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    1. Three Large-Scale Energy Storage Technologies That May Hold the Keys to Unleashing an All-Out Renewable Energy Transition

      Three Large-Scale Energy Storage Technologies That May Hold the Keys to Unleashing an All-Out Renewable Energy Transition

      Recent developments to do with pumped hydro, liquid air and kinetic energy storage technology hold out the promise of inexpensive, widely available energy storage. If realized, deployments could be the catalyst that fuels growth of solar, wind and other emissions-free, renewable energy capacity to new, significantly higher, heights, proponents say.

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    2. Storage ITC Bill Gains Key Industry Backers

      Storage ITC Bill Gains Key Industry Backers

      Legislation recently introduced in the U.S. House that would expand the federal solar investment tax credit to energy storage technologies has gained the backing of major trade groups representing the solar, hydropower, and wind sectors. The Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act (H.R. 2096), introduced on April 4 by Reps. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), and Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), would amend Section 48 and 25D of the Internal Revenue Code to add all forms of energy storage of more than 5 kWh, including batteries, compressed air, pumped hydropower, hydrogen storage (including hydrolysis), thermal energy storage, regenerative fuel cells, flywheels, capacitors, superconducting magnets, and others.

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    3. EVgo Adding 14 Battery Storage Systems to Spur EV Fast Charger Deployment

      EVgo Adding 14 Battery Storage Systems to Spur EV Fast Charger Deployment

      EVgo said April 11 it has completed or has in construction 14 battery storage systems at 11 fast charging stations. The company calls it the largest deployment of battery storage systems at public fast charging stations in the nation. The storage systems will help overcome some of challenges inhibiting fast charging deployment, including providing relief to demand charge rate structures, the company said in a statement. EVgo said battery storage will also help charging stations by offering load balancing and mitigating distribution grid upgrade costs, particularly 'as station sizes and power rating increase.'

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    4. Feinstein, Heinrich, Gardner Introduce Bill To Establish Investment Tax Credit For Energy Storage

      Feinstein, Heinrich, Gardner Introduce Bill To Establish Investment Tax Credit For Energy Storage

      Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) introduced the bipartisan Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act of 2019 to establish an investment tax credit (ITC) for business and home use of energy storage. The proposed tax incentives are modeled on the current ITCs for solar energy and apply to either large, grid-connected energy storage systems or to smaller battery systems for residential power.

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      Mentions: U.S. ESA Senate
    5. Vattenfall Explores if New Energy Storage Is Worth its Salt

      Vattenfall Explores if New Energy Storage Is Worth its Salt

      Swedish utility Vattenfall will test a new salt-based energy storage system for storing wind and solar generated electricity, as part of a 10MWh pilot project at its Reuter thermal power plant in Berlin, Germany. The ‘salt battery’ technology, developed by specialist outfit SaltX, has been shown in experiments to have ten-fold the capacity to storage energy than water using nano-coated salt – and can be charged several thousand times with the energy stored “for weeks or months without losses”.

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    6. Midwest Co-ops Test Value of Placing Batteries in Customers’ Homes

      Midwest Co-ops Test Value of Placing Batteries in Customers’ Homes

      Four Midwestern rural electric cooperatives are installing smart batteries in the homes of a few customers to test whether they can economically reduce peak demand or provide other benefits to customers or their systems. The co-ops came together through a professional association and pooled their purchasing power to buy the batteries, which have built-in management systems that allow them to, for example, monitor energy use.

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    7. Global Energy Storage to Hit 158 Gigawatt-Hours by 2024, Led by US and China

      Global Energy Storage to Hit 158 Gigawatt-Hours by 2024, Led by US and China

      For the energy storage industry, the past five years have been something of a stage rehearsal for a market explosion to come, led by the U.S. and China, but expanding to cover markets across the globe. That’s the picture painted by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewable’s latest report, which projects that energy storage deployments will grow thirteenfold over the next six years, from a 12 gigawatt-hour market in 2018 to a 158 gigawatt-hour market in 2024. That equates to $71 billion in investment into storage systems excluding pumped hydro, with $14 billion of that coming in 2024 alone.

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      Mentions: U.S. China UK
    8. 'Obvious Benefits' of ITC for Energy Storage Could Even Meet Trump's Energy Resiliency Aims

      'Obvious Benefits' of ITC for Energy Storage Could Even Meet Trump's Energy Resiliency Aims

      A push to establish an Investment Tax Credit for energy storage has not only been welcomed by clean energy advocates and the industry, but might also meet the some stated aims of the Trump administration’s energy policies, an analyst has said. Michael Doyle, a Democrat, has proposed in the US House of Representatives the bill HR2096, an amendment to the tax code to issue credits “for energy storage technologies and other purposes”.

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    9. T&D Asset Operators Look to Critical Energy Storage

      T&D Asset Operators Look to Critical Energy Storage

      Upgrading and deferring existing wires and substations may be the most common application of battery storage utilized for transmission and distribution. However, batteries also provide a range of solutions designed to maximize the lifetime of T&D infrastructure. Also referred to as T&D asset optimization, these energy storage systems are designed to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of existing T&D assets to provide electricity in a given service territory. Ensuring that these systems are reliable is critical to the effective operation of electricity throughout a given service territory.

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    10. Con Ed’s New Commercial Storage Demo Puts the Utility in the Driver’s Seat

      Con Ed’s New Commercial Storage Demo Puts the Utility in the Driver’s Seat

      New York utility Con Edison is testing a commercial business model where it calls the shots and the customer simply hosts the battery. This model simplifies the commercial energy storage sales process by pitching a lease for space in areas where the utility needs help, rather than the typical bill management use case, where batteries lower the power bill by predicting and neutralizing a customer's demand spikes.

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    11. Storage to 'Become Necessary' in the Next Five Years

      Storage to 'Become Necessary' in the Next Five Years

      The US and China will dominate the roll-out of storage capacity to 2024, as the sector is expected to grow 13-fold by 2024, according to the latest research by Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables. Between 2013 and 2018, roughly 7GW/12GWh of energy storage was deployed globally, with a compound annual growth rate of 74%, according to WMPR. However roughly half of this total was installed last year alone, WMPR added, indicating the start of a rapid growth in demand for storage applications. Much of the outlook is centered in the US and China.

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      Mentions: U.S. China ESA
    12. Storage Set to Come of Age in the Next Five Years

      Storage Set to Come of Age in the Next Five Years

      Renewable energy proponents have been pointing to battery storage for years as the future panacea to address the problem of intermittent power generation. The potential of storage to make renewable energy fully despatchable regardless of whether the sun is shining or wind blowing has for a long time appeared to be just around the corner. Analysts at Wood Mackenzie today claimed we turned the corner last year and the end could be in sight for fossil fuel grid back-up services.

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    13. Energy Associations Applaud Legislation to Create Investment Tax Credit for Energy Storage Systems

      Energy Associations Applaud Legislation to Create Investment Tax Credit for Energy Storage Systems

      The Energy Storage Association (ESA), the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) recently released statements applauding legislation that would make energy storage systems eligible for an investment tax credit (ITC). Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) introduced the legislation, the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act, last week.

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    14. Eversource Battery Projects Advancing On Outer Cape, Vineyard

      Eversource Battery Projects Advancing On Outer Cape, Vineyard

      The promise of energy storage in Massachusetts is beginning to materialize on the tip of Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. Eversource expects to start construction by year's end on two of the largest utility battery storage projects in the country and hopes to have both projects up and running by the end of 2020. A 25 megawatt, lithium-ion battery system, to be located in a Cape-style building in Provincetown, is being designed to provide backup power for customers.

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    15. APS’s Battery Addition Extravaganza

      APS’s Battery Addition Extravaganza

      Arizona Public Service (APS) announced today a request for proposals (RFP) to bring hundreds of MW in capacity of energy storage to both new and existing solar facilities. APS’s Chino Valley (19 MW) and Red Rock (40 MW) solar projects will be getting batteries. In the same RFP, the utility is soliciting 500 MW of new solar + storage projects and stand-alone battery storage by 2025.

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    16. CEO Statement on ITC Legislation Introduced by Congressman Doyle

      CEO Statement on ITC Legislation Introduced by Congressman Doyle

      “We commend Congressman Doyle for his leadership in the introduction of today’s legislation, which if enacted, would immediately boost investment in the energy storage industry and create even more economic opportunity,” said Energy Storage Association CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman.  “It is a simple and impactful clarification of the current investment tax credit that would ensure equitable access for standalone storage and send long-term investment signals to an industry that supports tens of thousands of jobs nationwide. We thank Congressman Doyle for addressing this critical issue for the resiliency, efficiency, sustainability and affordability of our electric system.”

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    17. How Battery-Based Storage Systems Are Leading More Germans to Opt for Solar Power

      How Battery-Based Storage Systems Are Leading More Germans to Opt for Solar Power

      The budding popularity of solar panel and battery systems, driven by a drop in lithium-ion battery prices, has thrown a lifeline to Germany's solar sector. But many German solar firms have gotten back on their feet thanks to home energy storage systems. In just a few short years, home storage units morphed from a quirky niche product for tech nerds and Green Party voters to one with enormous mainstream potential. The consulting firm McKinsey predicts that the cost of energy storage systems will fall 50 to 70 percent globally by 2025 "as a result of design advances, economies of scale, and streamlined processes."

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    18. NYPA Initiative Targets Quicker Commercialization Path for Storage, EV Startups

      NYPA Initiative Targets Quicker Commercialization Path for Storage, EV Startups

      A new partnership led by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will focus on finding and assisting startup businesses focused on electric vehicle and energy storage technologies, aiming to help meet the state's Green New Deal goals, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D, announced yesterday. Dubbed the "NYPA Innovation Challenge," the partnership between the utility and New York University Tandon's Urban Future Lab will launch in May with an application deadline in June and winners announced a month later. The challenge will support NYPA's $250 million EVolveNY electric vehicle adoption initiative, as well as New York's goal to add 3 GW of battery storage by 2030.

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    19. FERC Asks Grid Operators for More Detail on Storage Participation

      FERC Asks Grid Operators for More Detail on Storage Participation

      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday asked regional grid operators for more information on how they will implement a major order on energy storage issued last year. FERC asked each grid operator to detail various aspects of energy storage market participation, including size requirements, state of charge management and how storage resources can participate as both buyers and sellers in wholesale markets. The requests come as FERC considers rehearing requests on its landmark February 2018 energy storage directive, Order 841. Grid operators have 30 days to file responses.

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    20. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Is Full of Closed Mines. Technology May Give Them New Life

      Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Is Full of Closed Mines. Technology May Give Them New Life

      Michigan Technological University is studying whether communities could transform abandoned mines into valuable energy storage. University researchers are partnering with the Marquette County city of Negaunee, population 4,500, on a pilot project that could help mining communities turn liabilities into assets. The prospect is particularly intriguing in the Upper Peninsula, home to hundreds of abandoned metal mines and cripplingly high electricity rates.

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