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      1. Hawaii's New RFP Comes with a Side of Storage

        Hawaii's New RFP Comes with a Side of Storage

        The Hawaiian Electric Industries, the parent company of Hawaii’s investor-owned utilities, has officially kicked off the second phase of its renewable energy procurement agreement, whose roots date back to 2017. Of the Hawaiian Islands, phase 2 procurement focuses on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii, with the former two given clear renewable generation and battery storage targets.

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      2. Creating a domestic market is paramount for US Battery Industry to Close the Gap with China

        Creating a domestic market is paramount for US Battery Industry to Close the Gap with China

        Spurred by increased global demand for electric vehicles, energy storage systems and consumer electronics, lithium-ion batteries have become invaluable in today's global society. Industry experts say the United States has to create incentives for lithium-ion battery products to encourage manufacturers and decrease its dependence on Chinese imports.

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      3. The Biggest Money is on Wind, Solar, and Storage at NextEra

        The Biggest Money is on Wind, Solar, and Storage at NextEra

        NextEra’s 2019 Investor Presentation is 235 slides of deep information showing the forward-looking business plans of multiple business units. These include large volumes of solar, wind, storage and transmission – as well as ideas and projections on how these technologies will evolve over the next five-plus years.

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      4. 6 MW Wärtsilä Energy Storage System Demonstrates Phased Increase of Renewable Energy Penetration on the Island of Bonaire

        6 MW Wärtsilä Energy Storage System Demonstrates Phased Increase of Renewable Energy Penetration on the Island of Bonaire

        The technology group Wärtsilä has commissioned its 6 MW / 6 MWh energy management and storage system project for its customer ContourGlobal Bonaire on the Caribbean island of Bonaire. With Phase One complete, the island no longer has to curtail wind resources. It has nearly doubled renewable energy penetration, and prepared the system for additional capacity to accommodate peak demand during tourist season. ContourGlobal’s entire island grid is managed and operated by Greensmith GEMS advanced software platform.

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      5. EDP Renewables is Planning 130-MW Solar+Storage Project in California

        EDP Renewables is Planning 130-MW Solar+Storage Project in California

        EDP Renewables and East Bay Community Energy have reached an agreement on a 20-year PPA totaling 100 MW of solar and 30 MW of storage that will bring the Sonrisa Solar Park to California’s Fresno County. The Sonrisa Solar Park is expected to be operational in 2022 and will jobs and money spent in local communities. The Sonrisa Solar Park, which will be comprised of both solar and storage technologies, is EDP Renewables’ first multi-technology project in North America.

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      6. 'Don't Miss This Opportunity': Industry Groups' Further Plea for Energy Storage ITC

        'Don't Miss This Opportunity': Industry Groups' Further Plea for Energy Storage ITC

        Failing to create an investment tax credit as part of the ongoing tax extenders legislation, a coalition of clean energy trade bodies in the US have urged. Writing to Representative Richard Neal (D-MA), chairman of the Committee on Ways & Means, the group said the storage investment tax credit offered a short-term jobs boost and a contribution to addressing the climate crisis.

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      7. Ameresco Completes 10 Megawatt Distributed Energy Security Project at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island

        Ameresco Completes 10 Megawatt Distributed Energy Security Project at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island

        Ameresco, Inc. has announced the completion of construction of a comprehensive energy resiliency and energy infrastructure project at the United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, South Carolina. The $91 million project, which required no upfront capital from MCRD PI, features resilient distributed energy systems designed to withstand potential storm and seismic conditions.

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      8. Eos Supplying Non-Lithium Batteries for Duke, UCSD Storage Projects

        Eos Supplying Non-Lithium Batteries for Duke, UCSD Storage Projects

        Duke Energy is commissioning a 30kW/120kW non-lithium battery for its McAlpine microgrid test facility in North Carolina. Eos Energy Storage is manufacturer and supplier of the Aurora 2.0 battery system for the McAlpine substation in Charlotte. The zinc battery system has been directly integrated, or DC-coupled, to a grid-connected solar array using a DC-DC converter instead of an AC-inverter to eliminate unnecessary hardware and reduce efficiency losses.

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      9. FERC Pushing for Energy Innovation Over Status Quo

        FERC Pushing for Energy Innovation Over Status Quo

        One of the few things people in Washington can agree upon these days is the need for a smarter, more resilient energy grid. Our technology-driven, connected lives make power outages that much more difficult to navigate. Just ask the 44 million people in Argentina what it’s like to work in the dark when their electric grid went out on Sunday. If we want a smarter grid, we need energy storage to make the electric system flexible, efficient and resilient.

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      10. Missouri is Studying the Use of Lead-Acid Batteries at EV Charging Stations

        Missouri is Studying the Use of Lead-Acid Batteries at EV Charging Stations

        Plans to introduce battery-supported EV charging stations have moved a step closer thanks to funding through a competitive grant awarded by the State of Missouri, made possible by funds from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. The grant will fund a detailed plan for the set-up and construction of EV charging stations with advanced lead energy storage at the selected demonstration sites to help manage electricity demand fluctuations and store electricity when it is less costly.

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      11. GlidePath Builds Merchant Battery Plant in ERCOT, Bucking Industry Wisdom

        GlidePath Builds Merchant Battery Plant in ERCOT, Bucking Industry Wisdom

        Renewables developer GlidePath has begun construction on a rare standalone storage project in the tricky Texas market. The 10-megawatt/10-megawatt-hour Prospect Storage plant will bid into the ERCOT markets for energy and ancillary services. Though small by the standards of today’s utility-scale market, the project, located 50 miles south of Houston, is notable for making the economics work in ERCOT.

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      12. The Business Using A.I. to Change How We Think About Energy Storage

        The Business Using A.I. to Change How We Think About Energy Storage

        California-based Stem is using artificial intelligence to help businesses store energy on a large scale.The idea is to pair artificial intelligence (AI) with energy storage so that businesses and organizations can, according to Stem, “automate energy cost savings and protect against changing rates.” Customers include major firms like Adobe Systems, Bed Bath & Beyond and Whole Foods Market.

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      13. ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Financing Our Energy Future Act

        ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Financing Our Energy Future Act

        The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) supports the efforts of Senators Coons and Moran and Representatives Thompson and Estes to introduce the bipartisan Financing Our Energy Future Act. Including energy storage as an eligible asset for master limited partnerships would allow energy infrastructure providers to build and acquire energy storage technologies at lower cost, accelerating the transition to a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable energy infrastructure. Coupled with the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act (S. 1142 / H.R. 2096), which ESA also endorses, the Financing our Energy Future Act will help establish a long-term tax framework to accelerate storage deployment.

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      14. Iowa Officials Consider Energy Storage Tax Credit, ‘Value of Storage’ Study

        Iowa Officials Consider Energy Storage Tax Credit, ‘Value of Storage’ Study

        Iowa economic development officials are tentatively endorsing a tax credit for battery storage to complement the state’s wind and solar generation. The tax credit is one of several recommendations made in a recent report on energy storage opportunities by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Others include targeting grant money and conducting additional research, including a “value of storage” analysis.

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      15. Siemens Gamesa Begins Operation of its Innovative Electrothermal Energy Storage System

        Siemens Gamesa Begins Operation of its Innovative Electrothermal Energy Storage System

        Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has begun operation of its electric thermal energy storage system (ETES). The system contains around 1,000 tonnes of volcanic rock as an energy storage medium. It is fed with electrical energy converted into hot air by means of a resistance heater and a blower that heats the rock to 750°C. When demand peaks, ETES uses a steam turbine for the re-electrification of the stored energy. The ETES pilot plant can thus store up to 130 MWh of thermal energy for a week. In addition, the storage capacity of the system remains constant throughout the charging cycles.

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      16. Consultants: Faster PV, Storage Roll-Out Possible in Puerto Rico

        Consultants: Faster PV, Storage Roll-Out Possible in Puerto Rico

        Puerto Rico has been urged to embrace PV and energy storage more decisively as it works to rebuild its battered power grid, fortifying it against future storms. Siemens' new advice, submitted to Puerto Rico power regulator PREPA this month, urges the island to roll out 920MW of battery energy storage by 2023. The new figure – revised upwards from the 600-900MW recommended by Siemens in February – would include 400MW of six-hour storage systems and 200MW of two-hour counterparts.

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      17. How to Determine the Right Mix of DER

        How to Determine the Right Mix of DER

        Recognizing that versions of the same dilemmas are playing out for utilities across the U.S. in many different markets, geographies and regulatory climates, Austin Energy sought funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office's Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar (SHINES) program. The objectives of the Austin SHINES project is to not only help Austin Energy to achieve its goals but also contribute to advancing utility knowledge for the industry at large.

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      18. Cordova Cuts Ribbon on New Energy Future

        Cordova Cuts Ribbon on New Energy Future

        Senator Lisa Murkowski and energy leaders were in Cordova, Alaska over the weekend for the ribbon cutting of Cordova Electric Cooperative's battery energy storage system. Hydropower produces 70% of Cordova's energy, while diesel fills in the gap producing 30% of their energy. In the summers, the fishing industry and processing plants produce a higher demand on the energy grid, and the load goes up and down; the battery will help them cut down the amount of times they have to start and stop the diesel generator in half.

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      19. World's Largest Battery System Planned for Nevada Solar Plant

        World's Largest Battery System Planned for Nevada Solar Plant

        Last week, one of the largest solar and battery projects in the world just got one step closer to approval. On Friday the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the colossal Gemini Solar Project, a behemoth planned for 11 square miles of the Nevada desert northeast of Las Vegas. The paperwork shows few exact details of the project, however it notes that there has been an upgrade to the scale of the battery storage component, with a mammoth 531 MW / 2125 megawatt-hour (MWh) battery planned accompany the 690 MWac of solar that will be deployed.

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      20. Iberdrola to Build Largest UK Wind Power Battery

        Iberdrola to Build Largest UK Wind Power Battery

        Iberdrola is to build the UK’s largest battery linked to a wind farm, said the Spanish group’s ScottishPower unit. The 50MW lithium-ion battery will store power from the 539MW Whitelee project in Scotland that is currently Britain’s biggest operating onshore wind facility. The battery is set to be operating by the end of 2020. Adding large-scale storage capability is seen as a key strategy to allowing variable renewable sources such as wind power to respond effectively to demand. The Whitelee battery will be able to offer services such as reactive power and frequency response to the National Grid.

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      21. Viking Cold Solutions Installs 1.3 MW of Thermal Energy Storage

        Viking Cold Solutions Installs 1.3 MW of Thermal Energy Storage

        Viking Cold Solutions has completed the installation of eight Thermal Energy Storage systems as part of a utility-backed demand management program in Massachusetts. These eight behind-the-meter TES systems store and facilitate management of approximately 1.3 MW of energy onsite, and do not require any additional real estate for the system components. The average size of the cold storage facilities in the program is approximately 50,000 square feet, with the largest being 157,000 square feet.

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      22. Solar Customers May Be Required to Store Energy

        Solar Customers May Be Required to Store Energy

        The Guam Power Authority is reviewing whether to require energy storage systems for all future solar power customers in light of intermittency, or power fluctuations, within the power grid. "It would be substantially cheaper for the utility to provide (energy storage systems) than for individual customers to install theirs," GPA General Manager John Benavente told The Guam Daily Post.

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      23. NYPA, Westchester County Develop Solar Arrays, Energy Storage

        NYPA, Westchester County Develop Solar Arrays, Energy Storage

        The New York Power Authority is partnering with Westchester County to develop and implement solar photovoltaic and energy storage systems at seven county-owned properties, including bus garages, the Westchester County Courthouse and Hilltop Hanover Farm. The new systems are expected to offset more than 2,800 tons of greenhouse gases each year, which is equivalent to removing more than 600 cars from the road. The solar projects and renewable energy and financing services for municipalities offered at the forum support Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Green New Deal, a clean energy and jobs agenda that strives to achieve 100 percent clean electricity by 2040.

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