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      1. 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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      2. 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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      3. 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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      4. 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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      5. 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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      6. 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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      7. 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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      8. 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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      9. 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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      10. 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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      11. San Diego Water Authority Seeks Proposals For Energy Storage Project - North American Windpower

        San Diego Water Authority Seeks Proposals For Energy Storage Project - North American Windpower

        The San Diego County Water Authority has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a potential joint energy storage project with the City of San Diego. According to the public agency, the project could lessen upward pressure on water rates and also increase opportunities for renewable energy penetration throughout the region by leveraging existing infrastructure at San Vicente Reservoir.

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      12. Sault Energy Storage Plant Ready to Launch

        Sault Energy Storage Plant Ready to Launch

        Sault Ste. Marie will soon have an energy storage system online that will allow the province's Independent Electricity System Operator a chance to study new technology designed to make the power grid more efficient and cheaper. Convergent Energy has completed construction on its 7MW energy storage project, located on PUC property in the city's east end at Trunk and McNabb streets adjacent to one of its transmission substations. A seven megawatt battery project would be equivalent to the storage of about 70,000 light bulbs. The project can balance 60 megawatts of photovoltaic solar capacity and 150 megawatts of peak load at the end of a 115 kV radical circuit.

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      13. Sunrun's Evolution From Home Solar Installer to Comprehensive Energy Solution Provider

        Sunrun's Evolution From Home Solar Installer to Comprehensive Energy Solution Provider

        A decade may not seem like a remarkably long time to have been in business, but it certainly is in the world of rooftop solar. In an industry known for its ups and downs, residential solar installer Sunrun hit the commendable milestone last week of 10 years in operation. Executive Chairman and co-founder Ed Fenster and CEO and co-founder Lynn Jurich launched Sunrun in 2007 from an attic in San Francisco and signed the company’s first customers from a booth at a county fair. Since then, Sunrun says it has built more than $2.5 billion in solar systems, saved customers more than $150 million on their energy bills and generated more than 2.4 billion kilowatt-hours of clean energy.

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      14. No, Cities Are Not Actually Leading on Climate. Enough With the Mindless Cheerleading

        No, Cities Are Not Actually Leading on Climate. Enough With the Mindless Cheerleading

        The idea that cities are leading on climate change is applauded over and over and over. There’s just one problem. It's not actually happening. Retrofit programs for buildings and homes aren't delivering results. Power distribution remains rooted in century-old thinking and technology. And those cities that claim to be on track to go "100 percent renewable"? Not even close. With the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris accord, city contributions are needed more than ever. But it’s time to stop with the empty platitudes and face reality. We’ve got a lot of work to do.

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      15. Third Time's the Charm: Regulators Accept HECO Plan for 100% Renewables

        Third Time's the Charm: Regulators Accept HECO Plan for 100% Renewables

        The Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission has accepted a plan filed by the state's largest utility Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO), outlining how it will reach 100% renewable energy resources by 2040 — five years ahead of the state's goal. HECO's latest iteration of its Power Supply Improvement Plan (PSIP) update was accepted by the PUC on July 14, and it outlines the work to be done by Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawai‘i Electric Light. Along with acquiring almost 400 MW of renewable generating capacity, the plan includes adding energy storage and other grid technologies to aid resiliency, and assumes the continued growth of private rooftop solar.

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      16. Sonnen Signs a Deal to Put Storage in New Arizona Housing Developments

        Sonnen Signs a Deal to Put Storage in New Arizona Housing Developments

        Sonnen has signed a contract with an Arizona homebuilder to install its energy storage systems along with rooftop solar on each residence in forthcoming developments. This has long been a goal for the company, which aims to create a community of homeowners who produce and exchange clean energy, while performing distributed grid services. The sonnenCommunity in Germany has grown to 8,000 members and functions like its own utility. That robust vision would be hard to implement in the U.S., given the regulatory structures in place here.

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      17. How Giant Batteries Can Help Reduce Emissions

        How Giant Batteries Can Help Reduce Emissions

        In Southern California, where an extreme energy shortage has threatened for months to shut off power for millions of homeowners, an unconventional source of electricity is helping to keep the lights on: giant batteries. Thousands of lithium-ion battery packs — the same kind of batteries that power smartphones and laptops — were installed in massive containers in a handful of spots on the grid earlier this year, from San Diego to Los Angeles. The batteries are now helping power tens of thousands of households.

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      18. Renewable Energy Not a Threat to Grid, Draft of U.S. Study Finds

        Renewable Energy Not a Threat to Grid, Draft of U.S. Study Finds

        Wind and solar power don’t pose a significant threat to the reliability of the U.S. power grid, Energy Department staff members said in a draft report, contradicting statements by their leader Rick Perry. "The power system is more reliable today due to better planning, market discipline, and better operating rules and standards," according to a July draft of the study obtained by Bloomberg. The findings -- which are still under review by the department’s leadership -- contrast with Perry’s arguments that "baseload" sources such as coal and nuclear power that provide constant power are jeopardized by Obama-era incentives for renewable energy, making the grid unreliable.

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      19. California Assembly Yanks Major Storage Bill, Pushing It to 2018

        California Assembly Yanks Major Storage Bill, Pushing It to 2018

        A long-term energy storage rebate that cleared the California Senate came to a sudden halt in the Assembly this week. SB 700 would create a 10-year rebate program that steps down in phases as storage penetration increases, modeled after the successful California Solar Initiative. It was slated for a hearing Wednesday in the Assembly's Utilities and Energy Committee, but the committee chair took it off the agenda despite objections from the bill's author. The bill is still alive, but it can't be passed until the legislative session next year due to Assembly rules.

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      20. Elon Musk Exposes Deep Coal Divide in Australia

        Elon Musk Exposes Deep Coal Divide in Australia

        Elon Musk’s intervention in Australia’s energy crisis is widening a divide over the future of coal. The billionaire Tesla Inc. founder, who has promised to help solve an Australian state’s clean energy obstacles, sees no place for the fossil fuel. That conflicts with the national government’s push for it remaining a mainstay source of electricity generation, as well as the “clean, beautiful coal” technologies that U.S. President Donald Trump sees helping to save American mining jobs.

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      21. National Grid Revises UK Energy Storage Expectations

        National Grid Revises UK Energy Storage Expectations

        National Grid has reduced its forecasts for electricity storage capacity in the UK down to just 10.7GW by 2050 in the most ambitious scenario set out within its future projections for the energy sector. The latest Future Energy Scenarios (FES) document, published on Thursday, suggested the greatest level of storage would be deployed under its 'Consumer Power' scenario, which predicts a highly economic market driven by innovation over environmental concerns.

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      22. AMS Taking ‘Storage to New Level’ with US$34m Series B Investment

        AMS Taking ‘Storage to New Level’ with US$34m Series B Investment

        Business models used by Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS), including creating “Hybrid Electric Buildings” with energy storage, take the industry to a “new level”, VC investor Nancy Pfund has said. Investors including actor and activist Arnold Schwarzenegger, major Australian utility AGL, GE Ventures and Macquarie Capital participated in the successful raise of more than US$34 million in a Series B funding round, which AMS announced yesterday.

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        Mentions: CA GE
      23. Multiple Indian 'Gigafactories' Expected by 2019

        Multiple Indian 'Gigafactories' Expected by 2019

        At least two global technology leaders could set up Gigafactories to manufacture lithium-ion cells in India in the next couple of years, according to the head of the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA). This focus is being driven by opportunities in both stationary and electric vehicle (EV) applications in India, particularly with the government goal of making all vehicles electric by 2030.

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        Mentions: Japan Asia India
      24. GridWise Alliance Makes Stance on Role Battery Energy Storage Will Play in Modernization of Our Electric Infrastructure

        GridWise Alliance Makes Stance on Role Battery Energy Storage Will Play in Modernization of Our Electric Infrastructure

        Washington D.C. – (July 13, 2017) The GridWise Alliance, an organization that specializes in convening energy stakeholders on the most pressing grid modernization activities, today released a whitepaper aimed at improving the conversation about battery energy storage applications on the electric grid.  The paper highlights recommendations for policy makers and regulators as they prepare to overcome the challenges to widespread implementation of energy storage technologies.

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