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    1. 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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      Mentions: ESA FERC
    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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      Mentions: DoE U.S. ESA
    5. 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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    6. '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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    7. 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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      Mentions: U.S. COVID-19
    8. Sunrun buys Vivint Solar for $3.2B

      Sunrun buys Vivint Solar for $3.2B

      The consolidation of the top two residential solar companies in the U.S. comes as both companies have adapted to growing demand in the distributed solar sector. Sunrun offers energy storage and grid services, working with utilities and grid operators on virtual power plants that combine distributed energy systems. Sunrun expects to offer battery storage to the combined base of nearly 500,000 solar customers.

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      Mentions: U.S.
    9. New Room-Temperature Liquid-Metal Battery Could Be the Path to Powering the Future

      New Room-Temperature Liquid-Metal Battery Could Be the Path to Powering the Future

      Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have built a new type of battery that combines the many benefits of existing options while eliminating their key shortcomings and saving energy. Most batteries are composed of either solid-state electrodes, such as lithium-ion batteries for portable electronics, or liquid-state electrodes, including flow batteries for smart grids. The UT researchers have created what they call a “room-temperature all-liquid-metal battery,” which includes the best of both worlds of liquid- and solid-state batteries.

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    10. Eos Energy Storage Supplies Energy Storage to Microgrid Developments for Electrifying Rural Communities in Nigeria

      Eos Energy Storage Supplies Energy Storage to Microgrid Developments for Electrifying Rural Communities in Nigeria

      Eos Energy Storage, the leading manufacturer of safe, low-cost and long-duration zinc battery storage systems, today announced that it has partnered with EPC firm Nayo Tropical Technology Ltd. to deploy the company’s Aurora EnergyBlock™ battery energy storage system (BESS). Eos’ EnergyBlock is part of a project to bring power to underserved areas and will integrate into rural microgrid developments beginning in the African country of Nigeria. Results from the deployment of this microgrid BESS solution will give utilities and energy providers options for the best storage technologies for rural locations and environments.

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    11. Building battery storage systems to meet changing market requirements

      Building battery storage systems to meet changing market requirements

      In the previous edition of PV Tech Power, we spoke to four leading developers of solar-plus-storage and standalone energy storage projects about what it takes to get projects over the line, their experiences in the field – and what sort of technologies are making their efforts possible. This time around, we’ve spoken in depth with two of the system integrator/ manufacturers that supply that segment of the energy storage market. Danny Lu, vice president at Powin Energy and Dr Zhuang Cai, R&D director at Sungrow, share their insights on what it means to build lithium-ion battery storage systems at scale.

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    12. What’s going on in the world of thermal energy storage?

      What’s going on in the world of thermal energy storage?

      Siemens Energy and EnergyNest have entered into a long-term partnership to develop thermal energy storage solutions for industrial customers. The two companies are exploring the use of excess renewable electricity to charge a thermal battery, which would in turn release steam when needed to provide power — lowering the plant’s natural gas demand, while increasing flexibility.

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    13. Utility Portland General Electric launches 4MW virtual power plant pilot in Oregon

      Utility Portland General Electric launches 4MW virtual power plant pilot in Oregon

      More than 500 residential energy storage batteries will be aggregated into a virtual power plant (VPP) by US utility Portland General Electric (PGE), with some participating households offered US$5,000 rebates on battery system purchases as well as money off their monthly electricity bills.

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    14. Japanese telecom giant NTT plots major renewables play, partners Mitsubishi for clean tech

      Japanese telecom giant NTT plots major renewables play, partners Mitsubishi for clean tech

      Japanese telecoms giant Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) is plotting a major renewables play in the country, investing up to US$1 billion a year up to 2030. National newspaper Nikkei reported earlier this week that NTT is planning to invest some ¥1 trillion (US$9 billion) to establish itself as a major player in Japan’s renewable energy market, deploying utility-scale generation and electricity transmission and distribution to complement its existing business units.

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    15. Statement from ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis "Solving the Climate Crisis" Report

      Statement from ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis "Solving the Climate Crisis" Report

      “ESA commends the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis for continuing to prioritize meaningful recommendations that include support for a stand-alone investment tax credit for energy storage. Energy storage is an enabling technology that aligns with the Committee’s focus on grid resilience, achieving net zero emissions, and bringing clean and advanced energy sources to our electric grid. We thank the Select Committee for understanding the importance of a storage ITC to foster resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable electric service. ESA encourages Congress to pass legislation that includes a storage ITC with a direct payment option to support economic recovery and make the American economy more resilient.”

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    16. The U.S. Electric Grid of the Future Powers a Stronger Economy and Environment

      The U.S. Electric Grid of the Future Powers a Stronger Economy and Environment

      As the CEOs of America’s leading renewable and clean energy associations, we believe it’s time to examine our paths toward the future. Working together, we can bring about a market transformation to build a strong, resilient U.S. electric grid that derives more than half its power from clean energy by the end of the decade.

      How do we get there? The truth is that we’ve already started, and both momentum and demand are building.

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      Mentions: U.S. AWEA ESA
    17. ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The million mile battery is coming. Here's why it matters

      ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The million mile battery is coming. Here's why it matters

      Tesla Inc., General Motors Co. and one of China's biggest battery companies are approaching a milestone that some say could revolutionize transportation and the grid -- the development of electric car batteries that last a million miles. 

      "The concept of a million-mile battery is really a description of a service life of a battery," said Jason Burwen, vice president of policy at the Energy Storage Association. "How many years does the battery perform at or near its rated capacity?"

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      Mentions: GM China ESA
    18. The magnificent seven: US states with energy storage mandates, targets and goals

      The magnificent seven: US states with energy storage mandates, targets and goals

      Seven states in the US have now put some kind of public policy in place that recognizes the role that energy storage will play in their future, lower carbon energy system. The US national Energy Storage Association’s policy director, Jason Burwen, spoke with Andy Colthorpe about the seven early adopter states and whether this is likely to be a spreading pattern across the country.

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    19. Statement from ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman on the introduction of H.R.2, the Moving Forward Act

      Statement from ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman on the introduction of H.R.2, the Moving Forward Act

      We greatly appreciate the House of Representatives’ leadership with the inclusion of energy storage in the Moving Forward act with the following three major areas of relief and stimulus:

      1. Make stand-alone energy storage eligible for investment tax credit (ITC) with the option to elect a “direct payment;”
      2. Include energy storage technologies explicitly as an investment option for electric vehicle infrastructure; and
      3. Promote storage technology innovation.

      Now more than ever, these common-sense, forward-looking policies with bipartisan and bicameral support are crucial,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the U.S. Energy Storage Association. “The progress the energy storage industry is making to foster resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable electric service is being threatened by the devastating impacts of COVID-19. Energy storage companies are facing widespread project delays, reduced revenues, and the potential of lost jobs.

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      Mentions: U.S. ESA COVID-19
    20. $50 Million Prime Impact Fund Launches to Invest in Early-Stage Cleantech

      $50 Million Prime Impact Fund Launches to Invest in Early-Stage Cleantech

      The fund screens startups for gigaton-level carbon-reduction potential. A new fund is channeling philanthropic dollars into early-stage clean technology investments in the hopes of catalyzing major climate-change impacts. The Prime Impact Fund closed a $50 million raise in recent weeks and has already made eight investments. The fund uses an unusual structure: It screens prospective investments for their carbon-reduction potential in order to direct investment to high-impact technology companies that might struggle to find funding through conventional means.

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    21. Eos Energy Storage to Deploy its Latest Generation Battery System in Pala, California Energy Storage Yard

      Eos Energy Storage to Deploy its Latest Generation Battery System in Pala, California Energy Storage Yard

      Eos Energy Storage, the leading manufacturer of safe, low-cost and long-duration zinc battery storage systems, is proud to announce plans to deploy its latest technology battery energy storage system (BESS) in partnership with the California Energy Commission(CEC). The BESS will be used to evaluate performance across multiple utility energy storage use cases. In light of the wildfires impacting much of California in recent years, non-flammable, non-combustible batteries like the one made by Eos provide a way for the state to continue to install more grid-connected battery storage capacity without exacerbating the risk or severity of fires.

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