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    1. Advanced Batteries Can Help in a Polar Vortex

      Advanced Batteries Can Help in a Polar Vortex

      The US Midwest is experiencing some of the coldest temperatures in modern history. In addition to rendering millions of people throughout the region with no power, extremely cold temperatures introduce several challenges to conventional electrical infrastructure. Certain types of advanced batteries can help solve these problems. Lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries are able to discharge with minimal efficiency losses over a wide range of temperatures. And several companies have built their battery businesses around providing energy storage system solutions that can operate in extreme environmental conditions.

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    2. Enabling Storage Integration Through Market-Driven Procurements

      Enabling Storage Integration Through Market-Driven Procurements

      Rising renewables growth shows mandates and incentives for them work. But customer demand for renewables has not slowed, creating a need for more energy storage to stabilize the grid. That need for storage is estimated to be significantly bigger than current build-out plans, driven by existing policies, are likely to achieve. Many say more use of the competitive auctions that have helped drive renewables growth can also accelerate the deployment of storage.

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      Mentions: CA HI U.S.
    3. Proposal Aims to Juice Incentives for Energy Storage Systems

      Proposal Aims to Juice Incentives for Energy Storage Systems

      A proposal before Utah legislators to incentivize the purchase of battery storage systems for solar and/or wind-powered energy systems would be a boon for those who want to become energy independent while lowering their carbon footprint. But the idea could also sow the first seeds of a paradigm shift where a large network of micropower producers may fundamentally change the dynamic of the of the energy industries in the U.S. and around the world.

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      Mentions: U.S. Utah
    4. Utilities are Starting to Invest in Big Batteries Instead of Building New Power Plants

      Utilities are Starting to Invest in Big Batteries Instead of Building New Power Plants

      So far, utilities have only installed the equivalent of one or two traditional power plants in grid-scale lithium-ion battery projects, all since 2015. But across California, Texas, the Midwest and New England, these devices are benefiting the overall grid by improving operations and bridging gaps when consumers need more power than usual. But several utilities are already investing in energy storage.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. TX
    5. CEO Statement on the Minnesota Energy Storage Bill – Senate File 100

      CEO Statement on the Minnesota Energy Storage Bill – Senate File 100

      The Energy Storage Association (ESA) applauds the Minnesota Senate for unanimously passing Senate File 100 (SF 100) today. Thanks to the leadership of Senators Osmek, Rosen, Marty, Goggin and Dibble, SF 100 paves the way for the State of Minnesota to build a robust energy storage market, and a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable grid for all. The bill’s inclusion of an energy storage cost-benefit study will enable policymakers to determine the optimal deployment levels and applications of energy storage in the State of Minnesota. Important revisions to rules governing utility planning are also included in SF 100, which strikes a clear path toward leveling the playing field so that storage resources can fairly compete with other types of resources.

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    6. APS Plans to Add Nearly 1GW of New Battery Storage and Solar Resources by 2025

      APS Plans to Add Nearly 1GW of New Battery Storage and Solar Resources by 2025

      The Arizona power grid has a unique set of challenges, which it turns out solar and energy storage are particularly well suited to address. Arizona Public Service, the state’s largest investor-owned utility, announced Thursday morning that it will add 850 megawatts of battery storage and at least 100 megawatts of solar generation by 2025. That amounts to nearly 1 gigawatt of new clean energy technology, to be obtained through a combination of newly completed and upcoming procurements. The plan includes outfitting existing utility-owned solar projects with 200 megawatts of batteries, deploying 500 megawatts of new battery resources, and contracting for 150 megawatts of third party-owned storage — the last of which beat out new-build natural gas peakers in an request for proposals that just concluded.

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    7. How Solar and Batteries Could Help California Manage Fire-Prevention Grid Shutdowns

      How Solar and Batteries Could Help California Manage Fire-Prevention Grid Shutdowns

      As Pacific Gas & Electric and California regulators grapple with how to manage the potential for widespread fire-prevention grid shutdowns this summer, clean energy advocates are demanding a role for solar, energy storage and microgrids as part of the solution set. But, as with so much related to the state’s de-energization plans, there’s much uncertainty over how to balance two potentially competing imperatives: the need to move quickly to mitigate potential grid emergencies this coming summer, and the need to find long-term fire mitigation methods that also match the state’s clean energy goals.

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      Mentions: CA CA Pub Util Comm
    8. Institutional Investors 'See Energy Storage as Most Interesting Renewable' Option

      Institutional Investors 'See Energy Storage as Most Interesting Renewable' Option

      A new poll has identified energy storage as the most promising technology for institutional investors keen on renewable assets, amid plans by many to ramp up allocations. Nearly two-thirds of all asset owners and managers quizzed by the firm chose batteries and other energy storage technologies as the renewables subsector with the greatest potential. The appeal of storage rests on the "growing role" it will play in the European energy mix as renewables become more prominent.

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      Mentions: Europe Ontario UK
    9. 100% Renewable Energy Needs Lots of Storage; This Polar Vortex Test Showed How Much

      100% Renewable Energy Needs Lots of Storage; This Polar Vortex Test Showed How Much

      Energy storage is a key piece of the power puzzle as cities, states, and supporters of the Green New Deal talk about a transition to 100 percent carbon-free energy sources within a few decades. Using energy production and power demand data, analysts at Wood Mackenzie showed how a 100 percent renewable energy grid, powered half by wind and half by solar, would have had significant stretches without enough wind or sun to fully power the system, meaning a large volume of energy storage would have been necessary to meet the high demand.

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      Mentions: U.S. Stanford ME
    10. Energy Storage Systems Can Help Calm Sea of Uncertainty

      Energy Storage Systems Can Help Calm Sea of Uncertainty

      Energy markets across the world are changing rapidly with the increase of renewables and the change to a more distributed energy network. Energy storage is key. The capabilities of large-scale batteries have expanded, allowing users to capture more value and create a powerful tool to manage energy needs. For manufacturers, energy storage systems can provide two major benefits: cost effective support to critical equipment onsite and mitigating utility risk.

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    11. Ameren Files $6.3B Grid Transformation Plan with Missouri Regulators

      Ameren Files $6.3B Grid Transformation Plan with Missouri Regulators

      Ameren Missouri last week filed a $6.3 billion Smart Energy Plan with state regulators, sketching out an aggressive slate of projects the utility wants to complete in the next five years. The investments include $1 billion in projects slated for this year and $1 billion for wind energy in 2020. Ameren wants to modernize its electric grid, also adding more solar energy and battery storage to boost reliability, particularly in rural areas.

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    12. 2018 Solar Installer Survey Reveals More than One-Third of Homeowners also Want Batteries

      2018 Solar Installer Survey Reveals More than One-Third of Homeowners also Want Batteries

      EnergySage and NABCEP have released the results of their fourth annual Solar Installer Survey, which gathered responses from more than 870 local, regional and national residential and commercial solar installers from across the United States. In addition to the obvious finding that installers overwhelmingly support permanent tax incentives for clean electricity and storage, is the finding that homeowners are asking for batteries in addition to their solar panels. According to installers, more than one in three solar shoppers are also interested in a home battery, resulting in more solar-plus-storage installations in 2018.

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    13. Solar Installer Survey: 2018 Results

      Solar Installer Survey: 2018 Results

      EnergySage’s annual Solar Installer Survey offers insight into the changing business climate faced by today’s solar installers. By surveying more than 870 installers across the country, this report provides a detailed view of their installation history, marketing strategy, financing offerings, confidence level, and future plans.

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    14. GHP Office Realty, LLC Completes Energy Storage System at White Plains HQ with Peak Power, Inc.

      GHP Office Realty, LLC Completes Energy Storage System at White Plains HQ with Peak Power, Inc.

      GHP Office Realty, LLC has completed the installation of 375 kW / 940 kWh of battery energy storage at their White Plains, NY headquarters. This project represents one of the largest energy storage installations in a commercial building in the state, and one of the first projects of its kind funded through a Con Edison Energy Efficiency program. The system features Lockheed Martin’s Gridstar 2.0 energy storage technology and Peak Power’s intelligent software platform, Synergy, which uses artificial intelligence to forecast moments of peak demand and stores energy for use during those peak times. GHP will receive significant long-term savings on energy costs and Con Edison’s burden will be lowered when demand on their grid is at its highest.

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      Mentions: U.S. NY Lockheed
    15. Researchers Upcycle Plastic Waste Into Battery Anodes

      Researchers Upcycle Plastic Waste Into Battery Anodes

      A team of U.S. researchers has presented a new approach to plastic waste treatment. A paper published by the American Chemical Society showed how researchers from Indiana’s Purdue University extracted pure carbon from plastic waste and turned it into anode material for lithium-ion batteries which powered a toy truck. The team claims that the method can be scaled easily. If so, plastic waste could find a hungry offtaker for its upcycled products in the PV industry, as co-located storage is becoming commonplace. The method produced battery anodes that perform competitively with commercially available products, the researchers claim.

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      Mentions: IN U.S. CO
    16. Oil Supermajor Shell Acquires Sonnen for Home Battery Expansion

      Oil Supermajor Shell Acquires Sonnen for Home Battery Expansion

      Shell will acquire German startup sonnen, staking a claim on the home energy storage market and further expanding its ever-increasing footprint in the clean energy industry. Sonnen distinguished itself in the early home-storage market, with thousands of units deployed across Germany, and a notable presence elsewhere in Europe, the U.S., and Australia. Besides storing solar power for homeowners, sonnen aggregates its installations into controllable networks of grid resources.

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      Mentions: Australia U.S. Europe
    17. Energy Department Announces Opening of Battery Recycling Center at Argonne National Lab

      Energy Department Announces Opening of Battery Recycling Center at Argonne National Lab

      Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Daniel Simmons announced the opening of a Battery Recycling Center at Argonne National Laboratory. Aiming to reclaim and recycle critical materials (e.g., cobalt and lithium) from lithium-based battery technology, this recycling center focuses on cost-effective recycling processes to recover as much economic value as possible from spent lithium-ion batteries. Also announced today is the opening of the Energy Department’s Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize. Previously announced by Secretary Perry, the prize encourages American entrepreneurs to find innovative solutions to collecting, storing, and transporting discarded lithium-ion batteries for eventual recycling.

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    18. World's Biggest Battery to Boost Solar in Texas Oil Country

      World's Biggest Battery to Boost Solar in Texas Oil Country

      The world’s largest battery could soon be storing solar energy deep in the heart of Texas oil country. The 495-megawatt storage system would be built in tandem with a solar farm of the same size in Borden County, Texas. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc., which operates most of the state’s grid, posted the details in a chart that shows the state’s battery storage will surge more than sixfold to 584 megawatts when the projects are completed in 2021.

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    19. 2019 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook

      2019 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook

      The 2019 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook – produced for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy by BloombergNEF, provides up-to-date, accurate market information on the U.S. energy landscape. It includes an in-depth look at the energy efficiency, natural gas, and renewable energy sectors, and covers emerging technology areas such as carbon capture, utilization, and storage; sustainable transportation; and energy storage.

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    20. Tesla, Others Question Storage Hourly Requirements, Charges in FERC Order 841 Compliance Plans

      Tesla, Others Question Storage Hourly Requirements, Charges in FERC Order 841 Compliance Plans

      As energy storage becomes more economically competitive with more traditional forms of merchant generation, access to wholesale power markets is seen as an important addition to the technology's opportunities on the contracted side. However, questions remain about the effective implementation of the federal order that seeks to create consistent opportunities for storage to compete in wholesale energy markets. FERC is working through conflicting stakeholder comments regarding the compliance plans filed last year by six regional transmission operators and independent system operators related to Order 841 — FERC's directive on integrating energy storage into wholesale energy markets.

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    21. Hawaiian Electric Works Against the Clock to Add Storage, Renewables

      Hawaiian Electric Works Against the Clock to Add Storage, Renewables

      Hawaiian Electric wants to move quickly on competitive energy solicitations it is preparing for Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island, but state regulators have hit pause on the process while they consider how to move forward and prepare guidance for the utility. Phase 1 yielded seven solar+storage projects, and those power purchase agreements are now being reviewed by the Public Utilities Commission. But HECO did not acquire all the energy it sought in the first procurement round, teeing up a second round the utility wants to launch in May. HECO's most pressing need is to replace an AES purchased power contract that expires in September 2022.

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    22. Energy Storage Incentive Programs

      Energy Storage Incentive Programs

      Energy storage is an increasingly cost-effective solution for electricity customers in a growing number of markets across the country, and this trend is expected to carry on as prices continue to fall. Yet regulatory frameworks and market rules in many parts of the country prevent customers from being able to provide or monetize the value their energy storage system can offer, impacting project investment decisions. Recent energy storage cost-benefit studies developed for Massachusetts, New York, and Nevada have revealed the potential value of energy storage systems to customers, utilities, and the electric system. Incentive programs can serve as a bridge on the path towards realizing this value, jumpstarting a state’s storage market while the necessary reforms are finalized to enable customers to secure financial compensation for the value their storage systems provide. The benefits in soft cost reduction of incentivizing the near-term deployment of megawatts can far exceed the costs of an incentive program.

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    23. Eversource Plans to Build Battery System on Martha’s Vineyard for Energy Storage

      Eversource Plans to Build Battery System on Martha’s Vineyard for Energy Storage

      Eversource announced it is “charging forward” to build an energy storage facility on Martha’s Vineyard that will better improve reliability for the island’s growing demand for electricity. On Wednesday night, the utility company along with the state Department of Public Utilities, held a public hearing in Oak Bluffs on Eversource’s plans to build a lithium-ion, 14.7 megawatt battery system. Martha’s Vineyard is served now by four underwater cables from Falmouth and in the event of a cable failure, five diesel generators would kick in to provide electricity.

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