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    1. Scotland's First Utility-Scale Battery Brought Online to Deliver Sub-Second Balancing

      Scotland's First Utility-Scale Battery Brought Online to Deliver Sub-Second Balancing

      Scotland’s first utility-scale battery storage facility has been officially opened today, having begun delivering sub-second balancing services to National Grid at the end of June under a bespoke agreement secured before the hotly contested Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) auction of 2016. The 20MW Broxburn Energy Storage facility was built by RES, which had sold the project to The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) in August last year for £20 million. It was the first project to have been acquired by TRIG and RES’ fourth in the UK, with the company now managing the site.

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    2. Energy Storage to Play Key Role in Reaching California Target of 100% Zero-Emission Electricity by 2045 and Beyond

      Energy Storage to Play Key Role in Reaching California Target of 100% Zero-Emission Electricity by 2045 and Beyond

      PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 11, 2018 -- Energy Storage North America (ESNA), the most influential gathering of policy, technology and market leaders in energy storage, applauds Governor Jerry Brown and the California State Legislature for passing landmark Senate Bill (SB) 100, which sets the largest-scale zero-emission electricity targets ever established for a U.S. state.  From November 6-8 in Pasadena, California, ESNA sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and attendees will gather to demonstrate that the energy storage industry is ready with technology and deployment solutions to successfully support a zero-emission grid. Since 2010, California has procured more than 1,500 MW of new energy storage capacity; North American energy users and utilities have collectively procured over 2 GW of advanced energy storage projects to date.

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      Mentions: CA Japan India
    3. Energy Storage Technology Helps Renew, Stabilize Electric Grid

      Energy Storage Technology Helps Renew, Stabilize Electric Grid

      The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that 17 percent of all electricity produced in the United States in 2017 came from renewable energy sources, including solar, wind and hydroelectric dams. That percentage is expected to keep growing as communities seek ways to improve local air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked by EPA scientists to climate change. Unfortunately, renewable energy sources need proper weather conditions to generate power. And those periods of sunshine, wind or heavy wave action occur only intermittently between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. when consumer demand for electricity peaks. That’s where energy storage technology comes in.

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    4. RES Commissions 20-MW Battery in Scotland

      RES Commissions 20-MW Battery in Scotland

      UK-based renewables developer Renewable Energy Systems (RES) today announced the official opening of Scotland's first utility-scale battery facility, the 20-MW Broxburn Energy Storage project in West Lothian. The battery was built and will be managed by RES. It is owned by the Renewables Infrastructure Group Ltd (LON:TRIG), marking the company's first investment in battery storage.

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    5. Boost for Storage as California Rubber Stamps Zero Carbon Electricity Target

      Boost for Storage as California Rubber Stamps Zero Carbon Electricity Target

      “The innovation of California within the energy sector is welcomed by the storage industry as we stand on the precipice of realizing our own goal of 35 GW of new storage deployed by 2025,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association in the US. “As an enabling technology with a multitude of applications, the added flexibility that storage provides to the electric grid will prove crucial to achieving the goals of SB100 in a cost-effective manner while maintaining grid reliability. Storage resources can be deployed to optimize existing renewable energy resources and to integrate additional ones, serving as a multiplier of the greenhouse gas reductions made possible by ambitious clean energy policies like California’s,” she said.

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    6. Industry Giants Samsung and Hyundai Invest in Solid-State Batteries

      Industry Giants Samsung and Hyundai Invest in Solid-State Batteries

      Solid Power wins $20 million from automotive and electronics players. Automotive and electronics giants are flooding the battery ecosystem with strategic investments. Solid-state battery startup Solid Power, based in Louisville, Colorado, just won $20 million in a Series A investment round from Hyundai, Samsung Venture Investment, Sanoh Industrial, Solvay Ventures and A123 Systems. Late last year, Solid Power announced a partnership with BMW to work jointly on automotive batteries.

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    7. Energy Storage to Play Key Role for California to Reach Target of 100% Zero-Emission Electricity by 2045

      Energy Storage to Play Key Role for California to Reach Target of 100% Zero-Emission Electricity by 2045

      SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 10, 2018 -- The California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) applauds the California State Legislature for passing landmark Senate Bill (SB) 100, making California the largest U.S. state to set such an aggressive zero-emission electricity target. Since 2010, California has procured 1,514 MW of new energy storage capacity to support the grid – by far the most of any state. SB 100 would mandate 100% zero-emission electricity by 2045, with 60% renewables to be achieved by 2030. The bill now awaits the signature of California Governor Jerry Brown, who could sign it into law this week at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. The bill will update SB 350, passed into law in 2015, that requires retail sellers and publicly owned utilities to procure 50% of their electricity from eligible renewable energy resources by 2030. California efforts to date have been so successful that state legislators believe more aggressive targets are achievable.

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    8. CEO Statement on California Governor Brown SB100 Bill Signing

      CEO Statement on California Governor Brown SB100 Bill Signing

      The Energy Storage Association (ESA) applauds Governor Brown for signing into law today SB100 – legislation that will position California definitively as a leader in the nation to move to 100% zero-carbon electricity by 2045. The innovation of California within the energy sector is welcomed by the storage industry as we stand on the precipice of realizing our own goal of 35 GW of new storage deployed by 2025. Together, our collective visions of the future will result in a better world through a more resilient, efficient, sustainable, and affordable electricity grid.

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    9. How Big Is the Residential Energy Storage Market?

      How Big Is the Residential Energy Storage Market?

      For the first time ever, the U.S. saw more home energy storage than front-of-meter storage deployed in a single quarter. According to the latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor from the Energy Storage Association and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (formerly known as GTM Research) 156.5 megawatt-hours of energy storage were deployed in the second quarter of 2018, triple what was deployed in the second quarter of 2017. The residential segment led the way, growing tenfold year-over-year.

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      Mentions: U.S. ESA
    10. Powering a Decentralized Grid

      Powering a Decentralized Grid

      In Chandler, Ariz., Salt River Project (SRP)—a nonprofit water and energy utility—is kicking off a new endeavor that will deliver power to about 1,000 homes in the Phoenix metropolitan area. But plans don’t involve a natural gas plant or even solar or wind turbine installations. In a sign of the decentralization of the nation’s power grid, this project centers on battery-based energy storage. Per a 20-year power purchase agreement between SRP and The AES Corporation, a 10 MW four-hour-duration energy storage system will inject power into the grid during peak demand periods. Fluence is supplying the Advancion battery storage system, which will be charged by an SRP distribution substation, and is taking the lead on deploying and maintaining the system. Mortenson is the EPC contractor responsible for the balance-of-plant portion of the project.

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    11. California's BTM Energy Storage Moves Forward, but is it Good for the Climate?

      California's BTM Energy Storage Moves Forward, but is it Good for the Climate?

      he California legislature last week approved SB 700, which extends funding for the Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), the state’s chief vehicle for expanding behind-the-meter energy storage. While solar and storage advocates cheered the bill's passage for the positive impacts it will have on deployment, the bill also seeks to bring the SGIP more in line with the state's greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals.

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    12. Grid Storage batteries Help Electric Vehicles Go Truly Green

      Grid Storage batteries Help Electric Vehicles Go Truly Green

      In October 2015 a ruptured well in a natural gas storage facility in Aliso Canyon north of Los Angeles leaked 97,100 tonnes of methane into the atmosphere — making it one of the worst environmental disasters in the US since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill five years earlier. Thousands of people were displaced. The following year utility Southern California Edison decided to invest in batteries to reduce the region’s reliance on gas for electricity — a contract that was won by Tesla. It was a turning point for electric utilities, which have relied on natural gas plants to provide power for over half a century.

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    13. Maxwell Technologies Announces Ultracapacitor Grid Energy Storage Subsystem Design-in with Siemens Transmission Solutions to Stabilize Global Power Grids

      Maxwell Technologies Announces Ultracapacitor Grid Energy Storage Subsystem Design-in with Siemens Transmission Solutions to Stabilize Global Power Grids

      SAN DIEGO, Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Maxwell Technologies, Inc. , a leading developer and manufacturer of energy storage and power delivery solutions, today announced a grid energy storage subsystem design-in with Siemens to deliver economical, fast responding, long life grid voltage and frequency support solutions. The new Siemens Static VAR Compensator plus Frequency Stabilizer (SVC PLUS FS) enables ISOs, electric utilities and transmission system operators to have better control of their grids and reduce the risk of blackouts.

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    14. Powin to Deliver 70MWh in Energy Storage Projects in North America and Italy by Early 2019

      Powin to Deliver 70MWh in Energy Storage Projects in North America and Italy by Early 2019

      TUALATIN, Ore.Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Energy storage system provider Powin Energy, Inc.  has installed or will deliver over 32.8MW/70MWh of energy storage projects by early 2019 as demand for its battery systems continues to rise.  The longer-term market is also strong as the Company has secured contracts to install an additional 94.7MW/411MWh between Q4 2019 and late 2021.  These successes are giving Powin strong momentum into 2019 while competitors continue to face critical material shortages.

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    15. US residential storage capacity sees 317% growth

      US residential storage capacity sees 317% growth

      Utilities in the United States connected almost 217 MW / 524 MWh of energy storage capacity to the grid in 2017, and while those numbers were driven by utility-supply projects, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) says the strongest growth is seen on the residential side. From 2016 to 2017, residential capacity additions grew by 202% in terms of MW, while non-residential additions grew by a modest 9% and utilities even saw the rate decline slightly, according to SEPA's 2018 Utility Energy Storage Market Snapshot, released last month. In terms of MWh, residential projects tallied an even more impressive growth rate: 317%, compared with 105% in the non-residential sector and 89% growth in utility storage.

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    16. Origin to Build 5MW Virtual Power Plant in Victoria, from Rooftop Solar and Storage

      Origin to Build 5MW Virtual Power Plant in Victoria, from Rooftop Solar and Storage

      Origin Energy has revealed plans to establish what it says will be Victoria’s largest virtual power plant – a $20 million cloud-based platform that will tap around 5MW of the battery-stored solar power of up to 650 customers during periods of peak power demand. The $20 million project has the backing of the state Labor government, with $4.5 million in funding announced on Wednesday, as part of its broader investment in microgrid technology in the state.

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    17. California’s Energy Storage Rebate Approval a ‘Bipartisan Victory for Local Clean Energy’

      California’s Energy Storage Rebate Approval a ‘Bipartisan Victory for Local Clean Energy’

      Following news of SB100, legislation that would set California on a path to 100% renewables by 2045, the state is also on the brink of setting up a rebate programme for energy storage equipment sales. Senate Bill 700 (SB700), authored by Senator Scott Wiener, would extend the state’s feted SGIP (Self-generation incentive programme) policy to 2024 and make more provisions to include energy storage. SGIP supports the deployment of solar, wind turbines, microturbines, fuel cells, energy storage and other distributed energy technologies by utility customers.

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    18. US Army Installs Largest Battery Storage System

      US Army Installs Largest Battery Storage System

      The project is part of an energy savings performance contract signed between the US Army, infrastructure development firm AECOM and technology provider Lockheed Martin. The 4.25MW/8.5MWh lithium battery energy storage system is expected to help reduce energy demand during peak intervals and reduce the base's energy costs. John Battaglini, a director with Lockheed Martin Energy, said: "The versatility of energy storage is a key enabler for the military's aggressive goals of achieving energy resiliency."

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    19. California Energy Storage Subsidy Extension Passes Assembly

      California Energy Storage Subsidy Extension Passes Assembly

      Today solar and energy storage advocates had their second win in less than 24 hours. Following on the dramatic and narrow passage of a bill to mandate 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045, another bill which may contain one of the keys to making that happen has passed the Assembly. SB 700 will extend the state’s Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) through 2026, which by the estimates of the California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA) will support the installation of nearly 3 GW of behind-the-meter storage.

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    20. Southern Research, NICE Team to Repurpose Used EV Batteries as Energy Storage Systems

      Southern Research, NICE Team to Repurpose Used EV Batteries as Energy Storage Systems

      Southern Research and the National Institute of Clean and Low-Carbon Energy (NICE) are collaborating on a project to transform retired electric vehicle batteries into energy storage systems for offices and factories. Under the partnership, the Birmingham, Alabama-based research organization will provide critical testing services to assist NICE to develop stationary power systems using very low cost, retired EV battery packs for the U.S. market.

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    21. China Added as Much Battery-Storage Capacity in 2018 as all Previous Years Combined

      China Added as Much Battery-Storage Capacity in 2018 as all Previous Years Combined

      China isn’t building gigafactories,” says Patrick Hurley, chief technology officer of A123, a lithium-ion battery company. “It is building gigacities.” Gigafactories are named for their capacity to build batteries in tens of gigawatt-hours (GWh) every year, which is about a million times the amount of energy consumed by a typical US household in a day. What Hurley meant by gigacities are complexes that include not just the gigafactory but everything else needed to support it: housing, infrastructure, research and development centers, and universities to train staff.

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