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    1. Solar + Storage Half The Cost Of Gas Peaker Plants — 8MinuteEnergy

      Solar + Storage Half The Cost Of Gas Peaker Plants — 8MinuteEnergy

      S&P Global reports the cost of solar with battery backup dropped precipitously in 2018. Several tenders for solar plus storage came in at under $30 per megawatt-hour last year. Stand alone prices for installed battery storage — based on a 20 megawatt-hour system with 4 hours of storage — dropped 40% from the previous year to $357 per kilowatt-hour and are expected to keep falling. Bloomberg New Energy Finance projects a further 52% reduction by 2030. Such tumbling prices have led Wood Mackenzie to forecast that as the market for solar plus storage matures, it could put more than 6,400 MW of new natural gas-fired peaking capacity in the US at risk by 2027.

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      Mentions: U.S. Arizona S. Korea
    2. Grid-Scale Energy Storage Firm to Launch Two US Projects in 2019

      Grid-Scale Energy Storage Firm to Launch Two US Projects in 2019

      As liquid air energy storage company Highview Power prepares to launch two US projects this year, an official said Thursday, the company has teamed up with engineering firm Citec to help scale its storage facilities from 50 MW/500 MWh to multiple GWh. Though Cavada could not discuss specific locations or customers, he said Highview is looking at the wind corridor that runs through the Midcontinent Independent System Operator's territory, as well as California, Texas and New York.

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    3. EPRI Awarded $6 Million From DOE for Future Grid Workforce Training Program

      EPRI Awarded $6 Million From DOE for Future Grid Workforce Training Program

      The Electric Power Research Institute has been selected to receive a $6 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office to train the next generation of electric utility workers. The award, the largest of 53 DOE workforce development grants, will be used to develop the data science and analytical skills needed to manage the more integrated grid of the future.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. GE
    4. Use Cases for Utility Solar+Storage

      Use Cases for Utility Solar+Storage

      Integrating storage into the grid is becoming a more popular and more lucrative way to add value to PV projects as well as the electrical grid. Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables’ estimates show a year-over-year growth of more than 50% in the non-residential storage market. Storage, whether integrated into a large-scale PV plant or as a stand-alone asset, can provide a variety of meaningful services to utilities.

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    5. AES Completes Record-Breaking Solar and Battery Plant on Kauai

      AES Completes Record-Breaking Solar and Battery Plant on Kauai

      AES Corporation launched the world’s largest battery plant paired with solar generation Tuesday, on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative is finishing up commissioning for the Lawa’i Solar and Energy Storage Project, which combines 28 megawatts of solar photovoltaic capacity with a lithium-ion battery capable of storing 100 megawatt-hours. The battery alone holds more energy than all but one other U.S. plant: the 120 megawatt-hour facility AES built in Escondido in 2017. Taken as a whole, Lawa’i’s storage capacity outranks any other operational solar-paired battery system in the world, according to Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables.

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    6. Canadian Developer Signs Two Solar-Plus-Battery PPAs with Hawaiian Utilities

      Canadian Developer Signs Two Solar-Plus-Battery PPAs with Hawaiian Utilities

      Canada's Innergex Renewable Energy has signed power purchase agreements with two utilities in Hawaii to supply fixed-price power from solar facilities with combined capacity of 45 MW that will be built with 180 MWh of combined battery storage, the company said Friday. The PPAs come on the heels of Luminant's Thursday announcement that it has brought online its 42-MWh battery system at its 180-MW solar facility in West Texas.

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      Mentions: France Hawaii Chile
    7. Hotel to Operate on Battery Power in Edinburgh

      Hotel to Operate on Battery Power in Edinburgh

      An Edinburgh hotel is claimed to be the first in the UK to be powered by battery. The Gyle Premier Inn at Edinburgh Park has installed a five-tonne battery. It will charge from the grid in off-peak periods and power the 200-room site for several hours each day. The lithium ion battery will save the hotel £20,000 a year on its energy bill. It is able to power the hotel, including the restaurant, for up to three hours after a two-hour charge. Electricity company E.ON has supplied and installed the technology at the hotel and will be remotely managing the battery's workload and efficiency from its energy management center in Glasgow.

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    8. As Utilities Fight Distributed Generation, Electricity is Getting Less Reliable

      As Utilities Fight Distributed Generation, Electricity is Getting Less Reliable

      Providing a stable supply of electricity is a core part of the mission of all utilities, and is demanded by the regulators who oversee them. And yet the security of U.S. electricity supply appears to be getting worse. Not only can solar and batteries supply backup power in the event of an outage, but distributed generation has the advantage of being closer to demand, and can improve the reliability of the grid. Microgrids further enhance this advantage, and are being actively investigated as a means to protect critical infrastructure during disasters.

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    9. Innovative Microgrid Will Power Finnish Distribution Center - Power magazine

      Innovative Microgrid Will Power Finnish Distribution Center - Power magazine

      A distribution center in Finland is installing what is being called the country’s largest industrial microgrid, a system that will use 100% renewable energy coupled with energy storage. The system is being built by Schneider Electric in Järvenpää and is expected to come online in 2019. It will be used by Lidl, a grocery store chain based in Germany. The microgrid is designed to cut the center’s energy costs in half and also serves the region’s electric grid via its battery storage system. The system also heats the facility—it recovers heat from the distribution center’s refrigeration equipment—and supplies hot water to about 500 nearby homes. 

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    10. Energy Storage Project in Australia Connected to Grid

      Energy Storage Project in Australia Connected to Grid

      The project is the first large energy storage facility built by EMC Lendlease, the joint venture between Energy Made Clean, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Carnegie, and Lendlease, an engineering, procurement and construction provider. As the module supplier, Risen Energy provided more than 30,000 mono-crystalline modules to the facility. The modules have been tested by Clean Energy Associates, an American owned and operated global solar PV engineering and quality assurance technical services advisory firm, and are highly adaptable to the local climate conditions in Western Australia in that they can maintain stable power output in hot and dry environments and ensure a high ROI by reducing costs.

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    11. China Making Big Battery Storage Push In 2019

      China Making Big Battery Storage Push In 2019

      China is poised to add a significant amount of battery storage to its utility grid next year. And it’s backing two horses in the energy storage race — both lithium-ion and flow batteries are part of the plan. China’s renewable energy portfolio now stands at 706 gigawatts according to Bloomberg but too much of that is wasted, or curtailed as they say in the utility industry. 7.7% of the electricity generated by wind turbines is curtailed as is 2.9% of electricity from solar panels.

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    12. Molten Metal Energy Storage For Future Maritime Propulsion

      Molten Metal Energy Storage For Future Maritime Propulsion

      The comparatively short sailing distances encountered along navigable inland waterways, combined with stops at navigation locks, enhances the attractiveness of using battery propulsion technology. While the popular electrochemical batteries involve lithium technology and chemical acid technology, other competing batteries operate at elevated temperatures utilizing molten metal energy storage. 

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    13. Federation of Microgrids Planned in Australia by Sempra's PXiSe

      Federation of Microgrids Planned in Australia by Sempra's PXiSe

      Sempra subsidiary PXiSE Energy Solutions plans to create a federation of microgrids to boost renewable energy in remote Australian towns under a new agreement with utility Horizon Power. With its distributed energy resource management (DERM) system the company says it can get past curtailment and power quality issues to boost the percentage of renewables to 50 percent and above. The company’s DERM system networks various distributed energy resources together, with the ability to adjust to grid challenges very quickly.

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    14. Electric Bus Batteries Used To Store Solar Energy

      Electric Bus Batteries Used To Store Solar Energy

      Volvo Buses is taking part in a research project whereby used electric bus batteries get a second lease of life as solar energy storage units. The project, partnering with Göteborg Energi, Riksbyggen, and Johanneberg Science Park, sees used bus batteries installed in apartment blocks that have their own solar electricity production. The reuse and recycling of batteries is a key issue as increasing numbers of cities plan transition to electrically powered transport. 

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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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 New York
    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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
    24. 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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