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    1. National Grid Measures Real-Time System Inertia for the First Time

      National Grid Measures Real-Time System Inertia for the First Time

      Until now, grid operators used estimates to measure grid stability, otherwise known as system inertia, leaving measurements suspect to margin errors. These estimates were also used to set multi-year budgets for grid infrastructure investments, energy reserve services and dictated the trading outlooks between renewable and fossil fuel energy being used by the grid. However, Project SIM has enabled the National Grid to gain real-time visibility of inertia on its systems, which are becoming increasing volatile as intermittent renewables generation claims a greater share of the UK’s energy mix.

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    2. Seeking a Hockey Stick Growth Curve? EU Looks to Batteries

      Seeking a Hockey Stick Growth Curve? EU Looks to Batteries

      Investors seeking exponential growth may want to take a look at batteries, according to the European Union’s top energy official. The European Commission expects demand for batteries in Europe “to look like a hockey stick as of 2020 to 2030 and beyond,” EU energy union chief Maros Sefcovic said Monday at an e-mobility conference in Stuttgart, Germany. “Time has come for a step change in this field.”

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      Mentions: France Europe Germany
    3. Tesla & Elon Musk Shock Australia — Superfast Energy Storage Installation

      Tesla & Elon Musk Shock Australia — Superfast Energy Storage Installation

      Elon Musk didn’t need 100 days after obtaining a connection agreement to switch on the Tesla big battery in South Australia. In fact, it took him less than 100 minutes. That’s how quickly the battery was up and running after the ink dried on the connection deal with the state’s transmission company ElectraNet last Friday. By the early evening, some 300 Tesla Powerpacks already in place were delivering all the power for the unveiling event, stored from the adjoining Hornsdale wind farm, a three-hour drive north of Adelaide.

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    4. New York Based Consortium to Invest $130 Million in Lithium-ion Giga-Factory

      New York Based Consortium to Invest $130 Million in Lithium-ion Giga-Factory

      Imperium3 New York, a new consortium of battery tech firms, will be investing over $130 million over the next five years to help the wide commercialisation and cost reduction of lithium-ion batteries. The announcement came from a press release from New York Governor’s office. The consortium will establish new Research & Development (R&D) operations at the Hurron Campus in Endicott, New York and aims at manufacturing 3GW of batteries by Q4 of 2019; a number to reach 15GW within five years.

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    5. Energy Storage ‘Will Wipe Out Battery Storage’

      Energy Storage ‘Will Wipe Out Battery Storage’

      There are quick bucks to be made from battery storage. But in three or four years, many assets will be in the bin, reckons redT chief Scott McGregor. He claims sustainable energy storage that can handle multiple functions for decades without degrading is now viable. Predictions for battery storage penetration vary wildly. UK Power Networks recently reported it had received 12GW of connections requests in little over a year, much of it for batteries, much of it “highly speculative”. Western Power Distribution has 1GW of storage connections agreements on its network, with a further 1GW offered.

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    6. Should Tesla rebuild Puerto Rico?

      Should Tesla rebuild Puerto Rico?

      Last week, I wrote a story for Slate about Hurricane Maria’s sole silver lining: In the wake of unprecedented destruction, Puerto Rico actually has a unique opportunity to build a better, greener grid. On Thursday, Elon “Batteries Suck” Musk stepped in to suggest, over Twitter, that he (and his companies Tesla and SolarCity) could be the one to do the heavy lifting for the ravaged island territory. The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, soon tweeted back to say, “Let’s talk.”

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    7. Emerging Opportunities for Energy Storage

      Emerging Opportunities for Energy Storage

      We invite you to join us for an in-depth talk by one of the industry’s top experts. Kelly-Detwiler will cover the U.S. power markets, how they work and provide an examination of the emerging opportunities and value proposition for energy storage. During this exclusive webinar, Kelly-Detwiler will set the stage with an overview of the power markets and a look at reliability vs. efficiency with respect to our electric infrastructure.

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    8. Wind Power is Competitive on Reliability and Resilience AWEA CEO Tells US Congress House Energy and Commerce Committee

      Wind Power is Competitive on Reliability and Resilience AWEA CEO Tells US Congress House Energy and Commerce Committee

      Mr Kiernan appeared before the US Congress House Energy and Commerce Committee where he said that, thanks to technological advances, wind farms are now competitive with other energy technologies with regard to reliability and resiliency. He added that grid reliability and resilience are goals that everyone can support and that efforts underway at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and by market operators are rightly focused on market-based solutions to better compensate generators for providing those essential services.

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    9. How Important is 'Brand Power' in the World of Energy Storage?

      How Important is 'Brand Power' in the World of Energy Storage?

      In mid-2017, IKEA announced that it would be ‘launching’ a battery storage offering to sell alongside its solar panels in the UK. The week previous to this announcement, Siemens – another household name – announced that it would be joining forces with AES to create Fluence, a company focusing on the global energy storage industry. The press release by IKEA was viewed by many in the industry as a big deal, with many excited that such a well-known consumer brand could be ready to push storage into the UK market.

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    10. Energy Storage Good Option for Frequency Response, Group Says

      Energy Storage Good Option for Frequency Response, Group Says

      Energy storage is a good option for frequency response, a storage trade group will tell the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this month. Markets would be less efficient and "system costs greater than necessary if resource owners are mandated to provide frequency response service from generators more suited to provide energy and capacity,” the Energy Storage Association wrote in previously filed comments. 

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    11. ENGIE North America Announces Largest Utility-Scale Energy Storage Installation in Massachusetts

      ENGIE North America Announces Largest Utility-Scale Energy Storage Installation in Massachusetts

      Green Charge, an ENGIE NA subsidiary, will operate the three-megawatt energy storage system at Mt. Tom Solar, which began operation in January of this year adjacent to the former Mt. Tom Power Station. The system will be used to optimize intermittent solar energy and reduce utility capacity costs for HG&E, the system’s customer, while reducing stress on the HG&E distribution system

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    12. Revenue from Energy Storage for Microgrids to Total More Than $22 Billion in the Next Decade

      Revenue from Energy Storage for Microgrids to Total More Than $22 Billion in the Next Decade

      A new report from Navigant Research examines the global market for energy storage for microgrids (ESMG), providing an analysis of trends and market dynamics, with forecasts for capacity and revenue that extend through 2026. Interest in energy storage-enabled microgrids is growing alongside an increase in solar PV and wind deployments. Although not required for microgrids to operate, energy storage systems (ESSs) have emerged as an increasingly valuable component of distributed energy networks because of their ability to effectively integrate renewable generation.

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    13. CEO Panel: DOE NOPR Continues ‘Cycle of Subsidies’

      CEO Panel: DOE NOPR Continues ‘Cycle of Subsidies’

      AUSTIN, Texas — A panel of CEOs from some of Texas’ largest energy companies on Tuesday panned U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s directive that FERC consider supporting struggling coal and nuclear plants.Or, as former FERC Chairman Pat Wood III put it in setting up the discussion at the Gulf Coast Power Association’s Fall Conference: “This lovely little Christmas turd that showed up on our desks.” Wood agreed with the consensus opinion that Perry was within his legal rights to issue his Sept. 29 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to FERC, which suggests compensating baseload plants in deregulated states for preserving the grid’s reliability and resilience. (See FERC’s Independence to be Tested by DOE NOPR.)

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    14. #SubEnergy Examines Grid Reliability and Resiliency in its Sixth ‘Powering America’ Hearing

      #SubEnergy Examines Grid Reliability and Resiliency in its Sixth ‘Powering America’ Hearing

      WASHINGTON, DC – The Energy Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), today held a hearing entitled, “Part II: Powering America: Defining Reliability in a Transforming Electricity Industry.” Today’s hearing was the second portion of #SubEnergy’s two part review of electric reliability and grid resiliency, and marked the sixth hearing as part of the committee’s ‘Powering America’ series. Part one of the hearing was held on September 14, 2017. Members of the subcommittee heard from a diverse panel of witnesses from all areas of the electricity sector on electric reliability and grid resiliency.

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    15. Senators Push Tax Credit Bill for Energy Storage onto Lawmakers' Desks

      Senators Push Tax Credit Bill for Energy Storage onto Lawmakers' Desks

      Senator Martin Heinrich has proposed granting tax relief for purchasers of energy storage systems, in a similar way to how the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is applied to residential solar PV purchases. Heinrich, democratic senator for the state of New Mexico, along with Minnesota’s Al Franken, also a democrat, last week introduced S.1851, a bill in Congress to create research and demonstration programmes for energy storage systems. Heinrich, with Franken as co-sponsor, also that week introduced S.1868, “a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax credits for energy storage technologies, and for other purposes”.

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    16. Vattenfall and SaltX to Begin Pilot Project to Use Salt for Energy Storage

      Vattenfall and SaltX to Begin Pilot Project to Use Salt for Energy Storage

      Vattenfall has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with Swedish company SaltX Technology to carry out a pilot project that will use salt to store energy. To be based on SaltX’s large-scale energy storage technology EnerStore, the project aims to discover how surplus electricity generated by windpower and solarpower plants can be stored as heat in dried salt. Vattenfall’s SaltX project sponsor Markus Witt said: “The energy stored in salt can be kept for weeks or months until it is needed.

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    17. Trio of New Bills in Congress Aim to Support Energy Storage Deployment

      Trio of New Bills in Congress Aim to Support Energy Storage Deployment

      Energy storage industry leaders expressed support for a trio of new bills filed in Congress at an event on Capitol Hill Wednesday, saying they would help support battery deployment and integration into utility planning. SB 1851, introduced on Monday by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), would require the Department of Energy to establish an energy storage research and demonstration program. SB 1875, from Ron Wyden (D-OR), would aim to increase the flexibility of the U.S. power grid.

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    18. San Francisco studying solar-plus-storage systems to boost local resiliency | Utility Dive

      San Francisco studying solar-plus-storage systems to boost local resiliency | Utility Dive

      San Francisco city officials are considering installing solar-plus-storage systems at as many as 12 community buildings, the San Francisco Examiner reports. Backers of the proposed project say the installations would be designed to provide energy for critical loads for up to five days to help the city survive a major disaster, such as an earthquake. Whether or not the city moves forward with the project could depend on costs. Consulting group Arup, hired to study the viability of the solar-plus-storage systems, put the price tag at $40 million.

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