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    1. Sault Energy Storage Plant Ready to Launch

      Sault Energy Storage Plant Ready to Launch

      Sault Ste. Marie will soon have an energy storage system online that will allow the province's Independent Electricity System Operator a chance to study new technology designed to make the power grid more efficient and cheaper. Convergent Energy has completed construction on its 7MW energy storage project, located on PUC property in the city's east end at Trunk and McNabb streets adjacent to one of its transmission substations. A seven megawatt battery project would be equivalent to the storage of about 70,000 light bulbs. The project can balance 60 megawatts of photovoltaic solar capacity and 150 megawatts of peak load at the end of a 115 kV radical circuit.

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      Mentions: Ontario
    2. Sunrun's Evolution From Home Solar Installer to Comprehensive Energy Solution Provider

      Sunrun's Evolution From Home Solar Installer to Comprehensive Energy Solution Provider

      A decade may not seem like a remarkably long time to have been in business, but it certainly is in the world of rooftop solar. In an industry known for its ups and downs, residential solar installer Sunrun hit the commendable milestone last week of 10 years in operation. Executive Chairman and co-founder Ed Fenster and CEO and co-founder Lynn Jurich launched Sunrun in 2007 from an attic in San Francisco and signed the company’s first customers from a booth at a county fair. Since then, Sunrun says it has built more than $2.5 billion in solar systems, saved customers more than $150 million on their energy bills and generated more than 2.4 billion kilowatt-hours of clean energy.

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    3. No, Cities Are Not Actually Leading on Climate. Enough With the Mindless Cheerleading

      No, Cities Are Not Actually Leading on Climate. Enough With the Mindless Cheerleading

      The idea that cities are leading on climate change is applauded over and over and over. There’s just one problem. It's not actually happening. Retrofit programs for buildings and homes aren't delivering results. Power distribution remains rooted in century-old thinking and technology. And those cities that claim to be on track to go "100 percent renewable"? Not even close. With the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris accord, city contributions are needed more than ever. But it’s time to stop with the empty platitudes and face reality. We’ve got a lot of work to do.

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      Mentions: U.S.
    4. Third Time's the Charm: Regulators Accept HECO Plan for 100% Renewables

      Third Time's the Charm: Regulators Accept HECO Plan for 100% Renewables

      The Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission has accepted a plan filed by the state's largest utility Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO), outlining how it will reach 100% renewable energy resources by 2040 — five years ahead of the state's goal. HECO's latest iteration of its Power Supply Improvement Plan (PSIP) update was accepted by the PUC on July 14, and it outlines the work to be done by Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawai‘i Electric Light. Along with acquiring almost 400 MW of renewable generating capacity, the plan includes adding energy storage and other grid technologies to aid resiliency, and assumes the continued growth of private rooftop solar.

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    5. Sonnen Signs a Deal to Put Storage in New Arizona Housing Developments

      Sonnen Signs a Deal to Put Storage in New Arizona Housing Developments

      Sonnen has signed a contract with an Arizona homebuilder to install its energy storage systems along with rooftop solar on each residence in forthcoming developments. This has long been a goal for the company, which aims to create a community of homeowners who produce and exchange clean energy, while performing distributed grid services. The sonnenCommunity in Germany has grown to 8,000 members and functions like its own utility. That robust vision would be hard to implement in the U.S., given the regulatory structures in place here.

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    6. How Giant Batteries Can Help Reduce Emissions

      How Giant Batteries Can Help Reduce Emissions

      In Southern California, where an extreme energy shortage has threatened for months to shut off power for millions of homeowners, an unconventional source of electricity is helping to keep the lights on: giant batteries. Thousands of lithium-ion battery packs — the same kind of batteries that power smartphones and laptops — were installed in massive containers in a handful of spots on the grid earlier this year, from San Diego to Los Angeles. The batteries are now helping power tens of thousands of households.

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    7. Renewable Energy Not a Threat to Grid, Draft of U.S. Study Finds

      Renewable Energy Not a Threat to Grid, Draft of U.S. Study Finds

      Wind and solar power don’t pose a significant threat to the reliability of the U.S. power grid, Energy Department staff members said in a draft report, contradicting statements by their leader Rick Perry. "The power system is more reliable today due to better planning, market discipline, and better operating rules and standards," according to a July draft of the study obtained by Bloomberg. The findings -- which are still under review by the department’s leadership -- contrast with Perry’s arguments that "baseload" sources such as coal and nuclear power that provide constant power are jeopardized by Obama-era incentives for renewable energy, making the grid unreliable.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. TX
    8. California Assembly Yanks Major Storage Bill, Pushing It to 2018

      California Assembly Yanks Major Storage Bill, Pushing It to 2018

      A long-term energy storage rebate that cleared the California Senate came to a sudden halt in the Assembly this week. SB 700 would create a 10-year rebate program that steps down in phases as storage penetration increases, modeled after the successful California Solar Initiative. It was slated for a hearing Wednesday in the Assembly's Utilities and Energy Committee, but the committee chair took it off the agenda despite objections from the bill's author. The bill is still alive, but it can't be passed until the legislative session next year due to Assembly rules.

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    9. Elon Musk Exposes Deep Coal Divide in Australia

      Elon Musk Exposes Deep Coal Divide in Australia

      Elon Musk’s intervention in Australia’s energy crisis is widening a divide over the future of coal. The billionaire Tesla Inc. founder, who has promised to help solve an Australian state’s clean energy obstacles, sees no place for the fossil fuel. That conflicts with the national government’s push for it remaining a mainstay source of electricity generation, as well as the “clean, beautiful coal” technologies that U.S. President Donald Trump sees helping to save American mining jobs.

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    10. National Grid Revises UK Energy Storage Expectations

      National Grid Revises UK Energy Storage Expectations

      National Grid has reduced its forecasts for electricity storage capacity in the UK down to just 10.7GW by 2050 in the most ambitious scenario set out within its future projections for the energy sector. The latest Future Energy Scenarios (FES) document, published on Thursday, suggested the greatest level of storage would be deployed under its 'Consumer Power' scenario, which predicts a highly economic market driven by innovation over environmental concerns.

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    11. AMS Taking ‘Storage to New Level’ with US$34m Series B Investment

      AMS Taking ‘Storage to New Level’ with US$34m Series B Investment

      Business models used by Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS), including creating “Hybrid Electric Buildings” with energy storage, take the industry to a “new level”, VC investor Nancy Pfund has said. Investors including actor and activist Arnold Schwarzenegger, major Australian utility AGL, GE Ventures and Macquarie Capital participated in the successful raise of more than US$34 million in a Series B funding round, which AMS announced yesterday.

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      Mentions: CA GE
    12. Multiple Indian 'Gigafactories' Expected by 2019

      Multiple Indian 'Gigafactories' Expected by 2019

      At least two global technology leaders could set up Gigafactories to manufacture lithium-ion cells in India in the next couple of years, according to the head of the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA). This focus is being driven by opportunities in both stationary and electric vehicle (EV) applications in India, particularly with the government goal of making all vehicles electric by 2030.

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      Mentions: Japan Asia India
    13. GridWise Alliance Makes Stance on Role Battery Energy Storage Will Play in Modernization of Our Electric Infrastructure

      GridWise Alliance Makes Stance on Role Battery Energy Storage Will Play in Modernization of Our Electric Infrastructure

      Washington D.C. – (July 13, 2017) The GridWise Alliance, an organization that specializes in convening energy stakeholders on the most pressing grid modernization activities, today released a whitepaper aimed at improving the conversation about battery energy storage applications on the electric grid.  The paper highlights recommendations for policy makers and regulators as they prepare to overcome the challenges to widespread implementation of energy storage technologies.

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      Mentions: WA
    14. Project Financing Grows for Commercial Energy Storage, Lags for Residential

      Project Financing Grows for Commercial Energy Storage, Lags for Residential

      The energy storage industry needs better financing to break out of its early stages. So far, commercial project financing is becoming more widely available, but residential financing has barely gotten started. The high upfront cost of storage makes it hard for behind-the-meter customers to purchase out of pocket, and they can't call on the kind of capital available to utilities or large power producers. For financiers, meanwhile, energy storage poses several risks: It's a relatively new technology with emerging business models and revenue streams, both of which are subject to the influence of shifting tariff structures.

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      Mentions: Australia HI U.S.
    15. Indian Tax Reform Uncertainty Concerns Energy Storage ndustry

      Indian Tax Reform Uncertainty Concerns Energy Storage ndustry

      A lack of clarity around India’s recently enforced Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill has caused a PV tender delay in the state of Gujarat and prompted the nation’s energy storage alliance industry group to write a letter of appeal to the government. The India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) has now sent a letter to energy minister Piyush Goyal asking for clarity over taxes on separate segments of cells and batteries.

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      Mentions: India Middle East
    16. Microgrids May Finally Have Their Day in the Sun

      Microgrids May Finally Have Their Day in the Sun

      Slowly but surely, the renewable energy industry is finding ways to compete with fossil fuels and traditional utilities to serve customers in a cost effective way. One concept driven by renewables, energy storage, and smarter devices is microgrids, which have long been a dream of the advanced energy industry. And they have finally become a viable option for the energy industry, opening up a new growth opportunity. 

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    17. Tucson Electric Power Updates Renewable Energy Plan

      Tucson Electric Power Updates Renewable Energy Plan

      Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is looking for a new contractor to design a type of natural-gas generator to support renewable energy. TEP has a goal to deliver at least 30 percent of its power from renewable resources by 2030. The new bid is to build reciprocating engines, similar to a car engine, that can be fired up quickly and compensate for power lost when using solar as a primary source. 

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    18. Modernizing Minnesota’s Grid: An Economic Analysis of Energy Storage Opportunities

      Modernizing Minnesota’s Grid: An Economic Analysis of Energy Storage Opportunities

      (Washington, D.C. – July 11, 2017) - The Energy Storage Association (ESA) is encouraged by the results and outputs of an energy storage modeling report released by the Minnesota Energy Storage Alliance (MESA) today. The MESA report delineates the multiple benefits of utilizing energy storage systems to eventually replace the need for gas-fired peaking plants to meet the dynamic needs of operating the grid in Minnesota and throughout the Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) territory. Importantly, this report begins to quantify and capture the multiple value streams that energy storage can offer to enable a more efficient, flexible, reliable and affordable grid.

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    19. ViZn Energy Systems Enables 24/7 „Solar Nights” at Lowest Ever Published Cost

      ViZn Energy Systems Enables 24/7 „Solar Nights” at Lowest Ever Published Cost

      AUSTIN, TX–(Jul 11, 2017) –  ViZn Energy Systems Inc. (ViZn), a leading provider of utility scale energy storage systems, is working to make the sun shine all night by integrating its zinc iron flow battery storage system for a record low price of 4¢/kWh. A ViZn 30 MW, 4-hour system added to a 100 MW solar plant can generate a seven percent internal rate of return (IRR) with a 4¢/kWh power purchase agreement (PPA) — 20 percent below the lowest published values.

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      Mentions: India U.S. Europe
    20. AES and Siemens Create Joint-Venture for Energy Storage

      AES and Siemens Create Joint-Venture for Energy Storage

      American energy firm AES Corp (AES.N) and German engineering conglomerate Siemens AG (SIEGn.DE) on Tuesday said they were forming a joint venture to serve the rapidly growing energy storage market. Demand for large-scale energy storage is growing as the price of advanced batteries tumble and nations turn to renewable energy such as solar and wind. Pairing big batteries and other storage systems with renewable energy improves reliability without creating climate-changing emissions. The 50-50 joint venture, called Fluence, will sell the lithium-ion battery technologies currently sold by AES and Siemens(AES.N), respectively.

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    21. NYSERDA Announces REV Connect ’17 Event to Advance Partnerships for New Energy Solutions

      NYSERDA Announces REV Connect ’17 Event to Advance Partnerships for New Energy Solutions

      The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced REV Connect ‘17, a one-day state-sponsored event to bring together New York’s electric utilities and technology companies to create new business models and energy solutions to benefit New York electricity consumers. The event will build on the progress of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.

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