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    1. IREC Insight Series: Key Lessons from the California Integrated Capacity Analysis

      IREC Insight Series: Key Lessons from the California Integrated Capacity Analysis

      After 11 months and nearly 20 meetings, a new regulatory working group report is born.  And this one is special. For those who have been involved in or following California’s nearly two-year Distributed Resources Plan (DRP) proceeding (which is a scaled-back west coast version of the New York Reforming the Energy Vision effort), this report represents an important milestone not only in the proceeding, but also for an issue near and dear to IREC’s heart: “hosting capacity” analyses.


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    2. Energy Storage Moves Mainstream

      Energy Storage Moves Mainstream

      How fast is energy storage growing?  One measure is the proliferation of new companies and established manufacturers that are entering or expanding the global market. When the likes of LG, Mercedes-Benz, NEC, Siemens and Samsung join pioneers like AES, Sonnen and Tesla that is a strong market indicator, albeit anecdotal. Another measure is its success as a commercial venture, such as the Capacity Markets awards in December 2016 by the UK’s Electricity Storage Network for battery-based systems - the first time that 15-year contracts were awarded to projects with storage components, signaling commercial faith in technology that did not exist in open markets 10 years ago.

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      Mentions: Siemens UK NEC
    3. "Virtual Batteries" Could Lead to Cheaper, Cleaner Power

      "Virtual Batteries" Could Lead to Cheaper, Cleaner Power

       

      Power producers usually keep turbines spinning at a few offline plants, so they can ramp up production if demand spikes. Or they maintain coal-fueled backup generators that can be fired up quickly. But these approaches are either costly, polluting, or both. In theory, the grid could employ a battery to keep supply and demand in balance, but existing battery technologies offer no cost savings over power production. In a new paper, however, MIT researchers argue that “smart appliances” in homes and offices, such as thermostats that can be adjusted remotely and electric cars that plug into the grid, could, collectively, act as a massive battery, offering a lower-cost, lower-emission alternative to backup power generation in the grid.

       

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    4. 21 US States Have Energy Storage Pipelines of 20MW or More

      21 US States Have Energy Storage Pipelines of 20MW or More

      According to GTM Research, 21 U.S. states now have 20 megawatts of energy storage projects proposed, in construction or deployed. In fact, 10 U.S. states have pipelines greater than 100 megawatts. The data comes from GTM Research’s new U.S. Energy Storage Data Hub, part of the company’s Energy Storage Service, launched today.

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    5. Cities and States Tackle Clean Energy, Climate After Trump Halts Environmental Action

      Cities and States Tackle Clean Energy, Climate After Trump Halts Environmental Action

      Federal environmental policy did an abrupt 180 this week, as President Trump signed an executive order to review the Clean Power Plan and undo several other rules targeting greenhouse gas emissions. But it remains an open question just how big of an impact those actions will have. The Washington Post reports states and cities across the country are likely to continue efficiency and renewables efforts, as the programs and goals are popular, tend to save money, and create jobs. There is widespread skepticism that Trump's climate actions can roll back the decline of the coal industry, for example. The falling cost of renewables and natural gas, and rise of efficiency, appear to make a long-term decline inevitable.

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    6. National Grid's Proposed Transmission Line Will Ship 1.2 GW of Renewables from Canada |

      National Grid's Proposed Transmission Line Will Ship 1.2 GW of Renewables from Canada |

      National Grid has proposed a $1 billion transmission project that would be able to bring 1,200 MW of renewable power into New England. National Grid’s Granite State Power Link would move the electric power through Vermont for 58 miles before entering New Hampshire at Monroe and ending at Londonderry in southern New Hampshire. The route of the proposed project would travel for about 58 miles on the expanded path of an existing high voltage direct current overhead line in Vermont and then use an upgraded existing overhead line in New Hampshire for 108 miles.

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    7. Energy Industry: Colorado Governor: State Will Push Forward with Clean Energy

      Energy Industry: Colorado Governor: State Will Push Forward with Clean Energy

      DENVER (AP) — Colorado will push ahead to develop more affordable renewable energy despite President Donald Trump's order eliminating many restrictions on fossil fuels production, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Wednesday. Hickenlooper said Colorado has already met carbon pollution goals under the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which is under challenge in the courts and could be weakened or rescinded under the executive order that Trump signed Tuesday. His spokeswoman, Jacque Montgomery, said later Colorado has not yet met the goals but is on track to do so by 2030 — the deadline in the Clean Power Plan for U.S. states to cut carbon emissions 30 percent.

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    8. World's Biggest Solar + Battery Storage Plant Ready to Build in SA

      World's Biggest Solar + Battery Storage Plant Ready to Build in SA

      The world’s biggest solar and battery storage plant – and Australia’s biggest solar farm – could begin construction this year, after the project was formally launched in Adelaide on Thursday. The developer of the $1 billion South Australian project, Lyon Group, said construction of the plant, which will include 330MW of solar PV and a 100MW/400MWh battery storage system, would begin in the coming months, with operations set to commence by the end of 2017.

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    9. Eguana Lands First Commercial Orders for AC Battery

      Eguana Lands First Commercial Orders for AC Battery

      Eguana Technologies Inc. has received its first commercial orders for its AC Battery and that there is growing interest in the energy storage device. First deployments will occur in Alberta, Texas and Colorado, followed by California. "With final product specifications and pricing completed, it is very encouraging to see the widespread interest in our new commercial product and how quickly it has translated into early orders," said Justin Holland, CEO at Eguana Technologies. "Inquiries are coming from multiple market channels with greatest interest from customers looking to increase their current commercial energy efficiency and EV charging services, along with established developers who have been waiting for a 15kw/30kwh 3-phase product option that fills a long-standing gap in the marketplace."

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    10. ViZn Partners Raychem to Provide Flow Batteries to India’s major network operator

      ViZn Partners Raychem to Provide Flow Batteries to India’s major network operator

      Flow battery manufacturer ViZn Energy Systems has won a contract to provide 1MWh of zinc-iron flow battery systems to India’s majority network operator and utility Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL). The energy storage system will be installed at PGCIL’s facilities in Puducherry, by ViZn’s local partner firm Raychem, a joint venture between US firm TE Connectivity, and India’s RPG Enterprises, which specialises in grid integration of renewables.

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    11. The Great Nevada Lithium Rush to Fuel the New Economy

      The Great Nevada Lithium Rush to Fuel the New Economy

      John Rud has been riding the peaks and valleys of the commodities markets around North America since he left the University of Oregon 55 years ago with a master’s degree in geology. “The valleys are real broad, and the peaks are real narrow,” he likes to say. Copper in Canada. Silver in Texas. Gold in Mexico. Iron in Arizona. Uranium in Utah. In one 18-year stretch, Rud and his wife moved 27 times. “I got to where I could load up a house in a U-Haul truck starting at 4 p.m., be done by midnight, and be on the next job by morning,” he says. “I considered that quite a talent.” (His wife was rather less impressed and eventually left him.)

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    12. Large-Scale Energy Storage Is The (Virtual) Power Plant Of The Future

      Large-Scale Energy Storage Is The (Virtual) Power Plant Of The Future

      When utilities worry about meeting energy demand, they normally build more power plants and distribution networks. But when New York City’s utility, Con Edison, projected a power shortfall in the Brooklyn-Queens network back in 2014, it decided to take another tack. Con Ed organized an auction for “demand response capacity” and awarded contracts to a variety of energy storage and efficiency startups. It reasoned that, if it could cut the amount of power high-users were taking off at certain times of the day, it could reduce the need to build out the network. Grids are typically designed with massive inefficiencies. 

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    13. More U.S. States Embracing Batteries to Store Renewable Power

      More U.S. States Embracing Batteries to Store Renewable Power

      Energy-storage systems are spreading across the U.S. as states encourage deployments to help integrate an increasing amount of solar and wind power into electric grids. There are now 21 states with at least 20 megawatts each of storage projects in service, under construction or proposed, according to a report Tuesday from GTM Research. Ten of those states have development pipelines exceeding 100 megawatts.

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    14. GTM: 10 US States Have Energy Storage Pipelines Greater than 100MW

      GTM: 10 US States Have Energy Storage Pipelines Greater than 100MW

      According to the latest GTM Research figures, energy storage is coming into its own and is no longer confined to a handful of US states. 21 states now have 20MW of storage projects proposed, in construction or deployed. Further, 10 states have pipelines of more than 100MW. Although California has traditionally been the US frontrunner in energy storage, 2.5GW of front-of-meter storage projects have been tracked outside of the Golden State. Texas, Hawaii, Ohio and Illinois are among the top states for energy storage procurement; signifying that the movement is not just confined to California.

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    15. Ice Energy and Horizon Solar Power Complete Solar+Storage System at Palm Springs Cultural Center

      Ice Energy and Horizon Solar Power Complete Solar+Storage System at Palm Springs Cultural Center

      Ice Energy, provider of distributed thermal energy storage solutions, and Horizon Solar Power, one of California’s largest installers of solar PV systems for residential and commercial facilities, have completed the installation of a solar-plus-ice-battery-storage system at Palm Springs Cultural Center in California’s Coachella Valley. As California continues to push for greater deployment of distributed energy resources, this project demonstrates the economic value of combining solar PV with ice battery storage to displace peak electricity demand and enable solar self-consumption on a grid-wide scale.

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    16. Roadblocks to Improving the Energy Grid: Regulations and Empty Chairs

      Roadblocks to Improving the Energy Grid: Regulations and Empty Chairs

      President Trump will need to rethink his energy budget priorities if he wants to get an infrastructure bill through Congress this year, while making sure he fills empty seats in regulatory agencies. His steep $54 billion budget cuts released in a proposal this month could create a conundrum for some lawmakers who want to support infrastructure development, but can't because of the cuts.

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    17. Creating a Disruption-Proof Grid

      Creating a Disruption-Proof Grid

      The U.S. energy storage industry just completed another record-setting year — doubling deployments to 336 MWh in more than 25 states. Utilities, grid operators, businesses and homeowners are embracing energy storage in a wide range of applications and sizes, bringing new capabilities to the grid at every scale.

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    18. TECHNOLOGY: Should DOE Get Out of the Research Business?

      TECHNOLOGY: Should DOE Get Out of the Research Business?

      The budget outline that President Trump released yesterday proposed a historic scaling-back of R&D by the Department of Energy, upending decades of bipartisan consensus on the department's mission. Trump thinks that the federal government is meddling in the market and that it should limit itself to basic research and shift the billions of dollars it spends on applied research and commercialization to private industry. Meanwhile, many entrepreneurs who receive DOE research funding see themselves as helping the United States gain a competitive edge in a global energy sector that is being transformed by new technology. That level of private money, they say, simply doesn't exist.

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    19. Primus Power Announces Completion of $32M Financing Round

      Primus Power Announces Completion of $32M Financing Round

      HAYWARD, Calif., March 23, 2017 -- Today Primus Power (“Primus”), a leader in stationary energy storage systems, announced that it has secured $32 million in equity financing.  New investors include Hong Kong’s Success Dragon (HKG:1182) and Matador Capital, the investment office of a well known Saudi family.  Existing investors Anglo American Platinum, DBL Partners, I2BF and the Russia Kazakhstan Nanotechnology Fund also participated.  With this fundraising, Primus has raised $94 million in equity and $20 million in government grants since its founding in 2009. The new funds will help accelerate the commercial momentum of EnergyPod® 2  - a safe, low-cost and long-duration electrical energy storage system. These modular battery systems pair a unique zinc bromide chemistry with patented innovations to deliver a multi-hour performance and a multi-decade life at an industry-leading low total cost of ownership.

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    20. Microgrids in India and Africa - How is Space Tech Helping

      Microgrids in India and Africa - How is Space Tech Helping

      With more than 1.3 billion people without access to electricity and almost 3 billion reliant on unclean and ultimately unhealthy fuels for cooking, the potential of renewables-based mini-grids and microgrids as a clean energy solution is beyond doubt. Indeed a 2012 estimate from the International Energy Agency (IEA) was that mini- and microgrids had the potential to bring electrification to about 40% of those without electrification.

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    21. SGIP IS COMING and It’s Bringing You Free Money to Protect Your Home

      SGIP IS COMING and It’s Bringing You Free Money to Protect Your Home

      SGIP stands for Self Generation Incentive Program, or California’s way to motivate people to use alternative energy sources to generate and store their own electricity. SGIP has had a rocky history of letting big businesses soak up a majority of their funds… but this year, that’s not going to happen. In Spring of 2017, SGIP is going to reopen for residential customers with a whole new set of rules to make sure homeowners get plenty of money to protect their homes… free money.

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    22. Resorts that Use Solar Plus Storage: When the Scenery’s Right and the Grid Isn’t

      Resorts that Use Solar Plus Storage: When the Scenery’s Right and the Grid Isn’t

      The Nicaraguan resort Rancho Santana has won accolades from the travel press for being world class; problem is, the local electric grid is not. Located on 2,700 acres, a three-hour drive from the airport on the remote Pacific Coast, the luxury resort is connected to a central grid the offers spotty and expensive power. Nicaragua is a nation that’s been notoriously slow to fully electrify. Only 77 percent of the population has access to electricity, up little from 71 percent in 1990, according to the World Bank.

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    23. Big Batteries Needed: Increase in Renewable Energy in Seychelles Shows Need for Energy Storage

      Big Batteries Needed: Increase in Renewable Energy in Seychelles Shows Need for Energy Storage

      As the amount of renewable energy being produced in this island nation increases, the Seychelles’ Public Utility Corporation (PUC) is seeking professional expertise to conduct a study to evaluate the optimal battery storage size to maintain the stability of the national electricity grid. PUC’s chief executive, Philippe Morin, said that “as the contribution of renewable energy increase in the network, there is always the risk of the power system becoming unstable.”

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