1. Articles from Herman K. Trabish

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    1. Enabling Storage Integration Through Market-Driven Procurements

      Enabling Storage Integration Through Market-Driven Procurements

      Rising renewables growth shows mandates and incentives for them work. But customer demand for renewables has not slowed, creating a need for more energy storage to stabilize the grid. That need for storage is estimated to be significantly bigger than current build-out plans, driven by existing policies, are likely to achieve. Many say more use of the competitive auctions that have helped drive renewables growth can also accelerate the deployment of storage.

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    2. What About Wind-Plus-Storage? It's Not Like Solar-Plus-Storage at All; or is it?

      What About Wind-Plus-Storage? It's Not Like Solar-Plus-Storage at All; or is it?

      Energy storage is storming the U.S. power industry, driving changes from the bulk system level to the customer level. At the system level, February's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order 845 required bulk system operators to design new rules to integrate storage. April's Order 841 rewrote the rules on interconnection, opening new opportunities for storage.

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      Mentions: California U.S. AWEA
    3. As Grid Modernization Accelerates, Which States are in the Lead, and Why?

      As Grid Modernization Accelerates, Which States are in the Lead, and Why?

      Grid modernization is not just a New York-California issue anymore. Committed and proposed expenditures are accelerating into the billions across the country, with no sign of a slowdown in sight. The grid's vulnerability to increasingly extreme weather and its consequences is apparent to everybody, and it must be strengthened, Centerpoint Energy CEO Scott Prochazka said. "Electricity is about 5% of GDP, but it is the first 5% because reliable energy supports every other aspect of the economy," he noted.

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      Mentions: California DoE Nevada
    4. Partnering for Success: Utilities Leverage Innovative Vendor Relationships at the Grid Edge

      Partnering for Success: Utilities Leverage Innovative Vendor Relationships at the Grid Edge

      A new high-level look at distribution system innovation makes one thing clear: Utilities that find and work with innovative private sector players benefit from reaching out. The paper builds on earlier reports about technologies changing the distribution system, including energy storage, demand response, data analytics, advanced metering and solar-plus-storage. From a burgeoning database, the researchers highlight nine cutting edge projects that reveal an enormous range of distribution system innovation possible for utilities to access through private sector partners.

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    5. Navigant: Revenue for Utility-Scale Battery Storage to Grow 15 Times by 2025

      Navigant: Revenue for Utility-Scale Battery Storage to Grow 15 Times by 2025

      World-wide revenue for advanced utility-scale battery energy storage is forecasted to grow from $231.9 million in 2016 to $3.6 billion by 2025, according to "Advanced Batteries for Utility-Scale Energy Storage," a new report from Navigant Research. Two key drivers are new rules allowing battery storage systems to participate in organized power markets and new business models and financing that are moving capital into battery energy storage projects.

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      Mentions: Asia Europe
    6. What to Expect from California Utilities' New Aggregated Demand Response Offerings

      What to Expect from California Utilities' New Aggregated Demand Response Offerings

      California’s investor-owned utilities are ready to test how effectively aggregated demand management resources can be used to serve bulk grid needs. San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) have picked the private sector players whose aggregated resources will go into the state’s Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM) pilot program.

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    7. Bigger Than Batteries: Why the Cost of Other Components Matters to Storage Deployment

      Bigger Than Batteries: Why the Cost of Other Components Matters to Storage Deployment

      When it comes to energy storage systems, the cost of the battery itself receives a great deal of attention, but a new report shows that the plummeting price of other storage components could prove just as significant for the proliferation of the resource. The 15 to 20 different items in the balance of the system (BOS) represent one-half to three-fourths of the installation’s cost. Those costs are likely to plummet over the next five years – if the growth of storage deployment continues.

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      Mentions: California DoE U.S.
    8. DERs in 2016: What Experts Expect for a Booming Sector

      DERs in 2016: What Experts Expect for a Booming Sector

      Just before the new year, the wind and solar industries won some hard-fought extensions of vital federal tax credits in a omnibus spending bill brokered in Congress. But that's just the beginning of a big 2016 for the renewable energy industry, according to sector insiders. More affordable wind, utility-scale solar, and distributed solar are going to leverage new applications in energy storage and smart devices, experts told Utility Dive. Synergistic distributed energy resources (DERs) will attract corporate buyers, shared renewables developers, and even mainstream energy sector players.

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    9. More Than Megawatts: New Metrics Reveal Energy Storage's Potential

      More Than Megawatts: New Metrics Reveal Energy Storage's Potential

      How to best quantify the growth and benefits of energy storage has long puzzled energy stakeholders, but a new storage market update emphasizes two lesser known metrics that help illustrate the technology's potential. The market continues to show robust growth for storage technologies both in front and behind the meter, though still from small base numbers, and costs continue to fall for battery technologies. But the inclusion of megawatt-hours (MWh) along with the more common megawatt (MW) measurement delivers a deeper understanding of the energy storage market. And the addition of CO2 reductions shows a new appreciation for what energy storage can do.

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    10. Duke Energy's Commercial Solar Business to Offer Energy Storage

      Duke Energy's Commercial Solar Business to Offer Energy Storage

      When Duke Energy, one of the biggest U.S. electricity providers, purchased its controlling interest in REC Solar, one of the biggest U.S. commercial solar developers, it created a $225 million fund for commercial scale solar development. With the federal investment tax credit for commercial solar expected to revert from 30% to 10% at the end of 2016, solar companies will need “scale and reach” to succeed, REC Solar CEO Al Bucknam told Utility Dive in February.

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    11. Some Energy Storage Already Cost Competitive, New Valuation Study Shows

      Some Energy Storage Already Cost Competitive, New Valuation Study Shows

      Assessing the value of energy storage is one of the burning issues facing the electricity sector today, and a new valuation matrix from the firm Lazard could give utilities and policymakers a more accurate idea of the costs and benefits various storage technologies provide. “The battery industry in the recent past has been focused on small batteries for consumer electronics, not on issues like integrating renewables and regulating frequency,” said Matthew Tappin, a spokesperson for Lazard and contributing author for the consultancy's recent report, "Levelized Cost of Storage Analysis 1.0."

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      Mentions: PJM
    12. Oregon Saddles up to Implement Trailblazing Energy Storage Mandate

      Oregon Saddles up to Implement Trailblazing Energy Storage Mandate

      In the new year, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) will convene a proceeding on the state's new energy storage law, which could produce a template for the rest of the nation. While Oregon's law is actually the second in the nation — California enacted a storage mandate in 2013 — sector stakeholders say the law is special in the guidance it provides to regulators on how to value energy storage technologies.

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      Mentions: California DoE GE
    13. Ice, Ice Energy: The Hot Market for Cooled Liquid Energy Storage

      Ice, Ice Energy: The Hot Market for Cooled Liquid Energy Storage

      Margins are good for the two dominant providers of cooled liquid storage, which uses low-priced nighttime electricity to freeze or cool a liquid and then utilizes the chilled liquid to help offset electric air conditioning loads when power prices peak during the day. “We are generally earning margins in the 25% to 30% range and that is unusual in the storage industry,” said Ice Energy CEO Mike Hopkins. “For most of the companies, especially in the lithium ion space, the cost is not competitive yet and they have to price their product at no margin.”

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    14. What's Behind the 900% Growth in Energy Storage in Q2 2015

      What's Behind the 900% Growth in Energy Storage in Q2 2015

      The median price for utility-scale systems in the first quarter of 2015 was $900 per kWh, and that price didn't fall significantly in the second quarter. But, the low end of the price range went from $800 per kWh in Q1 to $750 per kWh last quarter, explained Senior Energy Storage Analyst Ravi Manghani, lead author on GTM Research’s quarterly energy storage monitor. The report, prepared along with the Energy Storage Association, was released last week.

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      Mentions: California U.S. Texas
    15. IPL Breaks Ground on 20MW Storage Facility for MISO Ancillary Services

      IPL Breaks Ground on 20MW Storage Facility for MISO Ancillary Services

      AES Corp subsidiary Indianapolis Power and Light (IPL) began construction on its Carmel 20 MW lithium ion battery storage facility which, according to the utility, will be one of the biggest energy storage facilities in the Midwest. The facility will add reliability to the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) power grid by providing ancillary services to balance variations in supply and demand.

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    16. Where Is The US Energy Storage Market Going?

      Where Is The US Energy Storage Market Going?

      “When an industry grows 40% in a year and is forecast to grow another 300% the next,” said GTM Research energy storage analyst Ravi Manghani, “the opportunities will not be limited to just one segment or one technology. They will be in the entire value chain and each step in it.” The growth is expected to continue for at least the next five years, added Manghani, author of the GTM Research-Energy Storage Association U.S. Energy Storage Monitor 2014 Year In Review.

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    17. Hawaii Group Explores Forming Co-Op, Intervenes in NextEra-HECO Docket

      Hawaii Group Explores Forming Co-Op, Intervenes in NextEra-HECO Docket

      Hawaii could be the site of one of the nation's newest electric cooperatives, Pacific Business News reports. A group of business and local leaders there have formed a group to study possible benefits of a co-op on the state's Big Island and take a closer look at the proposed acquisition of the state's largest IOU. The proposed Hawaii Island Energy Cooperative (HIEC) filed as an intervener in the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) docket on the proposed $4.3 billion acquisition by NextEra Energy of Hawaiian Electric Industries and its subsidiaries Hawaiian Electric Company, Maui Electric Company, and Hawaii Electric Light Company.

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      Mentions: Hawaii Colorado
    18. Why Utility Execs Say Storage is the Top Emerging Energy Technology

      Why Utility Execs Say Storage is the Top Emerging Energy Technology

      Over half the utility executives queried in Utility Dive’s just-released State of the Electric Utility 2015 survey picked energy storage as the most important emerging technology. When asked to identify the three emerging technologies their utilities should invest more in, some 51% of the executives surveyed picked storage. Their second choice was energy efficiency (41%), followed by utility-scale renewables (37%) and demand response (37%). Distributed solar (32%), in fifth, was the only other technology to get over 30% of the attention among the top twelve nominees.

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    19. How Utilities Can Plan for the Future of Transmission and Distributed Generation

      How Utilities Can Plan for the Future of Transmission and Distributed Generation

      In the wake of the November election, the ground started shifting faster in the energy delivery sector. Policies long protected by the Obama administration may give way as the President circles the wagons around his legacy Clean Power Plan. Long-sought Republican objectives, like a go-ahead on the Keystone XL pipeline, suddenly look almost inevitable. “When utility and grid system planners look at improvements to the system, they need to identify projects and technologies that are justifiable on a cost benefit basis under a variety of market and regulatory conditions,” explained PA Consulting energy expert Ron Norman. “The best projects can be of value in a variety of circumstances.”

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    20. SoCal Edison Unveils Largest Battery Storage System in U.S.

      SoCal Edison Unveils Largest Battery Storage System in U.S.

      This project follows SCE’s 50-megawatt call for energy storage proposals in 2013. It is the utility's first major step toward meeting the California Public Utilities Commission-imposed mandate requiring it to have 560 megawatts of grid scale storage by 2020, including 290 utility-owned megawatts. The costs of storage are dropping and will drop further as more storage comes online, SCE Director of Advanced Technology Doug Kim told Greentech Media. There are many ways utilities can use it, including grid stabilization, smoothing, shifting, frequency regulation, decreasing transmission losses, and voltage support. Kim said the new system will give SCE needed experience in using storage with variable renewables.

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