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    1. NYPA Initiative Targets Quicker Commercialization Path for Storage, EV Startups

      NYPA Initiative Targets Quicker Commercialization Path for Storage, EV Startups

      A new partnership led by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will focus on finding and assisting startup businesses focused on electric vehicle and energy storage technologies, aiming to help meet the state's Green New Deal goals, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D, announced yesterday. Dubbed the "NYPA Innovation Challenge," the partnership between the utility and New York University Tandon's Urban Future Lab will launch in May with an application deadline in June and winners announced a month later. The challenge will support NYPA's $250 million EVolveNY electric vehicle adoption initiative, as well as New York's goal to add 3 GW of battery storage by 2030.

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    2. FERC Asks Grid Operators for More Detail on Storage Participation

      FERC Asks Grid Operators for More Detail on Storage Participation

      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday asked regional grid operators for more information on how they will implement a major order on energy storage issued last year. FERC asked each grid operator to detail various aspects of energy storage market participation, including size requirements, state of charge management and how storage resources can participate as both buyers and sellers in wholesale markets. The requests come as FERC considers rehearing requests on its landmark February 2018 energy storage directive, Order 841. Grid operators have 30 days to file responses.

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      Mentions: FERC PJM New York
    3. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Is Full of Closed Mines. Technology May Give Them New Life

      Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Is Full of Closed Mines. Technology May Give Them New Life

      Michigan Technological University is studying whether communities could transform abandoned mines into valuable energy storage. University researchers are partnering with the Marquette County city of Negaunee, population 4,500, on a pilot project that could help mining communities turn liabilities into assets. The prospect is particularly intriguing in the Upper Peninsula, home to hundreds of abandoned metal mines and cripplingly high electricity rates.

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      Mentions: Hawaii Michigan PNNL
    4. Microgrids Restore Water Services in Remote Puerto Rico Communities

      Microgrids Restore Water Services in Remote Puerto Rico Communities

      New water and wastewater systems powered by solar plus storage microgrids are reviving life and livelihoods in remote areas of Puerto Rico still struggling to recover from 2017’s Hurricane Maria. In hard-to-reach areas of Puerto Rico where grid power has only recently been restored, six microgrid-powered pumping systems are now up and running, thanks to a partnership between South Carolina-based non-profit Water Mission and Hawaii-based energy storage company Blue Planet Energy.

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      Mentions: Puerto Rico
    5. Optimizing Natural Gas Generation with Energy Storage

      Optimizing Natural Gas Generation with Energy Storage

      Integrating energy storage with new and existing gas plants can result in improved efficiencies and lower emissions. As the deployment of renewables plus energy storage accelerates exponentially across the country, utilities are recognizing the proven ability of storage resources to supplement and, in some cases, completely replace gas-fired generation.

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    6. Solar + Storage Projects to Drive Utility-Scale Deployment of Batteries: Navigant

      Solar + Storage Projects to Drive Utility-Scale Deployment of Batteries: Navigant

      Storage-plus PPAs are already less expensive than the levelized cost of energy for combined cycle natural gas in the United States, according to a recent report from Navigant Research. Lithium-ion batteries are one of the main drivers in the growth of the utility-scale energy storage market, accounting for almost 30% of non-pumped storage capacity developed since 2011, the report found.

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      Mentions: Hawaii U.S. Navigant
    7. Battery Storage is Changing the Dynamics of Renewable Revolution

      Battery Storage is Changing the Dynamics of Renewable Revolution

      Declining costs of solar power and a continued push for clean energy are driving rapid and large-scale investments in renewable energy resources. But it’s battery storage that’s quickly changing the dynamics of the renewables revolution. Many utilities see the potential that storage has to fundamentally change the way they do business. They are seeking a path forward – either to help meet customer demand with a lower carbon and emissions footprint, to satisfy rising regulatory mandates for reduced reliance on legacy power generation sources, or to contribute to reliability and resiliency efforts.

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    8. Solar+Storage Sited at C&I Locations can be the Backbone of the Grid

      Solar+Storage Sited at C&I Locations can be the Backbone of the Grid

      A new analysis suggests that 9.2 GW of the California Independent System Operator’s required 47.5 GW of “Resource Adequacy” could be met by customer-sited solar+storage. In total, it would require approximately 48 GWdc of rooftop solar power, and 21 GW / 42 GWh of battery storage, to meet the requirement. The study looked at individual rooftops within the state, in essence building a grid from the rooftop up.

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      Mentions: California NREL CAISO
    9. Energy Storage & Microgrids as Part of ISO New England's Puzzle

      Energy Storage & Microgrids as Part of ISO New England's Puzzle

      The New England Independent System Operator says in its 2019 Regional Electricity Outlook that its challenges are to integrate greater levels of renewables onto the grid while also maintaining a robust transmission system and energy security. Some of the issues to overcome are bringing battery storage to market while dealing with stricter air emissions rules that can limit the use of conventional infrastructure. In the past, New England has benefited from two pumped-hydro facilities that have supplied nearly 2,000 MW of capacity within 10 minutes. But today the region has 20 MW of grid-scale battery storage, and it has another 1,300 MW on the table, which could come on line by 2022.

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    10. Batteries Edge Out Natural Gas Peaking Plants in Arizona RFP

      Batteries Edge Out Natural Gas Peaking Plants in Arizona RFP

      A recent announcement by electric utility Arizona Public Service could mark the tipping point in the way utilities think about building resources to meet peak demand. Historically utilities built “peakers,” usually gas turbines fueled by natural gas, to meet spikes in demand, but in recent solicitations Arizona Public Service chose battery storage projects over peakers. Late last month, APS, the largest utility in the state, said it plans to add 850 MW of energy storage by 2025, including 200 MW of stand-alone energy storage projects that competed and won against gas-fired peakers.

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    11. How Residential Energy Storage Could Help Support the Power Grid

      How Residential Energy Storage Could Help Support the Power Grid

      The growth of battery storage in the power sector has attracted a great deal of attention in the industry and media. Much of that attention focuses on utility-scale batteries and on batteries for commercial and industrial customers. While these larger batteries are critical segments of the energy-storage market, the rapid growth of residential energy storage is outpacing expectations, and these household systems will likely become important assets sooner than many expect. The growth trajectory and potential value of these household systems to customers and the power grid warrants a closer look.

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    12. Storing Energy By Heating Stones To 600 Degrees — Could Power Whole Country For Hours

      Storing Energy By Heating Stones To 600 Degrees — Could Power Whole Country For Hours

      The Danish minister of education and research attended the official inauguration of a giant pilot facility that will use 600 degree hot stones to store energy. High-temperature thermal energy storage uses cheap, non-degradable, and environmentally friendly storage materials combined with known charging and discharging technology to reduce the cost and increase the efficiency of energy storage.

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      Mentions: Denmark
    13. Arkansas Utility Contracts NextEra to Build 100MW PV Project with 30MW Storage

      Arkansas Utility Contracts NextEra to Build 100MW PV Project with 30MW Storage

      NextEra Resources will build a 100MW solar farm for Entergy Arkansas, to include 30MW of battery energy storage, as Entergy seeks to build out solar capacity in the state. Entergy Arkansas said yesterday that it has contracted NextEra Resources, one of the three main NextEra power producer companies along with Florida Light & Power and NextEra Energy, to build the project near Searcy, in White County Arkansas. Scheduled for completion in 2021, Entergy will own and operate plant once it has been designed and built by NextEra, bringing the utility’s solar generation capacity in its service area up to 281MW.

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    14. Germany Looks to Put Thermal Storage Into Coal Plants

      Germany Looks to Put Thermal Storage Into Coal Plants

      The German Aerospace Center is investigating whether Germany’s coal plants could be reused as energy storage assets. The research body, which has a track record in concentrated solar power development, is planning a pilot that will involve ripping out the boiler from an old coal plant and replacing it with a molten salt thermal storage tank that will be heated using excess renewable energy. If the concept works, then advocates say it could help safeguard coal generation jobs while giving Germany tens of gigawatts of storage capacity for renewable energy load-shifting on the German grid.

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      Mentions: Germany Spain
    15. How Three Battery Types Work in Grid-Scale Energy Storage Systems

      How Three Battery Types Work in Grid-Scale Energy Storage Systems

      Storage systems may support renewable projects, such as wind and solar, by regulating the variability of these energy sources and increasing reliability to deliver on-demand power. Picking an ideal battery application and designing the best system and operating strategy can make or break the economics of an energy storage project. There are performance-specific features and applications for each of these battery systems, however, the goal of energy storage developers is the same: to choose a battery application that will ensure an affordable, reliable, and efficient energy-storage system.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Singapore
    16. California’s Wildfire Threat Could be an Opportunity for Clean-Energy Microgrids

      California’s Wildfire Threat Could be an Opportunity for Clean-Energy Microgrids

      California’s biggest investor-owned utilities are expected to de-energize power lines more frequently this year to stop them from igniting fires when the weather is dry and windy. It’s one of the fastest and cheapest ways for utilities to keep wildfires from sparking. But there’s an obvious downside: Whole communities can go dark for hours or even days. With those concerns in mind, some energy companies are urging state officials to incentivize microgrids and smaller standalone energy systems, such as rooftop solar paired with batteries, in fire-prone communities. Those technologies, the companies say, could help keep the lights on during preemptive power shutoffs.

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    17. Report Highlights Hydrogen Potential in Energy Transition

      Report Highlights Hydrogen Potential in Energy Transition

      A new research paper concludes that hydrogen produced from renewables will become “an economic energy carrier to complement electricity and accelerate the decarbonization of industrial feedstock and heat, as well as providing long-term storage solutions”. The study by DNV GL explains that hydrogen is a unique energy carrier with no carbon emissions that can be used for long-term storage and heating applications. When used with electricity generated from renewables, “the resulting energy carrier is carbon-free green hydrogen”.

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      Mentions: DNV GL
    18. NYSERDA Targets Retail and Bulk Storage Incentives as State Aims for 3 GW by 2030

      NYSERDA Targets Retail and Bulk Storage Incentives as State Aims for 3 GW by 2030

      The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority on Monday filed its energy storage implementation plan, which aims to incentivize deployments and help the state meet its 3 GW by 2030 target. The plan targets retail and bulk market storage incentives, allocating $130 million and $150 million toward growth in those sectors, respectively, and proposing the remaining $70 million of a $350 million fund be allocated toward "opportunities that have the greatest potential to build a self-sustaining storage market."

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    19. Proposed Kenosha County Solar Farm Could Feature Wisconsin's First Utility-Scale Battery

      Proposed Kenosha County Solar Farm Could Feature Wisconsin's First Utility-Scale Battery

      The developer of a proposed solar farm in Iowa County is planning a second solar farm in Kenosha County that could feature the first utility-scale battery storage in Wisconsin. Chicago-based Invenergy last week submitted an engineering plan for a 200-megawatt solar farm with a 50 megawatt battery component, the first in the state of Wisconsin.

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      Mentions: Wisconsin Invenergy
    20. US Residential Storage on the Rise in Another Record-Breaking Year

      US Residential Storage on the Rise in Another Record-Breaking Year

      Energy storage enjoyed another record-breaking year of deployments in the US in 2018, while the residential segment is now “moving beyond early adopters” and into commercial viability, a report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables claims. Prepared in collaboration with the national Energy Storage Association, US Energy Storage Monitor 2018 Year-in-Review follows on from Wood Mackenzie’s quarterly editions of the report produced throughout the year. Published at the beginning of this week, the company reports “robust growth” in both front-of-meter and behind-the-meter segments of the market through 2018, with 777MWh of energy storage connected to the grid – an 80% increase over 2017 install figures.

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    21. Utility Pays for Rural Power Lines to be Replaced with Solar-Plus-Storage for Remote Farms

      Utility Pays for Rural Power Lines to be Replaced with Solar-Plus-Storage for Remote Farms

      While the rest of the developed world discusses the prospect of how storage will transform grids and utilities, the state government of Western Australia is getting on with it – by replacing 54 km of ageing power lines and poles with off-grid solar and storage systems at 14 farms. These systems are standalone solar and battery systems that include a back-up diesel generator in case more power is needed. As well as replacing ageing grid infrastructure, the transition reduces the risk of bushfires caused by lightning strikes and of incidents related to the operation of farm machinery near electricity lines.

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      Mentions: Australia
    22. FERC Allows Storage to Access New England Real-Time Energy Markets

      FERC Allows Storage to Access New England Real-Time Energy Markets

      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday issued an order accepting tariff revisions proposed by ISO New England, aimed at allowing batteries and other storage technologies to more fully participate in the region's wholesale electricity markets. The revisions to the ISO's Market Rule 1 will become effective April 1, and will allow storage to be dispatched into real-time energy markets.

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    23. Aggreko's Karim Wazni Talks Energy Storage & Storage-as-a-Service

      Aggreko's Karim Wazni Talks Energy Storage & Storage-as-a-Service

      In this discussion on energy storage, including microgrids and storage as a service, Karim Wazni shares his insight on the storage market and the integration of renewables, such as wind and solar energy. Karim is the Managing Director of the Microgrids and Storage Solutions unit for Aggreko, a global provider of power-generation equipment and services.

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      Mentions: Aggreko
    24. REV and GMP Launch Energy Storage Program

      REV and GMP Launch Energy Storage Program

      Green Mountain Power has partnered with Renewable Energy Vermont on a new bring-your-own-device pilot program that will allow about 600 GMP customers to offset the costs of new energy-saving devices in their homes with incentives. According to a press release promoting the program, the enhanced incentive offers $850 per kilowatt of energy storage enrolled in the program, and will offer customers in grid constrained areas who add batteries to existing solar systems an extra $150 per kilowatt.

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      Mentions: Vermont Tesla
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