Become Renewable Energy Center

        A planned facility that would convert and store electricity generated by offshore wind turbines was unveiled Monday at Brayton Point. Construction on the Anbaric Renewable Energy Center is expected to begin in 2021 and will result in a 1,200-megawatt, high-voltage direct current converter. The facility will serve as the “plug-in” between offshore wind turbines and the power grid from which local homes and buildings receive electricity. Anbaric is also planning to build 400 megawatts worth of battery storage on the site, which would be utilized on days when winds are low and turbine output is less productive.

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      13. Another Step Forward for a Promising New Battery to Store Clean Energy

        Another Step Forward for a Promising New Battery to Store Clean Energy

        Researchers have built a more efficient, more reliable potassium-oxygen battery, a step toward a potential solution for energy storage on the nation’s power grid and longer-lasting batteries in cell phones and laptops. In a study published this month in the journal Batteries and Supercaps, researchers from The Ohio State University detailed their findings centering around the construction of the battery’s cathode, which stores the energy produced by a chemical reaction in a metal-oxygen or metal-air battery. The finding, the researchers say, could make renewable energy sources like solar and wind more viable options for the power grid through cheaper, more efficient energy storage.

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      14. What's New in Energy Storage

        What's New in Energy Storage

        Last year, the U.S. energy storage market nearly doubled, and it is expected to double again in 2019. In fact, the final quarter of 2018 broke the previous record for megawatt-hours deployed in a single quarter by 50%, according to a report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Energy Storage Association (ESA). Although solar-power projects are typically more likely to take advantage of battery storage, wind energy also benefits from storage in certain cases. For example, Texas’ largest energy storage site is co-located with a solar power plant — but it can make use of solar and grid-generated wind energy.

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      15. How LADWP Uses Two Lakes To Store Energy Like A Giant Battery

        How LADWP Uses Two Lakes To Store Energy Like A Giant Battery

        The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has turned two big lakes into a monster battery capable of storing enough energy to power tens of thousands of homes. It involves using the excess wind and solar power L.A.'s renewable energy sites produce during the day to pump water from Castaic Lake uphill 7.5 miles to Pyramid Lake. Then, late in the day, when the sun goes down and the city's energy demand spikes, the water gets run downhill through hydroelectric generators at Castaic Lake.

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        Mentions: California U.S.
      16. Energy Storage To Go - Aggreko Launches New Mobile and Modular Battery System

        Energy Storage To Go - Aggreko Launches New Mobile and Modular Battery System

        Aggreko is adding mobile and modular energy storage to its 10 gigawatt (GW) fleet of distributed energy assets. The Y.Cube is a fully integrated, ready-to-install lithium-ion battery system, built on the decade-long expertise of energy storage pioneer Younicos, which Aggreko acquired in 2017. Housed entirely within a standard 20-ft container, the 1-megawatt (MW) units can be delivered and quickly deployed worldwide.

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      17. Con Ed Creates Battery Farm in Ozone Park

        Con Ed Creates Battery Farm in Ozone Park

        Tucked between a school and church in Ozone Park is Con Edison’s new pride and joy. Eight ordinary-looking shipping containers sit in the company's Battery Storage Station. A Con Edison official said that what's inside the containers is the future of the electric industry. The technology isn’t new but this is the first time Con Edison has created it’s own battery farm. The goal of the project to store electricity for use at a later date, like on hot summer days, when air conditioners can strain the power grid.

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      18. Shell's Industrial Customers in Ontario to be Offered Convergent's BTM Battery Storage

        Shell's Industrial Customers in Ontario to be Offered Convergent's BTM Battery Storage

        Ontario’s policy of rewarding large users of energy that reduce their demand for grid energy at peak times has resulted in Shell New Energies announcing 21MWh of projects with Convergent Energy + Power. The main policy mechanism through which developers of Ontario energy storage projects have found a profitable niche is the Global Adjustment Charge. Like demand charges in most of the US, commercial and industrial users of electricity have to pay a premium for energy drawn from the grid at times of peak demand.

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      19. California Flips Switch on First Grid-Connected Flow Battery

        California Flips Switch on First Grid-Connected Flow Battery

        Flow batteries, an emerging technology, could be more durable and hardy than the most popular grid-scale batteries in use today. Now, California's independent system operator has hooked one up. Located at the Miguel substation in Bonita, a flow battery system installed by San Diego Gas & Electric has undergone testing and fine-tuning as part of a four-year pilot project to develop storage technologies aimed at integrating more renewable energy sources into California’s grid.

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      20. In Illinois, Storage is Among the Next Hurdles for Renewables Expansion

        In Illinois, Storage is Among the Next Hurdles for Renewables Expansion

        ComEd sees a significant role for energy storage on Illinois’ electric grid as the state works toward realizing its ambitious renewable goals. The utility won’t be the only one with a role to play. As they seek to demonstrate the value of storage, state regulators will consider incentives, and developers will have to continue to make it more affordable and efficient.

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      21. Ørsted's Lincoln Clean Energy Acquires Coronal Energy's Solar & Storage Development Business

        Ørsted's Lincoln Clean Energy Acquires Coronal Energy's Solar & Storage Development Business

        Leading developer of US renewables Lincoln Clean Energy, a subsidiary of Danish offshore wind giant Ørsted, announced it had acquired the development business of Coronal Energy, a US-based developer focused on utility-scale solar and energy storage projects. The acquisition will see Lincoln Clean Energy take on the company’s development team of experienced solar and storage personnel, as well as a significant pipeline of solar and storage projects in the United States, including several projects that have already been awarded long-term Power Purchase Agreements with credit-worthy utility counterparts.

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