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    1. Xcel Energy, United Power Among Utilities Using Batteries

      Xcel Energy, United Power Among Utilities Using Batteries

      For longtime proponents of renewable energy, figuring out how to keep the lights on when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine has been a key challenge. Harnessing the excess energy from a turbine or solar panel to use later was the “holy grail” or “golden key,” as one Colorado utility executive calls it.

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      Mentions: ESA Xcel Energy CO
    2. World's Largest Microgrid Moves One Step Closer In Palau

      World's Largest Microgrid Moves One Step Closer In Palau

      Tucked away in the Micronesia region of the Pacific Ocean is the small Republic of Palau, boasting a population of just over 20,000. The country will nevertheless soon be home to what is believed to be the world’s largest microgrid consisting of solar, diesel, and energy storage, representing at least 45% of the island nation’s total demand. While the microgrid has been in development for some time, the Republic of Palau this week announced the signing of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with ENGIE EPS, a worldwide microgrid and energy storage pioneer which will complete the project.

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      Mentions: Asia Micronesia
    3. New York to Invest (another) $40 Million in Energy Storage Deployment

      New York to Invest (another) $40 Million in Energy Storage Deployment

      In continued pursuit of his state’s 50% renewable by 2030 and 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D) has announced that $40 million will be made available to solar projects that integrate energy storage. Like CPS Energy earlier this week, New York is recognizing the necessity of expansive energy storage coverage to shift solar energy’s availability to times of peak demand, outlining in a release that the storage will be used for that goal. This reasoning is likely also behind Gov. Cuomo’s unique battery storage goal, first unveiled in his 2018 State of the State address this past January.

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      Mentions: CA OR TX
    4. Hawaiian Electric Selects 7 Solar-Plus-Storage Projects for a Combined 260 MW of Renewable Energy

      Hawaiian Electric Selects 7 Solar-Plus-Storage Projects for a Combined 260 MW of Renewable Energy

      Honolulu-based utility Hawaiian Electric said on Tuesday it has selected seven solar-plus-storage projects for the largest infusion of renewable energy in state history. Once contract negotiations have been finalized, the seven projects are expected to produced approximately 260 megawatts of solar energy on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island.

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. Engie Na Unveils Largest Energy Storage System in Massachusetts in Cooperation with Holyoke Gas & Electric

      Engie Na Unveils Largest Energy Storage System in Massachusetts in Cooperation with Holyoke Gas & Electric

      HOLYOKE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 25, 2018--ENGIE North America and Holyoke Gas & Electric (HG&E) today unveiled Massachusetts’ largest utility-scale energy storage system at a ceremony at the Mt. Tom Solar Farm in Holyoke, Massachusetts. ENGIE Storage Services (formerly Green Charge) will operate the three-megawatt GridSynergy™ system, which will be fully integrated into the largest community solar farm in the state at a location adjacent to the former Mt. Tom Power Station. The former coal and oil-fired generation facility, 90 miles west of Boston, operated for more than 50 years and ceased operation in 2014. The energy storage system will enhance HG&E’s electricity system and help keep electric rates stable by reducing rising capacity charges for the utility and its customers. Additionally, GridSynergy will provide grid stability by responding quickly to electricity demand fluctuations; allow for the increased use of clean energy; and reduce peak load burden on the existing electrical distribution system.

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      Mentions: U.S. Canada MA
    8. Greensmith Energy Unveils Standardized Energy Storage Solution

      Greensmith Energy Unveils Standardized Energy Storage Solution

      The technology group Wärtsilä has released a new solution, GridSolv, the company’s first standardized energy storage solution. GridSolv is an advanced energy storage solution that is designed to offer maximum flexibility and speed of deployment. This innovative and standardized architecture supports both standalone energy storage deployments as well as integrated hybrids with thermal or renewable generation assets. Coming in three sizes, the GridSolv solution is typically housed in an ISO 40-foot container and contains: batteries, power distribution, safety, fire suppression, and air conditioning systems.

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    9. NEC Energy Solutions Announces DC-Coupled Energy Storage Solution for Solar

      NEC Energy Solutions Announces DC-Coupled Energy Storage Solution for Solar

      BOSTON--Sep 25, 2018--NEC Energy Solutions (NEC) announced today that they have introduced a DC-coupled energy storage solution for solar adding to their existing AC-coupled solution to leverage the rapidly expanding solar+storage market. NEC’s DC-coupled and AC-coupled solutions combined with the company’s proprietary AEROS® controls system allow for seamless integration of new and retrofit PV systems. Both options for adding energy storage to solar are available on NEC’s GSS® grid energy storage platform.

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    10. Michigan Utility Unveils New Battery at University

      Michigan Utility Unveils New Battery at University

      KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan utility has unveiled a new battery to store renewable energy at Western Michigan University. The battery can store enough solar and wind energy to supply about 1,000 homes with an hour of power, said Consumers Energy Project Manager Nathan Washburn. The battery will be used to keep energy output stable even when there's cloud coverage, he said. "This battery is a big step forward for Consumers," Washburn said.

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      Mentions: U.S. MI
    11. Stem Partners with Urban Energy Solutions, LLC and SunGreen

      Stem Partners with Urban Energy Solutions, LLC and SunGreen

      Stem, Inc. has announced new collaborations with Urban Energy Solutions, LLC and SunGreen Systems to use Stem’s artificial intelligence (AI), Athena, in intelligent solar + storage solutions in Arizona and California. These projects represent Stem’s entry into a sixth U.S. state and the continued high growth of solar + storage momentum across the country.

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      Mentions: CA Japan U.S.
    12. Study Shows Strong Growth for Behind the Meter Energy Storage

      Study Shows Strong Growth for Behind the Meter Energy Storage

      Renewables Study Shows Strong Growth for Behind the Meter Energy Storage Storage equipment market is expected to hit $4.6 billion and 3.9 GW in annual new deployments by 2023. Sep 18, 2018 The U.S. market for energy storage equipment is growing rapidly and expected to hit $4.6 billion and 3.9 GW in annual new deployments by 2023 according to a recent report by Wood Mackenzie (formerly GTM Research) and the Energy Storage Association (ESA).

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      Mentions: CA IN PA
    13. Renewable Snergy Storage and the Future of Smart Cities

      Renewable Snergy Storage and the Future of Smart Cities

      ‘Smart cities’ are no longer considered to be just a buzzword; they are a topic of constant conversation, and they’ve already come to fruition across the globe. From Singapore to San Francisco, organisations, government officials and city planners have made incredible efforts to support the development of intelligent communities.

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    14. Stem Partners with Urban Energy Solutions, LLC and SunGreen Systems for Solar + Storage Energy Services

      Stem Partners with Urban Energy Solutions, LLC and SunGreen Systems for Solar + Storage Energy Services

      MILLBRAE, Calif., Sept. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stem, Inc. has announced new collaborations with Urban Energy Solutions, LLC and SunGreen Systems to use Stem’s artificial intelligence (AI), Athena, in intelligent solar + storage solutions in Arizona and California. These projects represent Stem’s entry into a sixth U.S. state and the continued high growth of solar + storage momentum across the country.

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      Mentions: Stem
    15. Massachusetts Deploys Utility-Scale Energy Storage

      Massachusetts Deploys Utility-Scale Energy Storage

      National Grid has begun operating a vanadium redox-flow battery (VRB) with its 1-MW solar PV array in Shirley, Mass., to demonstrate utility operation of storage. The company was the prime recipient of an $875,000 Massachusetts grant awarded to an application team that also includes Vionx Energy, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Energy Initiatives Group. (See Massachusetts Awards $20M in Energy Storage Grants.)

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      Mentions: CA Australia NV
    16. NY Public Service Commission Approves Environmental Review of Energy Storage Roadmap

      NY Public Service Commission Approves Environmental Review of Energy Storage Roadmap

      The New York State Public Service Commission (NYSPSC) approved its environmental review of New York’s Energy Storage Roadmap and expanded the types of renewable energy systems that are eligible for compensation. The state’s Energy Storage Roadmap outlines the policy, regulatory, and programmatic actions necessary to achieve the state’s goal of having 1,500 megawatts (MW) of energy storage by 2025 — the equivalent electricity demand of one-fifth of all New York homes.

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    17. Scotland's First Utility-Scale Battery Brought Online to Deliver Sub-Second Balancing

      Scotland's First Utility-Scale Battery Brought Online to Deliver Sub-Second Balancing

      Scotland’s first utility-scale battery storage facility has been officially opened today, having begun delivering sub-second balancing services to National Grid at the end of June under a bespoke agreement secured before the hotly contested Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) auction of 2016. The 20MW Broxburn Energy Storage facility was built by RES, which had sold the project to The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) in August last year for £20 million. It was the first project to have been acquired by TRIG and RES’ fourth in the UK, with the company now managing the site.

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      Mentions: Scotland UK
    18. Energy Storage Technology Helps Renew, Stabilize Electric Grid

      Energy Storage Technology Helps Renew, Stabilize Electric Grid

      The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that 17 percent of all electricity produced in the United States in 2017 came from renewable energy sources, including solar, wind and hydroelectric dams. That percentage is expected to keep growing as communities seek ways to improve local air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked by EPA scientists to climate change. Unfortunately, renewable energy sources need proper weather conditions to generate power. And those periods of sunshine, wind or heavy wave action occur only intermittently between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. when consumer demand for electricity peaks. That’s where energy storage technology comes in.

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      Mentions: CA Australia Asia
    19. RES Commissions 20-MW Battery in Scotland

      RES Commissions 20-MW Battery in Scotland

      UK-based renewables developer Renewable Energy Systems (RES) today announced the official opening of Scotland's first utility-scale battery facility, the 20-MW Broxburn Energy Storage project in West Lothian. The battery was built and will be managed by RES. It is owned by the Renewables Infrastructure Group Ltd (LON:TRIG), marking the company's first investment in battery storage.

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      Mentions: Scotland UK
    20. Energy Storage to Play Key Role for California to Reach Target of 100% Zero-Emission Electricity by 2045

      Energy Storage to Play Key Role for California to Reach Target of 100% Zero-Emission Electricity by 2045

      SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 10, 2018 -- The California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) applauds the California State Legislature for passing landmark Senate Bill (SB) 100, making California the largest U.S. state to set such an aggressive zero-emission electricity target. Since 2010, California has procured 1,514 MW of new energy storage capacity to support the grid – by far the most of any state. SB 100 would mandate 100% zero-emission electricity by 2045, with 60% renewables to be achieved by 2030. The bill now awaits the signature of California Governor Jerry Brown, who could sign it into law this week at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. The bill will update SB 350, passed into law in 2015, that requires retail sellers and publicly owned utilities to procure 50% of their electricity from eligible renewable energy resources by 2030. California efforts to date have been so successful that state legislators believe more aggressive targets are achievable.

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