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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. NantEnergy Acquires Sharp’s Energy Systems & Services Business in US

      NantEnergy Acquires Sharp’s Energy Systems & Services Business in US

      NantEnergy has acquired Sharp Electronics Corporation's US-based energy systems and services business, which develops and delivers energy management systems across the country. As part of the deal, NantEnergy retained the entire Energy Systems and Services team, including Carl Mansfield, former general manager and founder of Sharp's energy system and services group. Mansfield will continue with NantEnergy as vice president, system solutions. Among the products that NantEnergy will acquire includes the SmartStorage behind-the-meter energy storage system.

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    4. Massachusetts Grants Help Get Energy Storage Projects off the Ground

      Massachusetts Grants Help Get Energy Storage Projects off the Ground

      A year after Massachusetts awarded $20 million in energy storage grants, the first project is online and showing promise to help shave peak demand, save customers money, and pave the way for more solar power. Municipal utility Braintree Electric Light Department (BELD) paid for most of the $2.6 million battery installation using its reserve funds and some of its business customers invested additional money in exchange for lower demand charges.

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    5. Battery Storage to Become $1.2trn Market, with Australia Leading the Way

      Battery Storage to Become $1.2trn Market, with Australia Leading the Way

      Australia is set to lead the global energy storage boom, which according to a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) will grow to a $1.2trn industry. The global energy storage market is set to draw in $1.2trn investment by 2040 and the cost of batteries is also set to significantly decrease. The report, entitled the Long-Term Energy Storage Outlook, predicts a strong uptake of stationary energy storage, thanks to households trying to maximise solar self-generation and networks working to balance increasingly renewable grids.

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      Mentions: Australia Japan India
    6. New York and California Lead the Charge Against Climate Rule Rollbacks

      New York and California Lead the Charge Against Climate Rule Rollbacks

      New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood is preparing for battle against the Trump administration over its attempt to dismantle the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. The Empire State, along with 26 Democratic state attorneys general, cities and counties, outlined its legal and policy rationale for opposing the Clean Power Plan replacement in public comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday — the deadline to weigh in on the Trump’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) proposal.

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    7. Puerto Rico Seeks 100 Percent Renewable Energy

      Puerto Rico Seeks 100 Percent Renewable Energy

      In the wake of Hurricane Maria, the Puerto Rican government is proposing the enactment of the Puerto Rico Energy Public Policy Act, a bill focusing on committing the island to a 100 percent renewable energy grid by 2050. Senate Bill 1121 was introduced by the chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Energy Affairs, Larry Seilhamer, and Senate Minority Leader Eduardo Bhatia. The bill’s purpose is to eliminate the monopoly held for decades by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) by allowing the sale of PREPA’s power plants while putting the transmission and distribution systems under a private concessionaire. Consequently, the strategy would begin to shift the power grid away from its resilience on oil and toward renewables.

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    8. Ahead of Biggest Energy Storage Rule Change Yet, US' Transmission Network Operators Open up Markets

      Ahead of Biggest Energy Storage Rule Change Yet, US' Transmission Network Operators Open up Markets

      Transmission system operators in the US have begun making their moves to accommodate energy storage into their wholesale markets, with New England ISO and Southwest Power Pool both making filings in the past month. In February the US’ main regulator the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), issued FERC Order 841, instructing the US’ six regional electricity transmission organisations to reconfigure their wholesale markets to allow energy storage to participate. The ISOs and RTOs have about a year to respond in full.

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      Mentions: CA New Mexico TX
    9. Massive Energy Storage Growth Expected in UK

      Massive Energy Storage Growth Expected in UK

      Applications for energy storage projects have reached a cumulative capacity of 6,874MW in seven years, RenewableUK figures show, indicating a growing appetite for the techology. The average capacity of applications for new battery storage projects has also nearly tripled in the last three years: from 10MW in 2016 to 27MW in 2018.

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      Mentions: Scotland Siemens UK
    10. Sonnen Targets Utility Contract for Arizona Aggregated Storage Project

      Sonnen Targets Utility Contract for Arizona Aggregated Storage Project

      One year since announcing a partnership to build 2,900 homes in a new virtual power plant community in Prescott Valley, Arizona, Sonnen anticipates a real breakthrough that will hopefully include a utility contract. Sonnen is still working out the details on its Jasper project but expects to make an announcement by the end of the year, Blake Richetta, the company's U.S. senior vice president, told Utility Dive.

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    11. EMA in Energy Storage Tie-up with PSA, Sembcorp Industries , Energy & Commodities

      EMA in Energy Storage Tie-up with PSA, Sembcorp Industries , Energy & Commodities

      SOLAR is the most viable source of renewable energy for Singapore, but to fully exploit its green potential calls for the use of one game-changing technology. The Energy Market Authority (EMA) has roped in two private sector partners, PSA and Sembcorp Industries to help roll out on a commercial scale, the use of Energy Storage Systems (ESS). ESS is akin to a large storage to capture unused energy. On the one hand, an ESS can help mitigate the intermittency of solar, wind and other renewable sources. On the other, it allows power grid operators to defer capital-intensive capacity expansion.

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    12. Duke Product VP: 'We Are in the Best Position to Plan, Operate and Manage Energy Storage'

      Duke Product VP: 'We Are in the Best Position to Plan, Operate and Manage Energy Storage'

      Over the next decade and a half, Duke Energy plans to spend $500 million or more on energy storage across the Carolinas. After looking extensively at pricing and tech trends, the utility realized energy storage would play an extremely important role on the grid. How important? "To do effective planning, you have to mix it into your planning at large scale," said Melisa Johns, Duke Energy's vice president of distributed energy resource business and product development.

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    13. Europe's Largest Industrial Energy Storage Facility Unveiled

      Europe's Largest Industrial Energy Storage Facility Unveiled

      Europe's largest industrial energy storage facility has been inaugurated in Belgium. The facility is a pilot project comprising energy storage and solar PV integrated with a microgrid. It is operated by CMI Energy at the company’s international headquarters in Seraing. CMI makes industrial boilers, steam generators and HRSGs for concentrated solar power with thermal storage and the MiRIS (Micro Réseau Intégré Seraing) storage facility will help power the company’s headquarters, which currently consumes 1.3 GW a year. CMI said that the plant is also intended “to demonstrate advanced integration of intermittent renewable energy resources with battery-based energy storage to produce a fully dispatchable renewable energy resource”.

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    14. Big Solar-Plus-Storage Deal Signed In California

      Big Solar-Plus-Storage Deal Signed In California

      Recurrent Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Canadian Solar, has signed two 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) in California with Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Monterey Bay Community Power for a 150 MW AC solar power system with 180 MWh of battery storage. According to Canadian Solar, this joint procurement represents the largest contracted solar-plus-storage project in California to date.

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    15. Salt River Project, DOE Team up to Assess Value of Distributed Energy Storage

      Salt River Project, DOE Team up to Assess Value of Distributed Energy Storage

      The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is teaming up with Arizona's Salt River Project (SRP) to launch "one of the largest" home battery storage studies to date, NREL announced on Thursday. The study would offer insight into distributed storage, while also encouraging installations. 295 SRP customers have already submitted an application to install a battery and join the study, according to an SRP spokesperson, and about half of those systems have been installed and commissioned.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. ESA
    16. With San Diego Airport Microgrid, No More Blackouts and $6.4M/year Saved

      With San Diego Airport Microgrid, No More Blackouts and $6.4M/year Saved

      Before the San Diego International Airport microgrid was built, the airport experienced four to five blackouts a year, each which lasted two to eight hours, according to Darr Hashempour, CEO of DH Green Energy, the consulting firm that designed and built the microgrid. The blackouts — which occurred during San Diego Gas and Electric’s (SDG&E) outages — embarrassed airport executives, upset airport customers, and spurred losses for airlines, he said.

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    17. AECOM, Lockheed Martin Together Build Energy Storage System at Fort Carson

      AECOM, Lockheed Martin Together Build Energy Storage System at Fort Carson

      In August, AECOM announced it started construction of a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) at Fort Carson Army base in Colorado using Lockheed Martin’s GridStar® Lithium energy storage system. The 4.25 MW/8.5 MWh BESS is part of an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to reduce Fort Carson’s energy costs and increase its energy resilience. Though there are some existing energy storage systems at military bases, this unit will be the largest stand-alone commercially contracted battery at an army base. The large, revenue-generating storage system operates behind Fort Carson’s electric utility meter. It reduces electrical demand during peak intervals, thereby increasing power grid resilience.

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    18. Largest Renewable Energy Microgrid in Australia Offers Businesses Lower Cost Energy

      Largest Renewable Energy Microgrid in Australia Offers Businesses Lower Cost Energy

      Victoria’s coal power hub, the Latrobe Valley, is set to host Australia’s “largest” renewable energy microgrid, after a $15 million solar and battery storage project proposed by a consortium of local companies was announced as the winner of a $3 million state government grant.

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    19. Energy Storage: Opportunities, Key Trends and Market Drivers

      Energy Storage: Opportunities, Key Trends and Market Drivers

      Battery storage has traditionally been seen as a supplement to the power generation mix that offers a solution to intermittency issues brought about by increased renewable penetration and a means of avoiding potentially costly grid reinforcement works. Even though the underlying technology is relatively well established and proven, recent improvements may open up new opportunities.

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    20. Xcel Energy, United Power Among Utilities Using Batteries

      Xcel Energy, United Power Among Utilities Using Batteries

      For longtime proponents of renewable energy, figuring out how to keep the lights on when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine has been a key challenge. Harnessing the excess energy from a turbine or solar panel to use later was the “holy grail” or “golden key,” as one Colorado utility executive calls it.

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    21. Enel and EnergyNest Explore Thermal Energy Storage Opportunities

      Enel and EnergyNest Explore Thermal Energy Storage Opportunities

      Among innovative technology providers developing a thermal energy storage system, Norway-based cleantech company EnergyNest is currently one of the partners selected by multinational energy provider Enel for the analysis of the benefits and impacts of the integration of its technology in one of Enel’s numerous power generation assets. According to EnergyNest, impressive economic and climate-relevant figures could be achieved by the company’s latest thermal energy storage technology when integrated in full-scale: annual CO2 reduction of up to 45,000 tons, 14 million liters of fuel oil saved per year and project payback in less than three years.

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