1. Articles from Robert Walton

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    1. Project of the Year: REV Connect

      Project of the Year: REV Connect

      Let's be clear: Anything that can take the torturous rigidity out of utility procurements deserves an award. New York's Reforming the Energy Vision has been around a few years, and the state's efforts to reshape the utility sector are beginning to pay off. Plenty of states have followed suit, but New York's REV is a holistic reimagining of energy resources and the business models underpin the sector. While REV aims to bring about wholesale changes, one initiative within it is speeding the development of new resources and solutions while helping remake utility procurement processes.

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      Mentions: NY NYSERDA
    2. Virginia 10-year Energy Plan Includes 5 GW of Renewables, EVs, Grid Modernization

      Virginia 10-year Energy Plan Includes 5 GW of Renewables, EVs, Grid Modernization

      Virginia released its annual 10-year energy plan on Tuesday, recommending development of 3 GW of solar and onshore wind by 2022, and 2 GW of offshore wind by 2028. Dominion Energy, the largest electric utility in the state, has partnered with Denmark's DONG Energy to develop a 12 MW Virginia offshore wind facility and officials say it could ultimately be expanded to serve more than 500,000 customers.

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    3. Johnson Controls, ConEd Subsidiary Partner to Grow Energy Storage

      Johnson Controls, ConEd Subsidiary Partner to Grow Energy Storage

      Johnson Controls announced Monday that it has signed a joint venture with a clean energy unit of Consolidated Edison, a deal aimed at helping expand the market for smart energy storage control systems developed by the company. Consolidated Edison Solutions, a subsidiary of Con Edison Clean Energy Business, will be the exclusive provider of storage to customers of Johnson Controls.

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    4. 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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      Mentions: CA NV HI
    5. US Military Pushes Clean Energy with Largest on-Base Battery

      US Military Pushes Clean Energy with Largest on-Base Battery

      Global infrastructure firm AECOM says it has begun construction on an energy storage system at Fort Carson, Colo., that will utilize a 4.25 MW/8.5 MWh lithium-ion battery developed by Lockheed Martin to help reduce energy costs and improve resilience at the base. Once completed, the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) will be the largest stand-alone commercially contracted battery at an army base, according to the developers. The behind-the-meter system work to reduce peak electricity demand.

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      Mentions: U.S. Utah BESS
    6. Nevada Regulators Approve NV Energy's First EV Infrastructure Program

      Nevada Regulators Approve NV Energy's First EV Infrastructure Program

      The Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved NV Energy's first electric vehicle infrastructure program, authorizing $15 million to incentivize the development of publicly available charging stations. Along with the EV program, the utility can spend $5 million each for small and large energy storage incentives. Those programs are also new, and have not been initiated yet. NV Energy plans to get them running no later than Sept. 1.

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      Mentions: NV U.S.
    7. Kauai Utility Moves Ahead with Tesla, AES Storage on Road to 70% Renewables

      Kauai Utility Moves Ahead with Tesla, AES Storage on Road to 70% Renewables

      Large energy storage projects paired with solar are key to Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) reaching its renewable goals — the utility expects to reach 70% by the end of next year. Last week, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved a 19.3 MW solar facility and 70 MWh battery energy storage system to be located on the Pacific Missile Range Facility. AES Distributed Energy will build the project on land leased from the Department of Defense.

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      Mentions: HI Tesla
    8. SDG&E Approved for 5 New Storage Projects Totaling 334 MWh

      SDG&E Approved for 5 New Storage Projects Totaling 334 MWh

      The California Pubic Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved five new storage projects totaling 83.5 MW / 135 MWh and a demand response program capable of contributing 4.5 MW as part of San Diego Gas and Electric's plan to add more renewables and improve grid reliability. Each of the lithium-ion battery storage facilities in San Diego and Orange counties is a four-hour battery to be developed by a different company. OhmConnect was tapped to manage the demand response program.

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    9. Colorado Integrates Storage into Utility Planning Process

      Colorado Integrates Storage into Utility Planning Process

      Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation on Friday to encourage the installation of energy storage in the state and to integrate storage procurement mechanisms into utilities' long-term planning processes. House Bill 18-1270, also known as the "Energy Storage Procurement Act," sets a deadline of Feb. 1, 2019, for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to develop procurement rules. Utilities will be able to file applications for rate-based projects by May 1, though they cannot exceed 15 MW.

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      Mentions: ESA CO
    10. NY Latest Renewables RFP to Spur $1.5B Investment

      NY Latest Renewables RFP to Spur $1.5B Investment

      New York announced its second large-scale renewables solicitation on Wednesday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) estimated that it could drive up to $1.5 billion in green energy investments. The bids are expected to support the generation of 1.5 million MWh annually — roughly the annual energy consumption of 200,000 homes — contributing to the state's goal of reaching 50% renewable energy by 2030.

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      Mentions: NY NYSERDA
    11. Colorado Senate Approves Second Storage Bill, Waits on House

      Colorado Senate Approves Second Storage Bill, Waits on House

      The Colorado Senate on Monday voted 26-9 on third reading to approve HB18-1270, which directs the development of mechanisms to enable investor-owned utilities to acquire energy storage systems, while restricting their size to 15 MW. Because amendments were added on the floor, it will need to be approved again by the House. The bill would direct state regulators to "establish mechanisms" for investor-owned electric utilities to procure energy storage systems. Some criteria would need to be satisfied, however.

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      Mentions: Xcel Energy CO
    12. New Hampshire Utility Proposes Virtual Power Plant with Tesla Powerwalls

      New Hampshire Utility Proposes Virtual Power Plant with Tesla Powerwalls

      A proposal to install 300 Tesla Powerwall batteries in homes in Lebanon, N.H., is just the latest example of utilities turning to distributed storage, as well as the growing battle to supply these Virtual Power Plants (VPP). Valley News reports Liberty Utilities tapped Tesla to supply the batteries, but the proceeding has grown as SunRun has called for a competitive bidding process to supply the batteries. The Liberty Utilities pilot will eventually be expanded to 1,000 customer homes.

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      Mentions: Australia Japan DoE
    13. SDG&E Seeks 166 MW Energy Storage for Emergency Response Sites

      SDG&E Seeks 166 MW Energy Storage for Emergency Response Sites

      San Diego Gas & Electric wants to add 166 MW of storage to its system disbursed between seven projects focused on emergency response services. Within the next 12 years, the utility says it will develop or interconnect more than 330 MW of energy storage to help keep the system reliable and integrate additional renewable energy. The utility's plan also includes an incentive program for nonprofit care facilities to install energy storage, called the Energy Storage Customer Program Pilot.

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    14. California Regulators Broaden Rules for Energy Storage

      California Regulators Broaden Rules for Energy Storage

      The California Public Utilities Commission last week approved new market rules for energy storage aimed at enabling the resources to stack incremental value and revenue streams through the delivery of multiple services to the wholesale market, distribution grid, transmission system and other venues. Regulators say the previous rules meant battery assets were unable to realize their full economic value, but the changes will help ensure correct pricing and improved economic viability.

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    15. Ny ISO Plan Sees Storage in State's Wholesale Markets by 2020

      Ny ISO Plan Sees Storage in State's Wholesale Markets by 2020

      The New York ISO yesterday released a new report, "The State of Storage," kicking off the process of developing a model for energy storage resources to participate in the state's wholesale markets. The roadmap lays out a three-phase plan that focuses on storage integration, optimization and aggregation. Bringing storage into wholesale markets could be accomplished by 2020, according to the timeline.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. OR
    16. Rhode Island Grid Mod Plan to Focus on Renewables Integration, Cost Control

      Rhode Island Grid Mod Plan to Focus on Renewables Integration, Cost Control

      Rhode Island energy officials say the state's efforts to modernize its electric grid will be a "complex undertaking" as well as a "huge opportunity" that ultimately will help control costs, while creating a more resilient and cleaner system. The state's energy agencies Nov. 17 submitted to Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) a report outlining steps to overhaul Rhode Island's electrical grid, with a focus on controlling costs, integrating more green power, improving service and overhauling utility incentive models.

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      Mentions: CA HI NY
    17. Hawaii Expands Rooftop Solar, Storage Options for Residential Customers

      Hawaii Expands Rooftop Solar, Storage Options for Residential Customers

      The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission last week approved two new solar programs for customers interested in rooftop panels or energy storage in an effort to expand those resources while also clarifying the terms of existing programs to provide greater certainty. The PUC approved a “Smart Export” program which offers a new option for customers installing rooftop solar combined with battery storage. Under the new program, a customer’s energy storage system will recharge during the daytime with energy captured from their solar system and use that energy at night or export it back to the grid.

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    18. Nevada Lawmakers Pass Bills for Storage Incentives, Possible Mandate

      Nevada Lawmakers Pass Bills for Storage Incentives, Possible Mandate

      Lawmakers in Nevada's House and Senate have approved a slate of clean energy bills that will now head to Gov. Brian Sandoval’s (R) desk, according to the Las Vegas Sun. The bills would establish incentives for the installation of energy storage associated with solar systems, direct the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to consider energy storage mandates, and boost energy efficiency funding for low income residents.

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    19. 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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      Mentions: CA Stem
    20. NextEra Poised to Operate 16.2 MW Battery Storage at Maine Oil Plant

      NextEra Poised to Operate 16.2 MW Battery Storage at Maine Oil Plant

      NextEra Energy Resources is preparing to operate a 16.2-MW battery located at an oil-fired power plant in Maine, and will utilize a direct connection with the ISO New England grid to help with regional balancing. The Portland Press Herald toured the Wyman Station project in Yarmouth, and reports it could be online within a week.The Wyman station is NextEra's first battery project in New England.

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      Mentions: ME PJM ISO-NE
    21. PG&E Completes Battery System Performance Pilot Project in Caiso

      PG&E Completes Battery System Performance Pilot Project in Caiso

      Pacific Gas and Electric has successfully integrated two Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) into the California ISO market, demonstrating the potential for storage in the state's electricity markets, the utility announced last week. The utility's 2 MW Vaca-Dixon BESS is the first to participate in the market, and its 4 NW Yerba Buena system is the first to both participate in the market and serve a reliability function.

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      Mentions: CA CAISO
    22. Siemens Says it Can Develop 36 MWh Thermal Storage Project at $0.11/KWh

      Siemens Says it Can Develop 36 MWh Thermal Storage Project at $0.11/KWh

      The cost of battery storage is falling, but nothing like the number that a Siemens storage is targeting for a large-scale wind energy storage project that would use geology and thermal energy. Energy Storage Update spoke with Till Barmeier, program manager for the project, who said it was possible to store wind power for just pennies per kWh.

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