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    1. Enel Seals Ontario Storage Deal

      Enel Seals Ontario Storage Deal

      Enel, through its Enel X energy services division, has won a contract to deploy energy storage to cut energy costs for US packaging producer Berry Global. The behind-the-meter lithium ion battery installations, totalling 5MW/10MWh, will provide the Berry Global with 20% to 30% energy bill savings annually. Under the terms of the agreement, Enel X will purchase, install and operate four battery systems for Berry Global at its Ontario operations in Canada. The batteries will be operational by summer 2019.

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      Mentions: Canada Ontario
    2. Google spin-off that stores energy in molten salt backed by Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates

      Google spin-off that stores energy in molten salt backed by Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates

      Malta, a Massachusetts-based company, has raised $26m (£21m) from Breakthrough Energy Ventures, which counts the Amazon and Microsoft founders among its investors. The company was set up last year and hopes to be able to store electricity from solar and other renewable sources using an elaborate system that stores the energy as extreme heat and cold. It has now been spun off from X, the experimental arm of Google’s parent company Alphabet.

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      Mentions: MA Google Tesla
    3. ESA applauds New York Adoption of Energy Storage Target

      ESA applauds New York Adoption of Energy Storage Target

      New York went all in on energy storage last week, announcing a goal of 3,000 megawatts deployed by 2030 – a goal which earned praise from the Energy Storage Association. New York’s move gives the state the largest energy storage target in the United States to date. Proponents say this will make the state’s grid more resilient and efficient and its energy more sustainable. It also builds on a stated goal of New York’s regulators to integrate energy storage at scale, weaving it into the greater market.

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      Mentions: U.S. ESA NY
    4. New Hampshire Storage Program Will Pair Batteries with Time-of-use Rates

      New Hampshire Storage Program Will Pair Batteries with Time-of-use Rates

      A New Hampshire energy storage pilot program will pair in-home batteries with time-of-use rates to try to shave peak loads and save customers money. The company will install 200 Tesla batteries and then have 12 months to show it can accurately manage the system to reduce its peak loads at no added cost to customers. The program would be the first of its kind in the U.S. to use a three-tiered time-of-use rate structure. A second phase would add another 300 participants with a “bring your own device” option that has drawn the interest of energy storage companies, some of which had hoped to be involved in the program sooner.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. New Hampshire
    5. Hitachi to Acquire ABB Power Grid Business in US$11bn 'Turning Point' for Energy Market

      Hitachi to Acquire ABB Power Grid Business in US$11bn 'Turning Point' for Energy Market

      Power electronics giant Hitachi has acquired ABB’s power grids business in an US$11 billion deal which cements its position in the energy solutions sector. Hitachi is to acquire an 80.1% stake in the power grids division and has also entered into a purchase option for the remaining 19.9% share, turning power grids into a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi.

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      Mentions: ABB Hitachi America
    6. NY's Energy Storage Target: It's the Journey, not the Destination, Stakeholders Say

      NY's Energy Storage Target: It's the Journey, not the Destination, Stakeholders Say

      The New York Public Service Commission's order last week creating a 3 GW by 2030 energy storage target identified a destination on the state's transformation of its energy sector, but did not delineate every road on route to that goal. The PSC order did not provide details on how some of the goals will be achieved or on issues such as the apportionment of some funds. In a wider context, there are questions about how the storage goal will mesh with the wholesale power market rules of the New York Independent System Operator. In addition, there are pending permitting issues in New York City that could affect the anticipated build-out of energy storage facilities there.

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      Mentions: CA OR MA
    7. Mexico Gets Its First Grid-Scale Battery—at a Car Factory

      Mexico Gets Its First Grid-Scale Battery—at a Car Factory

      Mexico energy authorities have been developing an energy storage strategy to balance out the country’s recent surge in solar power plants. What appears to be the first and largest battery to come online, though, does something else entirely. The 12-megawatt/12-megawatt-hour device switched on in October to deliver reliability and power quality at a 130-megawatt microgrid serving an automotive factory campus in Monterrey. The device handles spinning reserve, voltage support and frequency for the fully self-contained electrical system.

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    8. The Sharing Economy’s Next Frontier: Energy Sharing

      The Sharing Economy’s Next Frontier: Energy Sharing

      The so-called sharing economy has given rise to new forms of business, such as AirBnB and Uber. Could the same sharing approach work in the utility business? A Missouri S&T researcher thinks it can, and she has developed a model for a peer-to-peer network through which consumers could buy, sell, and share energy.

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      Mentions: Missouri NY
    9. UK Water Utility Makes Storage Splash

      UK Water Utility Makes Storage Splash

      UK water company Northumbrian Water will trial energy storage systems at several of its UK sites next year. The systems, comprising second-life lithium ion batteries from Renault electric cars, will mainly be used to manage energy loads and reduce energy spend by recharging with lower cost electricity at night for providing power during high-cost evening peak times. The batteries will also earn revenues by providing grid balancing services.

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      Mentions: UK Renault
    10. Sonnen: Residential Batteries Ready to Compete with Fossil Fuels and Nuclear in Germany

      Sonnen: Residential Batteries Ready to Compete with Fossil Fuels and Nuclear in Germany

      Batteries in private households will be now able to perform the “same tasks as a conventional power plant”, across the whole of Germany, the CEO of Sonnen has said, following a ruling that opens up grid services markets to the company’s devices. Sonnen last week announced that it has obtained pre-qualification to enter Germany’s Primary Control Reserve market by grid operator TenneT for its battery energy storage units installed across the country. Primary Control Reserve is a form of frequency regulation, keeping the grid to within acceptable boundaries of its optimum 50Hz operating frequency.

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      Mentions: Germany Netherlands
    11. North Carolina Panel Bullish on Energy Storage

      North Carolina Panel Bullish on Energy Storage

      Energy storage will not only help North Carolina replace coal-powered electricity in the state in the coming decades but may also offset the need for new natural gas plants as well.  A study of the energy storage landscape was submitted to the state’s General Assembly in early December that will serve as a roadmap to help lawmakers and regulators fully develop the technology. North Carolina is currently in the initial phases of deploying energy storage facilities; however, the report authored by the team of university experts concluded that storing electricity could not only smooth out peak demand periods, but would also become a reliable everyday piece of the region’s fuel mix.

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      Mentions: Duke Energy NC SC
    12. Renewables, Energy Storage, & Managing The Utility Grid Of The Future

      Renewables, Energy Storage, & Managing The Utility Grid Of The Future

      Things are changing fast in the world of electricity generation and distribution. As always, changes are to the advantage of some and the disadvantage of others. The sharp drop in the cost of renewable energy in the past few years is the primary engine driving the changes. The next revolution is bulk energy storage, the piece of the puzzle that will turn traditional ideas of how an electrical grid should operate completely upside down. Here’s a look at what is happening right now and what the utility grid of the future may look like.

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      Mentions: TX Mexico MIT
    13. LSIS Acquires Parker Hannifin’s Energy Grid Tie Division to Create a New U.S. Based Company, LS Energy Solutions

      LSIS Acquires Parker Hannifin’s Energy Grid Tie Division to Create a New U.S. Based Company, LS Energy Solutions

      CHARLOTTE, N.C.--LSIS, a $2B Korea-based global leader in power, automation and smart energy solutions, announced today the acquisition of the Charlotte-based Energy Grid Tie (EGT) Division of Parker-Hannifin, creating a new U.S.-based company, LS Energy Solutions. Financial terms and details of the transaction are not being disclosed.

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      Mentions: U.S. S. Korea LG
    14. Project of the Year: REV Connect

      Project of the Year: REV Connect

      Let's be clear: Anything that can take the torturous rigidity out of utility procurements deserves an award. New York's Reforming the Energy Vision has been around a few years, and the state's efforts to reshape the utility sector are beginning to pay off. Plenty of states have followed suit, but New York's REV is a holistic reimagining of energy resources and the business models underpin the sector. While REV aims to bring about wholesale changes, one initiative within it is speeding the development of new resources and solutions while helping remake utility procurement processes.

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      Mentions: NY NYSERDA
    15. Greensmith Energy Delivers Enhanced Energy Management Software Platform GEMS 6

      Greensmith Energy Delivers Enhanced Energy Management Software Platform GEMS 6

      The technology group Wärtsilä today announced the release of GEMS 6 (Greensmith Energy Management System, version 6), the latest generation of its award-winning software platform proven across grid-scale deployments globally. With this latest release, GEMS continues to be the most advanced energy management solution available today, deployed across more than 70 grid-scale systems in nine countries, integrated with a multitude of thermal and renewable generation assets as well as load and weather forecasting data. “Greensmith Energy is proud to announce the latest innovation in our product portfolio with the release of GEMS 6,” said John Jung, President and CEO of Greensmith Energy. “With this industry-leading energy management platform, we will enable our utility and IPP customers to integrate and optimize all of their energy resources to improve resiliency and flexibility during a time of tremendous transition – paving a viable way towards a 100 percent renewable energy future.”

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    16. Kokam Wins 40 MWh of Battery Storage Contracts in South Korea

      Kokam Wins 40 MWh of Battery Storage Contracts in South Korea

      November 29 - South Korean firm Kokam Co Ltd has secured orders to supply 40 MWh of energy storage systems linked to solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in South Korea. Kokam, a provider of lithium-ion battery cells, batteries and energy storage solutions, said on Wednesday that the capacity is split between two projects totalling 12 MWh and 28 MWh, respectively. It is expected to be put on stream by the end of this year.

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      Mentions: CO S. Korea Kokam
    17. National Renewable Energy Laboratory Gets DOE Award to Develop Grid Electricity Storage System

      National Renewable Energy Laboratory Gets DOE Award to Develop Grid Electricity Storage System

      The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) recently awarded DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) $2.8 million to develop a grid electricity storage and power generation system. The system includes a charging device, thermal energy storage modules, a heat exchanger, and a closed-loop Brayton cycle turbine. “When electric power is cheapest, electric heaters will ‘charge’ the storage modules by heating stable, inexpensive solid particles to more than 1,100 degrees Celsius,” NREL Principal Investigator Zhiwen Ma said. “And when it’s time to discharge this energy, the hot particles will move through a heat exchanger to heat a working fluid that drives a high-efficiency closed-Brayton combined cycle attached to an electric generator.”

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      Mentions: DoE GE CO
    18. US Congress Urged to Clarify Eligibility of Energy Storage for ITC

      US Congress Urged to Clarify Eligibility of Energy Storage for ITC

      The US government has been urged to recognise the “critical role” energy storage can play in making the grid cleaner and able to accept more renewable energy, by increasing the eligibility of batteries and other technologies to receive the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The ITC is applicable to purchases of solar energy equipment in the US and applies about a 30% rebate or discount for buyers. In recent years the policy scheme has been adjusted to include energy storage but for a long time, storage systems could only receive the Federal subsidy if installed at the same time as solar equipment.

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    19. Ultracapacitors On UC San Diego's Microgrid — Smoothing the Sun

      Ultracapacitors On UC San Diego's Microgrid — Smoothing the Sun

      Maxwell Technologies has installed the first ultracapacitor energy storage system on UC San Diego’s microgrid. The system, an inconspicuous 20-foot container filled with ultracapacitor modules, supports the solar panels that capture and feed energy to the adjacent La Jolla Playhouse Theater. The goal of the Maxwell ultracapacitor bank installation was to see if ultracapacitors can provide a more cost-effective energy storage system for microgrids—and better response time—than batteries.

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      Mentions: U.S. Maxwell
    20. How Battery Storage Is Changing The Renewable Energy Game

      How Battery Storage Is Changing The Renewable Energy Game

      The mass adoption and implementation of solar energy in South African homes and businesses has been rapidly increasing over the past few years. But, going completely “off grid” has so far been held back by the expense of storing power from renewable sources. But this is changing, as the technology is available, and becoming more affordable, for dramatically reducing the reliance on state utility, Eskom, for electricity in South Africa.

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    21. Adara Power Installs SGIP-Funded Energy Storage at California Almond Farm

      Adara Power Installs SGIP-Funded Energy Storage at California Almond Farm

      Adara Power, a privately-held commercial energy storage company, announces an SGIP-funded deployment and commissioning of an intelligent energy storage system at Violich Farms in Orland, CA. The California Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) provides financial incentives for the installation of energy storage in order to reduce green-house gas emissions and improve the stability of the grid. Adara Power partnered with Chico Electric, an electrical and solar general contractor, to design, build and commission the 330kWh lithium-ion battery coupled to a 175kW solar array. The energy storage system discharges during peak electricity usage and saves money through reduced demand charges. 

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      Mentions: CA NV U.S.
    22. AES Commits to 70% Carbon Reduction in Climate Scenario Report

      AES Commits to 70% Carbon Reduction in Climate Scenario Report

      AES, one of the world’s largest power companies, has released a report detailing the company’s moves to reduce carbon emissions 70% by 2030, but, more importantly, their plans to incorporate increasing amounts of renewable generation and energy storage projects to compliment this new generation. In the report, AES outlines three scenarios of optimization between carbon reduction and minimizing the stress of a new energy transition, known as the Business as Usual Scenario, the Greener Scenario and 1.5-2°C Scenario, the same one outlined in the Paris Agreement.

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