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    1. Vattenfall Partners BMW for Battery Storage at its Largest UK Onshore Wind Farm

      Vattenfall Partners BMW for Battery Storage at its Largest UK Onshore Wind Farm

      Swedish energy major Vattenfall has partnered with BMW Group to add battery storage capabilities at its largest onshore wind farm in Wales. The agreement will see the Pen y Cymoedd wind farm, which reached its full generation capacity earlier this month, equipped with up to 1,000 lithium-ion batteries each with a capacity of 33kWh and using the same battery technology as that used within the i3 car. 

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    2. Green Battery Advocates Accentuate the Positive

      Green Battery Advocates Accentuate the Positive

      On May 10, the UK reached a fresh high for the amount of electricity generated by solar. Early on that Wednesday afternoon, solar output hit 8.5 gigawatts, according to Electric Insights, a website that tracks Britain’s power. At its peak, the green energy source was supplying more than 22 per cent of the 38GW being handled by the national grid, as solar for some hours exceeded the steady output from the UK’s fleet of nuclear power stations.

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    3. Energy Storage Enables Transformation

      Energy Storage Enables Transformation

      Energy storage is a transformational technology. It converts electricity from a perishable good into a flexible resource. It changes the grid from a unidirectional power system to a dynamic network, and it is transforming how we produce, procure, and deliver energy. Storage does this by creating give in a system that has little inherent flexibility. In a white paper prepared for the Energy Storage Association (ESA) on a vision for energy storage in the United States, Navigant Research modeled the value of 35 GW of energy storage by 2025 against the cost of storage in the same period. We measured this value in terms of job creation, emissions reduction, grid operational cost savings, and reliability.

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    4. The Race to Build a Better Battery for Storing Power

      The Race to Build a Better Battery for Storing Power

      There’s the battery in your watch. There’s the battery in your mobile phone. And then there’s the battery at Green Mountain Power’s Stafford Hills solar farm in Rutland, Vt. The lithium-ion gargantuan is housed in two trailer-truck-size green metal containers. It sits atop a 10-acre former landfill and captures electricity from 7,722 nearby solar panels—enough to power 2,000 homes on a sunny day. What’s revolutionary about this system isn’t the solar farm; it’s the size and purpose of the battery, which offers 3.4 megawatt-hours of storage, enough to supply backup power to about 170 homes for a day, if needed.

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    5. Bold Predictions - My Reflections From Energy Storage Association’s 27th Annual Conference & Expo

      Bold Predictions - My Reflections From Energy Storage Association’s 27th Annual Conference & Expo

      Energy storage leaders from around the world gathered in Denver, April 18-20, to discuss the future of energy storage, rallying for 35 GW of storage by 2025 and exhibiting the technology that will make it possible. The Energy Storage Association’s (ESA) 27th Annual Conference and Expo set a record for attendance, hosting utility and tech executives alongside political leaders and clean energy advocates. I went to Denver hoping to get a feel for the state of the industry, to see what new products are hitting the market, and what the future of energy will look like.

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    6. A Vision for Energy Storage

      A Vision for Energy Storage

      In two weeks, get ready for a new vision for the energy storage industry. After an exclusive preview at last month’s ESA Annual Conference & Expo, we will be releasing the new ESA Vision 2025 on Tuesday, May 30. This vision for energy storage calls for 35GW by 2025, an ambitious goal, but one the industry can achieve with sound planning, industry leadership, and with support from energy storage stakeholders. In conjunction with the release, we are partnering with the analysts at Navigant Research for a complimentary webinar, 'The U.S. Energy Storage Market of the Future,' also on May 30 at 2:00 p.m. ET to walk through ESA's Energy Storage Vision for 2025! Register now.

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    7. US Energy Dept. Wants You To Use Electricity Like Facebook, Or Something

      US Energy Dept. Wants You To Use Electricity Like Facebook, Or Something

      How much damage can one image do? We may find out soon enough. US President Trump’s own Department of Energy is circulating an infographic that wipes the floor with the President’s pro-coal message, pitches wind and solar, and makes mincemeat out of the entire Trump Administration energy policy. Seriously, what is going on over at DOE? Energy Secretary Rick Perry keeps playing along with President Trump’s pro-coal rhetoric, but all the while he has been taking one poke after another at the beleaguered President — and he keeps getting away with it.

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    8. Sterling Becoming Model in Energy

      Sterling Becoming Model in Energy

      The Sterling Municipal Light Department has garnered a lot of attention since breaking ground on its latest project: a battery storage system that offers ratepayers considerable savings in utility costs. Now having earned some accolades from national organizations, SMLD and its general manager Sean Hamilton are serving as models for utilities nationwide that are undertaking similar projects.

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    9. Leading the Charge: Battery Storage to Jump-Start Clean Energy Transition

      Leading the Charge: Battery Storage to Jump-Start Clean Energy Transition

      In a series of tweets in early March, Tesla founder, CEO and Chairman Elon Musk made a dramatic offer to help address the issues bedeviling South Australia’s electricity grid: he offered to install 100MW of battery storage within 100 days — or the system would be free. This led to talks between Musk and South Australia’s Premier, and with Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

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    10. Op-ed: The Future of Cleantech Jobs

      Op-ed: The Future of Cleantech Jobs

      The United States is entering its tenth year of the renewable energy revolution and there’s no slowdown in sight, only more adaptation. Over this time, clean energy jobs have grown 12 times faster than the overall job market, and renewables was one of the very few growth areas during the 2008 recession. The last two years have been no different, with both solar and wind growing at over 20% annually. Compare this to coal which has shed jobs for its fifth consecutive year. At a recent industry conference, a Colorado legislator said that his state is eliminating coal energy at an extraordinary pace—formerly, coal comprised two-thirds of the energy generated, now it is about 50%, and major goals are in place to reduce it to only 25% in a short period.

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    11. Mercedes-Benz Energy and Vivint Solar Team Up to Bring Automotive Battery Innovation to the U.S. Residential Solar Market

      Mercedes-Benz Energy and Vivint Solar Team Up to Bring Automotive Battery Innovation to the U.S. Residential Solar Market

      LEHI, Utah and SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 18, 2017 - Mercedes-Benz Energy and Vivint Solar (NYSE: VSLR) today announced an exclusive strategic collaboration to bring the Mercedes-Benz customizable home energy storage system to the United States. The two companies will introduce a joint offering that will provide customers with the German engineering and performance of Mercedes-Benz batteries coupled with Vivint Solar's expertise in designing, installing and servicing solar energy systems. For Vivint Solar, which has a proven track record of installing solar energy systems in more than 100,000 homes across the United States, this is the first collaboration to integrate batteries with its offering. This will also be Mercedes-Benz Energy's first collaboration with a U.S. solar provider, bringing its premium, high-performance, road-tested technology for home use to the residential battery market. These storage systems are made to Mercedes-Benz quality standards and based on the same automotive-grade battery technology used in its electric and hybrid vehicles.

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    12. Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) Announces Name Change to Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy

      Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) Announces Name Change to Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy

      Brooklyn, NY: Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) announced a new name and logo today during a live, virtual event held before hundreds of supporters across the country. Under the new name, Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE), the organization will continue to build on over 10 years of success working to advance women across the renewable energy spectrum.

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    13. Stem to Expand Storage at California State University Campus with 4.2 MWh Battery

      Stem to Expand Storage at California State University Campus with 4.2 MWh Battery

      The Dominguez Hills campus of California State University (CSU) has tapped Stem to develop software-driven energy storage services to reduce the school's electricity costs, the company announced this week. Stem said it is developing a 1 MW / 4.2 MWh system to be housed on campus in Carson, Calif., part of a larger company strategy in targeting academic institutions.

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    14. 8minutenergy Expands Into Energy Storage Market With 1 Gigawatt Project Pipeline

      8minutenergy Expands Into Energy Storage Market With 1 Gigawatt Project Pipeline

      SAN FRANCISCO-8minutenergy Renewables, LLC (“8minutenergy”), the largest independent solar power developer in the U.S., announced it has expanded into the energy storage market with a 1 gigawatt (GW) project pipeline. The company is focused on standalone storage and hybrid (solar PV + storage) systems, driven by its storage leadership team that has several decades of experience building some of America’s largest energy storage, renewable energy, and transmission projects.

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    15. IID Demonstrates Battery’s Emergency Black Start Capability

      IID Demonstrates Battery’s Emergency Black Start Capability

      Believed to be a first for the energy industry, Imperial Irrigation District has successfully demonstrated the emergency black start capability of its state-of-the-art battery energy storage system. Black start is the process of restoring an electric power station, or a part of an electric grid, to operation without relying on the external transmission network. On May 10, the district’s new battery energy storage system, which went online in October 2016, successfully supplied the electricity needed to start IID’s 44-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas turbine at the El Centro Generating Station. To stabilize the power plant, the battery energy storage system then converted, by design, to become an energy load consumer.

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    16. Tesla Launches First Aggregated 'Virtual Power Plant' in Us

      Tesla Launches First Aggregated 'Virtual Power Plant' in Us

      Tesla has announced the first programme to aggregate the capabilities of hundreds of its residential and commercial stationary storage systems in a partnership with Vermont utility Green Mountain Power. The pair will bundle together up to 2,000 of Tesla’s residential Powerwall and commercial and industrial (C&I) Powerpack systems to create a “single resource of shared energy”, Tesla said, calling it the “next step in tapping the potential” of energy storage systems in the field.

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    17. Lyndon Rive Is Leaving Tesla to Focus on a New Startup: ‘I Am an Entrepreneur at Heart’

      Lyndon Rive Is Leaving Tesla to Focus on a New Startup: ‘I Am an Entrepreneur at Heart’

      Lyndon Rive, the co-founder and former CEO of SolarCity, did not attend last week's call with reporters when Tesla unveiled new details about the Solar Roof. It was a sign of a coming change. Today, Rive announced that he will be leaving Tesla to focus on building a new company. "I am an entrepreneur at heart; starting and growing companies is what I do best. I want to pursue a new venture, but I didn't want to do that until the time was right.

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    18. ESA Welcomes New Members and Officers to its Board of Directors

      ESA Welcomes New Members and Officers to its Board of Directors

      Washington, D.C. (May 15, 2017) – The Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade association for the U.S. energy storage industry, announced today the results of its Board elections. Each year, ESA holds open elections among its members, and the resulting Board of Directors also holds elections to select executive committee officers.

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    19. Wärtsilä Takes Over U.S. Storage Specialist Greensmith

      Wärtsilä Takes Over U.S. Storage Specialist Greensmith

      Finnish provider of energy solutions Wärtsilä has signed an agreement to acquire Greensmith Energy Management for an undisclosed sum. According to a company announcement, the acquisition of the U.S.-based provider of intelligent energy storage technology and solutions will enable Wärtsilä to expand its business in energy storage and to position itself on the global energy system integration market. The transaction is yet to be confirmed by U.S. regulatory approvals/authorities, but rumours have been circulating for months. It follows a recent trend of large firms taking over small but growing energy storage companies.

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