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    1. Hawaiian Electric Seeks Bids for 900MW of ‘Dispatchable Renewables,’ Storage, and Grid Services

      Hawaiian Electric Seeks Bids for 900MW of ‘Dispatchable Renewables,’ Storage, and Grid Services

      Hawaiian Electric has issued a long-awaited request for proposals (RFP) for about 900 megawatts of renewable energy and energy storage projects. It’s the utility’s second major round of contracts in the past year seeking to marry variable solar and wind power with the capacity and flexibility of batteries. HECO’s new RFPs are broken into a number of specific projects and specific needs across its three islands, with a mix of different technologies required. This complexity comes from the fact that these RFPs have been structured to help replace two big fossil fuel-fired power plants to close in the next five years

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    2. APS Issues RFPs for More Renewable Energy

      APS Issues RFPs for More Renewable Energy

      Arizona Public Service Company (APS) announced it is issuing two requests for proposals next month as part of its campaign to bring more solar and wind energy into its portfolio. The two new RFPs will add enough solar and wind resources to power more than half a million homes, about 2,500 megawatts, by 2021, company officials said. Earlier this year, the company also successfully closed two RFPs for large battery installations to store renewable energy to use after the sun goes down.

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    3. NEC to Install More than 20MW of Municipal Energy Storage Projects in New England

      NEC to Install More than 20MW of Municipal Energy Storage Projects in New England

      NEC Energy Solutions has announced six additional energy storage projects of more than 20 MW at municipal power plants throughout New England. The new projects follow the model of the Sterling Municipal Light Department installed two years ago that has saved ratepayers more than $1 million on their utility bills. These energy storage systems reduce costs for transmission and capacity charges, which directly benefit the ratepayers. In Sterling, NEC’s GSS® Grid Storage Solution also provides resiliency for the community in the event of an outage from severe weather and other causes

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    4. Department of Energy Announces $40 Million in Funding for 29 Projects to Advance H2@Scale

      Department of Energy Announces $40 Million in Funding for 29 Projects to Advance H2@Scale

      The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced approximately $40 million in FY 2019 funding for 29 projects to advance the H2@Scale concept. The focus of H2@Scale is to enable affordable and reliable large-scale hydrogen generation, transport, storage, and utilization in the United States across multiple sectors. Funded through the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), with contribution from DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy, the selected projects will advance hydrogen storage and infrastructure technologies and identify innovative concepts for hydrogen production and utilization including grid resiliency.

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    5. Buckland Sets a Milestone for Rural Energy Capabilities with New Li-ion Battery

      Buckland Sets a Milestone for Rural Energy Capabilities with New Li-ion Battery

      A few years ago, the village of Buckland in northwest Alaska set a milestone a leader in rural renewable energy when it got two turbines and three solar panels installed. Now, the village has hit an even more ambitious target: unofficially becoming the first village to power itself entirely off of renewable energy stored in recently installed lithium-ion batteries.

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    6. Battery Storage Called Into Action As UK Suffers Country-Wide Power Cuts

      Battery Storage Called Into Action As UK Suffers Country-Wide Power Cuts

      Battery storage assets were called into action last week after the UK suffered country-wide power outages following a transmission system stress event. On August 9th, two large generators were disconnected from the UK’s power system almost simultaneously, effectively taking 2GW worth of electricity generation within minutes of each other. That collapse in generation sent the country’s transmission grid frequency to dip, so National Grid, the country’s electricity system operator, called on reserve and flexible generation capacity to respond, with many operators dispatching battery storage capacity to meet National Grid ESO’s calls.

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    7. Energy Storage Earns More Awards for KIUC

      Energy Storage Earns More Awards for KIUC

      Kauai Island Utility Cooperative led the nation again in 2018 for interconnection of energy storage watts per customer, and ranked second in annual energy storage capacity, according to the Smart Electric Power Alliance. In 2018, KIUC posted more than 3,000 Wh/C, nearly six times more than the next ranked utility: Sterling Municipal Light Department in Massachusetts. This is the second year running that KIUC topped the list of storage watts per customer.

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    8. Texas Gives Public Power a Leg Up on Energy Storage

      Texas Gives Public Power a Leg Up on Energy Storage

      In a few weeks, municipal utilities and electric cooperatives in the state of Texas will have legal confirmation on their right to own energy storage facilities that sell energy or ancillary services, while not having to register as an energy generator. Current policy in the state defines energy storage as a generation asset, which requires owners to register as power generators.

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    9. Stacks on Value Stacks: The Large-Scale Solar Plus Storage Market Is Coming Together

      Stacks on Value Stacks: The Large-Scale Solar Plus Storage Market Is Coming Together

      The United States will grow to be the largest global market for solar + storage this year, where peaking capacity requirements are driving procurement, according to a recent IHS Markit study. Utility-scale solar + storage projects now are online or being built in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Indiana and Florida, and the list grows. In March, NextEra Energy said it would build the Florida Power and Light Manatee Energy Storage Center’s battery system, with four times the capacity of the world’s largest battery system currently in operation.

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      Mentions: Nextera
    10. NYPA Announces $30M Energy Storage Demonstration Project Upstate

      NYPA Announces $30M Energy Storage Demonstration Project Upstate

      The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is moving ahead with its first large-scale energy storage project. NYPA announced it is establishing a 20-MW demonstration facility adjacent to one of its substations in Franklin County. The estimated project cost is almost $30 million, all of which has been approved by the NYPA board of trustees. The Franklin County demonstration site will include a one-hour lithium-ion battery system which can absorb excess power generation for later delivery. NYPA officials say its supports New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s renewable and energy storage mandates, including a goal of 3,000 MW in energy storage capacity by 2030.

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    11. ENGIE Storage Providing Operating Software for 19-MW Solar+Storage Portfolio

      ENGIE Storage Providing Operating Software for 19-MW Solar+Storage Portfolio

      ENGIE Storage will supply and operate a 19-MW/38-MWh portfolio of six energy storage sites that will contribute to the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program and participate in ISO-New England wholesale markets. The combined solar-plus-storage portfolio, developed and operated by Syncarpha Capital, a New York-based private equity firm, is the first utility-scale solar-plus-storage projects offering to benefit from ENGIE’s new integrated development, supply and services offering for wholesale market participation.

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    12. California Gas Plant to Be Re-powered with Batteries + Solar

      California Gas Plant to Be Re-powered with Batteries + Solar

      The City of Glendale, California has released a plan to replace all but one of the plant’s existing generation facilities with a mix of battery storage, distributed solar and geothermal energy. Broken down by capacity, the plan calls for a 75 MW, 300 MWh battery energy storage system, up to 50 MW of distributed solar projects, energy efficiency and demand response programs. The plan also calls to keep the “peaker” portion of the former plant, which totals 93 MW of gas generation from up to five combustion turbines.

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    13. How Energy Storage is Creating New Opportunities

      How Energy Storage is Creating New Opportunities

      A major disruption to the global economy is coming in the form of a seismic shift in energy markets. Largely driven by energy storage, this disruption will create exciting opportunities for the renewable energy market and will, in our view, drastically change the time of day electricity price curve (that is, the ‘duck curve’). The increased availability and adoption of battery storage will enable solar energy generators to match for the first time the supply of electricity to the time of customer use, which has historically been the major impediment to the growth of direct renewable electricity supply.

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      Mentions: K&L Gates
    14. Solar + Batteries Help the Grid Recover in Kaua'i

      Solar + Batteries Help the Grid Recover in Kaua'i

      On Sunday a cable failure took the largest power plant on the island of Kaua’i in Hawaii offline, which led to cascading failures in other oil-fired and hydro power plants, leading to a 2+ hour blackout for the island’s 66,000 residents. Despite work on the Port Allen oil-fired power plant continuing and still waiting on parts to repair the Kapaia oil-fired power plant which started it all, the Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) did not have to implement further rolling blackouts on Tuesday. This was in part due to the contributions of solar and storage.

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    15. Battery Storage Gains, May Replace Gas for Peak Power

      Battery Storage Gains, May Replace Gas for Peak Power

      Utility companies seeking to reduce CO2 emissions are increasingly relying on battery energy storage systems to meet peak-power demand as they retire their gas-fired plants. “Providing peaking capacity could be a significant U.S. market for energy storage,” according to a June report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Rapidly falling battery costs make the transition attractive.

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    16. GE Books US Hydro Upgrade Double

      GE Books US Hydro Upgrade Double

      GE Renewable Energy has secured two contracts in the US to supply technology to upgrade hydro plants with a combined capacity of 1249MW. FirstLight has chosen GE Renewable Energy to design, supply, install and commission a new spherical valve at the 4x292MW Northfield Mountain pumped hydro storage station. PG&E has selected the company to replace a runner and shaft of the first of three 27MW units at the Caribou One project.

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    17. 400 Megawatt Pumped Hydro Facility In Montana Secures $1 Billion In Funding

      400 Megawatt Pumped Hydro Facility In Montana Secures $1 Billion In Funding

      A proposed 400 megawatt pumped hydro storage project near Martinsdale, Montana is a big step closer to reality. Its promoter, Absaroka Energy, announced this week it had secured $1 billion in financing from Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners in Denmark. The closed loop Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Hydro project has already received all the necessary permits from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and could begin construction as early as next year.

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    18. Operating and Spinning Reserves for Reliability

      Operating and Spinning Reserves for Reliability

      Operating reserves are vitally needed by electric utilities if they are to ensure that energy is available when needed in response to a number of system events that might drive additional need. Recent developments in new technologies such as storage, load management, advanced predictive capability, and the demonstration of new inverter capabilities have the potential to contribute to spinning and other reserve requirements.  The changing energy landscape is driving the need to reconsider the industry’s traditional approach to reserves including the increased use of variable energy resources.

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    19. ConEd Shuts Brooklyn Off – Seeks 1.21 GWh+ of Batteries

      ConEd Shuts Brooklyn Off – Seeks 1.21 GWh+ of Batteries

      While heat-related grid disruptions hit New York City, Consolidated Edison Company (ConEd) and its subdiriary, Orange and Rockland Utilities (O&R), have issued a Request for Proposals for Bulk Energy Storage Scheduling and Dispatch Rights for 310 MW of of front of the meter energy storage. 300 MW / 4 Hours+ of the volume will be deployed in ConEd territory, while 10 MW will be deployed on O&R. The project must be operation by December 31, 2022 and are eligible for a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Incentive.

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    20. Undersea Cable to Take Stored Solar from Australia to ASEAN Grid Backed by State Gov’t

      Undersea Cable to Take Stored Solar from Australia to ASEAN Grid Backed by State Gov’t

      Australian authorities have rallied behind what is arguably the largest solar-plus-storage project to be conceived in the world’s history: a scheme mixing 10GW of solar with 20-30GWh of energy storage. The developer intends to set up a 3,800 km high-voltage direct current submarine cable to transfer most of the installation’s output to Singapore, where it could cover 20% of power needs, while various reports also link it to the potential ASEAN grid. The plan, however, is to also link the mega-installation to Australia’s own electricity grid so that it can supply Northern Territory capital Darwin and others.

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