1. Articles from Peter Maloney

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    1. As Second Wave of State Storage Targets Builds, Utilities Propose New Projects

      As Second Wave of State Storage Targets Builds, Utilities Propose New Projects

      nergy storage has been taking root across the country, but coastal states, such as California, Massachusetts and Oregon, have taken the lead in implementing related policies. That could change as states such as Colorado and Nevada move closer to potentially ambitious policies to support energy storage. Rising renewable penetration combined with falling costs for lithium-ion batteries is driving many states to explore policies that encourage energy storage.

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      Mentions: CA Australia NV
    2. PG&E Projects Set New Bar for Battery Size but Fall Short on Transparency

      PG&E Projects Set New Bar for Battery Size but Fall Short on Transparency

      California set a new benchmark for energy storage earlier this month when Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) filed for approval with the state's Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for four energy storage projects totaling 567 MW, 2,270 MWh, but some details of the benchmark are less clear than others

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    3. First Grid-Scale Liquid Air Energy Storage Plant Launches in UK

      First Grid-Scale Liquid Air Energy Storage Plant Launches in UK

      Highview Power in partnership with British recycling and waste disposal company Viridor has brought online what it calls the world’s first grid-scale liquid air energy storage (LAES) plant. The 5 MW, 15 MWh demonstration plant at the Pilsworth landfill gas site in Bury near Manchester received support from the U.K. government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which supplied $10.7 million in funding. Demand response aggregator KiWi Power will draw energy from the LAES plant to power about 5,000 average-sized homes for around three hours.

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      Mentions: UK Highview
    4. New York City Moves to Streamline Energy Storage Permitting

      New York City Moves to Streamline Energy Storage Permitting

      If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. At least that is what the song says about New York City. And it stands for energy storage. New York City has some of the most stringent rules in the country for permitting energy storage projects, as well as an ambitious storage target of 100 MWh by 2020. But there were only 4.8 MWh of storage installed in the city at the beginning of 2017, as it is so difficult to secure a permit for a project — especially involving lithium-ion technology. At the end of April, New York took a step toward resolving that issue with the release of the first comprehensive guidelines for installing lithium-ion batteries in New York City.

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    5. New Business Models May be the Next Frontier in Lower Energy Storage Costs

      New Business Models May be the Next Frontier in Lower Energy Storage Costs

      s the markets for energy storage continue to grow and companies in those markets mature, business models and financing mechanisms are getting more attention. Those models can involve alternatives to a traditional asset sale approach that can reduce the cost of entry for potential customers and lower the cost of capital for energy storage companies. The trend was highlighted last week when Younicos announced its energy storage rental service. Renting energy storage equipment was an obvious step for Younicos, given that its corporate parent, Aggreko, rents power generation equipment on a global scale.

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    6. 6 Months After Target Adoption, Massachusetts Sees Energy Storage Growth, Challenges

      6 Months After Target Adoption, Massachusetts Sees Energy Storage Growth, Challenges

      Six months after a target was set, energy storage in Massachusetts is beginning to take off, albeit slowly, as policies continue to evolve. Ongoing challenges to wider adoption include questions about whether storage is eligible to net meter under the state's rules and who retains the capacity value of storage in ISO New England's forward capacity market.

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      Mentions: DoE ESA MA
    7. Top Energy Storage Projects Driving the Sector in 2017

      Top Energy Storage Projects Driving the Sector in 2017

      017 could go down as the year regulated utilities took the lead in energy storage. Several of the most notable energy storage projects this year were done by or for regulated utilities. And that momentum will likely carry into 2018 as well, Tim Gretjak, an analyst at Lux Research, told Utility Dive. 

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    8. Washington Utilities Need to Consider Storage in Resource Planning, Regulators Say

      Washington Utilities Need to Consider Storage in Resource Planning, Regulators Say

      Regulators in Washington State on Wednesday issued a policy statement telling investor-owned utilities in the state they should include energy storage in their planning processes. The statement presents a framework aimed at guiding the state’s Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) in its ongoing rulemaking for integrated resource plans (IRPs) that regulated utilities file with the commission every two years.

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      Mentions: DoE OR MA
    9. AES: Batteries helped keep lights on in Dominican Republic during Hurricane Maria

      AES: Batteries helped keep lights on in Dominican Republic during Hurricane Maria

      AES Energy Storage says its 20 MW energy storage facilities in the Dominican Republic helped provide grid stability during the two recent hurricanes. AES Energy Storage provided the storage systems to its affiliated company, AES Dominicana, an independent power producer that owns and operates 850 MW power plants in the Dominican Republic.

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    10. Hawaiian Electric Takes First Steps to Utility-Scale Commercial Energy Storage

      Hawaiian Electric Takes First Steps to Utility-Scale Commercial Energy Storage

      Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) has big plans for energy storage, but is wary of moving too quickly. The utility is looking for better storage technology and economics before moving too much on deployment. The island state is often considered a test case or laboratory for the integration of renewable energy. With a 100% renewable portfolio standard in Hawaii and a 2045 target date, the state’s main utility is quite focused on what its generation mix is going to be and how it is going to get there. 

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      Mentions: CA HI FERC
    11. Connexus Energy Planning Minnesota's Largest Energy Storage Facility

      Connexus Energy Planning Minnesota's Largest Energy Storage Facility

      Connexus Energy, Minnesota’s largest retail electric cooperative, is in negotiations to build a 20 MW, 40 MWh energy storage system, Midwest Energy News reports. The storage facility would be located next to three solar power plants with an aggregate capacity of 10 MW that Connexus plans to build next summer. Connexus says the energy storage system could be deployed for a combination of uses, including peak shaving, demand response, and frequency regulation.

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    12. Maryland, Hawaii Turn to Storage Incentives as State Markets Gain Momentum

      Maryland, Hawaii Turn to Storage Incentives as State Markets Gain Momentum

      Nevada earlier this month became the fourth state to adopt an energy storage incentive. The Silver State joins California, New Jersey and Maryland, which in April passed a bill creating a 30% tax credit for energy storage devices, as the only states to have put storage incentives in place. And at least two other states, Hawaii and Massachusetts, are moving toward energy storage incentives.

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      Mentions: CA DoE NV
    13. How Can Tucson Electric Get Solar + Storage for 4.5¢/kWh?

      How Can Tucson Electric Get Solar + Storage for 4.5¢/kWh?

      Tucson Electric Power’s recently signed power purchase agreement for a solar-plus-storage project has been hailed for its low price, but it also signals a solution that could become more common as renewable energy grid integration problems grow. TEP declined to reveal the exact pricing, but the all-in cost for the solar-plus-storage project is “significantly less than $0.045/kWh over 20 years,” said Carmine Tilghman, senior director for energy supply at TEP. And, at under 3¢s/kWh, he says he believes the solar portion of the PPA is “the lowest price recorded in the U.S.”

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      Mentions: CA New Mexico U.S.
    14. CAISO Updates Proposed Rules for Demand Response, Energy Storage

      CAISO Updates Proposed Rules for Demand Response, Energy Storage

      The California ISO has updated its energy storage and distributed energy resource (ESDER) initiative, RTO Insider reports. ESDER’s proposal includes a less restrictive methodology for assessing the demand response potential of aggregated retail customers, essentially a four day look-back for residential accounts, rather than 45 days. CAISO is also working with the Public Utilities Commission to rework station power rules for battery storage.

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    15. Hydrostor Comes Ashore to Turn Old Coal Plants into Compressed-Air Storage

      Hydrostor Comes Ashore to Turn Old Coal Plants into Compressed-Air Storage

      Hydrostor is evolving into a land creature. The Toronto based company began its corporate life developing compressed air energy storage projects in deep water. In a 2015 pilot project with Toronto Hydro, Hydrostor used off-peak energy to compress air in underwater balloons two miles off shore in Lake Ontario. The balloons can be deflated later with the aid of water pressure to generate power at times of high demand.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. Caribbean
    16. First BTM Li-ion Battery Project Approved in New York City

      First BTM Li-ion Battery Project Approved in New York City

      Demand Energy, a subsidiary of Enel Green Power North America, has begun construction on a microgrid with storage capability in New York City. The microgrid will comprise a 400-kW solar system and 400-kW fuel cell supported by a 300-kW, 1.2-MWh lithium-ion battery at Marcus Garvey Village, a mixed-income apartment complex owned by L+M Development Partners.

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      Mentions: NY Demand Energy
    17. Vermont Bill Would Direct PUC to Draw Up Energy Storage Recommendations

      Vermont Bill Would Direct PUC to Draw Up Energy Storage Recommendations

      A bill now being debated in the Vermont legislature aims spur the development of energy storage in the state. The bill, H 501, is sponsored by Rep. Laura Sibilia (I), would require the state’s Department of Public Service (DPS) to “develop policy recommendations and targets” that would increase electricity storage capacity in the state.

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    18. Despite Technological Advances, Flow Batteries Struggle Against Market Giant Lithium-ion

      Despite Technological Advances, Flow Batteries Struggle Against Market Giant Lithium-ion

      Flow batteries have made strides recently in bringing down costs and improving efficiencies, but they are going to have a tough time competing with the entrenched market leader: lithium-ion batteries. More than half of the 1,280 MWh of worldwide battery installations on the power grid since 2010 have been li-ion batteries, according to Department of Energy data. Looking at just 2015 and 2016, that share rises to 60%. In the United States, li-ion has an even bigger market share at 78% since 2010 and 97% since 2015.

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      Mentions: DoE Harvard U.S.
    19. Commodities Giant Vitol Taps NEC to Build 50 MW UK Storage Project for National Grid

      Commodities Giant Vitol Taps NEC to Build 50 MW UK Storage Project for National Grid

      Privately held commodities company Vitol Group has teamed up with renewable energy investment fund Low Carbon Ltd. to form a new venture, VLC Energy, that will install a 50 MW, 35 MWh storage system in the U.K. as its first project. The new venture says it could invest up to £250 million ($311 million) in the development of energy storage and distributed energy projects in the U.K., according to Bloomberg.

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      Mentions: Europe UK NEC
    20. Ice Energy Will Provide 1 MW of Residential Storage to Southern California Public Power Authority

      Ice Energy Will Provide 1 MW of Residential Storage to Southern California Public Power Authority

      Ice Energy has signed a turnkey contract with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) to provide up to 1 MW of its ice battery systems. Ice Energy will replace the outdoor condensing unit of selected homes in SCPPA’s territory with its Ice Bear 20 storage unit. The systems are designed to cut customer cooling load and can be aggregated by the utility.

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