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      1. Viridity Energy Breaks Ground on Two 20 MWh Battery Storage Projects in New Jersey

        Viridity Energy Breaks Ground on Two 20 MWh Battery Storage Projects in New Jersey

        Viridity Energy Solutions Inc. (“Viridity”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Ormat Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ORA) and a leader in energy storage, is pleased to announce groundbreaking on two 20 MW / 20 MWh standalone utility-connected battery energy storage projects that the company will own and operate in New Jersey. As previously announced, Viridity and Ormat teams are providing the project engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services. The combined projects, interconnected with Jersey Central Power and Light’s transmission grid, will provide real-time frequency regulation as well as other ancillary services to the grid operator, PJM Interconnection. Viridity expects to begin operation of both systems in late 2018.

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      2. EDF Renewables Signs Agreement with Alliant Energy to Advance Iowa's Renewable Energy Leadership

        EDF Renewables Signs Agreement with Alliant Energy to Advance Iowa's Renewable Energy Leadership

        -EDF Renewables and Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company today announced the signing of contracts by which EDF Renewables will develop and construct up to 200 megawatts (MW) of the Golden Plains Wind Project. Golden Plains Wind Project is located in Winnebago and Kossuth counties in the north central portion of Iowa. The Project is expected to create 150+ construction jobs as well as inject millions of dollars in economic benefits to the local area. The project will be completed by early 2020 and is expected to produce enough clean energy to power 87,000 average homes a year.

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      3. Microgrids Benefit from New Jersey's Push for More Renewables and Energy Storage

        Microgrids Benefit from New Jersey's Push for More Renewables and Energy Storage

        New Jersey’s town center microgrids are poised to enter their next stage, enhanced by a series of state strategies to catalyze distributed energy. Selected for funding last year, the 13 town center microgrid proposals are now in the final stages of producing feasibility studies. 

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      4. Stem, Inc. Selected by Sheraton Waikiki for AI-Driven Energy Storage

        Stem, Inc. Selected by Sheraton Waikiki for AI-Driven Energy Storage

        Sheraton Waikiki has selected Stem, Inc., the global leader in artificial intelligence (AI)-powered energy storage, to provide energy storage services in support of the global hotel leader’s environmental sustainability planning. The 500 kWh system at the Sheraton Waikiki, which is owned by Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts, will be the largest customer-sited system to participate in a utility program in Hawaii, and will play a maverick role in the transition of Hawaiian Electric’s grid management. “Intelligent energy storage is the next step in Sheraton’s environmental sustainability projects, because it enables us to take control of our energy usage and fully realize the value of our other recent energy investments,” said Eric Au, area director of engineering, Marriott Resorts and Hotels in Hawaii and French Polynesia. “The Stem platform provides the hotel real-time energy optimization in our planning and operating decisions, while enabling the community around our facilities to smooth the variability and integration of higher penetrations of renewable energy.”

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      5. UK Power Reserve Partners with Global Energy Storage Provider Fluence to Deliver 60MW Battery Storage for UK Grid

        UK Power Reserve Partners with Global Energy Storage Provider Fluence to Deliver 60MW Battery Storage for UK Grid

        SOLIHULL, England & ARLINGTON, Va.--(Business Wire)--UK Power Reserve is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Fluence, a market-leading global provider of energy storage technology and services, to deliver the first phase of its 120MW battery storage portfolio. This partnership represents the single largest energy storage portfolio transaction with one technology provider announced in the UK to date. Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3811487#ixzz5IFO01Nqz

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      6. SDG&E Approved for 5 New Storage Projects Totaling 334 MWh

        SDG&E Approved for 5 New Storage Projects Totaling 334 MWh

        The California Pubic Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved five new storage projects totaling 83.5 MW / 135 MWh and a demand response program capable of contributing 4.5 MW as part of San Diego Gas and Electric's plan to add more renewables and improve grid reliability. Each of the lithium-ion battery storage facilities in San Diego and Orange counties is a four-hour battery to be developed by a different company. OhmConnect was tapped to manage the demand response program.

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      7. Energy Reliability: Achieving Resiliency through Microgrids

        Energy Reliability: Achieving Resiliency through Microgrids

        Energy reliability and resiliency is top of mind for many companies as cybersecurity becomes more of an issue for utilities, and climate change brings with it an increased threat of natural disaster. These challenges and more are paving the way for substantial progress in decentralized energy resources.

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      8. Cuomo’s Energy Storage Target Goals Now Include Li-ion Supercell Technology Demonstration Project

        Cuomo’s Energy Storage Target Goals Now Include Li-ion Supercell Technology Demonstration Project

        New York State has awarded Cadenza Innovation funding for a demonstration project featuring Li-ion supercell technology, a standalone system that includes a rack-mounted 200kWh, 50kW battery storage unit. The project is part of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) drive to pursue nation-leading clean energy goals, including Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s energy storage target of 1500 megawatts in New York State by 2025. As the pioneering provider of energy storage solutions for license to lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery manufacturers, Cadenza Innovation offers unique cell design that combines the best properties from wound jelly rolls and large prismatic cells. That allows for high energy density at low cost for EV, PHEV, and grid markets.

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      9. Energy Storage Association Adds EVgo EVP Julie Blunden to its 2018 – 2019 Board of Directors

        Energy Storage Association Adds EVgo EVP Julie Blunden to its 2018 – 2019 Board of Directors

        WASHINGTON, D.C., June 7, 2018 –The Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade association for the U.S. energy storage industry, announced today that Julie Blunden is the newest addition to its board of directors. Pursuant to ESA’s by-laws, Blunden was appointed to serve as a director for the remainder of the 2018 – 2019 term by the current board chair after a position became vacant in May.

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      10. PJM Region and California Dominate US Storage via Different Paths

        PJM Region and California Dominate US Storage via Different Paths

        While much of the U.S. activity surrounding energy storage has been focused on California and the PJM region, the locus of activity is expected to expand as states like New York and Massachusetts implement ambitious storage goals. A new report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) that gives a snapshot of the energy storage landscape shows how differing policy drivers have led to the proliferation of large capacity and short duration storage projects in the PJM region while California leads in terms of MWh of capacity

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      11. Turkey studying impact of storage on solar LCOE ahead of gigawatt auctions - Energy Storage News

        Turkey studying impact of storage on solar LCOE ahead of gigawatt auctions - Energy Storage News

        Advisory and certification house DNV GL is supporting Turkish plans to source 30% of total electricity generated in the country from renewable sources, carrying out a feasibility study for combinations of solar PV and energy storage. The national Ministry of Energy has appointed the Dutch-headquartered group to conduct the study, which will be delivered for the Renewable Energy General Directorate at the Ministry. DNV GL aims to inform the directorate of best practice solutions for including energy storage in forthcoming large-scale solar project tenders.

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      12. First Grid-Scale Liquid Air Energy Storage Plant Launches in UK

        First Grid-Scale Liquid Air Energy Storage Plant Launches in UK

        Highview Power in partnership with British recycling and waste disposal company Viridor has brought online what it calls the world’s first grid-scale liquid air energy storage (LAES) plant. The 5 MW, 15 MWh demonstration plant at the Pilsworth landfill gas site in Bury near Manchester received support from the U.K. government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which supplied $10.7 million in funding. Demand response aggregator KiWi Power will draw energy from the LAES plant to power about 5,000 average-sized homes for around three hours.

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      13. U.S. Residential Energy Storage Market Hits New Highs in Q1 2018

        U.S. Residential Energy Storage Market Hits New Highs in Q1 2018

        BOSTON, Mass. and WASHINGTON D.C. (Jun 6, 2018) -- Deployments of home energy storage systems reached record heights in the first quarter of 2018. According to the latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor report from GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association (ESA), 36 megawatt-hours of grid-connected residential energy storage systems were deployed in the first three months of this year, which is equivalent to the amount of residential storage deployed in the previous three quarters combined.

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      14. Industry Slams US Coal and Nuclear Subsidy Plans

        Industry Slams US Coal and Nuclear Subsidy Plans

        The Department of Energy (DoE) wants to "purchase or arrange the purchase of electric energy or electric generation capacity" for two years and delay coal and nuclear plant retirements, according to a memo made public on 1 June. But a coalition of energy industry associations, including AWEA, condemned the proposals, claiming it would "hurt consumers". It is unclear whether the president had signed off on the DoE’s latest 40-page document, authorising the bail out of coal and nuclear plants.

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      15. Headlines: Highview Power Completes UK Plant to Test ‘Liquid Air’ Storage Technology

        Headlines: Highview Power Completes UK Plant to Test ‘Liquid Air’ Storage Technology

        A novel long-duration energy storage technology got one step closer to commercialization this week. U.K.-based Highview Power has completed a test plant for its liquid air energy storage technology. The company uses equipment developed for the conventional power and oil and gas industries to liquefy gas, store it in tanks and release it to spin turbines and produce electricity on demand.

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      16. Colorado Integrates Storage into Utility Planning Process

        Colorado Integrates Storage into Utility Planning Process

        Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation on Friday to encourage the installation of energy storage in the state and to integrate storage procurement mechanisms into utilities' long-term planning processes. House Bill 18-1270, also known as the "Energy Storage Procurement Act," sets a deadline of Feb. 1, 2019, for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to develop procurement rules. Utilities will be able to file applications for rate-based projects by May 1, though they cannot exceed 15 MW.

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      17. Grid Mod Policy Actions Sump 75%, with storage Playing a Central Role

        Grid Mod Policy Actions Sump 75%, with storage Playing a Central Role

        A sure measure of how much and how fast the U.S. power system is changing is that the number of policy actions addressing grid modernization jumped 75% from Q1 2017 to Q1 2018. This also reveals something more important about grid modernization. Grid modernization is everything from advance metering infrastructure (AMI) to rate design that would make the system "more resilient, responsive, and interactive," according to the Q1 2018 50 States of Grid Modernization. More broadly, it is the set of changes to the electric distribution system that will make the utility of the future possible.

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      18. New Energy Storage Projects Will Support A Cleaner, More Reliable Power Grid

        New Energy Storage Projects Will Support A Cleaner, More Reliable Power Grid

        SAN DIEGO, June 4, 2018 -- Energy storage is creating a cleaner, more reliable power grid in the San Diego region, and more storage is on the way. San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced today that five new energy storage projects totaling 83.5 megawatts (MW) and one demand response program equaling 4.5 MW have been approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The 83.5 MW of energy storage will help improve grid reliability and integrate more renewables, creating a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable future. The projects will add lithium-ion battery storage facilities in San Diego and south Orange counties.

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      19. ESA CEO Statement on Colorado Energy Storage Legislation

        ESA CEO Statement on Colorado Energy Storage Legislation

        The Energy Storage Association (ESA) is encouraged by Friday’s announcement that Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed legislation that will advance energy storage deployments in the state. The bill begins an important process to integrate energy storage into long-term electric system planning, which will provide economic and environmental benefits to Colorado’s ratepayers for years to come.

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      20. Energy Storage Could Be Residential Solar's Next Growth Product

        Energy Storage Could Be Residential Solar's Next Growth Product

        Residential solar installers are quietly starting to expand their offerings to include energy storage, which could be a much-needed revenue boost for the industry. Tesla's (NASDAQ:TSLA) Powerwall is the best-known energy storage device, but Sunrun (NASDAQ:RUN), SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR), and Vivint Solar (NYSE:VSLR) are entering the market as well, and they're seeing some signs of success early in 2018. What's great about energy storage for solar installers is that it's incremental revenue that leverages existing marketing and sales expenses. And it could help make solar more attractive to customers in states that have made it more difficult to justify solar economically.

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      21. Broad Energy Coalition Condemns Action to Subsidize Failing Coal, Nuclear Plants

        Broad Energy Coalition Condemns Action to Subsidize Failing Coal, Nuclear Plants

        Proposed action to bail out nuclear, coal plants is misguided, would hurt consumers. WASHINGTON June 1, 2018 - A diverse group of energy industry associations including energy efficiency and storage, natural gas, oil, solar and wind issued the following statement condemning the Administration’s draft plan to bail out coal and nuclear plants across the country. Todd Snitchler, American Petroleum Institute Market Development Group Director (API): “The Administration’s draft plan to provide government assistance to those coal and nuclear power plants that are struggling to be profitable under the guise of national security would be unprecedented and misguided. 

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      22. What About Wind-Plus-Storage? It's Not Like Solar-Plus-Storage at All; or is it?

        What About Wind-Plus-Storage? It's Not Like Solar-Plus-Storage at All; or is it?

        Energy storage is storming the U.S. power industry, driving changes from the bulk system level to the customer level. At the system level, February's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order 845 required bulk system operators to design new rules to integrate storage. April's Order 841 rewrote the rules on interconnection, opening new opportunities for storage.

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        Mentions: CA U.S. AWEA
      23. Arizona Is Getting Its First Standalone Battery Peaker

        Arizona Is Getting Its First Standalone Battery Peaker

        The Salt River Project will build Arizona’s first standalone energy storage plant for peak power.

        The utility has contracted for a 20-year power-purchase agreement with AES, which will own and operate the 10-megawatt/40-megawatt-hour system provided by Fluence. The project will sit in Chandler, outside of Phoenix, to deliver peaking capacity to the metropolitan area.

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