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      1. Renewables, Energy Storage, & Managing The Utility Grid Of The Future

        Renewables, Energy Storage, & Managing The Utility Grid Of The Future

        Things are changing fast in the world of electricity generation and distribution. As always, changes are to the advantage of some and the disadvantage of others. The sharp drop in the cost of renewable energy in the past few years is the primary engine driving the changes. The next revolution is bulk energy storage, the piece of the puzzle that will turn traditional ideas of how an electrical grid should operate completely upside down. Here’s a look at what is happening right now and what the utility grid of the future may look like.

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      2. Battery Energy Storage System Uses Artificial Intelligence to Lower Energy Bills and Provide Utility Grid Services

        Battery Energy Storage System Uses Artificial Intelligence to Lower Energy Bills and Provide Utility Grid Services

        NEW YORK , Dec. 5, 2018 - Peak Power Inc., a leading energy services provider, announced today that it has successfully completed the installation of 375 kW / 940 kWh of battery energy storage with GHP Realty, a division of Houlihan-Parnes Realtors, LLC, at their headquarters at 4 West Red Oak Lane, White Plains, New York . This project was funded in part through an incentive from a Con Edison Energy Efficiency program.

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      3. DOE: Energy Security, Investments are Top Priority

        DOE: Energy Security, Investments are Top Priority

        In his keynote speech at the 2018 Energy Investment Forum held at the Shangri-La at the Fort, Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi highlighted the importance of investments in the sector, adding that it was the Duterte’s administration top priority. “Ensuring reliable, sufficient and affordable electricity in the country entails close cooperation and collaboration with all our partners in the industry,” Sec. Cusi was quoted as saying in a Philippine Information agency report.

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      4. Project of the Year: REV Connect

        Project of the Year: REV Connect

        Let's be clear: Anything that can take the torturous rigidity out of utility procurements deserves an award. New York's Reforming the Energy Vision has been around a few years, and the state's efforts to reshape the utility sector are beginning to pay off. Plenty of states have followed suit, but New York's REV is a holistic reimagining of energy resources and the business models underpin the sector. While REV aims to bring about wholesale changes, one initiative within it is speeding the development of new resources and solutions while helping remake utility procurement processes.

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      5. Greensmith Energy Delivers Enhanced Energy Management Software Platform GEMS 6

        Greensmith Energy Delivers Enhanced Energy Management Software Platform GEMS 6

        The technology group Wärtsilä today announced the release of GEMS 6 (Greensmith Energy Management System, version 6), the latest generation of its award-winning software platform proven across grid-scale deployments globally. With this latest release, GEMS continues to be the most advanced energy management solution available today, deployed across more than 70 grid-scale systems in nine countries, integrated with a multitude of thermal and renewable generation assets as well as load and weather forecasting data. “Greensmith Energy is proud to announce the latest innovation in our product portfolio with the release of GEMS 6,” said John Jung, President and CEO of Greensmith Energy. “With this industry-leading energy management platform, we will enable our utility and IPP customers to integrate and optimize all of their energy resources to improve resiliency and flexibility during a time of tremendous transition – paving a viable way towards a 100 percent renewable energy future.”

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      6. Milwaukee Eyes its Own Rooftop Solar Mandate with a California Clone

        Milwaukee Eyes its Own Rooftop Solar Mandate with a California Clone

        Eyeing the success of the recently-passed California solar mandate, Milwaukee Common Council Member Tony Zielinski has proposed legislation that would require all new residential units in the city to include solar arrays, starting in 2019. Zielinski told Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) that the idea for his proposal came while he was reading about California’s rooftop solar mandate. “I think this is just one step in a series of steps that we need to undertake to help improve our environment and gradually reduce our reliance on fuels,” Zielinski said while appearing on WPR. ” There’s a whole myriad of other initiatives… I think we need to add more. I just think that this is one step and there’ll be additional steps down the road as well.”

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      7. Austin Energy GM on the Utility's Innovative Storage Program: 'We've Already Learned a Lot'

        Austin Energy GM on the Utility's Innovative Storage Program: 'We've Already Learned a Lot'

        Austin Energy is looking holistically at how storage can serve customers and the grid across the city of Austin, Texas. The Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar Photovoltaics (SHINES) program is harnessing utility-scale storage, distributed storage, smart inverters and data to help the local grid integrate more solar power. How is it going since it launched earlier in the year?

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      8. Battery Boosters Pushing Congress to Give Industry a Tax Credit

        Battery Boosters Pushing Congress to Give Industry a Tax Credit

        Renewable-energy advocates are pushing Congress to create a tax credit for power-storage systems, a move that may help unlock new opportunities for wind and solar nationwide. A storage tax credit would boost the grid’s resiliency and reliability, they say, key buzzwords in the Trump administration’s campaign to save struggling nuclear and coal-fired power plants. But so far, congressional Republicans aren’t biting.

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      9. Kokam Wins 40 MWh of Battery Storage Contracts in South Korea

        Kokam Wins 40 MWh of Battery Storage Contracts in South Korea

        November 29 - South Korean firm Kokam Co Ltd has secured orders to supply 40 MWh of energy storage systems linked to solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in South Korea. Kokam, a provider of lithium-ion battery cells, batteries and energy storage solutions, said on Wednesday that the capacity is split between two projects totalling 12 MWh and 28 MWh, respectively. It is expected to be put on stream by the end of this year.

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      10. National Renewable Energy Laboratory Gets DOE Award to Develop Grid Electricity Storage System

        National Renewable Energy Laboratory Gets DOE Award to Develop Grid Electricity Storage System

        The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) recently awarded DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) $2.8 million to develop a grid electricity storage and power generation system. The system includes a charging device, thermal energy storage modules, a heat exchanger, and a closed-loop Brayton cycle turbine. “When electric power is cheapest, electric heaters will ‘charge’ the storage modules by heating stable, inexpensive solid particles to more than 1,100 degrees Celsius,” NREL Principal Investigator Zhiwen Ma said. “And when it’s time to discharge this energy, the hot particles will move through a heat exchanger to heat a working fluid that drives a high-efficiency closed-Brayton combined cycle attached to an electric generator.”

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      11. Carbon Bill Makes First Footprint

        Carbon Bill Makes First Footprint

        A group of House lawmakers introduced Tuesday night the first bipartisan carbon pricing legislation in a decade. Months in the making, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act would start with $15 fee per metric ton of carbon dioxide on domestic oil, gas and coal sectors, ramping up $10 each calendar year until emissions standards are met. "It is the product of rigorous negotiations between Democrats and Republicans," Florida Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch, the bill's lead sponsor, told reporters on a conference call. Backers argue the effort will deliver major benefits: 2.1 million net new jobs by the 10th year; 13,000 avoided pollution-related U.S. deaths annually and a 90 percent reduction in carbon emissions from 2015 levels by 2050.

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      12. US Congress Urged to Clarify Eligibility of Energy Storage for ITC

        US Congress Urged to Clarify Eligibility of Energy Storage for ITC

        The US government has been urged to recognise the “critical role” energy storage can play in making the grid cleaner and able to accept more renewable energy, by increasing the eligibility of batteries and other technologies to receive the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The ITC is applicable to purchases of solar energy equipment in the US and applies about a 30% rebate or discount for buyers. In recent years the policy scheme has been adjusted to include energy storage but for a long time, storage systems could only receive the Federal subsidy if installed at the same time as solar equipment.

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      13. Energy Storage Industry Pushes for Clarity on Tax Credit Eligibility

        Energy Storage Industry Pushes for Clarity on Tax Credit Eligibility

        A coalition of groups led by the Energy Storage Association (ESA) is calling on lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate to clarify that energy storage systems qualify for the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), an incentive they say could help clean energy companies obtain financing, compete internationally and grow. Bipartisan legislation in both houses of Congress would "ensure a level playing field" for storage resources, according to ESA. The Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act (H.R. 4649 / S. 1868) would apply to utility-scale battery projects as well as smaller residential systems.

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      14. European Utilities Muscle Into Energy Storage

        European Utilities Muscle Into Energy Storage

        German frequency response service revenues have dropped almost two-thirds in two years as utilities have rushed to deploy energy storage, research shows. Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables this month said prices in a June 2016 German frequency market auction cleared €23 ($26) per megawatt-hour, but were down to €8 ($9) per megawatt-hour in July 2018, a 65 percent reduction.

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      15. CEO Statement on Broad Coalition’s Support for Including Storage as an Eligible Technology in ITC

        CEO Statement on Broad Coalition’s Support for Including Storage as an Eligible Technology in ITC

        Today the Energy Storage Association (ESA), along with a broad-based coalition comprised of other energy trade and advocacy groups, strongly urges congressional leadership to clarify eligibility of energy storage for the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) before the end of the year in a move that that would level the playing field across all energy technologies and bolster an industry that supports over 90,000 U.S. jobs and counting.

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      16. How Battery Storage Is Changing The Renewable Energy Game

        How Battery Storage Is Changing The Renewable Energy Game

        The mass adoption and implementation of solar energy in South African homes and businesses has been rapidly increasing over the past few years. But, going completely “off grid” has so far been held back by the expense of storing power from renewable sources. But this is changing, as the technology is available, and becoming more affordable, for dramatically reducing the reliance on state utility, Eskom, for electricity in South Africa.

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      17. Adara Power Installs SGIP-Funded Energy Storage at California Almond Farm

        Adara Power Installs SGIP-Funded Energy Storage at California Almond Farm

        Adara Power, a privately-held commercial energy storage company, announces an SGIP-funded deployment and commissioning of an intelligent energy storage system at Violich Farms in Orland, CA. The California Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) provides financial incentives for the installation of energy storage in order to reduce green-house gas emissions and improve the stability of the grid. Adara Power partnered with Chico Electric, an electrical and solar general contractor, to design, build and commission the 330kWh lithium-ion battery coupled to a 175kW solar array. The energy storage system discharges during peak electricity usage and saves money through reduced demand charges. 

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      18. AES Commits to 70% Carbon Reduction in Climate Scenario Report

        AES Commits to 70% Carbon Reduction in Climate Scenario Report

        AES, one of the world’s largest power companies, has released a report detailing the company’s moves to reduce carbon emissions 70% by 2030, but, more importantly, their plans to incorporate increasing amounts of renewable generation and energy storage projects to compliment this new generation. In the report, AES outlines three scenarios of optimization between carbon reduction and minimizing the stress of a new energy transition, known as the Business as Usual Scenario, the Greener Scenario and 1.5-2°C Scenario, the same one outlined in the Paris Agreement.

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      19. Lockheed Martin, Cypress Creek Renewables Win Prestigious Energy Storage Award

        Lockheed Martin, Cypress Creek Renewables Win Prestigious Energy Storage Award

        Lockheed Martin and Cypress Creek Renewables won an award for leadership in energy storage and having a positive impact on the energy storage industry. The two companies were the recipients of the prestigious Energy Storage North America (ESNA) 2018 Innovation Award for the creation of Lockheed’s GridStar Lithium Energy Storage System for 12 solar-plus-storage projects. The system is custom-designed to provide clean electricity to communities served by Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) in southeastern North Carolina. The GridStar energy storage systems store power from the solar installations and discharge it when needed most, ensuring energy delivery to Brunswick EMC during its peak periods.

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      20. New Renewable Energy Storage Solution Could Cut Cost of Energy Storage in half - Hydrogen Fuel News

        New Renewable Energy Storage Solution Could Cut Cost of Energy Storage in half - Hydrogen Fuel News

        The Swiss and Southern California startup has developed a renewable energy storage solution using technology based on the principles of pumped hydro storage. Energy Vault claims that its system can cut the cost of energy storage by half or more of the current price, making renewable power cost-effective all day, every day, regardless of whether or not the sun shines or the wind blows.

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      21. Stem and OPG Announce New Energy Storage Partnership

        Stem and OPG Announce New Energy Storage Partnership

        MILLBRAE, Calif. and TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stem, Inc., and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) are launching a new partnership on advanced energy storage systems that will assist Ontario industrial manufacturers in managing electricity costs. In bringing together one of the most experienced energy providers in Ontario, OPG, and the most advanced energy storage systems and controls platform, Stem, the partnership will provide Ontario businesses with innovative, turnkey energy solutions to enhance their competitiveness. OPG is Ontario’s largest, most diverse generator with operations across the province, providing nearly half of Ontario’s power generation. As businesses in Ontario look to grow and remain competitive, the Stem-OPG partnership provides them with a solution to reduce costs, without interruption to operations, and do so with a trusted, experienced partner in Ontario.

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      22. Electric Power Show Ep. 1: Everybody Loves Energy Storage

        Electric Power Show Ep. 1: Everybody Loves Energy Storage

        The Energy Storage Association had a big year in 2018, cresting with the approval of FERC Order 841, the first federal directive on storage participation in wholesale markets. Their success is the product of a concerted lobbying effort that’s seen them win bipartisan allies both on the Hill and at the Commission. How is ESA navigating the polarized politics of Washington? Host Gavin Bade spoke with CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman and Vice President of Policy Jason Burwen to find out.

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      23. Tesla is Working with Amazon to Deploy More Energy Storage at Distribution Centers

        Tesla is Working with Amazon to Deploy More Energy Storage at Distribution Centers

        Amazon is turning to Tesla in order to deploy energy storage capacity at their distribution centers. After a deal to add Tesla Powerpacks to a UK facility earlier this year, now Amazon is working with Tesla again at another distribution center. The last project included both a 4 MW solar array and 3.77 MW battery system installed at a large fulfillment center in Tilbury – east of London.

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