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    1. Battery Storage Uptake by Households Surges as Grid Costs Soar

      Battery Storage Uptake by Households Surges as Grid Costs Soar

      Battery storage system installations in Australia look set to confirm predictions they will treble in 2017, driven by a growing uptake of home battery systems. New data shows more than 7000 were installed across the nation in the first six month of the year – surpassing the 6500 sales recorded for all of 2016 – and are headed for a total of more than 20,000 by the year’s end. According to the SunWiz 2017 Mid-Year Battery Report, published on Wednesday, the market predicts the second half of 2017 to grow by 50 per cent on 2017-H1 figures, leading to total 2017 installations of 17,500. SunWiz, however, believes the figure could exceed 20,000.

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    2. Momentum Builds for National Clean Energy Week

      Momentum Builds for National Clean Energy Week

      September 20 — Momentum is building in Washington, D.C. and in states across the country in support of this month’s inaugural celebration of National Clean Energy Week (NCEW). NCEW brings together industry associations, businesses, non-profits, and advocates in the clean energy space for activities in Washington, D.C. and across America to showcase how they are helping to make the industry stronger, and influence the discussion around common sense clean energy solutions that directly address America’s need for abundant, reliable forms of energy. Thirteen clean energy organizations comprise the NCEW Steering Committee, and thirty-five other trade associations, education groups, and clean energy companies are listed as Participating Organizations to date.

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    3. Stem Hails California Assemblyman's Bid to Cut Energy Storage Permitting Costs

      Stem Hails California Assemblyman's Bid to Cut Energy Storage Permitting Costs

      Legislation recently introduced in California to cut red tape and reduce permitting times for energy storage systems and currently awaiting the state Governor’s rubber stamp could also halve the costs associated with paperwork, commercial system provider Stem has said. Assembly Bill 546 (AB 546) was authored by Democrat David Chiu, representing the 17th Assembly District of California, which includes the eastern half of San Francisco. The bill, which seeks to streamline permitting processes by, among other things, allowing for online forms to be submitted for approval, passed the Assembly floor successfully on 7 September. It now awaits the attention of the California Governor, climate hawk Jerry Brown.

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    4. An Inside Look at Using Energy Storage to Integrate Renewable Resources

      An Inside Look at Using Energy Storage to Integrate Renewable Resources

      California is a leader in both renewable energy resources and energy storage. The state has one of the highest renewable portfolio standards in the U.S., mandating that 50% of all electric power be sourced from renewable resources by 2030, and the state has the first and some of the most robust incentives for energy storage. AB 2514 requires the state’s three investor owned utilities to procure 1.3 GW of energy storage by 2020, and AB 2868 requires each IOU to deploy an additional 166 MW of behind-the-meter and/or distribution tied storage.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. GE
    5. Dr. Rahul Walawalkar receives Renewable Energy India Award

      Dr. Rahul Walawalkar receives Renewable Energy India Award

      Pune, India: Dr. Rahul Walawalkar, Executive Director of India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) and President & M.D. of Customized Energy Solutions (India) receives the Renewable Energy India (REI) award in the category of Leading Crusader for Energy Storage Solutions at the ongoing Renewable Energy India Expo.  Rahul is sixth and youngest individual to receive Jury’s Award at REI. He joins a distinguished group which includes Dr. Pramod Deo, Former Chairperson, CERC (Lifetime Achievement), Piyush Goyal, Former Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy (Transformative Leadership in RE), Dr. Upendra Tripathi, Former Secretary MNRE (RE Crusader of the year), Tulsi Tanti of Suzlon (Industry Man of the year) and Rana Kapoor of Yes Bank (Pioneer in RE Funding).IESA member companies namely Sterling & Wilson, Vikram Solar and CleanMax Solar also won REI awards in different categories.

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    6. Flow Batteries Leading the Way in Lithium-Free Niches

      Flow Batteries Leading the Way in Lithium-Free Niches

      While lithium-ion is rapidly racing ahead to become the “de facto grid storage solution” and is the most popular technology choice by far, vendors of other types of batteries are also targeting the market, with varying degrees of success. US firm Navigant Research published ‘Navigant Research Leaderboard: Non-lithium ion batteries for grid storage’,  earlier this month, examining the technologies, business models and strategies for commercialisation and larger scale production of energy storage batteries that sit outside the many different sub-chemistries making up the lithium battery market ecosystem.

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      Mentions: ESA
    7. California’s Big Battery Experiment: a Turning Point for Energy Storage?

      California’s Big Battery Experiment: a Turning Point for Energy Storage?

      On a paved expanse next to an electrical substation in Escondido, 30 miles north of downtown San Diego, sits a row of huge silver boxes. The site resembles a barracks, but instead of soldiers, the 24 containers house racks of battery packs. This is the largest lithium-ion battery in the world, according to its developers. When the local grid needs more power, these batteries deliver, almost instantaneously. They hold up to 30 megawatts fully charged – roughly equivalent to powering 20,000 homes – and can sustain that level for up to four hours.

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    8. Why Utilities Don’t Move Power Lines Out of Hurricanes’ Way

      Why Utilities Don’t Move Power Lines Out of Hurricanes’ Way

      Millions of Floridians are ready to get on with their recovery from Hurricane Irma, which roared through the state earlier this week, pummeling homes and flooding streets. But for the moment, many are stuck anxiously waiting in the sweltering heat for the power (and the all-important air conditioning) to come back on. One of the largest Atlantic storms ever, Irma knocked out power to 6.7 million accounts in Florida, or about two-thirds of the state. As of Wednesday afternoon, state emergency officials estimated that one-third were still without power.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Canada
    9. Minnesota Conference Explores How the Midwest Can Expand Energy Storage

      Minnesota Conference Explores How the Midwest Can Expand Energy Storage

      While states like California and Hawaii lead the growing market for energy storage, the potential in the Midwest is growing. Minnesota is seeing a small but growing number of lithium ion battery storage projects that will be discussed along with other battery-related topics at the Midwest Energy Storage Summit in Minneapolis Sept. 15. Sponsored by the the Energy Transition Lab at the University of Minnesota, the event features speakers such as Mary Powell, CEO and president of Green Mountain Power; Christopher Clark, president of Xcel Energy for Minnesota and the Dakotas; George Crabtree of Argonne National Laboratory and Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association.

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    10. RES Begins Construction of EDP Renewables’ Hog Creek Wind Project

      RES Begins Construction of EDP Renewables’ Hog Creek Wind Project
      Broomfield, CO – Renewable Energy Systems (RES), a leader in the development, construction, and operation of wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects in the Americas, is pleased to announce that construction has begun on the Hog Creek Wind Project located in Hardin County, OH. The project, owned by EDP Renewables (EDPR), is on schedule to be operational before the end of 2017 and will provide enough clean electricity to power approximately 19,000 Ohio homes. RES completed the project development and transferred Hog Creek wind project ownership to EDPR in 2017. 
       
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    11. During Irma’s Power Outages, Some Houses Kept The Lights On With Solar And Batteries

      During Irma’s Power Outages, Some Houses Kept The Lights On With Solar And Batteries

      When Hurricane Irma blew out a transformer on his block in Orlando on the night of September 10, Andy Green–like most of the people on his street, and millions of people throughout Florida–lost power from the grid. But Green, who installed Tesla’s Powerwall home battery storage in early August, kept his lights on. “We didn’t have full power–we couldn’t have the whole house running–but we cut it down to the bare minimum, like air conditioning, refrigeration, internet, that sort of thing,” says Green. Though power is still out in parts of Orlando, electricity on his block came back from the grid 21 hours later. While it was off, Green’s Powerwall, connected to the solar panels on his roof, kept going. When the clouds parted the next day, the battery started recharging.

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    12. 'Game Changer': UK Developer Anesco Retains Green Incentives on Adding Energy Storage to Solar PV

      'Game Changer': UK Developer Anesco Retains Green Incentives on Adding Energy Storage to Solar PV

      National gas and electricity market regulator Ofgem has made a “game changer” decision for UK energy storage, by confirming that solar farms are able to retain accreditation under the government Renewables Obligation (RO) when supplying electricity to batteries. The first beneficiary of the decision is energy efficiency solutions provider and solar farm developer Anesco, which confirmed this morning that it is now the first commercial solar farm operator in the country to retain accreditation for three of its 5MW sites, all of which are connected to 1.1MWh batteries though shared grid connections.

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    13. Murkowski: Partnership on Microgrids Will Lead to Lower Energy Costs for Alaskans and Stronger Grid Resiliency for U.S.

      Murkowski: Partnership on Microgrids Will Lead to Lower Energy Costs for Alaskans and Stronger Grid Resiliency for U.S.

      U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today commended the Department of Energy (DOE) for awarding a $6.2 million grant to an Alaskan partnership that includes the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), the City of Cordova, the Cordova Electric Cooperative (CEC), the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC), three national laboratories, and several other universities and industry partners.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Alaska
    14. Energy Department Expands Goals for Solar Power Initiative

      Energy Department Expands Goals for Solar Power Initiative

      A Department of Energy effort to lower the cost of solar power has hit a key goal thee years early, officials said Tuesday. The agency is also set to expand the goals of its SunShot Initiative and pump new funding into reducing costs and expanding energy storage, the department announced.The price of electricity generated by utility-scale solar photovoltaic systems fell to $0.06 per kilowatt hour this year, achieving a 2020 goal of the SunShot program three years early. Prices for residential and commercial systems are 86 percent and 89 percent toward achieving their price goals, the Energy Department reported.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S.
    15. Is the DOE Really in Love with all of the Above?

      Is the DOE Really in Love with all of the Above?

      Nearly four weeks after it was released, we are still marveling at how the U.S. Department of Energy’s much anticipated grid generation report could seemingly make everyone happy and angry at the same time. In some ways, it seems that readers of the DOE’s “Staff Report to the Energy Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability” saw endorsements for new technologies that, in fact, the report was calling into question. And they may be ignoring what that could mean in the future. “Staff Report” did not re-invent the turbine, but will provide fuel for thought in the years ahead. Our great nation is at a crossroads, where the road from one-way, fossil-fueled generation is turning in the direction of two-way, highly automated and renewable-friendly generation. There is no going back…

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. EPA
    16. 8.3 GW of Solar PV Managed by GreenPowerMonitor Including 10 Projects Larger Than 100 MW

      8.3 GW of Solar PV Managed by GreenPowerMonitor Including 10 Projects Larger Than 100 MW

      LAS VEGAS, Nevada, US - 12 September 2017 - DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, announced a key milestone today with GreenPowerMonitor (GPM) providing monitoring, control and asset management solutions for 10 uber-large PV energy power plants in production globally. The total solar PV capacity monitored by GPM is currently 8.3 GW and is expected to reach 9 GW by the end of the year. According to DNV GL’s Energy Transition Outlook 2017, Solar PV is expected to become a major contributor to the energy supply of the future and play a significant role in decreasing the world’s carbon footprint. By 2050, PV will provide around a third of the world’s electricity representing an increase of 85 times compared to 2015.

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    17. Utilities See Benefits in Energy Storage, Even Without Mandates

      Utilities See Benefits in Energy Storage, Even Without Mandates

      The fact that California’s three investor-owned utilities were at the top of the Smart Electric Power Alliance’s recent rankings is not surprising, but the presence of utilities in Indiana and Ohio is notable. California has been a leader in energy storage, with a 2010 law that requires the state’s IOUs to procure 1.3 GW of storage capacity by 2020 and then a 2016 law requiring each IOU to procure another 166 MW of storage.

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    18. UK Green Utility Good Energy to Begin 'First of Many' Energy Storage Projects This Year

      UK Green Utility Good Energy to Begin 'First of Many' Energy Storage Projects This Year

      Good Energy, one of the first utilities in Britain to offer all-renewable energy for consumers, has said it aims to start work on its maiden commercial energy storage development in November this year. In March this year the clean energy utility announced that it was to move into the battery storage sector as part of a significant restructuring of its offering. In May the company also launched a US$10 million corporate bond offer to fund work in the stationary energy storage and EV charger sectors.

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    19. EDF and STORNETIC Partnership Project: STORNETIC Flywheel Energy Storage System Delivered to EDF

      EDF and STORNETIC Partnership Project: STORNETIC Flywheel Energy Storage System Delivered to EDF

      For the first time STORNETIC has delivered a Flywheel Energy Storage system to EDF. The storage device DuraStor® has safely reached the EDF Concept Grid site in Moret-sur-Loing near Paris where it will serve within a joint project on advanced smart grid storage solutions. The project serves to assess the performance of flywheel energy storage technology facing the demands of a modern grid environment and special customer requirements.

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    20. Grid Resiliency and Critical Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey

      Grid Resiliency and Critical Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey

      While the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and the West’s wildfires are fresh in our minds, it’s critical to start focusing on grid resiliency — and how distributed energy can contribute to it. Utilities and state regulators right now focus more on grid reliability than grid resiliency, said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association (ESA). But the two are very different. “Reliability is about normal operations and the grid being able to run with scheduled down times of generation and scheduled operations and maintenance — to be able to count on it when you’ve scheduled it,” she said.

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    21. Amber Kinetics Wins Top Array Changing Technologies Award from PV Magazine

      Amber Kinetics Wins Top Array Changing Technologies Award from PV Magazine

      UNION CITY, Calif.--Amber Kinetics, Inc., the developer and manufacturer of game-changing, four-hour discharge duration flywheel energy storage technology, was named the winner of pv magazine’s Array Changing Technologies Award 2017. The award has been given annually since 2015 to recognize excellence in innovation for solar components and PV power plant development and operation.

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