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    1. US residential storage capacity sees 317% growth

      US residential storage capacity sees 317% growth

      Utilities in the United States connected almost 217 MW / 524 MWh of energy storage capacity to the grid in 2017, and while those numbers were driven by utility-supply projects, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) says the strongest growth is seen on the residential side. From 2016 to 2017, residential capacity additions grew by 202% in terms of MW, while non-residential additions grew by a modest 9% and utilities even saw the rate decline slightly, according to SEPA's 2018 Utility Energy Storage Market Snapshot, released last month. In terms of MWh, residential projects tallied an even more impressive growth rate: 317%, compared with 105% in the non-residential sector and 89% growth in utility storage.

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    2. Origin to Build 5MW Virtual Power Plant in Victoria, from Rooftop Solar and Storage

      Origin to Build 5MW Virtual Power Plant in Victoria, from Rooftop Solar and Storage

      Origin Energy has revealed plans to establish what it says will be Victoria’s largest virtual power plant – a $20 million cloud-based platform that will tap around 5MW of the battery-stored solar power of up to 650 customers during periods of peak power demand. The $20 million project has the backing of the state Labor government, with $4.5 million in funding announced on Wednesday, as part of its broader investment in microgrid technology in the state.

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    3. US Army Installs Largest Battery Storage System

      US Army Installs Largest Battery Storage System

      The project is part of an energy savings performance contract signed between the US Army, infrastructure development firm AECOM and technology provider Lockheed Martin. The 4.25MW/8.5MWh lithium battery energy storage system is expected to help reduce energy demand during peak intervals and reduce the base's energy costs. John Battaglini, a director with Lockheed Martin Energy, said: "The versatility of energy storage is a key enabler for the military's aggressive goals of achieving energy resiliency."

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    4. California Energy Storage Subsidy Extension Passes Assembly

      California Energy Storage Subsidy Extension Passes Assembly

      Today solar and energy storage advocates had their second win in less than 24 hours. Following on the dramatic and narrow passage of a bill to mandate 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045, another bill which may contain one of the keys to making that happen has passed the Assembly. SB 700 will extend the state’s Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) through 2026, which by the estimates of the California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA) will support the installation of nearly 3 GW of behind-the-meter storage.

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    5. Germany Reaches 100K Home Battery Storage Installations

      Germany Reaches 100K Home Battery Storage Installations

      A household just outside Berlin has become the recipient of the 100,000th grid-connected residential battery energy storage system in Germany. Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Thomas Bareiß attended an official event to mark the system’s commissioning in Eichwalde. Bareiß hailed the event as an “important milestone” that Germany has reached in its energy transition – referred to domestically as the Energiewende.

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    6. Wärtsilä Delivers Its First Engine Plus Storage Hybrid Installation Enabling Hungary’s ALTEO Group to Optimize Their Generation Portfolio

      Wärtsilä Delivers Its First Engine Plus Storage Hybrid Installation Enabling Hungary’s ALTEO Group to Optimize Their Generation Portfolio

      The technology group Wärtsilä has delivered its first engine plus storage hybrid installation worldwide and its first Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) energy storage project in Europe, to Sinergy Kft, subsidiary of ALTEO Group, in Budapest, Hungary. Wärtsilä energy storage solutions enable power companies and developers to integrate and optimise a diverse mix of grid resources and deliver flexibility, reliability and resilience for customers seeking best-in-class system performance. The order was booked in Q1 2018 and the project was successfully commissioned on the 22nd of August 2018.

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    7. US Military Pushes Clean Energy with Largest on-Base Battery

      US Military Pushes Clean Energy with Largest on-Base Battery

      Global infrastructure firm AECOM says it has begun construction on an energy storage system at Fort Carson, Colo., that will utilize a 4.25 MW/8.5 MWh lithium-ion battery developed by Lockheed Martin to help reduce energy costs and improve resilience at the base. Once completed, the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) will be the largest stand-alone commercially contracted battery at an army base, according to the developers. The behind-the-meter system work to reduce peak electricity demand.

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      Mentions: U.S. Utah BESS
    8. RES to Build Solar-Plus-Storage Facility for Texas Utility

      RES to Build Solar-Plus-Storage Facility for Texas Utility

      RESolve Energy Storage System. Source: Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES) August 22 (Renewables Now) - The US unit of UK-based Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES) said today it has won a contract to execute a solar and energy storage project in Texas for local utility CPS Energy. The project, to be located in San Antonio on the campus of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), includes deploying 5 MW of distributed solar power generating capacity and a 10-MW/10-MWh RESolve lithium-ion Battery Energy Storage System (BESS). Both technologies will be interconnected at distribution voltage on a common feeder.

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    9. BTM storage is booming in Ontario - Utility Dive

      BTM storage is booming in Ontario - Utility Dive

      Ontario's Global Adjustment (GA) charge is creating a behind-the-meter energy storage boom. Energy storage developers are flocking to Ontario offering large industrial customers tools to cut their demand, which is directly linked to the level of GA charge they have to pay. Industrial customers have had to pay a majority of their electricity bills to the GA charge, which the Ontario government established in 2005.

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    10. NextEra Energy Recognized by Fortune Among Top 25 Companies that 'Change the World'

      NextEra Energy Recognized by Fortune Among Top 25 Companies that 'Change the World'

      JUNO BEACH, Fla., Aug. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NEE) today announced that Fortune has ranked the company No. 21 among the top 57 companies globally that "Change the World." The annual list recognizes companies that have had a positive social impact through activities that are part of their core business strategy. NextEra Energy is the only energy company from the Americas named to the 2018 list and one of only two electric companies in the world to be included.

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    11. Convergent Commissions the Biggest Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage System in North America

      Convergent Commissions the Biggest Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage System in North America

      NEW YORK--Convergent Energy + Power (Convergent), the leading independent developer of energy storage solutions in North America, and IHI, Inc. announced today the launch of North America’s biggest behind-the-meter energy storage system, located in Sarnia, Ontario. The system, with hardware and software provided by the energy storage division of IHI, Inc. (IHI Energy Storage) is reducing Ontario’s Global Adjustment charge for an industrial customer by reducing the amount of grid electricity the facility consumes during grid peak periods. The 10 MW/20 MWh system has enough energy to run an electric bullet train for 500 miles. With this commissioning, Convergent is operating 26 MW of energy storage assets in Ontario alone and is the largest operator of energy storage in the Province.

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    12. Green Energy is Gold for California, US

      Green Energy is Gold for California, US

      I am a physicist, and an energy and sustainability science researcher, and I live in California because of its penchant for not just setting but actually achieving big goals and adopting bold visions others may consider too ambitious. What California proposes, we research, debate and then accomplish. In fact, we often exceed the goals skeptics have deemed unmeetable. This is why I believe that California should — and ultimately will — pass into law the “100 Percent Clean Energy Act” (Senate Bill 100), which would establish a bold goal of 100 percent clean, zero-carbon electricity by 2045.

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    13. Energy Storage Brings Benefits Of Renewable Energy To Islands of Molokai & Isles Of Scilly

      Energy Storage Brings Benefits Of Renewable Energy To Islands of Molokai & Isles Of Scilly

      The islands of the world all offer spectacular ocean vistas — they are islands, after all — but they also share a common scourge. Bereft of natural resources, most of them rely on diesel generators for electricity. That means electricity is expensive and the skies over those pristine locations are filled with carbon dioxide and other emissions that are harmful to the environment and human health.

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    14. MISO Plans Storage Market Roles in Response to FERC Order 841

      MISO Plans Storage Market Roles in Response to FERC Order 841

      The Midcontinent ISO (MISO) has provided greater detail on expanding wholesale market access for energy storage resources in compliance with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Order 841. MISO is proposing that the capacity of an energy storage resource be gauged on two measurements: power (MW) and energy (MWh). The dual storage measurement is designed to give more latitude for the projects to participate in capacity and energy markets.

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    15. Infigen Energy Invests in Tesla Big Battery Energy Storage System

      Infigen Energy Invests in Tesla Big Battery Energy Storage System

      Wind energy company Infigen Energy plans to install a 52 MWh Tesla Powerpack battery energy storage system in South Australia. The battery system will be next to its 278 MW Lake Bonney Wind Farm near Mount Gambier. The Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) will cost around $38 million to build and install. ARENA and the South Australian government will each contribute funding of $5 million towards the project. Once built, BESS will be connected to the National Energy Market. It will also enable Infigen to firm up an extra 18 MW of renewable supply.

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    16. A Battery Of Choices: Embracing R&D & Investment In Storage

      A Battery Of Choices: Embracing R&D & Investment In Storage

      Imagine a world where we depend on sunlight and the wind for most of our energy needs. Then imagine nighttime and our main source of electricity literally falls asleep. Unless our future electricity system represents a giant “super-grid” with tons of wires connecting everywhere from San Francisco to Beijing, we will need somewhere to put that electricity when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow. Along comes battery storage, one of the emerging technology advancements of the 21st century that could revolutionize the way we produce and consume electricity.

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    17. India Working Towards a National Energy Storage Mission

      India Working Towards a National Energy Storage Mission

      To keep pace with the changing dynamics of the energy markets, India is now working toward a National Energy Storage Mission (NESM). In February 2018, a committee with representatives from relevant ministries, industry associations, research institutions and experts, was constituted by the MNRE to propose a draft for setting up NESM in India.

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    18. P2P Household Energy Trading, C&I Storage for Brewing Beer: Hawaii Keeps on Going

      P2P Household Energy Trading, C&I Storage for Brewing Beer: Hawaii Keeps on Going

      Following news yesterday of the first grid-scale solar-plus-storage system on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, two more modestly-sized projects show the potential diversity of applications for energy storage in the US state. Energy-Storage.news just reported that the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission had approved a 22-year power purchase agreement (PPA) deal for the project on the island of Molokai, which would pair 4.88MW of solar with a 3MW / 15MWh lithium battery system.

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    19. CAISO Could Lose 28 Gas Plants and Keep the Lights on: UCS

      CAISO Could Lose 28 Gas Plants and Keep the Lights on: UCS

      California could retire 28 natural gas plants without impacting electricity reliability, the Union of Concern Scientists said in a report published Tuesday. In order to meet the California Public Utilities Commission's (CPUC) target to reduce carbon to 42 million metric tons (MMT) by 2030 in the most economic way possible, the UCS model chose not to build any new gas plants to replace less efficient combined-cycle gas turbines.

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    20. Not-for-Profit Utilities in US Pick 'Cost-Effective' Grid-Scale Battery Storage

      Not-for-Profit Utilities in US Pick 'Cost-Effective' Grid-Scale Battery Storage

      Minnesota electric cooperative Connexus Energy has confirmed recent press reports that it is building 15MW / 30MWh of battery energy storage, while another not-for-profit, Vermont Electric Cooperative, will build a 1.9MW / 5.3MWh system in its service area. Connexus is part of Great River Energy, an electric transmission and generation cooperative and the second largest utility in Minnesota. Connexus serves about 130,000 residential and commercial properties in its service area. It issued a statement yesterday stating that the “innovative” solar-plus-storage project is now under construction.

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    21. As Second Wave of State Storage Targets Builds, Utilities Propose New Projects

      As Second Wave of State Storage Targets Builds, Utilities Propose New Projects

      nergy storage has been taking root across the country, but coastal states, such as California, Massachusetts and Oregon, have taken the lead in implementing related policies. That could change as states such as Colorado and Nevada move closer to potentially ambitious policies to support energy storage. Rising renewable penetration combined with falling costs for lithium-ion batteries is driving many states to explore policies that encourage energy storage.

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    22. Grid-scale Solar and Battery Project in Hawaii Gets Approval

      Grid-scale Solar and Battery Project in Hawaii Gets Approval

      The first grid-scale solar and battery energy storage project to be built on the Hawaiian island of Moloka‘i has gained approval from the state’s Public Utilities Commission. The 2.6MW solar farm and its 3MW battery storage system will be owned and operated by Moloka‘i New Energy Partners, which will sell electricity to Maui Electric Company. The facility is expected to be in service by the end of 2019, when it will start providing savings to the island’s 3,200 customers over a 22-year contract.

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