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    1. Portland General Electric and NextEra Energy Partner on Major Wind, Solar, Battery Installation

      Portland General Electric and NextEra Energy Partner on Major Wind, Solar, Battery Installation

      Portland General Electric Company and NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, plan to construct a new energy facility in Eastern Oregon combining 300 MW of wind generation with 50 MW of solar generation and 30 MW of battery storage. The new project, called the Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility, will be the first of this scale in North America to co-locate and integrate these three technologies, creating an improved zero-emissions resource and accelerating Oregon’s transition to clean energy.

       

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      Mentions: U.S. GE OR
    2. Distributed Residential Solar+Storage Takes a Seat at the Adult Table

      Distributed Residential Solar+Storage Takes a Seat at the Adult Table

      Sunrun has won a bid for 20 MW to participate in ISO New England’s 2022-2023 Forward Capacity Market. The bid means that Sunrun will be required to offer to the broader power grid 20 MW of power, 24 hours a day for the single year period. The company will be paid $3.80/kW/month, or $76,000 for the year. Sunrun notes that the capacity will be made possible by its Brightbox energy storage product line. Currently, this product is an LG Chem RESU. LG’s 48-volt battery comes with 3.3, 6.5 and 9.8 kilowatt-hour (kWh) ratings, and its 400-volt batteries offer 7.0 and 9.8 kWh ratings. Both AC- and DC-coupled versions are available. Sunrun noted they would need about 5,000 New England customers to meet the requirement.

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    3. EV Battery Systems Able to Kick-Start Large Power Plants

      EV Battery Systems Able to Kick-Start Large Power Plants

      Transmission system operator TenneT and Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-Benz Energy have joined forces in a development partnership to see whether EV batteries could stabilize large grids. The result: Automobile battery storage systems can indeed make a significant contribution to grid stabilization and system reconstruction. The researchers have shown that automobile battery storage systems “can help to compensate for the loss of conventional energy generation,” should the electrical grid fail for some reason. By kick-starting the energy grid with the additional stationary energy storage, fluctuations can be dampened and frequency deviations covered.

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      Mentions: Germany
    4. Battery-Backed Solar Breaks Into Grid Long Seen Off Limits

      Battery-Backed Solar Breaks Into Grid Long Seen Off Limits

      Solar is breaking into a power market that’s long been the domain of big, conventional generators. A key reason: batteries. New England just approved 145 megawatts of solar systems to provide capacity to the local grid that are paired with batteries that store electricity to use after sundown. It’s the first time sunshine has been a significant participant in ISO New England Inc.’s annual forward capacity auction.

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      Mentions: ISO-NE
    5. Puerto Rican Solar Pow Wow Resumes

      Puerto Rican Solar Pow Wow Resumes

      The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority has contacted Canada-based Greenbriar Capital with the intention of reopening negotiations to progress the 100MW Montalva solar project. The shovel-ready $305m project, which also includes a 30MW battery, will be the largest renewable energy project in the Caribbean when built. The plant will be located in the municipalities of Guanica and Lajas. Generating 100% renewable energy, the solar-plus-storage plant is estimated to provide PREPA customers with $1-2bn in energy savings over the 25-35-year life of the facility. According to Greenbriar Montalva will add 900 direct jobs during the construction phase.

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    6. Schneider Electric Expands Marine Base Resilience Project

      Schneider Electric Expands Marine Base Resilience Project

      Schneider Electric announced the expansion of its microgrid project at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California to boost resilience. A California Energy Commission Electric Program Investment Charge grant will enable the $3.9 million project that will add energy storage to the microgrid and integrate demand side management. Upon completion, it will incorporate a total of five distributed energy resources, including renewable generation and energy storage, in order to maintain all critical facilities during grid outages and facilitate higher renewable penetration from landfill gas generators.

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    7. Container Transporters Support Grid Stability as Mobile Power Storage Units

      Container Transporters Support Grid Stability as Mobile Power Storage Units

      Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG  and its partners have begun research and development work at the company’s Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) to integrate the battery capacities of automated guided container transport vehicles that are in use at CTA into the German energy network as flexible storage units that contribute to the grid stability of the power supply. In less busy times, free container transport vehicles could provide battery capacity as mobile power stores to safeguard grid stability.

       

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      Mentions: Europe Germany
    8. PREPA IRP Proposes Segmenting Puerto Rico into Minigrids

      PREPA IRP Proposes Segmenting Puerto Rico into Minigrids

      Puerto Rico’s utility is calling for segmenting the island’s electrical grid into eight minigrids, myriad microgrids and installing more energy storage than is now in all 50 US states. The concept is outlined in a draft integrated resource plan that the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority plans to finalize and submit to regulators February 12.

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      Mentions: Siemens Puerto Rico
    9. Massachusetts Opens Revenue Stream to Advance Solar-Plus-Storage

      Massachusetts Opens Revenue Stream to Advance Solar-Plus-Storage

      The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued two orders on Friday, to specify net metering for solar-plus-storage facilities and the capacity ownership rights of such projects. DOER worked with the state Attorney General's office on the DPU docket to help utilities and developers compromise on how to deploy more energy storage without placing an undue burden on taxpayers. For developers, capacity rights ownership to dispatch a generator or storage resource is fundamental to adding more storage and distributed renewables onto the grid. Despite the launch of the main state program for commercial energy storage, Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target, last fall, projects were viewed as less viable without developer access to a new revenue stream in the ISO-New England capacity market, DOER staff said.

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      Mentions: Massachusetts
    10. RES Revels in 2018 Surge

      RES Revels in 2018 Surge

      RES has described 2018 as the ‘year of renewables’ after the company added 1.6GW to its wind, solar and energy storage portfolio, bringing the total figure to more than 16GW. Highlights included developing and/or constructing 12 new wind, solar and storage projects in North America and the completion of three wind farms in France with a combined capacity of 40MW.

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    11. NEC Completes Energy Storage System for Consumers Energy

      NEC Completes Energy Storage System for Consumers Energy

      NEC Energy Solutions has completed an energy storage system for Consumers Energy. The NEC energy storage solution, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, includes two independent 280kW/340kWh DSS® energy storage systems and NEC’s proprietary AEROS® controls software. The energy storage system will enable Consumers Energy to investigate how energy storage can be used to avoid further system upgrades, smooth renewable energy production and support load/energy management. The storage system has been designed with the flexibility to increase the energy capacity to 1MWh or more.

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      Mentions: Michigan NEC
    12. UK Gov Stumps Up £20m to Crack Electricity Storage Challenge

      UK Gov Stumps Up £20m to Crack Electricity Storage Challenge

      A £20 million ($26m USD) competition has been launched to give a boost to innovative ways of storing electricity, the UK Government has said. It aims to scale up technologies to compete with current storage methods – lithium batteries and pumped hydro. Announcing the competition for innovators, the Business Department said energy storage was the next essential green technology, which would allow the UK to make the most of its growing renewable power sector.

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    13. GE 'Created The Energy Industry,' Now Its Cementing A Place In Its Future

      GE 'Created The Energy Industry,' Now Its Cementing A Place In Its Future

      GE is rebuilding its clean energy business by combining its renewables, energy storage and grid infrastructure units. The reorganization, announced today, makes a lot of sense. A modernized grid, with strategically placed storage is essential for renewable energy penetration to climb and the Holy Grail of ‘renewables-as-baseload’ to be achieved. The company’s involvement in the sector is already vast and varied spanning wind, solar and hydro. It has become increasingly involved in hybrid projects paired with energy storage. Pulling in its parallel grid infrastructure business completes the set.

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    14. MISO Moving Quickly on Initial SATA Rules

      MISO Moving Quickly on Initial SATA Rules

      MISO and stakeholders are hoping to complete policies allowing storage to qualify as transmission for the RTO’s 2019 Transmission Expansion Plan (MTEP 19). The RTO hopes to file its first plan to allow storage as a transmission asset (SATA) with FERC by June. Initially, proposed SATA will only be allowed to solve transmission reliability needs and will be ineligible to simultaneously participate in MISO’s energy markets. The RTO currently has one reliability-based storage project proposal lined up for evaluation in MTEP 19.

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      Mentions: FERC
    15. Flexible Energy Storage Solutions

      Flexible Energy Storage Solutions

      Thousands of megawatt-hours of electrical energy squirreled away into utility-scale energy storage plants to cover the spread between generated renewable energy and the lowest reliable operating limit during the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “duck curve” period of the day — does this sound like a glimpse into the far future of major utilities across the United States and the world? But the future has already arrived at the Carolina operating companies of Duke Energy. The Duke Energy Progress Company, serving customers primarily in the eastern half of North and South Carolina, managed a whopping 106 GWh of excess energy in 2017, largely generated from utility-scale solar in North Carolina, using pumped hydro energy storage.

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    16. Caribbean Island Bonaire Balances Solar, Wind, & Diesel With Storage

      Caribbean Island Bonaire Balances Solar, Wind, & Diesel With Storage

      Caribbean island Bonaire is adding a 6 megawatt energy storage system to help balance its solar and wind assets with backup diesel generators, opening up the potential for greater renewable penetration. Additional solar will expand on the 2015 pilot project that included close to 800 solar panels. Wärtsilä won the contract for the engineering, procurement, and construction of the hybrid energy project, which includes batteries and inverters, as well as GEMS, the energy management software from its Greensmith Energy subsidiary. ContourGlobal Bonaire, a subsidiary of London based ContourGlobal, is acquiring the system for its Water and Energy Company Bonaire subsidiary.

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    17. Energy Storage System Integrators Playing a Bigger Role on Green Grid

      Energy Storage System Integrators Playing a Bigger Role on Green Grid

      Energy storage system integrators play an increasingly important — and shifting — role as more renewable energy is added to the grid, according to a new Navigant Research report. Integrators design, build and operate large, grid-scale energy storage systems. Think Fluence and Tesla. The utility-scale energy storage market has grown increasingly competitive since 2016. And as the market matures and expands, the integrators play a larger role in ensuring project success and profitability.

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    18. NextEra: Solar and Wind Plus Batteries will be “Massively Disruptive” to Conventional Generation

      NextEra: Solar and Wind Plus Batteries will be “Massively Disruptive” to Conventional Generation

      Only one day after the Energy Information Administration projected that coal’s decline will slow, gas will dominate the future energy mix and that wind will peter out after the PTC ends, one of the nation’s largest and arguably its most successful power companies has a very different forecast for the future. In NextEra Energy’s fourth quarter results call, CEO Jim Robo dropped another bombshell, with his statement that solar and wind plus storage will be cheaper than coal, oil or nuclear, that this will be “massively disruptive to the conventional fleet” and that it will provide opportunities for developers well through the next decade.

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      Mentions: California DoE U.S.
    19. National Grid Adds 'Distributed Resource Desk' to Control Room to Boost Flexibility

      National Grid Adds 'Distributed Resource Desk' to Control Room to Boost Flexibility

      National Grid has this week launched a new ‘Distributed Resource Desk’ in its UK control room, enabling the Electricity System Operator to allow smaller market players to participate much faster. The desk enables power system engineers to issue instructions to smaller power generators, battery storage operators and demand side response providers quicker than before, building on National Grid’s opening up of the Balancing Mechanism market in the UK last year.

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      Mentions: UK
    20. North Sea Rocks Could Act as Large-Scale Underwater Renewable Energy Stores, Study Finds

      North Sea Rocks Could Act as Large-Scale Underwater Renewable Energy Stores, Study Finds

      Rocks at the bottom of the North Sea may provide the perfect storage location for renewable energy, according to a new study. Excess power could be stored in the form of compressed air inside porous formations on the seabed, providing a reservoir that can provide energy on demand. This pressurized air can be released to drive a turbine, generating a large amount of electricity. This would allow green energy to be stored in summer and released in winter, when demand is highest.

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    21. 'Unlayering' Peak Demand Could Accelerate Energy Storage Adoption

      'Unlayering' Peak Demand Could Accelerate Energy Storage Adoption

      The debate over energy storage replacing gas-fired peakers has raged for years, but a new approach that shifts the terms of the argument could lead to an acceleration of storage deployments. Rather than looking at peak demand as a single mountainous peak, some analysts now advocate a layered approach that allows energy storage to better match peak needs. The idea is beginning to gain traction with some states and utilities.

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    22. Invenergy Begins Operation of Utility-Scale Energy Storage System

      Invenergy Begins Operation of Utility-Scale Energy Storage System

      Invenergy has begun commercial operations of a utility-scale battery storage system located in Knoxville, Iowa, developed for MidAmerican Energy. This followed a four-month construction process that culminated with the battery becoming operational in December 2018. The battery can provide four MWh of storage capacity, supplying one MW of power for up to four hours—enough electricity to power about 900 average Iowa homes.

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      Mentions: Iowa
    23. Puget Sound Energy Selects Sunverge for Grid-Scale Solar+Storage Demonstration

      Puget Sound Energy Selects Sunverge for Grid-Scale Solar+Storage Demonstration

      Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has selected the Sunverge platform to test the integration of battery storage technology as part of its Smart Grid demonstration efforts. The Smart Grid is designed to help customers save money and energy, while helping PSE improve grid reliability and reduce its carbon footprint. Sunverge is an open platform for creating a grid-aware energy source from fleets of behind-the-meter Distributed Energy Resources (DERs).

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