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      1. Episode 848: The World's Biggest Battery : Planet Money : NPR

        Episode 848: The World's Biggest Battery : Planet Money : NPR

        California is generating a ton of solar power--some days, more than people can use. It could power the whole state soon, except for one problem: There's no way to hold on to all that energy at night. Some of the country's biggest energy companies are trying to figure out how to store the power. They're buying giant lithium batteries, and imagining ways to tap the batteries in electric cars. But there's another option. 

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      2. ESA CEO Statement on Massachusetts Senate Bill 2545 – An Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future

        ESA CEO Statement on Massachusetts Senate Bill 2545 – An Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future

        The Energy Storage Association (ESA) is encouraged by the inclusion of energy storage in legislation passed by the Massachusetts Senate last night. Establishing a separate energy storage target, as Senate Bill 2545 would require, would ensure that the Commonwealth maintains a leadership position next to California, New York, New Jersey, and Arizona in the drive to realizing the vision of 35 GW of energy storage by 2025. Moreover, along with complementary policies already in place, an energy storage target will help the Commonwealth to realize the immense ratepayer savings and increased grid resilience that energy storage resources can provide.

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      3. Is New Hampshire on the Verge of Battery Energy Storage History?

        Is New Hampshire on the Verge of Battery Energy Storage History?

        small investor-owned utility in New Hampshire may be on the verge of regulatory approval for one of the most ambitious U.S. tests yet of utility-owned, customer-sited battery energy storage systems. In the process, regulators and stakeholders of the DE 17-189 proceeding are wrestling with a question of vital interest to the rest of the 3,000-plus U.S. utilities: Should a utility own customer-sited storage or is it a distributed energy resource (DER) that should be left to private sector providers?

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      4. 5 Things Utilities Should Consider for Energy Storage

        5 Things Utilities Should Consider for Energy Storage

        Across the country, increased energy storage deployments are being spurred by customers looking to gain more control over their energy bills and utilities aiming to build resilience and flexibility into their grid operations. Grid flexibility has always been important, but its significance continues to grow as more and more variable generation is added to the grid — primarily in the form of wind and solar.

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      5. Irish State-Owned Utility ESB Buys 7MWh Stake in UK Grid Storage

        Irish State-Owned Utility ESB Buys 7MWh Stake in UK Grid Storage

        Irish state utility ESB has confirmed its entry into the UK grid-scale energy storage market with the purchase of a 7MWh facility from developer Anesco. ESB (Electricity Supply Board) has acquired the Mill Farm battery storage project, based near Grantham in Lincolnshire, east central England, for an undisclosed sum, the two companies confirmed this morning.

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      6. How NYPA is Taking ‘First Mover’ Position on EVs, Energy Storage and the Digital Grid

        How NYPA is Taking ‘First Mover’ Position on EVs, Energy Storage and the Digital Grid

        As the largest state-owned public utility in America, in one of the most progressive states in the country, the New York Power Authority doesn’t have the option of taking a “wait and see” approach on cleantech. Plus, NYPA’s business model enables it to invest in and deploy new technologies in bold ways, according to President and CEO Gil Quiniones.

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      7. US Army Wants Better Energy Storage, US Lab Delivers 3x Better

        US Army Wants Better Energy Storage, US Lab Delivers 3x Better

        The US Army is behind a new research project at the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory that aims to send lithium-ion batteries spinning into a new era of high capacity energy storage. Among other things, that means more wind and solar grid integration, and that’s kind of funny considering that right now DOE is making yet another stab at finding a way to save old coal and nuclear power plants from the dust bin of history. Good luck with that!

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      8. 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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      9. 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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      10. 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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      11. 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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      12. 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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      13. 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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      14. 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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      15. 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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      16. 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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      17. 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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      18. 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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      19. 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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      20. 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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      21. 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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