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    1. Opinion: Repeal Govt Subsidies for Energy

      Opinion: Repeal Govt Subsidies for Energy
      In 2007, American taxpayers subsidized government-preferred energy sources to the tune of nearly $17 billion. Increasingly, it is politicians in Washington who decide how Americans produce and consume energy. But subsidies for special interests stifle competition, raise energy prices, and decrease economic opportunities. It is time for Washington to eliminate all government subsidies and special policy treatments that benefit certain industries at the expense of others. Energy companies should rely on innovation and efficiency, not American taxpayers, to thrive in a system of free enterprise.
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      Mentions: DoE Congress WA
    2. Australia Emerging as Smart Grid with Storage Leader

      Australia Emerging as Smart Grid with Storage Leader
      In the Smart City initiative, storage will come in the form of lithium-ion batteries. There are four small-scale trials overall, including ammonia to hydrogen/nitrogen, graphite, zinc bromine and ultrabatteries. Some of the most dynamic homegrown startups (Wizard Power, ZBB Energy, RedFlow, Ecoult) are also located at the intersection of renewables and storage.
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      Mentions: Australia RedFlow ZBB
    3. Li-ion Battery Oversupply Rebuttal: Govt. is Driving Market, not Economics

      Li-ion Battery Oversupply Rebuttal: Govt. is Driving Market, not Economics
      Lux’s analysis of the large format lithium-ion battery market is fundamentally flawed because it misidentifies the primary driver of EV/PHEV market: Vehicle electrification is not driven by oil prices; it is driven by government policy. Predicting consumer adoption of fuel efficient vehicles based on oil prices is unsound. The number of EV’s and heavy PHEV’s that American consumers will purchase between now and 2020 will have far less to do with the price of petroleum than with the nature of the government incentives and mandates that will drive consumers to make such purchases.
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    4. Webinar: Utility-Scale Storage: Determining the Best Investment Strategy for Utilities

      Webinar: Utility-Scale Storage: Determining the Best Investment Strategy for Utilities
      The participants will be Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Strategic Program Manager Haresh Kamath, Duke Energy Senior Project Manager Melanie Miller, Customized Energy Solutions Vice President of Emerging Technologies Rahul Walawalkar and Smart Grid Today Editor Dan Richman. The webinar is on Thursday, Aug 4, 2011 at 2-3:30 p.m. EDT , or on the multi-media recording that will be available after the event.
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      Mentions: Duke Energy EPRI
    5. GM OnStar Pilots Gathering EV Charging Data for Utilities Demand Planning

      GM OnStar Pilots Gathering EV Charging Data for Utilities Demand Planning

      Hundreds of regional utility employees will drive leased Chevrolet Volts as their everyday vehicle. Through the OnStar Advanced Telematics Operations Management System (ATOMS), a utility will gain insight into where and when EVs are charged and demand response, which allows the utility to reduce peak demand by shifting EV charging to non-peak hours.

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    6. International Battery Announces Executive Appointments

      International Battery Announces Executive Appointments
      *** Mark P. Mills, the Company's current Chairman, will assume the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman, effective September 1, 2011; *** Dr. Ake Almgren, the Company's current Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman, will step down as CEO and become Chairman and consultant to International Battery also effective September 1, 2011; *** Thomas Puza, formerly of Ener1, has joined International Battery as Chief Operating Officer. *** Joseph Jacobs, President of Wexford Capital LP, will be joining the Board.
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      Mentions: Asia Harvard Ener1
    7. PG&E Signs 3 Solar Power Purchase Agreements

      PG&E Signs 3 Solar Power Purchase Agreements
      The race to meet the toughest standard in the country for more clean power has intensified in California. Utilities such as PG&E and San Diego Gas & Electric have been busy inking contracts. Pacific Gas and Electric announced three power purchase agreements that collectively will generate 50MW. The three developers are Recurrent Energy, Westlands Solar Farms and Fotowatio Renewable Ventures.
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    8. Report: High Temperature Energy Storage: NaS, NaMx and Molten Salt

      Report: High Temperature Energy Storage: NaS, NaMx and Molten Salt
      According to a new report by market research publisher SBI Energy, energy storage is a growing market critical to the advancement and optimization of smart grid transmission and distribution operations and to the integration of renewable energies in power generation. High temperature energy storage (HTS) technologies, including sodium-sulfur (NaS), sodium-metal halide NaMx, and molten salt thermal energy storage (TES), are gaining attention as the go-to technologies for large scale and utility scale energy storage.
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      Mentions: U.S. GE
    9. Beacon Power inaugurates Stephentown flywheel plant

      Beacon Power inaugurates Stephentown flywheel plant
      Beacon Power hosted an inauguration of the Company's newly completed 20MW flywheel energy storage plant in Stephentown, New York. The plant is the largest advanced energy storage facility currently operating in North America. It utilizes 200 high-speed flywheels to provide fast-response frequency regulation services to the New York grid with zero emissions and no fuel consumption.
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      Mentions: NY MA Beacon Power
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