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      1. Ontario’s C&I Energy Storage Sector Kicks on with Utility-Developer Partnership

        Ontario’s C&I Energy Storage Sector Kicks on with Utility-Developer Partnership

        Canadian utility Alectra Energy Solutions, which has over a million customers in Ontario, will offer large-scale energy storage to commercial and industrial operations in its service area, having formed a partnership with developer AMP. AMP Solar, which has developed over 520MW of energy assets to date, is headquartered in Ontario with offices in New York, Denver, New Delhi and Tokyo, executing and acquiring solar PV projects in the UK, Japan, Canada and elsewhere. The strategic agreement signed with Alectra appears to be AMP’s first publically announced foray into energy storage.

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      2. 34 New Fast-Charging Stations with Energy Storage for EVs to be Deployed Along Trans-Canada Highway

        34 New Fast-Charging Stations with Energy Storage for EVs to be Deployed Along Trans-Canada Highway

        Good news for Canadian electric car drivers or soon-to-be electric car drivers. A new network of DC fast-charging stations has been announced to cover the Trans-Canada Highway in a currently underserved region between Ontario and Manitoba. Interestingly, the stations will be equipped with energy storage systems in order to make sure it can deliver fast-charging even where there are grid limitations.

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      3. Ofgem: We Want to Curb Costs for Energy Storage Projects

        Ofgem: We Want to Curb Costs for Energy Storage Projects

        Wide-ranging reforms set out this week by the government and Ofgem could reduce costs for energy storage operators and help unlock a new wave of investment in the fast-expanding smart grid market. That is the view of Andy Burgess, associate partner for energy systems at Ofgem, who writing on BusinessGreen today explains how the package of changes set out earlier this week will deliver particular benefits for energy storage developers and operators.

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      4. LIPA's Battery Plans In Montauk Draw Early Fire

        LIPA's Battery Plans In Montauk Draw Early Fire

        A proposal for an industrial battery storage facility on a low-lying stretch of Montauk roadway drew concerns from neighbors and East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals members last week—and was probably a taste of what a public hearing on the project before the Town Planning Board next month will be like. Neighbors and zoning board members worried about flooding in the area, and the efforts of the project's developers to overcome that by raising the grade of the property and the building that will house the batteries to 10 feet above sea level.

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      5. Panasonic, Xcel, NREL Team Up for 'Carbon Neutrality' at Development Near Denver Airport

        Panasonic, Xcel, NREL Team Up for 'Carbon Neutrality' at Development Near Denver Airport

        The Peña Station Next development near Denver International Airport already sports a solar panel-covered parking lot, a huge battery system and other smart technologies — and now it’s aiming for neutrality on carbon dioxide emissions. Several businesses — including Xcel Energy Inc., Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Co., developer LC Fulenwider Inc. and Denver International Airport — are joining with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to study how to turn the area into a “carbon-neutral energy district, they announced Friday.

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      6. Toyota’s New Solid-State Battery Could Make Its Way to Cars by 2020

        Toyota’s New Solid-State Battery Could Make Its Way to Cars by 2020

        Toyota is touting its progress on a new kind of battery technology, which uses a solid electrolyte instead of the conventional semi-liquid version used in today’s lithium-ion batteries. The car maker said that it’s near a breakthrough in production engineering that could help it put the new tech in production electric vehicles as early as 2020, according to the Wall Street Journal. The improved battery technology would make it possible to create smaller, more lightweight lithium-ion batteries for use in EVs, that could also potentially boost the total charge capacity and result in longer-range vehicles.

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      7. Energy Storage Association Outlines Ways for States to Promote the Technology

        Energy Storage Association Outlines Ways for States to Promote the Technology

        The Energy Storage Association published a report with recommendations on cost effective state policies for energy storage. "State Policies to Fully Charge Advanced Energy Storage: The Menu of Options," says that current market structures and policies lack clear mechanisms to identify and capture the full value of energy storage systems. The report says states should focus on value, competition and access in order to achieve the maximum benefit from energy storage. 

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      8. Funds for Battery Storage, Smart Grid, Energy Tech Tops $1B

        Funds for Battery Storage, Smart Grid, Energy Tech Tops $1B

        The first half of 2017 has been very rewarding for battery storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency companies who received venture capital (VC) funding worth over $1.0 billion globally. Mercom Capital Group, a global clean energy communications, and consulting firm, published its latest report for the first half of 2017, detailing the combined funding, mergers & acquisitions across the three separate sectors globally. According to Mercom, which covered 89 companies in its report, Investment in Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency reached a total of $1.03 billion, a 25 percent increase over the $807 million raised in the first half of 2016.

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      9. Gas Plant Makers Embrace Batteries with Hybrid Machines

        Gas Plant Makers Embrace Batteries with Hybrid Machines

        New offerings from turbine manufacturers are blurring the line in the debate about whether or not an energy storage facility can replace gas-fired peaking plants. Earlier this month, Wartsila signed a memorandum of understanding with Southern Co. to develop two flexible gas-fired power projects. The MOU coincides with Wartsila’s acquisition of Greensmith Energy Management Systems. Wartsila said the acquisition would enable it to provide both stand-alone energy storage systems, as well as hybridized energy systems that combine conventional generators with energy storage.

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      10. Local Resiliency with Solar+Storage Highlighted at Intersolar North America 2017

        Local Resiliency with Solar+Storage Highlighted at Intersolar North America 2017

        As more communities seek to mitigate and manage the risks of natural disasters, extreme weather events, and other events impacting the power grid and critical infrastructure, the notion of improving local resiliency continues to gain attention. In addition to developing more robust disaster response plans, more communities are seeking to leverage solar photovoltaic (PV) systems paired with energy storage technologies (solar+storage) as a means to provide emergency back-up power systems, particularly to keep critical loads—e.g., hospitals, emergency response buildings and community shelters —online and operational during outages.

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      11. ‘Saltwater Battery’ Maker Aquion Energy Back From Dead Under New Ownership

        ‘Saltwater Battery’ Maker Aquion Energy Back From Dead Under New Ownership

        Aquion Energy, maker of energy storage batteries and whole systems based on a novel electrolyte with a chemical composition similar to saltwater, is back in business. The American company, which began production in 2014, went bust in March, offloading 80% of its workforce and sending its website offline. One British company, Solar PV Partners, which was selling Aquion Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI) batteries said Aquion had developed a “sustainable, clean and non-hazardous product”, also describing it as “cost-effective” and “scalable” compared to alternative storage technologies.

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      12. Dynapower's Adam Knudsen to Serve on Governor Scott's Climate Action Commission

        Dynapower's Adam Knudsen to Serve on Governor Scott's Climate Action Commission

        SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., July 24, 2017 -- Dynapower, the leading independent supplier of energy storage solutions, is honored to announce that Adam Knudsen, President and Chip Palombini, Energy Storage Group manager, will be serving on Governor Phil Scott's Climate Action Commission. "We are very excited to have Adam Knudsen and the team at Dynapower be a part of the Commission's important work.  The company is on the cutting edge, leading the low carbon economy.  This is a Vermont-based manufacturing company building the foundation for the strong climate action-based economy Governor Scott envisions," said Peter Walke, deputy secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

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      13. California Microgrid Dreaming Getting Real with Two Events in July

        California Microgrid Dreaming Getting Real with Two Events in July

        The California microgrid market is expected to get a boost in July with two key events: release of a solicitation that will offer $44.7 million in microgrid grant money and the next meeting to map out a road forward on state policy. The fourth microgrid roadmap meeting is set for July 26 at the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel. Hosted by the California Energy Commission, the session will focus on key actions and next steps for the roadmap, a document the state intends to use to help overcome barriers to microgrid commercialization.

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      14. Alectra and AMP Form Partnership to Develop C&I Energy Storage Projects

        Alectra and AMP Form Partnership to Develop C&I Energy Storage Projects

        Alectra Energy Solutions and AMP plan to form a strategic relationship to develop large-scale energy storage solutions for commercial and industrial and institutional customers in Ontario. The Canadian utility and storage provider plan to develop a portfolio of distributed on-site assets aimed at reducing power costs for C&I customers and enhancing resiliancy. 



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      15. Hawaii's Push to 100% Renewable Energy Presents Opportunity for Solar Energy

        Hawaii's Push to 100% Renewable Energy Presents Opportunity for Solar Energy

        Hawaii has long been the U.S. leader in solar energy deployment, despite the fact that the state's renewable energy efforts rarely get national attention. Solar energy, in particular, makes sense in Hawaii because of the state's abundant sunshine and high electricity prices (otherwise utilities burn imported fossil fuels). Even energy storage is an area where Hawaii is charging ahead of most other states. But being a leader isn't enough. We now know that Hawaii will be the first state to take a real crack at being powered 100% renewable energy, something regulators have been pushing for some time. And utility Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE:HE) is finally on board with the plan. 

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      16. New York Grapples With the Best Way to Promote Storage: Mandates or Market Reforms?

        New York Grapples With the Best Way to Promote Storage: Mandates or Market Reforms?

        New York State is in the midst of a philosophical debate over how best to promote storage. The state's efforts to reform the electricity market have focused heavily on renewables, and the storage industry has been waiting for a big development of its own. The legislature took matters into its own hands last month and passed a bill requiring the Public Service Commission to pick a storage target by 2018 that utilities need to fulfill by 2030. The Senate and the Assembly each approved their measures unanimously.

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      17. Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Facility That Was Site of Massive Leak Can Reopen, State Says

        Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Facility That Was Site of Massive Leak Can Reopen, State Says

        The Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility, where the largest methane leak in U.S. history forced thousands to flee their homes, can resume natural gas injections at a reduced capacity, state officials said Wednesday. The announcement follows months of inspections at the sprawling field above Porter Ranch and the implementation of new safety protocols that officials said will protect the public and stave off an energy shortage in Southern California.

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      18. California Microgrid Dreaming Getting Real with Two Events in July

        California Microgrid Dreaming Getting Real with Two Events in July

        The California microgrid market is expected to get a boost in July with two key events: release of a solicitation that will offer $44.7 million in microgrid grant money and the next meeting to map out a road forward on state policy. The fourth microgrid roadmap meeting is set for July 26 at the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel. Hosted by the California Energy Commission, the session will focus on key actions and next steps for the roadmap, a document the state intends to use to help overcome barriers to microgrid commercialization.

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      19. Despite Failure to Pass Rebate Bill, California Energy Storage Has ‘Bright Future’

        Despite Failure to Pass Rebate Bill, California Energy Storage Has ‘Bright Future’

        Despite a bill to create a rebate programme for energy storage systems purchased in California being dropped from a recent round of legislative decision-making, the state’s industry still has a “bright future”, commentators have said. Energy Storage Association vice president Matt Roberts and GTM Research analyst Brett Simon both told Energy-Storage.News this week that although Senate Bill 700 (SB 700) was taken off the voting agenda at a California Assembly meeting, where a ‘yes’ vote would’ve created a new policy pathway, California is set to continue its role as a leader in energy storage.

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      20. State Policies to Fully Charge Advanced Energy Storage: The Menu of Options

        State Policies to Fully Charge Advanced Energy Storage: The Menu of Options

        State policymakers, utilities, businesses, and households are increasingly looking to advanced energy storage to reduce costs of electric service, enhance electric system reliability, and integrate more renewable resources onto the grid. However, the electric system was designed before cost-effective energy storage was available. Existing state rules and processes inadvertently bias against or exclude energy storage as an investment option, in comparison to conventional investments in generation, transmission, distribution, and demand management. 

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      21. Sungrow Supplies Inverter and Energy Storage System to Bahamas C&I Project

        Sungrow Supplies Inverter and Energy Storage System to Bahamas C&I Project

        China-headquartered PV inverter manufacturer Sungrow has supplied a complete energy storage system to a commercial and industrial (C&I) solar-plus-storage project in the Bahamas. Unlike the company’s recent five-island microgrid project in the Maldives, the Bahamas system, at an unnamed customer’s site, is thought to be grid-connected. It provides behind-the-meter services such as load shifting and peak shaving and can also operate independently of the grid.

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      22. Ground-Breaking Battery Energy Storage System Set to Transform the Northern Territory’s Energy Future

        Ground-Breaking Battery Energy Storage System Set to Transform the Northern Territory’s Energy Future

        Government-owned Northern Territory energy company Territory Generation has announced the go-ahead for a 5MW/3.3MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) to be located in Alice Springs. Developed with the assistance of global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon, also the specialist and technical engineering advisor to the South Australian government for the agreement to build the world’s largest lithium-ion battery, the NT BESS will be one of the largest grid-connected storage solutions in Australia.

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      23. Michigan Utility Embarks on ‘Next Generation Infrastructure’ for Clean Energy

        Michigan Utility Embarks on ‘Next Generation Infrastructure’ for Clean Energy

        As blighted and empty properties are being revamped on Grand Rapids, Michigan’s West Side, a major utility is partnering with the city and a local developer on an “energy district” equipped with solar panels and battery storage to accompany the growth. The Circuit West project spanning roughly 10 blocks near downtown is Consumers Energy’s first solar-plus-storage effort in the state. It will comprise up to 1 megawatt of solar with about half as much battery storage capacity.

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      24. Energy Storage Prices Forecast to Tumble

        Energy Storage Prices Forecast to Tumble

        Energy storage is needed to avoid wasting excess electricity from solar and wind – and a new analysis finds many options are surprisingly affordable. Oliver Schmidt and colleagues at Imperial College London see technology costs falling similarly rapidly as deployment expands. ‘There is no fundamental advantage of a certain technology in terms of capital costs,’ Schmidt tells Chemistry World.

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      25. Can a Flow Battery Steal the Throne From TEP's 4.5-Cent Solar-Plus-Storage PPA?

        Can a Flow Battery Steal the Throne From TEP's 4.5-Cent Solar-Plus-Storage PPA?

        Signing the cheapest PPA is like conquering the Iron Throne: Before you even have time to enjoy the accomplishment, someone's on their way to take it from you. In May, NextEra Energy Resources secured a 4.5-cent per kilowatt-hour solar-plus-storage PPA with Tucson Electric Power. That's low for just solar, but the 100 megawatts of generation will come backed by 30 megawatts of 4-hour-duration energy storage. The system is set to run by the end of 2019.

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        Mentions: CA U.S. Arizona
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