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      1. Gulf Power breaks ground on two large solar projects and one massive battery system

        Gulf Power breaks ground on two large solar projects and one massive battery system

        Gulf Power, a subsidiary of Florida Power and Light (FPL), has announced that its solar generation portfolio is set to be bolstered by nearly 150 MW as the utility begins construction on two solar installations in northwest Florida. The new solar energy centers under construction in the Panhandle are the Cotton Creek Solar Energy Center in Escambia County and the Blue Springs Solar Energy Center in Jackson County, both of which are set to clock in at 74.5 MW. The two projects are each expected to create roughly 500 jobs as they’re being built.

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      2. Biden Orders Review of Energy, EV Battery Supply Chains

        Biden Orders Review of Energy, EV Battery Supply Chains

        President Biden has signed an Executive Order calling for an immediate 100-day review across federal agencies to address vulnerabilities in the supply chains of four key products, including large-capacity batteries such as those used in electric vehicles (EVs). The order also calls for a more in-depth one-year review of a broader set of U.S. supply chains, with a focus on the energy sector industrial base among others.

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      3. WHITE HOUSE: What Biden's battery order means for EVs, DOE

        WHITE HOUSE: What Biden's battery order means for EVs, DOE

        A sweeping Biden executive order yesterday is fueling debate about whether a U.S.-based electric vehicle supply chain can be jump-started affordably by the federal government without damaging the environment. The plan signed by President Biden yesterday calls for a review of the state of domestic supplies of batteries, key battery minerals and semiconductors used in electric cars — along with the "rare earth" minerals used in wind turbines and, potentially, other materials used in clean energy.

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      4. US rejoins Paris Agreement on Climate Change: The energy storage industry view

        US rejoins Paris Agreement on Climate Change: The energy storage industry view

        Joe Biden took over as President of the US a month ago and last week he and his team brought the country back into the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Before he took up his post, Energy-Storage.news had asked national Energy Storage Association CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman what the energy storage industry in the US — and the world — could expect from the new president. 

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      5. ESA Statement on Gov. Granholm’s Confirmation as Secretary of Energy

        ESA Statement on Gov. Granholm’s Confirmation as Secretary of Energy

        ESA applauds the Senate’s bipartisan confirmation of former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to be the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Secretary Granholm has long championed building America’s leadership in energy storage innovation, manufacturing, and deployment. We look forward to working with her as she leads at a pivotal moment for DOE, following the expanded authority on storage investments that Congress granted in end-of-year legislation, the Department’s Energy Storage Grand Challenge roadmap now established, and the recent Executive Order reviewing battery storage supply chains.

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      6. Texas was a cascade failure of energy infrastructure, not renewables

        Texas was a cascade failure of energy infrastructure, not renewables

        As we saw in Texas, grid instability, combined with extreme weather events, can have a shocking knock-on effect. So how can renewables help? One part of that answer is large-scale energy storage. Industrial size batteries can store electricity when it is abundant and make it available when it is needed, creating a more stable source of energy for the grid. Simply put, energy storage unlocks renewables as a low-cost, low-carbon alternative to conventional power sources.

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      7. Google Spinoff Malta Nabs $50M Series B for Thermal Long-Duration Storage

        Google Spinoff Malta Nabs $50M Series B for Thermal Long-Duration Storage

        Malta has raised a $50 million Series B round to bring its super-long-duration energy storage to market, the company said Wednesday. The startup spun out of Google parent company Alphabet's moonshot factory, X, in 2018. Many startups tackling energy storage breakthroughs have looked to batteries and other electrochemical devices. Malta turned instead to thermal energy: It uses grid power to compress air for storage in hot molten salts and cold antifreeze liquid. A heat engine later converts the energy back to electricity for consumption. This apparatus, in theory, allows for storing power economically on much longer timescales than is feasible with the lithium-ion batteries prevalent today.

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      8. Experts Call for Home Battery Storage to Protect Vulnerable During Outages

        Experts Call for Home Battery Storage to Protect Vulnerable During Outages

        Extreme weather driven by climate change is making power outages more commonplace even as the need for electricity-dependent home health equipment grows. In this context, battery storage can help protect medically vulnerable households, according to researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The article is published in the journal Futures.

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      9. FERC gives preliminary permit to 2.2 GW storage project that would use Navajo coal plant power lines

        FERC gives preliminary permit to 2.2 GW storage project that would use Navajo coal plant power lines

        The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week issued a preliminary permit for a proposed 2.2 GW pumped-storage hydropower project that would use the existing transmission infrastructure of the now-retired Navajo Generating Station coal plant. The proposed $3.6 billion project, called the Navajo Energy Storage Station, would draw on water from Lake Powell and deliver 10 hours of renewable energy daily to markets in California, Arizona and Nevada, according to project developer Daybreak Power.

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      10. Interim CEO Jason Burwen’s Statement on Emergency Conditions in Texas

        Interim CEO Jason Burwen’s Statement on Emergency Conditions in Texas

        “Our thoughts are with the people of Texas and other states as they cope with the dangerous conditions presented by extreme cold and lack of power and heat. ESA staff and our member companies have friends and family impacted by this disaster, and we share their overriding concern that providing relief and electric service recovery as quickly as possible be the sole focus of policymakers and power sector stakeholders.” 

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      11. Launch of new AES Alamitos energy storage system marks historic milestone for renewable energy

        Launch of new AES Alamitos energy storage system marks historic milestone for renewable energy

        The AES Alamitos plant celebrated the ribbon cutting this week of a new battery storage facility with the ability to hold up to 400 megawatt-hours of energy. The storage of energy is one of the deciding factors in achieving California’s ambitious goal of transitioning to 100% carbon-free power sources by 2045.

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      12. Leading by example: New York Power Authority, energy storage and a vision for the climate battle

        Leading by example: New York Power Authority, energy storage and a vision for the climate battle

        New York has some of the most aggressive clean energy policy goals in the world. Energy storage is expected to play a vital role, with the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act introduced by Governor Andrew Cuomo including a target of 3GW of storage deployment by 2030. New York Power Authority (NYPA), a public power organization which serves around a quarter of the US state’s electric load, said on the release of its strategic plan VISION2030 in December that it wants to lead by example with a commitment to cost-effective clean energy that could see NYPA reach emissions-free electricity by 2035.

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      13. Batteries could be key to storing excess electricity

        Batteries could be key to storing excess electricity

        So many Decorah residents are putting up solar panels and installing small turbines that Alliant Energy, which serves the city of 7,700 in Winneshiek County, is nearing the limit of how much distributed energy it can host without degrading the quality of electricity in the community. Rather than say no to more renewable energy, the utility is installing a $2.5 million battery system to store the energy and regulate voltage.

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      14. Building domestic supply chain for battery storage could be a priority for lawmakers, Senate aides say

        Building domestic supply chain for battery storage could be a priority for lawmakers, Senate aides say

        Promoting a domestic supply chain for energy storage technologies, particularly batteries, could be an area of bipartisan focus for the 117th Congress and a big theme within the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, aides sayInvesting in upstream and midstream battery supply chains has the potential to stimulate the economy, improve supply chain security and promote domestic manufacturing jobs, Jacob McCurdy, professional staff member on the committee, said Wednesday at a policy forum hosted by the U.S. Energy Storage Association.

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      15. Plus Power Breaks Open Market for Massive Batteries in New England | Greentech Media

        Plus Power Breaks Open Market for Massive Batteries in New England | Greentech Media

        Battery plants have established themselves in the sunny Southwest, but this week was the first time they won big in New England. San Francisco-based developer Plus Power won two bids in the latest capacity auction held by the New England ISO, which operates the transmission grid and competitive power markets in six Northeastern states. That means that these two battery plants offered a compelling enough price to edge out some fossil fuel plants for delivering power on demand. And they did it without any help from federal tax credits because none of them apply to standalone batteries.

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      16. Grid operators to request extension on FERC Order 2222 compliance, regulator cites 'short' timeline

        Grid operators to request extension on FERC Order 2222 compliance, regulator cites 'short' timeline

        State regulators, regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and other stakeholders listed a too-short timeline as one of many challenges wholesale markets face in implementing a federal rule intended to bring more distributed energy resources (DERs) online. Though parties are generally supportive of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Order 2222, several expressed concerns during a National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) virtual session on Tuesday that the most difficult challenges of implementation were still ahead of them, and said they hoped the commission would give them more time to ensure they get the policy right.

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      17. How US Grid Operators Plan To Tackle Energy Storage at Gigawatt Scale

        How US Grid Operators Plan To Tackle Energy Storage at Gigawatt Scale

        As a resource that can both absorb and discharge energy at a moment’s notice, batteries are very different from both dispatchable generators and intermittent wind and solar farms. That requires new technical and economic systems for managing and valuing them — and the grid operators that run wholesale electricity markets serving about two-thirds of the country are struggling to make those changes to keep up with the pace of growth. 

        That’s one of the key takeaways from last week’s Energy Storage Association Policy Forum, where representatives of the country’s regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs) joined storage industry groups and regulators to describe their work on energy storage integration. 

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      18. AES Corporation closes on deal to finance Luna Storage project in California

        AES Corporation closes on deal to finance Luna Storage project in California

        The AES Corporation  closed on a deal to finance Luna Storage, a 400-megawatt hour standalone lithium-ion battery storage project in Lancaster, Calif. in Los Angeles County. The transaction was closed by sPower, an Independent Power Producer (IPP), which merged to become part of AES’ clean energy business in January.

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      19. ESA Energy Storage Policy Forum Drives the Conversation with Industry Leaders and Key Lawmakers

        ESA Energy Storage Policy Forum Drives the Conversation with Industry Leaders and Key Lawmakers

        The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade association for the American energy storage industry, hosted its seventh annual ESA Energy Storage Policy Forum virtually on Feb. 3-4, convening stakeholders from across the energy ecosystem for two days of critical discussions with nationally recognized policymakers and energy thought-leaders.

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      20. Powin Energy gets US$100m+ towards ‘disrupting traditional cost structures of energy storage'

        Powin Energy gets US$100m+ towards ‘disrupting traditional cost structures of energy storage'

        Energy storage system integrator Powin Energy has gained equity investment which the company claimed will allow it to significantly improve its integrated software and hardware platform. The Oregon-headquartered company has also sold its controlling interest to the two investment groups involved, Trilantic North America and Energy Impact Partners and obtained equity funding which a company representative told Energy-Storage.news is “in excess of US$100 million”.

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      21. Glick: These 4 FERC Priorities Will Affect Energy Storage

        Glick: These 4 FERC Priorities Will Affect Energy Storage

        Recently appointed FERC Chair Richard Glick told members of the energy storage industry Wednesday that the technologies they bring to the power sector will play a “big role” in the clean energy transition.

        Glick said during the Energy Storage Association Policy Forum that among the priorities he wants FERC to address are four issues that directly affect energy storage expansion in the U.S.:

        • eliminating more market barriers;
        • revisiting minimum offer price rules (MOPRs);
        • increasing long-distance transmission development; and
        • overhauling interconnection queue processes.

        Glick said he wants to expand on the commission’s work to address market barriers for new technologies.

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      22. Panelists Balance Pandemic Recovery, Energy Policy

        Panelists Balance Pandemic Recovery, Energy Policy

        Speaking Wednesday during an Energy Storage Association Policy Forum session, congressional staff and panel members were cautious to place climate and energy policy issues behind the need to help the American people though the COVID-19 crisis. Katherine Monge, senior counsel to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), said that, while Pelosi’s staff is thinking about immediate needs stemming from the pandemic, the climate crisis is a conversation that is always present.

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