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    1. Sunrun, Empowered by Light, and Aireko Energy Group Announce Plans to Install Solar on Five Additional Fire Stations in Puerto Rico

      Sunrun, Empowered by Light, and Aireko Energy Group Announce Plans to Install Solar on Five Additional Fire Stations in Puerto Rico

      Sunrun and Empowered by Light, in partnership with Aireko Energy Group, today announced an expansion of their collaboration to bring solar power to critical fire stations in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as part of a continuing effort to provide emergency relief to residents on the island. The initiative will equip a total of eight fire stations on the island with solar power and battery storage, which will power critical emergency systems 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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    2. Rhode Island Grid Mod Plan to Focus on Renewables Integration, Cost Control

      Rhode Island Grid Mod Plan to Focus on Renewables Integration, Cost Control

      Rhode Island energy officials say the state's efforts to modernize its electric grid will be a "complex undertaking" as well as a "huge opportunity" that ultimately will help control costs, while creating a more resilient and cleaner system. The state's energy agencies Nov. 17 submitted to Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) a report outlining steps to overhaul Rhode Island's electrical grid, with a focus on controlling costs, integrating more green power, improving service and overhauling utility incentive models.

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    3. Penn State Aims to Advance Renewables Through Energy Storage & Microgrid Training

      Penn State Aims to Advance Renewables Through Energy Storage & Microgrid Training

      A unique partnership between Penn State and industry members is working to advance solar and wind energy through energy storage and microgrid systems education and training. The Energy Storage and Microgrid Training and Certification (ESAM-TAC) program is part of the GridSTAR Center, a smart grid education and research center at Penn State at The Navy Yard, located in Philadelphia.

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    4. Younicos commissions 3MW battery-based energy storage system in Alaska | Energy Storage News

      Younicos commissions 3MW battery-based energy storage system in Alaska | Energy Storage News

      Younicos has completed the installation and commissioning of an upgraded 3MW battery-based energy storage system on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Younicos replaced the previously installed lead-acid systems with advanced lithium-ion batteries — expanding the system’s operational lifetime while boosting performance.

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    5. RES Completed Construction of the Penitente Solar Project

      RES Completed Construction of the Penitente Solar Project

      BROOMFIELD, Colo., Nov. 14, 2017 -- Renewable Energy Systems (RES), a leader in the development, construction, and operation of solar, energy storage, wind, and transmission projects across the globe, is pleased to announce that it has completed construction of the Penitente Solar Project, a 3 MW installation in Saguache County providing power to the San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative (SLVREC).  RES developed, constructed, and will operate and maintain the distributed solar photovoltaic system in South Central Colorado. AEP OnSite Partners owns the solar installation and provides the output to SLVREC through a long-term contract. SLVREC is the second-oldest electric cooperative in Colorado and is headquartered in Monte Vista, CO.

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    6. Puget Sound Energy Adopts Primus Power Battery Storage System

      Puget Sound Energy Adopts Primus Power Battery Storage System

      BELLEVUE, Wash., Nov. 13, 2017 -- Today Primus Power (“Primus”), a leader in stationary energy storage systems, and Puget Sound Energy (“PSE”), Washington state’s largest utility, announced the installation of a stationary energy storage system at one of its renewable generation facilities.

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    7. Martin Milani Named CEO of Sunverge Energy

      Martin Milani Named CEO of Sunverge Energy

      SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 9, 2017 / Sunverge Energy, a leading developer of residential energy storage systems and Virtual Power Plant (VPP) software, has appointed Martin Milani to the role of Chief Executive Officer. Milani has served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer for Sunverge since December 2016. His background of over 25 yearsin technology, including experience in grid services and modernization, position him well to lead the company into its next phase of growth and innovation.

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    8. National Grid: 'Don't Put All Your Eggs in the Frequency Response Basket'

      National Grid: 'Don't Put All Your Eggs in the Frequency Response Basket'

      A representative of National Grid, the UK’s transmission system operator (TSO), has said that energy storage will be “integral” to the network’s flexibility strategy – while urging developers not to rely solely on early frequency regulation contracts. Claire Spedding, head of business development at National Grid, spoke at an event last week to launch “Energy storage: the next wave”, a market report on the technology and industry around it in Britain. The report is published by Regen, a non-profit consultancy promoting renewables and energy efficiency.

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    9. Australian Grid Map Shows Best Locations for Energy Storage and Other DERs

      Australian Grid Map Shows Best Locations for Energy Storage and Other DERs

      Australia has launched new interactive maps of the electricity grid specifically to support decentralised usage of distributed energy resources (DERs) including battery storage, renewable energy and smart demand management. The Network Opportunity Maps, a collaboration between research agencies, government and industry, aims to progress localised energy solutions across the country. The geo-spatial mapping goes hand in hand with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s (ARENA) three-year demand response trial projects, all with an aim to reduce network costs and improve grid reliability.

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    10. Caribbean Development Bank Commits US$350k for Energy Storage, Grid Modernisation with Canadian Help

      Caribbean Development Bank Commits US$350k for Energy Storage, Grid Modernisation with Canadian Help

      The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved funds of USD$350,000 for energy storage and grid modernisation in the Caribbean. The grant was approved to assist utilities and stakeholders with design and planning of storage and grid solutions, in an effort towards clean energy across the region.

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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. Tesla Starts Shipping Powerpacks to Puerto Rico

      Tesla Starts Shipping Powerpacks to Puerto Rico

      Elon Musk said last week that Tesla would accelerate its effort to help bring power back to Puerto Rico after sending a few hundred Powerwall battery packs to the island where the electric grid was destroyed by hurricanes last month. Now we learn that Tesla is indeed stepping it up with now a new shipment of Powerpacks. A single Powerpack 2 battery pack has the same energy capacity (210 kWh) as almost 16 Powerwall 2 battery packs combined (each 13.5 kWh).

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    14. Microgrids and Energy Storage Helped Arizona Utility Prevail on Hot & Dark Days

      Microgrids and Energy Storage Helped Arizona Utility Prevail on Hot & Dark Days

      It’s been a tough year for North American electric grids — hurricanes, heat, fires, an eclipse. But an Arizona utility is reporting that it did just fine with some help from new microgrids and energy storage. “Driving past a microgrid or energy storage unit, many customers wouldn’t look twice, but those technologies are playing an increasingly important role in delivering efficient energy on the hottest days of the year,” said Jacob Tetlow, vice president of transmission and distribution operations at Arizona Public Service (APS), which serves about 2.7 million people

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    15. Policy Biggest Obstacle for Storage, Panel Says

      Policy Biggest Obstacle for Storage, Panel Says

      SAN DIEGO — The electricity sector continues to identify possible applications for energy storage while costs for the technology steadily decline, but the lack of cohesive federal, state and local policy remains the chief obstacle to integration, a panel of experts said Wednesday. “The technology piece has caught up. What we cannot afford to do is let the policy drag it down,” Kiran Kumaraswamy of AES Energy Storage said during a panel discussion at the Infocast Transmission Summit West. Industry and policymakers can develop a framework for adopting storage once they determine the magnitude and type of need for the technology, he said.

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    16. Senate Energy Committee Talks Energy Storage, Hurricane Response, and Grid Resiliency

      Senate Energy Committee Talks Energy Storage, Hurricane Response, and Grid Resiliency

      On Tuesday, October 4, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a full committee hearing to discuss the status and future of energy storage technologies. Committee Chairman Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AL) opened the hearing discussing the recent massive power outages caused by hurricanes in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Texas, and Florida. In the wake of these disasters, she emphasized consideration of energy storage technologies as part of grid reliability and resilience in rebuilding programs. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) urged that a supplemental aid package assisting Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands should be a bipartisan effort aimed at rebuilding grid infrastructure in a renewable and sustainable way, with energy storage technologies an important part of the solution.

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    17. 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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    18. Senators Push Tax Credit Bill for Energy Storage onto Lawmakers' Desks

      Senators Push Tax Credit Bill for Energy Storage onto Lawmakers' Desks

      Senator Martin Heinrich has proposed granting tax relief for purchasers of energy storage systems, in a similar way to how the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is applied to residential solar PV purchases. Heinrich, democratic senator for the state of New Mexico, along with Minnesota’s Al Franken, also a democrat, last week introduced S.1851, a bill in Congress to create research and demonstration programmes for energy storage systems. Heinrich, with Franken as co-sponsor, also that week introduced S.1868, “a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax credits for energy storage technologies, and for other purposes”.

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    19. Duke Energy Plans Battery Storage Duo In North Carolina

      Duke Energy Plans Battery Storage Duo In North Carolina

      Duke Energy has announced plans to install what it claims will be North Carolina’s two largest battery energy storage systems – representing a $30 million total investment as part of the company’s Western Carolinas Modernization Plan. For many months, Duke Energy has been working on future energy needs in the region with stakeholders, including members of the Energy Innovation Task Force (EITF). The EITF is an ongoing collaborative effort with the City of Asheville and Buncombe County. One focus area of the group has been to take advantage of emerging technologies like energy storage to better serve the region.

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    20. Flow Batteries Leading the Way in Lithium-Free Niches

      Flow Batteries Leading the Way in Lithium-Free Niches

      While lithium-ion is rapidly racing ahead to become the “de facto grid storage solution” and is the most popular technology choice by far, vendors of other types of batteries are also targeting the market, with varying degrees of success. US firm Navigant Research published ‘Navigant Research Leaderboard: Non-lithium ion batteries for grid storage’,  earlier this month, examining the technologies, business models and strategies for commercialisation and larger scale production of energy storage batteries that sit outside the many different sub-chemistries making up the lithium battery market ecosystem.

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    21. 'Game Changer': UK Developer Anesco Retains Green Incentives on Adding Energy Storage to Solar PV

      'Game Changer': UK Developer Anesco Retains Green Incentives on Adding Energy Storage to Solar PV

      National gas and electricity market regulator Ofgem has made a “game changer” decision for UK energy storage, by confirming that solar farms are able to retain accreditation under the government Renewables Obligation (RO) when supplying electricity to batteries. The first beneficiary of the decision is energy efficiency solutions provider and solar farm developer Anesco, which confirmed this morning that it is now the first commercial solar farm operator in the country to retain accreditation for three of its 5MW sites, all of which are connected to 1.1MWh batteries though shared grid connections.

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    22. Murkowski: Partnership on Microgrids Will Lead to Lower Energy Costs for Alaskans and Stronger Grid Resiliency for U.S.

      Murkowski: Partnership on Microgrids Will Lead to Lower Energy Costs for Alaskans and Stronger Grid Resiliency for U.S.

      U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today commended the Department of Energy (DOE) for awarding a $6.2 million grant to an Alaskan partnership that includes the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), the City of Cordova, the Cordova Electric Cooperative (CEC), the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC), three national laboratories, and several other universities and industry partners.

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