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    1. Nevada Regulators Approve NV Energy Plan for 1,190 MW Solar, 590 MW Storage

      Nevada Regulators Approve NV Energy Plan for 1,190 MW Solar, 590 MW Storage

      The Nevada Public Utilities Commission on Dec. 4 approved NV Energy's Integrated Resource Plan, including three solar projects totaling 1,190 MW and 590 MW of energy storage capacity. All of the new projects will be located in southern Nevada and are planned to be online by 2024. The utility last year committed to doubling its renewable energy resources by 2023 and says it is on track to meet that goal. The largest of the projects is Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners' Gemini solar+storage project. The company says it is believed to be one of the largest projects of its kind globally, with capital expenditures expected to top $1 billion.

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    2. NV Energy to Add 3 Solar and Storage Projects to Southern Nevada

      NV Energy to Add 3 Solar and Storage Projects to Southern Nevada

      NV Energy received approval from state regulators to add three solar projects in Southern Nevada that should generate enough electricity to power 230,000 homes. On Wednesday, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada approved NV Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan, which would add 1,190 megawatts of solar renewable energy projects to the state, as well as an additional 590 megawatts of energy storage capacity.

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    3. Colorado Utility Sees “Opportunistic Window” to Save Money with Solar and Wind Plus Storage

      Colorado Utility Sees “Opportunistic Window” to Save Money with Solar and Wind Plus Storage

      Black Hills Energy is seeking 200 MW of solar power or wind plus energy storage capacity as part of an RFP, driven – not by any requirements – but by 2019 summertime bids solar and solar plus storage bids of 2.4¢/kWh and 3.6¢/kWh and the pending step down of the 30% investment tax credit.

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    4. Cheap at Last, Batteries Are Making a Solar Dream Come True

      Cheap at Last, Batteries Are Making a Solar Dream Come True

      The first solar-plus-storage installations started about a decade ago on a small scale in sunny states like California, Hawaii, and Arizona. Now they’re spreading across the country, driven by falling prices of both solar panels and lithium-ion batteries. “This is not just a California, New York, Massachusetts thing,” says Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association, an industry group in Washington. She says more than 30 states have renewable storage on the grid. Utilities have proposed and states have approved 7 gigawatts to be installed by 2030.

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    5. How Alternative Storage Solutions are Breaking into the Lithium-Ion-Dominated Market

      How Alternative Storage Solutions are Breaking into the Lithium-Ion-Dominated Market

      Recent growth in renewable energy, spurred by state mandates, federal tax incentives, and increasingly attractive costs, has shifted attention to the use of energy storage to ensure that variable wind and solar generation reliably serve load and provide ancillary services. In this domain, lithium-ion currently dominates. But some analysts don't see it as economically-efficient enough at scale to fully support the amount of renewable energy expected to come onto the grid, and other options are on the rise, including rail-based gravity systems, hydrogen and flow batteries.

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    6. Savion Powers Up, Energizing Utility-Scale Solar and Energy Storage Industry

      Savion Powers Up, Energizing Utility-Scale Solar and Energy Storage Industry

      Savion today announced its official launch as a new utility-scale solar and energy storage project development company. Backed by Macquarie’s Green Investment Group, Savion consists of a veteran team of developers, bringing a history of proven experience and more than 8 gigawatts (GW) of utility-scale solar and energy storage pipeline projects under construction, under contract, in operation, and in development. The Savion team will focus on the development of utility-scale solar and energy storage projects in partnership with utilities, municipalities, corporate customers, and landowners across the United States. 

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    7. Utility-Scale Storage Critical to Achieving Massachusetts Carbon Goals: UMass Study

      Utility-Scale Storage Critical to Achieving Massachusetts Carbon Goals: UMass Study

      The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is likely to fall short of its greenhouse gas emission goals if it cannot implement utility-scale storage, according to a new study. More than 70% of the state’s two pumped-hydro storage facilities — with a collective capacity of around 1,800 MW — is currently unutilized due to the lack of market incentives, according to researchers. The lack of utility-scale storage could mean that the state’s grid remains “dirty” even with a high penetration of renewables.

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    8. Encouraging Signs: Interconnection Rules in the Age of Distributed Energy Storage

      Encouraging Signs: Interconnection Rules in the Age of Distributed Energy Storage

      As US states work to address and enable the swift growth of distributed energy resources (DERs), including solar and energy storage, the issues surrounding their interconnection to the electric grid require close attention.  Not only to maintain safety and reliability as new technologies connect to the grid, but also to provide a clear, transparent and efficient process for customers, developers and utilities alike. Interconnection procedures are the rules of the road for the grid. Without common rules and predictable processes, gridlock and costly projects can result. 

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    9. DOE Announces $15m for Energy Projects on Tribal Lands

      DOE Announces $15m for Energy Projects on Tribal Lands

      The US Department of Energy (DOE) is providing up to $15 million (£12m) in new funding for energy infrastructure projects on tribal lands. Projects sought under the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programmes are fuel and technology neutral, with applications invited from Indian Tribes, which include Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporation, Intertribal Organisations and Tribal Energy Development Organisations. They can install energy generating systems and energy efficiency measures as well as deploy community-scale energy storage technologies among others.

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    10. Salt River Project to Install Large Battery for Big Arizona Solar Plant

      Salt River Project to Install Large Battery for Big Arizona Solar Plant

      Salt River Project will build the biggest battery on the power grid in Arizona as part of its pledge last year to add 1,000 megawatts of solar to its supply by 2025. SRP said last year it would reduce its reliance on natural-gas-burning power plants and save money by adding solar and batteries to its system. At the time, SRP only had about 200 megawatts of solar, but now the electric utility has lined up projects that get it about 60% of the way toward that 1,000-megawatt goal.

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    11. Ørsted to Build Landmark Solar & Storage Project

      Ørsted to Build Landmark Solar & Storage Project

      Ørsted announced today that following final investment decision from its Board of Directors it has commenced construction on the company's first utility-scale solar plus battery storage project, the 460megawatt (MWac) Permian Energy Center. The facility is located in Andrews County, Texas, and will come online in mid-2021. Upon completion of the Permian Energy Center, Ørsted will become the first energy company to operate the full spectrum of onshore and offshore wind, solar PV and storage solutions in the US market.

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    12. Renewable Energy: What Happens When The Sun Isn't Shining And The Wind Isn't Blowing

      Renewable Energy: What Happens When The Sun Isn't Shining And The Wind Isn't Blowing

      Northfield Mountain Power Station in Erving, Mass. is the old school solution to how the grid handles energy shortages, and one of the state's oldest batteries. Northfield Mountain may not be what you think of when you picture a battery. The station is located inside of the mountain and operates by pumping and releasing water between a reservoir on top of the mountain, and the Connecticut River that runs at the mountain’s base

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    13. Orsted Brings 460MW Solar-Plus-Storage Project to Texas Oil Country

      Orsted Brings 460MW Solar-Plus-Storage Project to Texas Oil Country

      Ørsted on Wednesday announced plans to build a 460-megawatt solar-plus-storage project in West Texas, near existing oil and gas infrastructure in the Permian Basin. The storage facility will be relatively modest in size by the standards of the latest projects, at 40 megawatts with one hour of capacity, running alongside a 420 MW AC solar array.

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    14. In Search for Cheaper, Longer Energy Storage, Mountain Gravity Could Eventually Top Lithium-Ion

      In Search for Cheaper, Longer Energy Storage, Mountain Gravity Could Eventually Top Lithium-Ion

      Mountain gravity energy storage could be a viable way to store electricity for longer durations and at larger scales than lithium-ion battery storage can, according to a study recently published in the academic journal Energy. The idea of gravity as a form of storage is an example of ongoing research into additional storage options beyond lithium-ion batteries. Despite large cost reductions over the past several years, some experts still view lithium-ion systems as not economically-efficient enough at scale to fully back up the amount of renewable energy expected to come onto the grid due to states’ long-term clean energy goals.

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    15. Consumers Energy to Run Battery Storage Pilot

      Consumers Energy to Run Battery Storage Pilot

      Jackson-based Consumers Energy has announced a collaboration with California-based Sunverge to leverage the company’s energy storage technology for a Consumers Energy residential battery storage pilot. Consumers will take advantage of Sunverge's distributed energy resources management platform, which will provide the company with real-time grid-edge visibility and management capabilities, helping to identify grid locations with the highest potential and value from energy storage, such as avoided energy and outage costs.

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    16. New Mexico Electric Cooperative Will Soon Supply Customers 100% Through Solar

      New Mexico Electric Cooperative Will Soon Supply Customers 100% Through Solar

      Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) has finalized an agreement with Torch Clean Energy to purchase and develop two new solar and storage facilities for a total of 21 MW of additional solar capacity and 15 MW of storage capacity. With the completion of these installations, KCEC will surpass the 35 MW required to meet its goal of 100% daytime solar energy — originally set for the year 2022 — up to nine months earlier than anticipated.

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    17. The City of Los Angeles Taps 8minute Solar for Game-Changing Clean Energy Project

      The City of Los Angeles Taps 8minute Solar for Game-Changing Clean Energy Project

      The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the largest municipal utility in the United States, has announced a groundbreaking new partnership with 8minute Solar Energy, LLC to provide storable, renewable, and affordable power to households throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley—at the lowest combined solar and storage prices on record. The project offers a glimpse of the future, with zero carbon sources providing energy cheaper than fossil fuels.

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    18. Batteries vs. Blackouts: 1,100 Homes Powered Through Vermont Outage With Storage

      Batteries vs. Blackouts: 1,100 Homes Powered Through Vermont Outage With Storage

      Home batteries proved their resilience value during Vermont's Halloween blackout. A major rain and wind storm struck the state at the close of October, knocking out power to some 115,000 customers. Among those affected, 1,100 homes managed to keep the lights on thanks to pilot programs specifically designed to promote resilient backup power with energy storage. The battery backup service lasted nine hours on average, but the longest instance stretched to 82 hours.

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    19. EDF Acquires UK’s Pivot Power to Bolster Battery Storage Pipeline

      EDF Acquires UK’s Pivot Power to Bolster Battery Storage Pipeline

      French utility EDF has acquired UK battery storage firm Pivot Power, cementing its mulit-gigawatt bid to become a market leader in Europe’s energy storage market. EDF confirmed the transaction this morning, with Pivot becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of EDF’s renewables arm. Pivot will immediately play a central role in EDF’s bid to deploy as much as 10GW of additional energy storage by 2035, bringing with it a 2GW+ pipeline of energy storage assets in the UK that are at various stages of planning.

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    20. Bay Area Energy Agencies Launch Storage Solicitation Amid PG&E Power Shutoffs

      Bay Area Energy Agencies Launch Storage Solicitation Amid PG&E Power Shutoffs

      Four local energy agencies in the San Francisco Bay area announced a joint solicitation today for the installation of more than 30 MW of energy storage for residential and business customers across three counties. The storage may be combined with new or existing solar systems and comes as utility customers look to other energy options, including distributed solar and storage, amid planned power shutoffs. The groups expect to choose partner vendor(s) in early 2020 with program details released in spring 2020 and projects "underway soon after with the inte​nt of preempting the next fire season."

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    21. One Gigawatt Down, Portfolio of Gigawatts Next

      One Gigawatt Down, Portfolio of Gigawatts Next

      Fluence has been awarded or built more than 1 GW of energy storage capacity in 95 unique projects across 20 countries. Now, the company – a joint venture between Siemens and AES –is modeling the future of the power grid to predict where its expertise will be utilized next. The company expects significant future volume to come from two pathways: “wireless solutions” – that is, storage as transmission – and reaching into the natural gas mid-merit market.

       

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    22. Energy Storage and a Carbon-Free Grid System

      Energy Storage and a Carbon-Free Grid System

      Whilst energy storage enables grid operators to expand their renewable energy resources, and lower carbon emissions by changing their reliance on conventional energy resources, the technology is also playing a pivotal role in modernizing grid networks and towards the introduction of new business cases. For instance, energy storage is granting stakeholders flexibility in generation, transmission, distribution and end-use. The deployment of utility-scale energy storage systems has allowed Italian multinational energy firm Enel to adopt new sustainability goals in line with standards promoted by the UN Global Compact, the Science Based Targets Initiative and the We Mean Business coalition.

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    23. Empower Energies and Hannon Armstrong Announce Large Investments in C&I Renewable Energy Projects

      Empower Energies and Hannon Armstrong Announce Large Investments in C&I Renewable Energy Projects

      Empower Energies, a renewable energy development and financing company, and Hannon Armstrong, an investor in climate change solutions, recently announced they will jointly invest in renewable energy projects in the commercial & industrial (C&I) and municipal, university, school, and hospital markets across the United States. The collaboration unites Hannon Armstrong’s extensive experience in providing long term financing with Empower Energies’ existing platform for the development and acquisition of C&I-scale solar rooftop, ground-mount solar and canopy projects, as well as energy storage and related distributed generation technologies.

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