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    1. Cordova Cuts Ribbon on New Energy Future

      Cordova Cuts Ribbon on New Energy Future

      Senator Lisa Murkowski and energy leaders were in Cordova, Alaska over the weekend for the ribbon cutting of Cordova Electric Cooperative's battery energy storage system. Hydropower produces 70% of Cordova's energy, while diesel fills in the gap producing 30% of their energy. In the summers, the fishing industry and processing plants produce a higher demand on the energy grid, and the load goes up and down; the battery will help them cut down the amount of times they have to start and stop the diesel generator in half.

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      Mentions: DoE Alaska
    2. World's Largest Battery System Planned for Nevada Solar Plant

      World's Largest Battery System Planned for Nevada Solar Plant

      Last week, one of the largest solar and battery projects in the world just got one step closer to approval. On Friday the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the colossal Gemini Solar Project, a behemoth planned for 11 square miles of the Nevada desert northeast of Las Vegas. The paperwork shows few exact details of the project, however it notes that there has been an upgrade to the scale of the battery storage component, with a mammoth 531 MW / 2125 megawatt-hour (MWh) battery planned accompany the 690 MWac of solar that will be deployed.

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    3. Iberdrola to Build Largest UK Wind Power Battery

      Iberdrola to Build Largest UK Wind Power Battery

      Iberdrola is to build the UK’s largest battery linked to a wind farm, said the Spanish group’s ScottishPower unit. The 50MW lithium-ion battery will store power from the 539MW Whitelee project in Scotland that is currently Britain’s biggest operating onshore wind facility. The battery is set to be operating by the end of 2020. Adding large-scale storage capability is seen as a key strategy to allowing variable renewable sources such as wind power to respond effectively to demand. The Whitelee battery will be able to offer services such as reactive power and frequency response to the National Grid.

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    4. Duke Energy Florida to Build its Largest Battery Storage Projects Yet

      Duke Energy Florida to Build its Largest Battery Storage Projects Yet

      Duke Energy Florida announced three battery storage projects, totaling 22 megawatts, that will improve overall reliability and support critical services during power outages. Collectively, the storage facilities will enhance grid operations, increase efficiencies and improve overall reliability for surrounding communities. They will also provide important backup generation during power outages, a service that is becoming increasingly important with the number and intensity of storms that have recently impacted the state.

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    5. East Coast ESS Projects Switched on by NEC, Aggreko

      East Coast ESS Projects Switched on by NEC, Aggreko

      Two of the best known system integrators in the energy storage field have just completed work on large-scale battery systems on the eastern coast of the US, NEC in Massachusetts and Aggreko in New York. The two latest projects demonstrate how states in the US, and not just the usual solar industry ‘hotspots’ such as California, Arizona or Texas can use energy storage systems to cost-effectively increase reliability of electricity supply while also lowering energy costs through either high value single applications or a combination of appropriate applications for the technology.

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    6. New York State to Award $5M for Ideas to Integrate Renewable Energy Into Grid

      New York State to Award $5M for Ideas to Integrate Renewable Energy Into Grid

      New York State will award $5 million for projects that will help New York integrate renewable energy in ways to improve the electric grid. The proposals will be evaluated based on several factors: how they improve overall grid performance, reduce energy costs, and support the state’s clean energy goals. This supports Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Green New Deal proposal to achieve 70 percent renewable energy by 2030.

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      Mentions: New York NYSERDA
    7. Utah Hosts 1GW Storage Mega-Mix

      Utah Hosts 1GW Storage Mega-Mix

      Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and Magnum Development are collaborating on what will result in a 1GW energy storage project in Utah, in the US. The Advanced Clean Energy Storage initiative, announced by the companies with state governor Gary Herbert, will deploy four utility-scale technologies – renewable hydrogen, compressed air energy storage, large-scale flow batteries and solid oxide fuel cells

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    8. Energy Storage Legislation introduced in Congress to Drive Down Costs

      Energy Storage Legislation introduced in Congress to Drive Down Costs

      Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Rep. Tina Smith (D-Minn) introduced energy storage legislation this week that calls for a $300 million initiative to build five advanced, grid-scale systems across the country. Under the Better Energy Storage Technology Act (BEST), the Department of Energy would invest $60 million a year from 2020 through 2024 to complete the projects by September 2023.

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      Mentions: DoE Congress ESA
    9. Aggreko to Provide First Energy Storage System for Large US Electric Cooperative

      Aggreko to Provide First Energy Storage System for Large US Electric Cooperative

      Aggreko, the world’s leading provider of mobile and modular power solutions, has signed an agreement with Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC), the largest electric cooperative in the U.S., to install and commission the utility’s first-ever battery energy storage system: a 2.25 MW / 4.5 MWh project in Johnson City, Texas. Managed by Aggreko’s software and power electronics, the batteries will provide grid services to the Texas grid operator ERCOT. The system will also provide solar shifting from a nearby solar farm within the PEC service territory.

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      Mentions: U.S. Texas Aggreko
    10. Eversource Turns to Non-Wires Solution in Outage-Plagued New Hampshire Town

      Eversource Turns to Non-Wires Solution in Outage-Plagued New Hampshire Town

      Eversource Energy is turning to efficiency and energy storage to help maintain reliability in a small, rural New Hampshire town prone to outages, rather than spend $6 million to construct a new 10-mile distribution circuit. The largest component of the Westmoreland Clean Innovation Project is a 1.7 MW / 7.1 MWh lithium-ion battery, estimated to cost $7 million. Despite being costlier than the new-circuit alternative, the utility says the project will deliver savings to Eversource customers by reducing peak costs. The project aims to improve service in the town, which is served by a single major power line.

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    11. GE Looking at Reservoir Pumps for Renewable Energy Storage

      GE Looking at Reservoir Pumps for Renewable Energy Storage

      Scientists from General Electric's Global Research Center in Niskayuna recently won a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to study the viability of so-called pumped storage hydropower technology that essentially stores up power generated from solar and wind farms for use on the electric grid. The grant, which was awarded by the DOE's Water Power Technologies Office, will be shared by GE Research, GE Energy Consulting and GE Renewable Energy's hydro team.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. GE
    12. Adding Giant Batteries To This Hydro Project Creates A 'Virtual Dam' With Less Environmental Impact

      Adding Giant Batteries To This Hydro Project Creates A 'Virtual Dam' With Less Environmental Impact

      A Chilean utility has broken ground on a 50 megawatt-hour (MWh) battery energy storage project paired with a run-of-river hydroelectric facility. The battery will be capable of storing electricity produced from the hydro generation without needing to construct a dam or make use of a water reservoir, creating instead a “virtual dam” that can deliver 10 megawatts (MW) of power for 5 hours.

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    13. Energy Storage is Critical to Microgrid Development: Microgrid 2019

      Energy Storage is Critical to Microgrid Development: Microgrid 2019

      Microgrids increasingly depend on solar-plus-storage — or the ability to generate solar power on site and to store excess electrons in batteries that would release that energy when it is needed. Energy storage provides a Swiss army knife of services, from shaving peak load to storing and injecting wind and solar electrons onto the grid. It enhances reliability while also increasing efficiencies and allowing for more green energy on the grid.

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    14. U.S. to Become World's Largest Grid-Connected Energy-Storage Market

      U.S. to Become World's Largest Grid-Connected Energy-Storage Market

      The United States will this year become the world’s largest market for grid-connected battery energy storage, as solar-plus-storage and peaking capacity requirements drive increased procurement, according to IHS Markit. Deployments of grid-connected energy storage in the United States this year are expected to amount to 712 MW, almost double of 376 MW in 2018.

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      Mentions: U.S. South Korea
    15. Better Energy Storage will Raise the Bar for Renewables

      Better Energy Storage will Raise the Bar for Renewables

      Solar and wind are clearly the future of energy, yet the adoption of renewables has been largely constrained by their intermittent nature. Innovations in energy storage technology might change that. In the last year alone energy storage has grown by 6 GWh of capacity globally and it has the potential to grow 13 times present levels by 2024. With energy storage costs having fallen by 85% since 2010, solar-plus-storage suddenly becomes a great option, especially when combined with the fast growth of solar and wind markets. All these developments are set to remake the renewable energy landscape.

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      Mentions: Australia Asia Africa
    16. Hot Dam: How Hydro Storage Will Allow Uruguay To Join The 100% Renewables Club

      Hot Dam: How Hydro Storage Will Allow Uruguay To Join The 100% Renewables Club

      In recent years, 50-60% of Uruguay’s power has been generated from the country’s four hydroelectric dams on the River Uruguay. Most of the remainder comes from renewable energy sources such as solar panels and wind turbines. That combination has turned the country into the world’s poster child for low-carbon energy. The one remaining sticking point is storage. Without it, renewables can only be used as they are generated. Hydro storage provides reliability and flexibility to a renewables-based grid by creating a huge, continuously rechargeable battery that is entirely powered by the elements.

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    17. FERC Commissioners Deny Opportunity for State-by-State Opt Out of Storage Order

      FERC Commissioners Deny Opportunity for State-by-State Opt Out of Storage Order

      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted Thursday to deny requests for rehearing of Order 841, a landmark decision seeking to provide fair market access for energy storage resources. Commissioners were nearly unanimous in voting to affirm FERC's determinations made in Order 841 regarding their authority over wholesale market sales, and to decline to adopt a state-by-state opt out of storage participation in the wholesale market.

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    18. North Carolina Approves Duke's First Solar+Storage Residential Microgrid

      North Carolina Approves Duke's First Solar+Storage Residential Microgrid

      North Carolina regulators on Friday approved a solar+storage microgrid project proposed by Duke Energy, designed to help maintain reliable power for a small town called Hot Springs in the western part of the state. The project includes a 2 MW solar array and 4 MW lithium-ion battery, and will be Duke's first utility-scale solar+storage project for residential customers. The microgrid is a small part of Duke's broader plan to roll out more storage on its system.

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    19. Battery On The Berm: The Ludington Pumped Storage Facility

      Battery On The Berm: The Ludington Pumped Storage Facility

      The Ludington pumped storage facility is essentially one of the world’s largest batteries. Consumers Energy gets its base load of energy from its coal and gas plants across the state. When the energy demands peak above that base load, they need places like the Ludington Pumped Storage Facility to pick up the slack. In just a matter of minutes, they can open up the gates, get the water flowing through the turbines and pick up that amount. When the demand is low, like at night, they will start pumping water back in to the reservoir, getting ready for that next call.

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      Mentions: DTE Energy Michigan
    20. Fortum Pairs Li-ion Storage with Hydropower Plant in Sweden

      Fortum Pairs Li-ion Storage with Hydropower Plant in Sweden

      Fortum has started operating a 5 MW/6.2 MWh lithium-ion battery storage system at the Forshuvud hydropower plant in Dalarna, Sweden. It plans to use the storage system to lower the risk of network disturbances, while minimizing what Fortum describes as “wear and tear” on the hydropower facility. The batteries at Forshuvud will compensate for increasingly rapid changes in electricity generation caused by wind power, for example. The system will improve the hydropower plant’s role as a regulator and more effectively take advantage of capacity regulation.

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    21. California ISO Tests Flow Battery Tech that Could Decrease Bulk Storage Costs

      California ISO Tests Flow Battery Tech that Could Decrease Bulk Storage Costs

      The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) on April 30 said it has become one of the first wholesale power markets in the United States to connect a new and innovative battery storage technology to its grid. The four-year pilot project is intended to test and evaluate the performance of flow batteries in the commercial wholesale market. San Diego Gas & Electric, in coordination with Tokyo-based Sumitomo Electric, started testing a flow battery in 2015, according to CAISO, and the battery started participating in the ISO wholesale market in December.

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    22. Con Edison Installing Localized Small Battery Systems in NYC

      Con Edison Installing Localized Small Battery Systems in NYC

      Con Edison, the utility servicing New York City and one of the largest privately-owned utilities in the US, is beginning a drive to install small energy storage systems across NYC to meet local energy needs without costly infrastructure upgrades. Many of the battery projects are part of Reforming the Energy Vision, a larger state-wide program to modernize the grid and lower emissions.

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      Mentions: New York Con Edison
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