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    1. Study: Batteries and Clean Energy will Outcompete Fossil Fuels by 2020

      Study: Batteries and Clean Energy will Outcompete Fossil Fuels by 2020

      Energy storage prices are falling rapidly, allowing new combinations of solar, wind, and energy storage to “outcompete” the costs of coal and natural gas plants, according to a new study. Research and development investment for energy storage projects have brought the cost of a lithium-ion battery down from $10,000 per kilowatt-hour in the early 1990s to an expected $100 per kilowatt-hour in 2018, the researchers said. Residential solar and electric battery storage could become cost-competitive with grid electricity by 2020, they added.

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    2. Better Home Batteries are Changing the Sustainable Energy Game

      Better Home Batteries are Changing the Sustainable Energy Game

      As the cost of solar and wind power continues to drop, sustainable energy is in the middle of a growth spurt. And one of the technologies that may fuel the next phase of sustainable power for homes, companies, and cities has nothing to do with turbines and rooftop installations. It’s all about batteries. Consider the new Peña Station Next project taking shape in Denver, a joint venture among local government, Xcel Energy, and Panasonic. This forthcoming 400-acre “sustainable small town” will run on the energy coming from a large series of solar panels connected to a 1-megawatt, grid-connected battery. With this massive battery extending the usability of solar energy beyond daylight hours, this new development seeks to become independent of outside energy sources.

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    3. Learn the Basics of Commercial Battery Storage for Solar Power

      Learn the Basics of Commercial Battery Storage for Solar Power

      Battery storage for solar power is an emerging clean energy technology that is starting to take hold. By helping to reduce the costs of energy usage in business, solar energy storage is becoming more common than ever. 
      This infographic provides an entry-level overview of commercial solar storage and explains how it can integrate with an onsite solar system to help your organization save even more on electricity bills. 

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    4. Australia is Maturing on Battery Storage, Says AES

      Australia is Maturing on Battery Storage, Says AES

      Global energy giant AES Corporation said scepticism over large-scale battery storage projects in Australia would be overcome once state governments showed they could boost the reliability of the grid. Battery storage in Australia is in its infancy compared to other markets, but AES Energy storage vice-president Praveen Kathpal said the rollout of the South Australian government's 100-megawatt battery storage project be a game-changer for Australia.

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    5. A Solar Eclipse Could Wipe Out 9,000 Megawatts of Power Supplies

      A Solar Eclipse Could Wipe Out 9,000 Megawatts of Power Supplies

      The eclipse set to darken skies next month threatens to sideline solar farms and rooftop panels in a wide swath of the U.S., wiping out enough power generation to supply about 7 million homes. This rare event, during which the moon will completely obscure the sun, will cast a shadow along a 70-mile-wide (113-kilometer) corridor stretching from Oregon to South Carolina on Aug. 21. Based on a Bloomberg calculation of grid forecasts, more than 9,000 megawatts of solar power may go down. That’s the equivalent of about nine nuclear reactors.

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    6. Energy Storage in Utility’s Future

      Energy Storage in Utility’s Future

      Block Island Power Company President Jeffery Wright believes that the time for a battery storage system at the Block Island Power Company could be “quickly approaching,” meaning that its backup diesel generators — even for emergencies — could soon become a thing of the past. The practical usage of a battery storage system is evident in its proposed application for Deepwater Wind’s latest utility-scale project. Deepwater Wind, the developer that built the Block Island Wind Farm, is proposing a new 144-megawatt Revolution Wind Farm located 30 miles offshore and 12 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard that includes a 40-megawatt-hour battery storage system to serve Massachusetts’s clean energy needs, if approved, by 2023. According to a press release issued by the company, the wind farm, the largest combined offshore energy producer/storage project in the world, will have a battery storage system provided by Tesla, Inc., an automaker, solar panel manufacturer and battery storage company based in Palo Alto, California.

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    7. Deepwater Wind Unveils US Offshore Revolution Wind Farm With Tesla Energy Storage

      Deepwater Wind Unveils US Offshore Revolution Wind Farm With Tesla Energy Storage

      Deepwater Wind, the de facto leading offshore wind developer in the United States, has announced ambitious plans to develop a 144 MW offshore wind farm near Martha’s Vineyard that will be equipped with a 40 MWh Tesla battery storage system. Of course, Deepwater Wind is most well known at the moment as being the leading US offshore wind developer. Considering that it is the only developer with an actual working offshore wind farm, this is something of a moot point — though, the US offshore wind industry is finally beginning to gather some steam.

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    8. How a Cold Day in Texas Exposed the Value of Grid Flexibility

      How a Cold Day in Texas Exposed the Value of Grid Flexibility

      As the sun rose over Dallas on March 3, 2014, thermometers read 15° Fahrenheit. Across the state, Texans turned their heaters on full blast as they prepared to head to work. Meanwhile, at the operations center for Texas’ electricity system, ERCOT, operators saw the price of electricity skyrocket. Around 8 a.m. prices jumped to nearly $5,000 per megawatt-hour, more than 100 times the average price of electricity. Though the unusually cold weather caused electricity demand to increase well above historical levels, the power market behaved as intended. Many power plant owners, who know their capacity is typically not needed during this time of year, had their plants offline for maintenance. Thus, when a period of unusually high demand on March 3 combined with relatively low supply, prices skyrocketed, demonstrating the fundamentals of supply and demand. Power plants that were available and able to turn on quickly -- to be flexible -- were rewarded handsomely.

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    9. Ikea Begins Selling Solar Panels and Home Batteries in the UK

      Ikea Begins Selling Solar Panels and Home Batteries in the UK

      Ikea is getting into the domestic solar power generation and storage market in the UK, with new solar panel and home storage battery system products. The products include panels that integrated with existing roofing solutions provided by Solarcentury, a UK solar power company, which includes a 25 year guarantee on the panels themselves, as well as s six-year warranty on installation and every aspect of the system hardware.

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    10. Connexus Energy Planning Minnesota's Largest Energy Storage Facility

      Connexus Energy Planning Minnesota's Largest Energy Storage Facility

      Connexus Energy, Minnesota’s largest retail electric cooperative, is in negotiations to build a 20 MW, 40 MWh energy storage system, Midwest Energy News reports. The storage facility would be located next to three solar power plants with an aggregate capacity of 10 MW that Connexus plans to build next summer. Connexus says the energy storage system could be deployed for a combination of uses, including peak shaving, demand response, and frequency regulation.

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    11. California Preps for Power Surge During Solar Eclipse

      California Preps for Power Surge During Solar Eclipse

      Californians have been asked to save energy during this month’s eagerly anticipated solar eclipse to help reduce the strain on the state’s solar power resources. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has set up the CalEclipse.org website, where Californians are urged to “do your thing for the sun,” by reducing energy usage from 9 am to 11 am PT during the August 21 solar eclipse. The Commission notes that as the solar eclipse passes over the Pacific Northwest, it will affect solar resources providing power to California’s grid.

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    12. GE Sees Storage at Centre of the Grid

      GE Sees Storage at Centre of the Grid

      Industrial behemoth GE sees energy storage as occupying an increasingly central role in grid stabilisation, Energy Storage Report has learned. More and more, said Mirko Molinari, general manager of distributed grid systems at GE Grid Solutions, storage and its associated software could act as a central hub for electricity network control, particularly on microgrids.

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    13. Powin Energy to Deploy 2.4 MWh of Energy Storage Systems Across Seven Site Solar Plus Storage Portfolio in Hawai'i

      Powin Energy to Deploy 2.4 MWh of Energy Storage Systems Across Seven Site Solar Plus Storage Portfolio in Hawai'i

      TUALATIN, OR--(Aug 2, 2017) - Powin Energy, a leading next generation provider of fully integrated energy storage solutions for utility, commercial and industrial, and microgrid applications, announced today that it has been selected by Adon Renewables to provide energy storage systems for a portfolio of seven solar plus storage projects in Hawai'i. Each site will store solar energy not used during daylight hours and then discharge that energy for the customer's use each evening when the sun goes down. Over time, Powin and Adon Renewables will leverage Powin's site management software and its patented Battery Pack Operating System (bp-OS) to provide a wide array of services to both the onsite customer and the utility. These services may include: frequency and voltage regulation, local capacity augmentation, emergency services, and load control.

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    14. Highview Awarded £1.5 Million For New Hybrid LAES System To Respond To Frequency Response Market

      Highview Awarded £1.5 Million For New Hybrid LAES System To Respond To Frequency Response Market

      Highview have been awarded funding of £1.5 million for a new hybrid configuration of its existing Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) system from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency. The hybrid LAES system will demonstrate LAES’s ability to respond to grid frequency events within 1 second and meet the requirements of National Grid’s new Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) service.

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    15. As Renewable Energy Gains Traction, Seeing a Bright Future for On-Site Energy Storage

      As Renewable Energy Gains Traction, Seeing a Bright Future for On-Site Energy Storage

      Commercial property owners are rethinking their skepticism toward energy storage systems, with battery prices dropping and third parties offering new financing models. “Everybody is recognizing that it is a necessary component of the overall [sustainability] picture,” says Sara Neff, the senior vice president of sustainability at Kilroy Realty Corporation, the California-based real estate company. The first quarter of 2017 was “the biggest quarter in history for the U.S. energy storage market,” according to a tracking report from the Energy Storage Association. Led by large-scale utility installations, primarily in California, the megawatt (MW) hours of storage deployments doubled in 2016, compared with the previous year, according to the association’s data.

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    16. Why Toyota's Next Move Is Solid-State Batteries

      Why Toyota's Next Move Is Solid-State Batteries

      Toyota plans to commercialize solid-state electric vehicle batteries by the early 2020s, Reuters confirmed this week. If the Japanese automaker can pull that off, it could leap ahead of the competition in terms of energy density, range and safety. Toyota popularized the turn away from internal-combustion engines with its Prius hybrid, but its clean transport innovation has slowed in recent years. The company maintained focus on hybrids and hydrogen fuel-cell cars, which other EV makers tend to dismiss as dead ends.

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    17. MISO Rules Must Bend for Energy Storage, Stakeholders Say

      MISO Rules Must Bend for Energy Storage, Stakeholders Say

      MISO must fully consider the special attributes of energy storage devices before developing new rules that enable those resources to participate in the RTO’s wholesale markets, stakeholders said this week. Stakeholders participating at a July 24 Common Issues workshop asked MISO to recognize the ability of storage to postpone transmission upgrades, classify prospective storage projects under a new study process, and create specific compensation rules and modeling procedures for the technology.

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    18. Ideal Power Supplies Power Converters to PV-Plus-Storage Projects in California, Texas

      Ideal Power Supplies Power Converters to PV-Plus-Storage Projects in California, Texas

      Ideal Power, the US company best known for its power conversion systems for energy storage, has announced two recent project orders totalling 1.6MW in northern Texas and in California. Just over 1MW of the company’s 30kW Stabiliti power conversion systems will be integrated into six solar-plus-storage systems at a California municipal school district. The 35 separate Stabiliti units will be installed with PV and battery energy storage at six installations.

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    19. The Future of Renewable Energy is in Texas

      The Future of Renewable Energy is in Texas

      Renewable energy isn't at a crossroads in the U.S. so much as on a two-lane highway: While the federal government hits the gas on fossil fuels, states are speeding ahead to develop renewable energy -- and reaching new milestones. For example, enough solar energy is being collected every year to power all the single-family homes in Florida. Three states generate more than one-third of their energy from wind and solar. Some 160,000 electric cars were sold last year -- enough to supply the entire population of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. And earlier this year, wind and solar produced one-tenth of the nation's energy for an entire month.

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    20. Ontario’s C&I Energy Storage Sector Kicks on with Utility-Developer Partnership

      Ontario’s C&I Energy Storage Sector Kicks on with Utility-Developer Partnership

      Canadian utility Alectra Energy Solutions, which has over a million customers in Ontario, will offer large-scale energy storage to commercial and industrial operations in its service area, having formed a partnership with developer AMP. AMP Solar, which has developed over 520MW of energy assets to date, is headquartered in Ontario with offices in New York, Denver, New Delhi and Tokyo, executing and acquiring solar PV projects in the UK, Japan, Canada and elsewhere. The strategic agreement signed with Alectra appears to be AMP’s first publically announced foray into energy storage.

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    21. 34 New Fast-Charging Stations with Energy Storage for EVs to be Deployed Along Trans-Canada Highway

      34 New Fast-Charging Stations with Energy Storage for EVs to be Deployed Along Trans-Canada Highway

      Good news for Canadian electric car drivers or soon-to-be electric car drivers. A new network of DC fast-charging stations has been announced to cover the Trans-Canada Highway in a currently underserved region between Ontario and Manitoba. Interestingly, the stations will be equipped with energy storage systems in order to make sure it can deliver fast-charging even where there are grid limitations.

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