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    1. Hybrid resources: FERC looking at America’s ‘next wave of opportunity’ for storage

      Hybrid resources: FERC looking at America’s ‘next wave of opportunity’ for storage

      FERC is opening up for stakeholder and public comments on the topics raised as well as general input on hybrid resources and colocation. The issue will certainly grow and grow. While California is still the leading state on solar-plus-storage for instance, Jason Burwen, the Energy Storage Association’s policy director, pointed out that in Texas’ ERCOT market, around 20% of storage in interconnection queues as of the end of 2019 would be paired with generation as hybrids. Those projects would be planned to come online this year. Then, for projects planned to come online in 2021, some 2/3 are hybrids. But for projects with planned online dates in 2022, nearly 80% of new storage would be hybrid resources paired with generation.

      “Obviously not all would come online but it’s a good indication of interest,” Jason Burwen of ESA said. “Organised markets are working to keep up and we are glad to see there are proactive efforts for policy to catch up with technology.”

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    2. NRStor C&I Relaunches As Aypa Power, Continues to Lead Deployment of Energy Storage and Hybrid Renewables Across North America

      NRStor C&I Relaunches As Aypa Power, Continues to Lead Deployment of Energy Storage and Hybrid Renewables Across North America

      Following the successful acquisition by Blackstone Energy Partners in March 2020, NRStor C&I has relaunched as Aypa Power (“Aypa”) as it rapidly expands across the North American market. Following the acquisition, Aypa has broadened its offerings to include utility-scale development and power marketing of standalone energy storage projects, as well as integrated battery systems paired with renewable generation and microgrids.

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    3. IREC launches project to tackle storage interconnection challenges | Utility Dive

      IREC launches project to tackle storage interconnection challenges | Utility Dive

      The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) is launching a project aiming to resolve regulatory and technical barriers to connecting storage projects on the distribution grid, by simplifying the interconnection process for solar-plus-storage and standalone storage projects.

      “The interconnection rules and processes were designed before distributed storage was widely available,” Jason Burwen, vice president of policy for ESA, told Utility Dive in an email.

      “Also, rules around interconnecting to the grid are different in every state, which adds to the confusion. The toolkit is expected to provide some relief to this problem,” according to Burwen.

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    4. What Joe Biden's Clean Energy Platform Means for the Storage Industry

      What Joe Biden's Clean Energy Platform Means for the Storage Industry

      Decarbonized power by 2035 would drive growth in the storage market. But critical issues, including fair access to markets, remain unmentioned.

      “We’re pleased to see storage recognized at this level as essential infrastructure to transition to a clean electric power system,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the U.S. Energy Storage Association.

      ESA supports assistance for domestic storage manufacturing, Speakes-Backman said. But she cautioned that the form of that support matters, as recent history demonstrates.

      “We’ve seen from the Section 301 tariffs imposed with only several weeks’ notice in September 2019 that sudden, punitive rules regarding this focus can be detrimental, rather than supportive,” she said. “Growing a domestic storage supply chain will be most likely to succeed if it is pulled by market demand, which investment tax credits can drive.”

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    5. Switch and Capital Dynamics Break Ground on Massive Solar and Battery Storage Developments, Advancing Rob Roy’s Gigawatt Nevada

      Switch and Capital Dynamics Break Ground on Massive Solar and Battery Storage Developments, Advancing Rob Roy’s Gigawatt Nevada

      Switch, a Leadership Circle Member of ESA, and the developers of the worlds most advanced data centers, has announced the largest expansion of solar footprint and battery storage in Nevada. We are pleased to share this clean energy economy growth and particularly pleased that a major end-user like Switch and its partners are pushing development in the energy storage space.

      Along with its partners Capital Dynamics, Tesla and Con Edison, Switch has initiated three massive solar plus battery storage groundbreakings of Gigawatt 1®. These developments further Switch Founder and CEO Rob Roy’s Gigawatt Nevada solar energy and battery storage vision and represent the largest expansion of both in Nevada. It also includes the largest behind-the-meter solar plus battery project in the world. Rob Roy’s Gigawatt Nevada now has four solar with battery storage projects in the state creating nearly 1 gigawatt of energy solutions.

      These projects result in an investment of $1.3 billion from Switch and its partners and will create over 1,000 jobs in Nevada.

      With these new groundbreakings in Clark and Storey counties, plus the original Townsite development, Gigawatt 1 will now generate a total of 555 MW of solar power and create 800 ...

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    6. Enel plans to deploy 1 GW storage capacity across renewable portfolio through 2022

      Enel plans to deploy 1 GW storage capacity across renewable portfolio through 2022

      Enel Green Power plans to deploy 1 GW of battery storage capacity across its new and existing renewables project in the U.S. over the next two years, the company announced Tuesday. Enel just began constructing its first utility-scale hybrid project in North America, a 146 MW photovoltaic facility co-located with a 50 MW/75 MWh battery in Texas, scheduled to be operational by summer 2021.

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    7. Long-Term Value of Grid Storage Is All About Capacity, Study Finds

      Long-Term Value of Grid Storage Is All About Capacity, Study Finds

      The use of storage as a transmission asset is currently being debated in venues including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said Jason Burwen, vice president for policy at the U.S. Energy Storage Association.

      “Transmission and distribution planning have generally not been conducted with a strong ethic of competition or a sense that you can provide things other than conventional wires infrastructure,” Burwen said.

      Much of the biggest battery development is happening in states where utilities are required to purchase resource adequacy. Their solicitations weigh the costs and benefits of batteries versus renewables and gas for delivering capacity at peak times, and award bankable, long-term contracts.

      “It’s important to consider that the way things are paid for matters just as much as whether they’re paid for,” Burwen said.

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    8. Energy Storage Annual Conference and Expo Will Be Held Digitally

      Energy Storage Annual Conference and Expo Will Be Held Digitally

      In what is certainly a tribute to, and vote of confidence for, the growing strength of utility-scale storage, three organizations, the U.S. Energy Storage Association (a national trade association for the U.S. energy storage industry), the Edison Electric Institute (the national association for investor-owned utilities) and the Electric Power Research Institute (an independent, non-profit organization focusing on utility research, created by Congress) have joined forces to host the Energy Storage Annual Conference and Expo, a virtual event taking place August 24 to 27.

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    9. Value of storage goes up with share of renewables but costs declines still vital, new study finds

      Value of storage goes up with share of renewables but costs declines still vital, new study finds

      The value of energy storage increases with growing shares of renewable energy on the grid, but the availability and cost of storage will determine how successful decarbonisation with renewables can be. That’s one of the key takeaways of a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment (ACEE), supported by General Electric (GE). 

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    10. The U.S. Energy Storage Association Announces Keynote Speaker Lineup for Virtual #ESACon20

      The U.S. Energy Storage Association Announces Keynote Speaker Lineup for Virtual #ESACon20

      The U.S. Energy Storage Association  (ESA), the national trade association for the American energy storage industry, will welcome a host of distinguished keynote speakers for the ESA Energy Storage Annual Conference & Expo (#ESACon20). The virtual event takes place from August 24 to 27 and brings together the broad electricity sector under the theme of “Electrification and Resilience: We’re All in This Together.”

      U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Under Secretary Mark W. Menezes will kick off the conference with the opening keynote on August 24. Under Secretary Menezes’ address will focus on America’s leadership and innovation in energy storage and the Department’s recent launch of the Energy Storage Grand Challenge. In addition, DOE is hosting a Learning Lab exploring the Energy Storage Grand Challenge In-Depth on Wednesday, August 26 at 2:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM PDT.

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    11. New group led by IREC aims to simplify energy storage interconnection

      New group led by IREC aims to simplify energy storage interconnection

      Energy storage technologies have a crucial role to play in enabling the transition to a low-carbon
      economy. Despite significant growth of the energy storage market in recent years, the process of connecting this technology to the electricity grid remains complex and unclear in many states across the U.S. A new project, supported by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, aims to simplify the interconnection process for energy storage.

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    12. Global power grids decentralise towards a flexible future

      Global power grids decentralise towards a flexible future

      Redesigning national power grids is central to the strategy of moving toward cleaner, greener energy supplies. Perhaps most crucial are the attempts of “decentralisation”, which involve energy being generated closer to where the demand is, as opposed to coming from larger power stations. Building this greater flexibility into networks is creating investment opportunities and a new role for utilities, energy aggregators, storage suppliers, as well as engineers.

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    13. RFP from Warren Buffet-owned utility PacifiCorp targets 600MW of energy storage alongside PV, wind

      RFP from Warren Buffet-owned utility PacifiCorp targets 600MW of energy storage alongside PV, wind

      US utility firm PacifiCorp has launched its largest request for proposals for energy projects yet, seeking bids for more than 1.8GW of new solar and 600MW of battery energy storage. The firm, which owns utilities Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power, issued the RFP as part of its latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) which outlines its intent to massively scale up its renewable energy capacity.

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    14. DOE unveils draft roadmap for US global energy storage leadership

      DOE unveils draft roadmap for US global energy storage leadership

      The Department of Energy released a draft roadmap Tuesday for its Energy Storage Grand Challenge, first announced in January, which aims to develop and bring to market​ the next generation of energy storage technologies. The program also aims to advance a domestic supply chain for energy storage, something that has gotten increasing attention, analysts say, in the wake of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. DOE is seeking public input by Aug. 21 to help inform the activities proposed under the draft roadmap.

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    15. Say Hello to the Biggest Battery in America (for Now)

      Say Hello to the Biggest Battery in America (for Now)

      That’s where LS Power, a private equity firm that develops grid infrastructure, hooked up the new most powerful battery in the country last month. The Gateway Energy Storage Project turned on an initial tranche of 62.5 megawatts/62.5 megawatt-hours near San Diego on June 9, according to the California Independent System Operator. That beats the previous record-holder for most powerful battery in the U.S., held by LS Power’s 40-megawatt Vista project, which opened in San Diego County with little fanfare in July 2018. Another battery has more storage capacity: the 30-megawatt/120-megawatt-hour Escondido system that AES (now Fluence) supplied to utility San Diego Gas & Electric. 

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    16. Victory for wholesale energy storage, but does Order 841 allow FERC to assault net metering?

      Victory for wholesale energy storage, but does Order 841 allow FERC to assault net metering?

      Energy Storage Association CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman said in a statement, “This is an enormous step for energy storage, with the affirmation that energy storage connected at the distribution level must have the option to access wholesale markets. As our electric system becomes more modernized and distributed, we are seeing the regulatory frameworks at both the wholesale and retail levels adjust to that reality.”

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    17. Largest US battery resource connects to CAISO grid, signaling next phase in California's storage growth

      Largest US battery resource connects to CAISO grid, signaling next phase in California's storage growth

      Jason Burwen, vice president of policy at the Energy Storage Association, said in a statement that the announcement reflects the relentless movement of energy storage into mainstream electric system operations. 

      "It's also important to note that this project is a standalone battery storage system. While there can be benefits to integrating storage directly with generation as a 'hybrid resource,' the LS Power storage system in CAISO is a reminder that effective grid operations can utilize the flexibility of storage as a standalone asset," Burwen said. 

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    18. Alliant Energy tries batteries over grid upgrades to boost solar energy in Iowa - Solar Builder

      Alliant Energy tries batteries over grid upgrades to boost solar energy in Iowa - Solar Builder

      The next frontier for solar energy is solutions that do not affect the performance and efficiency of the electric grid. An innovative battery-storage solution in Decorah, Iowa, jointly supported by Alliant Energy, US Department of Energy (DOE), and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), looks to seamlessly connect customer-owned solar while maintaining reliable electrical service across the community.

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    19. Statement from ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman on Passage Of FY21 Energy & Water Budget by House Appropriations Committee

      Statement from ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman on Passage Of FY21 Energy & Water Budget by House Appropriations Committee

      “The U.S. Energy Storage Association applauds the House Appropriations Committee for approving FY 2021 investments to build jobs in the energy storage industry while driving innovation and ensuring greater grid resilience,” said ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman. “The $1.3 billion legislation passed today would invest in an unprecedented level of storage technology demonstrations as outlined in the bipartisan Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act; it would jumpstart new U.S. manufacturing capacity for globally competitive energy storage technologies; and it would help drive economic recovery through energy storage deployments to provide much-needed resilience to our electric system. We also commend the Committee for its foresight in fully funding construction of the Department of Energy’s proposed Grid Storage Launchpad facility at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which will accelerate the commercial capabilities of American energy storage companies to meet the needs of a cleaner, more resilient electric system.”

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    20. Holding on to power - Why storage is a crucial part of the state’s new energy vision

      Holding on to power - Why storage is a crucial part of the state’s new energy vision

      Today, only 5 percent of New Jersey’s total electricity generation is from renewable sources. This is mostly solar with some biomass and wind. However, the 2019 NJ Energy Master Plan sets a goal of 100 percent of the state’s energy needs coming from clean energy by 2050. There are many pieces to hitting this target, but the state has mandated that 50 percent of its electricity should come from renewable sources by 2030. For example, 3,500 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind generation capacity is a part of this mandate. This figure represents 20 percent of today’s 18,000 MW of total electric generator capacity. 

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    21. 'Enormous Step' for Energy Storage as Court Upholds FERC Order 841, Opening Wholesale Markets

      'Enormous Step' for Energy Storage as Court Upholds FERC Order 841, Opening Wholesale Markets

      Federal regulators — not utilities and states — get to decide how batteries engage in transmission-scale power markets, the appeals court rules. “This is an enormous step for energy storage, with the affirmation that energy storage connected at the distribution level must have the option to access wholesale markets, allowing homes and businesses to contribute to the resiliency, efficiency, sustainability, and affordability of the grid," Kelly Speakes-Backman, chief executive of the Energy Storage Association, said in an email.

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    22. Deloitte: Intermittent renewables pass COVID-19 grid reliability test

      Deloitte: Intermittent renewables pass COVID-19 grid reliability test

      The COVID-19 pandemic has served as a "test case demonstration" for grid reliability with a higher use of renewables in recent months, according to Deloitte Consulting. Through mid-June, renewable energy overtook coal generation in the mix for 116 days, compared to 39 days in 2019. A Deloitte Resources 2020 study, discussed on Wednesday at a panel on the pandemic impacts of energy management, anticipates a growing level of wind and solar penetration, despite the pandemic and ensuing economic conditions.

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