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    1. PG&E Projects Set New Bar for Battery Size but Fall Short on Transparency

      PG&E Projects Set New Bar for Battery Size but Fall Short on Transparency

      California set a new benchmark for energy storage earlier this month when Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) filed for approval with the state's Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for four energy storage projects totaling 567 MW, 2,270 MWh, but some details of the benchmark are less clear than others

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    2. Home Energy Storage System Installations Hit Record High In US

      Home Energy Storage System Installations Hit Record High In US

      US home energy storage systems installations hit a record high in the first quarter of 2018. 36 megawatt-hours of grid-connected home energy storage systems were installed during this period, which was the same amount for the first three quarters of the year. Nearly three quarters of the Q1 installations were in California and Hawaii. “Changing net-metering rules and increasing customer interest in backup and solar self-consumption drove the residential energy storage market’s record quarter,” said Brett Simon, senior analyst at GTM Research.

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    3. New York to Get its Largest Rooftop Solar Power Plant, Battery

      New York to Get its Largest Rooftop Solar Power Plant, Battery

      The Empire State is singing the renewable energy tune these days. If it isn’t a gigawatt battery factory, then it is a batch of large solar projects, or its massive offshore wind farms, and 1.5 GW of energy storage by 2025. With these announcements the state is predicting a doubling of its 2017 installed solar power capacity in 2018, and forecasts falling electricity demand decades out due to more behind-the-meter solar.

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    4. Ask a Solar Vet: Thinking of Storage in a Matrix, with ESA's Kelly Speakes-Backman

      Ask a Solar Vet: Thinking of Storage in a Matrix, with ESA's Kelly Speakes-Backman

      The worlds of solar and energy storage are coming together more closely all the time. We spoke with Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO at Energy Storage Association, the trade association for the energy storage industry and the leading voice for companies that develop and deploy the advanced energy storage systems that support the power grid we rely on every day. We got to know the woman behind the voice of energy storage and her views on the industry, as she celebrates one year in her new position.

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    5. Renewable Energy is Catching up to Natural Gas Much Faster Than Anyone Thought

      Renewable Energy is Catching up to Natural Gas Much Faster Than Anyone Thought

      For around 10 years, the conventional wisdom in the energy sector has been that natural gas is ascendant. Coal is dirty, and it’s getting expensive, but it’s too early to jump all the way to renewable energy. To get from the fossil fuel present to the renewable future, we will need ... a bridge. Natural gas is meant to be that bridge, a way to reduce our emissions relative to coal while we work on scaling up renewables. (The shift from coal to gas is a big part of why US emissions have declined over the past few years.)

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    6. Energy Storage Making Headway In California And Paving Way For Other States

      Energy Storage Making Headway In California And Paving Way For Other States

      Falling solar panel prices coupled with favorable national and state policies are giving energy storage technologies the jolt they need to electrify the market place. The latest such example is Pacific Gas & Electric that wants to install four battery projects totaling 2,270 megawatts. Energy storage could be anything from shaving peak load to storing and injecting wind and solar electrons onto the grid.

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    7. NEC ES, NGK Deploy Storage in New Territories in Brazil and Middle East

      NEC ES, NGK Deploy Storage in New Territories in Brazil and Middle East

      Lithium and sodium sulfur batteries will be used for the first time in new territories, after NEC ES and NGK inked deals to deliver projects to an island archipelago in Brazil and in Dubai respectively. Integrated electricity company Neoenergia, active in distribution, generation and other parts of the supply chain in Brazil, was requested by ANEEL (National Electric Energy Agency) in 2017 to help find sustainable ways to wean Fernando de Noronha, 350km off the country’s north-eastern coast, from a heavy dependence on expensive and polluting diesel generators.

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      Mentions: Chile Brazil NGK
    8. Tech Titans Team Up For Renewable Energy Research Push

      Tech Titans Team Up For Renewable Energy Research Push

      What do Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Reid Hoffman, Jack Ma, and David Rubenstein have in common? No, they are not all building new rockets for interstellar exploration. The common bond between them is that all have combined their considerable financial resources to create Breakthrough Energy Ventures. Formed in 2016 with an initial capitalization of $1 billion, BEV says its investments will be “patient capital,” which means a return on its investments may not happen for 20 years or more, giving the scientists and engineers it supports the time they need to develop disruptive technologies that could change the world.

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    9. Duke Energy Renewables Completes Acquisition of Shoreham Solar Commons Project from Invenergy

      Duke Energy Renewables Completes Acquisition of Shoreham Solar Commons Project from Invenergy

      CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 9, 2018-- Duke Energy Renewables today announced it has completed the acquisition of the 24.9-megawatt Shoreham Solar Commons project on Long Island from Invenergy. Shoreham Solar Commons is located in Brookhaven, New York, about 60 miles east of Manhattan, on the site of the former Tallgrass Golf Course. It was placed into service July 1, and the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is purchasing the power under a 20-year agreement. "As we continue to provide affordable, renewable energy to customers across the United States, we are especially pleased our first renewables project in New York helps meet the sustainability goals and energy needs of LIPA's customers and offers economic benefits to the local community," said Rob Caldwell, president, Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology.

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    10. EnSync : Energy Announces Sale of Power Purchase Agreements for Two Community Facilities in Hawaii

      EnSync : Energy Announces Sale of Power Purchase Agreements for Two Community Facilities in Hawaii

      EnSync, Inc. (NYSE American: ESNC), dba EnSync Energy Systems, a leading developer of innovative distributed energy resources (DERs), announced today the selling of 20-year power purchase agreements (PPA) with the tourist destination Polynesian Cultural Center and the community organization Kohala Village HUB to undisclosed investors.

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    11. Home Storage Sales Rocket as Australia Moves Towards Standardisation

      Home Storage Sales Rocket as Australia Moves Towards Standardisation

      Australia’s energy and environment minister has hailed the country’s accelerating residential energy storage sales as a report has emerged from Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel which says the “financial equation is straightforward” for adding batteries to home PV systems. Finkel’s office produced reports during 2017 which advised the government on the power market, opportunities and challenges for renewables and decarbonisation and the role of clean energy technologies in boosting the resiliency of energy networks across Australia. At the tail end of the year, he also published a report on the “transformative role” of energy storage.

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    12. The Rising Energy Storage Revolution

      The Rising Energy Storage Revolution

      Electric vehicles are part of a sustainable energy/transportation ecosystem that also includes charging infrastructure, smart grid technology, and renewable energy. The key that ties all of these components together is energy storage. Storage, specifically batteries, is the enabling technology that makes modern EVs possible, and that makes renewable energy viable. Battery storage also provides a number of other benefits for the electrical grid, such as load balancing and frequency regulation.

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    13. Energy storage must be at heart of our future grid, Alan Finkel says

      Energy storage must be at heart of our future grid, Alan Finkel says

      Chief Scientist Alan Finkel says Australia is taking a world-leading position in energy storage – beyond just batteries – and must put the technology at the centre of its own energy transition. The Chief Scientist’s report Taking Charge highlights Australia's rapidly increasing numbers of residential batteries as well as its investment in pumped hydro and other technologies to support renewable power generation, seeing it at the global forefront of the rise of energy storage.

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    14. Hawaii Opens Up Existing Solar Installations to Energy Storage

      Hawaii Opens Up Existing Solar Installations to Energy Storage

      Nowhere in the United States has embraced rooftop solar like Hawaii. Very high retail electricity prices made net-metered rooftop solar a bargain in the island state well before the mainland, with the result that 16-20% of all homes on individual islands hosted PV systems by the end of 2017. As this is a much higher rate of distributed solar than anywhere in the Continental United States, this and the island’s isolated grid also meant that the state’s utilities hit technical challenges associated with deploying this solar sooner.

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    15. E.ON and Vertiv Partner to Offer Virtual Power Plant Services for Critical Infrastructure

      E.ON and Vertiv Partner to Offer Virtual Power Plant Services for Critical Infrastructure

      International energy giant E.ON and U.S.-based Vertiv (previously Emerson Network Power) have joined forces to deliver virtual power plant services in Germany, with an eye toward other markets worldwide. Partnering with Vertiv gives E.ON — a European-based company with $67.9 billion in assets — the opportunity to offer uninterruptible power supply (UPS) battery-based solutions to market segments with mission critical energy needs, such as data centers and telecommunications. Vertiv, which builds critical infrastructure, gains access to E.ON’s customer base.

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      Mentions: U.S. TX Germany
    16. Illinois Commerce Commission Policy Session Explores Future of Energy Storage

      Illinois Commerce Commission Policy Session Explores Future of Energy Storage

      The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) recently held a policy session exploring the future of energy storage and its relationship to the electric grid in Illinois. Acting Commissioner Anastasia Palivos and ICC staff hosted the session, which included numerous panelists who provided analyses of the energy storage landscape and associated challenges in Illinois.

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    17. How Batteries Will Change the Power Business

      How Batteries Will Change the Power Business

      STERLING, MASS.—Until recently, this tidy, quiet town in central Massachusetts was best known to outsiders for its eight-acre corn maze out by Davis Farmland, and for a little statue near the corner of Main and Park immortalizing the lamb that is said to have followed young Mary Sawyer to school one day in 1812, inspiring a well-known poem. Lately, however, Sterling welcomes visitors from far away who don’t come for outdoor fun or nursery rhymes.

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    18. Energy Storage Ranks High On Power Research Agenda

      Energy Storage Ranks High On Power Research Agenda

      ARPA-E  recently announced up to $30 million in funding for projects as part of a new ARPA-E program: Duration Addition to electricitY Storage (DAYS). DAYS project teams will build innovative technologies to enable long-duration energy storage on the power grid, providing reliable electricity for 10 to approximately 100 hours. 

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    19. Nevada Regulators Approve NV Energy's First EV Infrastructure Program

      Nevada Regulators Approve NV Energy's First EV Infrastructure Program

      The Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved NV Energy's first electric vehicle infrastructure program, authorizing $15 million to incentivize the development of publicly available charging stations. Along with the EV program, the utility can spend $5 million each for small and large energy storage incentives. Those programs are also new, and have not been initiated yet. NV Energy plans to get them running no later than Sept. 1.

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    20. Tesla is Building a Powerful Battery System with a Capacity of Up to 1.1 GWh

      Tesla is Building a Powerful Battery System with a Capacity of Up to 1.1 GWh

      Elon Musk is not short of ambition, and for the past couple of months, he and his company Tesla have been working on a massive battery project that has the potential to make even the company’s 129 MWh project in Australia look small. The company is working in collaboration with PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric Company) to create a massive battery system in California that will have a capacity of more than 1.1 GWh.

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    21. PG&E Proposes Four New Cost-effective Energy Storage Projects to CPUC

      PG&E Proposes Four New Cost-effective Energy Storage Projects to CPUC

      Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today requested approval of four cost-effective energy storage projects totaling approximately 567 megawatts (MW), in a filing at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). In January, the CPUC authorized PG&E to launch an accelerated solicitation for energy storage projects capable of meeting reliability needs for three specified local sub-areas in the northern central valley (Pease local sub-area and Bogue local sub-area) and spanning Silicon Valley to the central coast (South Bay - Moss Landing local sub-area). PG&E issued its request for offers on February 28 and received offers from numerous participants. After careful evaluation, PG&E selected one offer for a utility-owned project and three offers for third-party owned projects, all to be located within the South Bay - Moss Landing local sub-area.

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