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    1. Southern Company, AGL Resources Receive Merger Approval from Virginia Regulators

      Southern Company, AGL Resources Receive Merger Approval from Virginia Regulators

      ATLANTA, Feb. 23, 2016 -- Southern Company (NYSE: SO) and AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) today received unanimous regulatory approval of the companies' proposed merger from the Virginia State Corporation Commission. AGL Resources is the parent company of Virginia Natural Gas, a regulated utility providing natural gas distribution services to approximately 290,000 customers in southeastern Virginia, including the Hampton Roads region.

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    2. SEL Powermax Technology Secures Microgrid Resiliency at UC San Diego

      SEL Powermax Technology Secures Microgrid Resiliency at UC San Diego

      A new microgrid control solution from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) marks the latest of University of California, San Diego’s ongoing improvements to its campus electrical utility system. The recently installed high-speed islanding detection and load shedding system integrates SEL intelligent controls and adaptive wide-area protection technology with the campus’ onsite generation, load and energy storage. Today onsite generation at UC San Diego covers approximately 85% of the campus’ annual load and 75% of peak demand—a total of approximately 50 megawatts. The remainder is imported from the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) grid. UC San Diego’s diverse portfolio includes a 2.8-megawatt fuel cell, 2.2-megawatt solar network, a 30-megawatt gas-turbine cogeneration plant, a 2.5-megawatt energy storage system and a chiller plant.

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    3. Crescent Dunes Solar Plant with Molten Salt Energy Storage

      Crescent Dunes Solar Plant with Molten Salt Energy Storage

      SolarReserve's Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project is a utility-scale solar power plant with fully integrated energy storage technology. Using the sun’s energy, and requiring no fossil fuels, the project delivers electricity on demand, much like a coal, oil, natural gas or nuclear power plant, except with zero emissions, no hazardous waste and low water use. The Crescent Dunes project, located near Tonopah, Nevada, generated its first test electricity in the fall of 2015 after completing synchronization with the grid. Full load electricity generation at 110 megawatts of net electricity output has been achieved and the project has passed the necessary test to reach full commercial operation under its 25-year Power Purchase Agreement with NV Energy, Nevada’s largest electric utility. Consistent with the rollout plan, the facility will ramp up to its full annual output over the coming year.

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    4. Berkeley's Energy Storage Visionary

      Berkeley's Energy Storage Visionary

      LightSail Energy, a Berkeley, Calif., startup, is set on coming up with the world’s best energy storage system relying on compressed air to store grid power. Danielle Fong, co-founder of LightSail in 2009, has picked up $70 million from Bill Gates, Khosla Ventures and others to fund her efforts, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal. Industry exprts predict that the energy storage market will grow from about $111 million in 2013, to $498 million this year nad $682 million in 2017, according to figures cited by the Journal.

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      Mentions: CA Argonne EPRI
    5. The U.S. Electricity System in 15 Maps

      The U.S. Electricity System in 15 Maps

      Electricity in the United States is going through massive changes: the generation mix is shifting rapidly, regulatory and industry models are evolving, and policy is playing an ever important role. All of these changes can be hard to conceptualize, particularly when trying to make sense of how multiple factors interact with each other. No one map can display everything about our grid, but geography is key to understanding the diversity of resource mixes, regulatory regimes, and policies across the country.

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      Mentions: CA PA NV
    6. NextEra Will Double Investment in Wind and Solar

      NextEra Will Double Investment in Wind and Solar

      Nextera Energy signed contracts for 1.4GW of wind and 700MW of solar in 2015 and expects to bring roughly 2.5GW of new renewables online this year. Over the next few years, Nextera expects to as much as double the development resources committed to wind and solar projects, said senior vice-president for finance, John Ketchum. He was speaking at the release of the company’s fourth quarter results.

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    7. Six Trends that will Shape Electric Utilities in 2016

      Six Trends that will Shape Electric Utilities in 2016

      2016 looks to be the year that energy storage starts getting deployed widely...As Jim Robo, CEO of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy Inc., noted in September, he expects energy storage prices to fall at such a rate that after 2020 new storage will supplant new natural gas plants as a way to meet peak demand. That's only one of many uses foreseen for energy storage, whose proponents say it also will allow consumers not just to store electricity from rooftop solar generation units, but to reduce the amount of power they purchase during their peak demand times and keep their lights on during blackouts.

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      Mentions: CA PA DoE
    8. Nail in Nuclear's Coffin: California Turns to Batteries to Beat "Peak Load"

      Nail in Nuclear's Coffin: California Turns to Batteries to Beat "Peak Load"

      Southern California Edison is embracing energy-storage technology over the natural gas-fired peaker plants that utilities have traditionally relied upon to meet sudden shortfalls in electricity.  “If the requirement is just, ‘Hey we’re just short energy or capacity,’ then yes, energy storage is going to be the solution before probably a peaker,” Colin Cushnie, vice president of energy procurement and management, said in an interview at the utility’s office in Rosemead, California. “We don’t want to put peakers on the grid if cleaner-cost options are available.”

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    9. Former Kenora Resident Leads Company Marketing Innovative Energy Storage System

      Former Kenora Resident Leads Company Marketing Innovative Energy Storage System

      Former Kenora resident Curtis Van Walleghem was in the news last month when his company Hydrostor ‘threw the switch’ to activate the world’s first underwater compressed air energy storage system in Toronto on Nov. 18.  The Beaver Brae Secondary School graduate and former Bronco hockey player is CEO of Hydrostor, which designed the system for Toronto Hydro to provides a ‘green solution’ to store electricity generated by wind and solar during off-peak hours and returning it to the grid when demand is high.

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      Mentions: Japan Hydrostor
    10. BGE Plans Public Purpose Microgrids Across Central Maryland

      BGE Plans Public Purpose Microgrids Across Central Maryland

      Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) has launched a plan to build public purpose microgrids across central Maryland, starting in Howard County and Baltimore.  The Exelon subsidiary proposed the microgrids late last week in a filing before the Maryland Public Service Commission. The first two microgrids will supply 2-3 MW and are expected to cost $3.5 million per MW.

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    11. Energy Storage Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorry, Says Greensmith

      Energy Storage Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorry, Says Greensmith

      We’ve been hearing big news from the US energy storage company Greensmith all year, and now there is more big news to report. Last week, Greensmith announced that the UK-based global energy company E.ON has joined in its latest round of financing, bringing the total to $18.3 million. With these two industry leaders joining forces, it’s time to close the book on that old story about wind and solar being inadequate and unreliable. Energy storage is here to stay, and thanks to companies like Greensmith, energy storage systems are getting more sophisticated and effective at managing intermittent sources of electricity.

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      Mentions: U.S. Europe Russia
    12. How Can We Store More Energy From the Sun and the Wind?

      How Can We Store More Energy From the Sun and the Wind?

      Storage methods currently being used around the world include batteries, flywheels, geothermal plants, compressed air and hydrogen - even ice. But the the most popular method is hydro power - water pumped to the top of a mountain and then released to power turbines at the bottom. According to research company Navigant, global energy storage capacity is going to rise from about 1,750 megawatts (MW) in 2016 to nearly 11,000 MW by 2020.

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      Mentions: NV IBM ESA
    13. PG&E's 75MW Energy Storage Procurement to Test Flywheels, Zinc-Air Batteries

      PG&E's 75MW Energy Storage Procurement to Test Flywheels, Zinc-Air Batteries

      In choosing their first round of procurements to meet the state’s 1.3-gigawatts-by-2020 energy storage mandate, California’s big investor-owned utilities have largely stuck to tried-and-true lithium-ion batteries -- until now. On Wednesday, Pacific Gas & Electric revealed contracts for 75 megawatts of storage that includes 20 megawatts of flywheels from startup Amber Kinetics and 10 megawatts of zinc-air batteries from Eos Energy Storage amidst the expected lithium-ion winners.

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      Mentions: CA DoE CA Energy Comm
    14. PG&E Presents Innovative Energy Storage Agreements

      PG&E Presents Innovative Energy Storage Agreements

      Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) this week expanded its commitment to clean energy by presenting its first 75MW of energy storage contracts to the California Public Utilities Commission for review and approval. California’s Energy Storage Decision requires investor-owned utilities to procure 1,325MW of storage by 2020. PG&E’s share is 580MW. Storage is expected to play an increasingly important role for California utilities as they work to achieve the states ambitious clean energy goals. By the end of 2015, PG&E forecasts that about 30 percent of its retail electric deliveries will come from renewable sources. Energy storage will help integrate many of those resources, such as wind and solar, which are intermittent or provide peak output during times of low demand.

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      Mentions: CA U.S.
    15. Lower-Cost Wind and Solar Will Drive Energy Storage Technology

      Lower-Cost Wind and Solar Will Drive Energy Storage Technology

      Large wind and solar farms can compete in the power market even with low natural gas prices and will drive the adoption of technology to store renewable energy, according to an analysis by financial advisers Lazard Ltd. The cost to build a utility-scale solar photovoltaic plant has fallen by about 80 percent since 2009 while wind projects have dropped by 60 percent, the financial advisory and asset management company said in a report. Lower costs make large renewable power projects competitive with conventional generators without subsidies.

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    16. This Could be the Biggest Sign Yet that the Battery Revolution is Here

      This Could be the Biggest Sign Yet that the Battery Revolution is Here

      We may be getting a real time glimpse of a world that energy visionaries have long awaited — one featuring a large scale merger between clean energy technologies, like wind and solar, and large batteries that can store power from these sources and make it available at will.

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    17. SDG&E Customers Lead The Way In Rooftop Solar

      SDG&E Customers Lead The Way In Rooftop Solar

      Today, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will share its progress connecting customers with rooftop solar in a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)-hosted public workshop on the Net Energy Metering (NEM) program. Employee-driven technology innovations and continuous improvements have empowered customers to install solar faster, with less hassle and for less money. The result: SDG&E customers are on track to fill up the available room in the existing solar rooftop program by summer 2016.

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    18. US Offering Another $1 Billion for Advanced Energy Technology

      US Offering Another $1 Billion for Advanced Energy Technology

      The U.S. Energy Department is offering another $1 billion to companies developing innovative energy systems, Secretary Ernest Moniz will announce Wednesday. The department’s loan programs office now has $4.5 billion available for loan guarantees for renewable energy, up from $4 billion. Funding for the advanced fossil energy projects initiative has been boosted to $8.5 billion from $8 billion. The programs also support energy storage, smart grid technology and methane capture for oil and natural gas wells.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S.
    19. San Francisco Is Preparing For Next Big Earthquake With Microgrids

      San Francisco Is Preparing For Next Big Earthquake With Microgrids

      In 2015 the City received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Market Pathways Program to integrate solar and energy storage into San Francisco’s emergency response plans. The local utility, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), one of California’s four major investor-owned utilities, was written into the grant as well.

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    20. How Energy Storage Can Cut Peaker-Plant Carbon for the Clean Power Plan

      How Energy Storage Can Cut Peaker-Plant Carbon for the Clean Power Plan

      The Clean Power Plan cites energy storage as an enabling technology, one that could help utilities and grid operators store, shift and smooth the increasing amounts of intermittent wind and solar that will be needed to meet the Obama administration’s ambitious greenhouse-gas reduction goals. But AES Energy Storage says grid-scale batteries don’t need to wait for that green power revolution to start contributing to carbon-cutting. There’s a big, fat target on the grid already -- simple-cycle natural gas “peaker” plants that exist only to serve the grid’s brief moments of peak demand.

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    21. This Will be a Breakout Year for Batteries

      This Will be a Breakout Year for Batteries

      Batteries that let utilities, businesses, and solar panel owners store energy is a rapidly growing market. And it’s not just because Tesla, the buzzy automaker, has given the so-called grid battery industry a big boost in visibility by introducing its own line of industrial-sized batteries. This year, there will be 220 megawatts of energy storage projects built across the country, according to a new report from research firm GTM Research. The vast majority of these projects will use batteries, and specifically low cost lithium-ion batteries.

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      Mentions: CA Asia U.S.
    22. Southern Company to Acquire AGL Resources in $12 Billion Transaction, Creating Leading U.S. Electric and Gas Utility

      Southern Company to Acquire AGL Resources in $12 Billion Transaction, Creating Leading U.S. Electric and Gas Utility

      Southern Company and AGL Resources today announced that the boards of directors of both companies have approved a definitive merger agreement to create America's leading U.S. electric and gas utility company. Pursuant to the agreement, AGL Resources will become a new wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company in a transaction with an enterprise value of approximately $12 billion, including a total equity value of approximately $8 billion.

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