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    1. Google to Test Data Center Battery Backup That Also Serves the Grid

      Google to Test Data Center Battery Backup That Also Serves the Grid

      Google on Wednesday unveiled plans to install its first backup battery at a data center, with ambitions to use the project as a test case for grid service applications. The 3-megawatt, 2-hour-duration battery will be installed at a Google data center in Belgium, a location selected because its market has policies that allow batteries to provide frequency regulation to the grid. Google is already experimenting with load-shifting on a pilot scale. Google has matched its overall electricity consumption with 100 percent renewable energy purchases since 2017. 

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    2. Pacific Northwest poised to test 100% renewables as utilities weigh gas vs. storage

      Pacific Northwest poised to test 100% renewables as utilities weigh gas vs. storage

      As multiple states and municipalities drive toward 100% renewable energy, the Pacific Northwest may be in the most unique position to answer the questions that generally arise despite geographic, economic and climate differences with the rest of the country. Such questions include: What is the right mix of wind, solar, storage, nuclear and hydropower to provide carbon-free energy at an affordable and reliable level? How much should natural gas be relied on as a 'bridge fuel,' if at all?

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    3. New York utility Con Edison signs deal for 100MW battery project at former fossil fuel plant site

      New York utility Con Edison signs deal for 100MW battery project at former fossil fuel plant site

      An agreement has been signed for a 100MW / 400MWh battery storage project in Queens, New York, by utility company Con Edison and Hanwha Group-affiliated renewable energy developer 174 Power Global. The project will be one of the world’s larger battery storage projects to date and the US state’s largest so far by some distance - currently the only transmission-connected battery project in New York is the 20MW KCE NY 1 project completed by developer Key Capture Energy a while back, although many more multi-megawatt projects are thought to be on the way albeit outside of New York's densely populated urban areas. 

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    4. Granholm Poised to Put R&D at Center of Biden Climate Strategy

      Granholm Poised to Put R&D at Center of Biden Climate Strategy

      President-elect Joe Biden’s presumptive choice for energy secretary is expected to transform an obscure department agency that was on the Trump administration’s chopping block into a central part of the new administration’s climate strategy, renewable advocates in Congress and the energy industry say. 

      Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm is especially well suited to make the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, known as ARPA-E, essential to Biden’s renewable energy agenda because of her support for revitalizing the auto industry following the 2008 economic crisis, said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association. Speakes-Backman sees ARPA-E playing a more critical role in the advancement of battery technology under Biden so that renewable energy can be used any time of day, regardless when the sun shines or the wind blows. ARPA-E’s mission “helps our whole industry,” she said.

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    5. In Boost for Renewables, Grid-Scale Battery Storage Is on the Rise

      In Boost for Renewables, Grid-Scale Battery Storage Is on the Rise

      Nationwide, a record 1.2 gigawatts of storage have been installed so far this year, according to Wood MacKenzie, a natural resources research and consulting firm. That number is projected to jump dramatically over the next five years, rising to nearly 7.5 gigawatts in 2025. Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the U.S. Energy Storage Association, says that battery storage additions doubled in 2020, and would likely have tripled had it not been for construction slowdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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    6. CAISO focuses on summer 2021 as final analysis of August blackouts nears completion

      CAISO focuses on summer 2021 as final analysis of August blackouts nears completion

      California's energy agencies will soon release a final root cause analysis of the rolling blackouts that affected the state this past August, and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has focused its efforts on preparing for summer 2021, according to executives. The final analysis is expected to point to three contributing factors — the climate-change induced heat storm in the Western U.S., changing supply and demand patterns, as well as market practices that exacerbated the problem, CAISO's new Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President Mark Rothleder said

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    7. QuantumScape finally unstealths — with breakthrough performance in solid state batteries

      QuantumScape finally unstealths — with breakthrough performance in solid state batteries

      After ten secretive years, several hundred million dollars spent, and the efforts of hundreds of scientists and engineers, QuantumScape went public on a video call today with the performance results of its solid-state battery — and its potential impact on the electric vehicle industry. In a world of breakthrough battery performance claims — QuantumScape seems closest to actually building better batteries.

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    8. Oregon hybrid project springs into action

      Oregon hybrid project springs into action

      Portland General Electric (PGE) has started commercial power generation at the Wheatridge hybrid facility in Eastern Oregon, with the 300MW wind component coming online. The project will also feature 50MW of solar and 30MW battery storage, both of which will be operational by the end of next year. Wheatridge is a joint project of PGE and a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources.

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    9. Southern California Edison Inks Another Massive Round of Utility-Scale Battery Contracts

      Southern California Edison Inks Another Massive Round of Utility-Scale Battery Contracts

      Six months after inking California’s single-largest energy storage procurement, utility Southern California Edison has added another three massive utility-scale battery projects to its portfolio — plus a behind-the-meter battery project with Sunrun. Monday’s new contracts include 585 megawatts of lithium-ion batteries: 325 MW from NextEra Energy’s Desert Peak project, 200 MW from Recurrent Energy’s Crimson project, and 60 MW from 174 Power Global/Hanwha Group’s Eldorado Valley project.

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    10. California will need up to 55GW of long-duration energy storage by 2045, study finds

      California will need up to 55GW of long-duration energy storage by 2045, study finds

      For California to achieve its target of eliminating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its electricity sector by 2045, the state will need to deploy between 45GW and 55GW of long-duration energy storage, a new study has found. Meeting an interim goal of sourcing 60% of California’s electricity from renewables by 2030 will itself require between 2GW to 11GW of long-duration energy storage, consultancy group Strategen said in the study, which was commissioned by the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA).

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    11. US DOE Incorporates Microgrids into Plan for 16 Federal Projects

      US DOE Incorporates Microgrids into Plan for 16 Federal Projects

      In another sign that the US government is making energy resilience a priority, the Department of Energy (DOE) is incorporating microgrids as part of a program to spur $440 million in energy improvements for 16 federal projects microgrids. Announced late last week, the effort is meant to bring energy efficiency and resilience to a range of facilities from ports to military bases to building campuses.

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    12. It's time to unlock Canada's energy storage potential in the climate change fight

      It's time to unlock Canada's energy storage potential in the climate change fight

      Energy storage's potential and value needs to be allowed to shine for Canada to achieve its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 - and to avoid being left behind in the international race to modernise global energy systems, writes Justin Wahid Rangooni, executive director of the trade association Energy Storage Canada.

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    13. US sets new record in energy storage deployment in Q3 - 2020

      US sets new record in energy storage deployment in Q3 - 2020

      A new report released by Wood Mackenzie and the US Energy Storage Association states the US energy storage market has increased by 240% in the third quarter of 2020 compared to the second quarter. Up to 764MWh of energy storage capacity was deployed in Q3, more than twice the previous high. Although the residential segment grew,  the major growth was in the front-of-the-meter (FTM) segment, resulting in a new record being set. California deployed the majority of the FTM projects.

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    14. Companies Announce New Residential VPP for California

      Companies Announce New Residential VPP for California

      A distributed energy power plant, designed to help bring more reliability to California’s power grid, is being developed by a company whose investors include Alphabet, the parent company of Google. The project when fully developed would be the world’s largest residential virtual power plant (VPP). Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners (SIP), a group that builds, owns, operates, and invests in advanced infrastructure projects and technology companies, on Dec. 7 released details of a $100 million deal as part of Resilia, the company’s new advanced power grid platform. 

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    15. Energy storage hits record level in third quarter

      Energy storage hits record level in third quarter

      A record 476 megawatts (MW) of storage were deployed in the third quarter, a 240 increase over the previous high, according to the latest US Energy Storage Monitor report from Wood Mackenzie and the U.S. Energy Storage Association’s (ESA).

      The increases were across the board, but the most dramatic rise came in front-of-the-meter (FTM) storage procurements, particularly in California. The FTM segment grew to 400 MW and 578 MWh in the third quarter, surpassing previous 133 MW and 296 MWh records for this sector. To further illustrate the meteoric growth, FTM storage installed in the third quarter was higher than all other segments during any other quarter over the past 7 years.

      “Energy storage deployments continue to grow, despite the economic downturn and COVID-related slowdowns,” Kelly Speakes-Backman, U.S. Energy Storage Association CEO, said. “The signs are pointing toward an unprecedented increase in energy storage in the coming months, moving us closer toward achieving our 100 GW by 2030 vision. With continued policy support and regulatory reform at the state and federal levels, energy storage is poised to continue this trajectory and enable a more resilient, efficient, sustainable, and affordable electric grid for all.”

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    16. US storage deployments shatter record in Q3, with 7.5 GW projected by 2025: WoodMac

      US storage deployments shatter record in Q3, with 7.5 GW projected by 2025: WoodMac

      A record-breaking 476 MW of storage resources were deployed in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2020 — a 240% increase over the previous record, which was set in the previous quarter — a December report from Wood Mackenzie and the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) found. The domestic battery energy storage market is set to grow sixfold to a total of nearly 7.5 GW — with a $7.3 billion annual market  — by 2025, predominantly due to large-scale utility procurements, most of which will be paired with solar resources, according to the report.

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    17. U.S. Deploys Record Amount of Energy Storage in Q3

      U.S. Deploys Record Amount of Energy Storage in Q3

      Approximately 476  MW of energy storage were  deployed this year – an increase of  240% over the previous high set last quarter, according to Wood Mackenzie and the U.S. Energy Storage Association’s (ESA) recently released U.S. Energy Storage Monitor report. As noted in the research, the new record  for storage  is  not an anomaly but rather predictive of things to come as front-of-the-meter  (FTM)  storage procurements, particularly in California, grow  dramatically  in number and size.

      Note: ESA members get a significant discount on the Energy Storage Monitor. Log in to the ESA Member Portal for more information. 

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    18. Enel X and Eaton Team Up on Solar and Storage Microgrid in Puerto Rico

      Enel X and Eaton Team Up on Solar and Storage Microgrid in Puerto Rico

      Enel X and power equipment and management company Eaton will partner on a solar-storage microgrid in Puerto Rico, one of the largest yet built on an island struggling to restructure its hurricane-battered power grid. The microgrid, Enel X’s first such project in Puerto Rico, will provide backup power at Eaton's circuit breaker factory in the coastal city of Arecibo. It will center on a 5-megawatt solar array and 1.1 megawatt/2.2 megawatt-hours of battery storage.

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    19. US Energy Storage Market Shatters Records in Q3 2020

      US Energy Storage Market Shatters Records in Q3 2020

      According to Wood Mackenzie and the U.S. Energy Storage Association’s (ESA) latest ’US Energy Storage Monitor’ report, 476 megawatts (MW) of storage were deployed in Q3 2020. This is an increase of 240% over the previous high, set last quarter. As noted in the research, the new record for storage is not an anomaly but rather a sign of things to come as front-of-the-meter (FTM) storage procurements, particularly in California, grow dramatically in number and size.

      “Energy storage deployments continue to grow, despite the economic downturn and COVID-related slowdowns,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, U.S. Energy Storage Association CEO. “The signs are pointing toward an unprecedented increase in energy storage in the coming months, moving us closer toward achieving our 100 GW by 2030 vision. With continued policy support and regulatory reform at the state and federal levels, energy storage is poised to continue this trajectory and enable a more resilient, efficient, sustainable, and affordable electric grid for all.”

       

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    20. The US energy storage market was redefined in Q3

      The US energy storage market was redefined in Q3

      A record 476 MW/764 MWh were installed in Q3, with California's deployment figures alone shattering all previous quarterly records. According to the latest edition of Wood Mackenzie’s U.S. energy storage monitor, the country deployed 476 MW of energy storage in Q2, 240% more than was installed in Q2, which just so happened to be the previous quarterly record for installed capacity. That 476 MW mark represents more than 500% year-over-year growth from Q3 2019.

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    21. Senate confirms Clements and Christie to FERC, lengthy list of issues awaits new Commission

      Senate confirms Clements and Christie to FERC, lengthy list of issues awaits new Commission

      For the first time in nearly two years, FERC is at full strength, with the confirmations of Mark Christie and Allison Clements bringing the agency to a full five members. With Neil Chatterjee leaving in June, the agency is set to have a Democratic majority in the near future.

      Regulations around hybrid storage and generation and rules around storage as transmission are among the main issues that the Energy Storage Association (ESA) would like to see FERC take on, Kelly Speakes-Backman, the ESA’s CEO said. The ESA would also like to see PJM capacity accreditation for storage approved, and it would like to see market design incorporate the value of flexibility, she added.

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