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    1. Battery On The Berm: The Ludington Pumped Storage Facility

      Battery On The Berm: The Ludington Pumped Storage Facility

      The Ludington pumped storage facility is essentially one of the world’s largest batteries. Consumers Energy gets its base load of energy from its coal and gas plants across the state. When the energy demands peak above that base load, they need places like the Ludington Pumped Storage Facility to pick up the slack. In just a matter of minutes, they can open up the gates, get the water flowing through the turbines and pick up that amount. When the demand is low, like at night, they will start pumping water back in to the reservoir, getting ready for that next call.

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      Mentions: DTE Energy Michigan
    2. Fortum Pairs Li-ion Storage with Hydropower Plant in Sweden

      Fortum Pairs Li-ion Storage with Hydropower Plant in Sweden

      Fortum has started operating a 5 MW/6.2 MWh lithium-ion battery storage system at the Forshuvud hydropower plant in Dalarna, Sweden. It plans to use the storage system to lower the risk of network disturbances, while minimizing what Fortum describes as “wear and tear” on the hydropower facility. The batteries at Forshuvud will compensate for increasingly rapid changes in electricity generation caused by wind power, for example. The system will improve the hydropower plant’s role as a regulator and more effectively take advantage of capacity regulation.

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      Mentions: Sweden
    3. California ISO Tests Flow Battery Tech that Could Decrease Bulk Storage Costs

      California ISO Tests Flow Battery Tech that Could Decrease Bulk Storage Costs

      The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) on April 30 said it has become one of the first wholesale power markets in the United States to connect a new and innovative battery storage technology to its grid. The four-year pilot project is intended to test and evaluate the performance of flow batteries in the commercial wholesale market. San Diego Gas & Electric, in coordination with Tokyo-based Sumitomo Electric, started testing a flow battery in 2015, according to CAISO, and the battery started participating in the ISO wholesale market in December.

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    4. Con Edison Installing Localized Small Battery Systems in NYC

      Con Edison Installing Localized Small Battery Systems in NYC

      Con Edison, the utility servicing New York City and one of the largest privately-owned utilities in the US, is beginning a drive to install small energy storage systems across NYC to meet local energy needs without costly infrastructure upgrades. Many of the battery projects are part of Reforming the Energy Vision, a larger state-wide program to modernize the grid and lower emissions.

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      Mentions: New York Con Edison
    5. Brayton Point to Become Renewable Energy Center

      Brayton Point to Become Renewable Energy Center

      A planned facility that would convert and store electricity generated by offshore wind turbines was unveiled Monday at Brayton Point. Construction on the Anbaric Renewable Energy Center is expected to begin in 2021 and will result in a 1,200-megawatt, high-voltage direct current converter. The facility will serve as the “plug-in” between offshore wind turbines and the power grid from which local homes and buildings receive electricity. Anbaric is also planning to build 400 megawatts worth of battery storage on the site, which would be utilized on days when winds are low and turbine output is less productive.

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      Mentions: Massachusetts
    6. What's New in Energy Storage

      What's New in Energy Storage

      Last year, the U.S. energy storage market nearly doubled, and it is expected to double again in 2019. In fact, the final quarter of 2018 broke the previous record for megawatt-hours deployed in a single quarter by 50%, according to a report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Energy Storage Association (ESA). Although solar-power projects are typically more likely to take advantage of battery storage, wind energy also benefits from storage in certain cases. For example, Texas’ largest energy storage site is co-located with a solar power plant — but it can make use of solar and grid-generated wind energy.

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      Mentions: Duke Energy ESA EVgo
    7. Con Ed Creates Battery Farm in Ozone Park

      Con Ed Creates Battery Farm in Ozone Park

      Tucked between a school and church in Ozone Park is Con Edison’s new pride and joy. Eight ordinary-looking shipping containers sit in the company's Battery Storage Station. A Con Edison official said that what's inside the containers is the future of the electric industry. The technology isn’t new but this is the first time Con Edison has created it’s own battery farm. The goal of the project to store electricity for use at a later date, like on hot summer days, when air conditioners can strain the power grid.

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      Mentions: New York Con Edison
    8. California Flips Switch on First Grid-Connected Flow Battery

      California Flips Switch on First Grid-Connected Flow Battery

      Flow batteries, an emerging technology, could be more durable and hardy than the most popular grid-scale batteries in use today. Now, California's independent system operator has hooked one up. Located at the Miguel substation in Bonita, a flow battery system installed by San Diego Gas & Electric has undergone testing and fine-tuning as part of a four-year pilot project to develop storage technologies aimed at integrating more renewable energy sources into California’s grid.

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    9. In Illinois, Storage is Among the Next Hurdles for Renewables Expansion

      In Illinois, Storage is Among the Next Hurdles for Renewables Expansion

      ComEd sees a significant role for energy storage on Illinois’ electric grid as the state works toward realizing its ambitious renewable goals. The utility won’t be the only one with a role to play. As they seek to demonstrate the value of storage, state regulators will consider incentives, and developers will have to continue to make it more affordable and efficient.

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      Mentions: Illinois
    10. NYPA Issues RFI for Energy Storage; New York Offers $280M

      NYPA Issues RFI for Energy Storage; New York Offers $280M

      The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is seeking expressions of interest from companies that want to develop energy storage projects. Separately, another state agency, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) took its first step this week in a $400 million program that aims to grow an energy storage market in the state.

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    11. New York Energy Storage Incentive Details: $280 Million Available *Today*

      New York Energy Storage Incentive Details: $280 Million Available *Today*

      The New York State Energy Research & Development Agency (NYSERDA) and the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) have put forth $280 million worth of incentives for energy storage in two programs: one for “retail” systems smaller than 5 MW, and a Bulk Storage program for larger systems.

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    12. Southern California Edison Picks 195MW Battery Portfolio in Place of Puente Gas Plant

      Southern California Edison Picks 195MW Battery Portfolio in Place of Puente Gas Plant

      Utility Southern California Edison selected a roster of energy storage projects to supply local capacity needs around the coastal city of Oxnard, instead of the 262-megawatt natural-gas peaker plant it had chosen previously. If regulators give their approval, Strata Solar will build and own a 100-megawatt/400-megawatt-hour system in Oxnard, and dispatch it on behalf of SCE. This system will tie for largest lithium-ion battery in the world when it comes online in December 2020.

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    13. Microgrids at Ontario Technology Park to Offer Model for Energy Sharing

      Microgrids at Ontario Technology Park to Offer Model for Energy Sharing

      Many tend to think of a microgrid as an enclosed campus with generation, energy storage and a resource management system, all islandable from the grid. But that thinking is limited. Microgrids also can involve small commercial communities, as planned by Canadian company Stantec, projects that right-size distributed energy resources so that an entire community benefits rather than just the host facility.

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    14. California’s Record-Setting Virtual Power Plant

      California’s Record-Setting Virtual Power Plant

      In its first year of operation, a record-setting virtual power plant in California has delivered more than 2 gigawatt-hours to the grid. The VPP is part of massive grid modernization undertaken by Southern California Edison, which provides power to 15 million people across a 50,000-square-mile swath of the state. Designed and operated by AMS and owned by Macquarie Capital, the virtual power plant is tasked to reduce peak demand in the Los Angeles Basin by installing battery storage systems behind the meter at properties of SCE’s commercial customers. The project’s first phase (11 megawatts/60 megawatt-hours) went into operation last year.

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    15. GE Renewable Energy Announces Solar + Storage System for Upstate New York

      GE Renewable Energy Announces Solar + Storage System for Upstate New York

      GE Renewable Energy has reached an agreement with Helios Energy to deliver two energy storage systems to be integrated with solar arrays for the Lenox Solar/Energy Storage project in Lenox, New York. The hybrid system will be installed in upstate New York at the end of 2019 and is expected operational by the second quarter of 2020. The project will enable dispatchable renewable energy penetration into the grid, helping power New York state with reliable renewable energy.

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      Mentions: GE New York
    16. Green Mountain Power Aims for 100% Renewables by 2030 with up to 100 MW Storage

      Green Mountain Power Aims for 100% Renewables by 2030 with up to 100 MW Storage

      Green Mountain Power (GMP), Vermont's largest utility, on Saturday announced a goal to reach 100% carbon-free resources by 2025 and 100% renewables by 2030. The utility's IRP identifies distributed energy resources as central to reaching that goal, including small-scale generation and storage facilities. GMP plans to add 50 MW to 100 MW of storage over the next 10 years in order to reach its renewable energy goals.

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      Mentions: Vermont
    17. GE Renewable Energy to Implement DC-Coupled Solar and Battery Energy Storage Hybrid System in Upstate New York

      GE Renewable Energy to Implement DC-Coupled Solar and Battery Energy Storage Hybrid System in Upstate New York

      GE Renewable Energy today said is has reached an agreement with Helios Energy to deliver two energy storage systems to be integrated with solar arrays for the Lenox Solar / Energy Storage project in Lenox, NY. The hybrid system will be installed in upstate New York at the end of 2019 and is expected to reach commercial operation in the second quarter of 2020.

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      Mentions: GE New York
    18. Three Large-Scale Energy Storage Technologies That May Hold the Keys to Unleashing an All-Out Renewable Energy Transition

      Three Large-Scale Energy Storage Technologies That May Hold the Keys to Unleashing an All-Out Renewable Energy Transition

      Recent developments to do with pumped hydro, liquid air and kinetic energy storage technology hold out the promise of inexpensive, widely available energy storage. If realized, deployments could be the catalyst that fuels growth of solar, wind and other emissions-free, renewable energy capacity to new, significantly higher, heights, proponents say.

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      Mentions: Highview
    19. Vattenfall Explores if New Energy Storage Is Worth its Salt

      Vattenfall Explores if New Energy Storage Is Worth its Salt

      Swedish utility Vattenfall will test a new salt-based energy storage system for storing wind and solar generated electricity, as part of a 10MWh pilot project at its Reuter thermal power plant in Berlin, Germany. The ‘salt battery’ technology, developed by specialist outfit SaltX, has been shown in experiments to have ten-fold the capacity to storage energy than water using nano-coated salt – and can be charged several thousand times with the energy stored “for weeks or months without losses”.

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      Mentions: Germany Sweden SaltX
    20. T&D Asset Operators Look to Critical Energy Storage

      T&D Asset Operators Look to Critical Energy Storage

      Upgrading and deferring existing wires and substations may be the most common application of battery storage utilized for transmission and distribution. However, batteries also provide a range of solutions designed to maximize the lifetime of T&D infrastructure. Also referred to as T&D asset optimization, these energy storage systems are designed to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of existing T&D assets to provide electricity in a given service territory. Ensuring that these systems are reliable is critical to the effective operation of electricity throughout a given service territory.

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