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    1. Hybrid Solar and Storage in Hawaii

      Hybrid Solar and Storage in Hawaii

      In January 2019, the world’s largest photovoltaic peaker plant began providing evening and morning renewable peaking capacity to the grid on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The solar-plus-storage system promises to ensure a sustainable future for the island and establish a new model for stabilizing grid-scale renewable energy. Instead of simply augmenting traditional generation, solar-plus-storage sequentially can replace it altogether.

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    2. Los Angeles & 8minute Solar Announce 25-Year PPA At Under 2 Cents Per kWh!

      Los Angeles & 8minute Solar Announce 25-Year PPA At Under 2 Cents Per kWh!

      If approved, Los Angeles will enter into a 25-year power purchase agreement for 400 MW AC/530 MW DC of solar electricity at a price of 1.997 cents per kWh — the lowest price yet for solar power in the US. Adding a 100 MW/200 MWh battery will cost an additional 1.3 cents per kWh. The project includes the option to add 50 MW/200 MWh of energy storage for 0.665 cents per kWh more. The project will be built in two 200 MW AC phases. In the second phase, the size of the battery storage component may double.

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    3. Electricity Storage Could be the Next Technology that Changes Life on Earth

      Electricity Storage Could be the Next Technology that Changes Life on Earth

      Electricity storage is a bridge technology that can take Texas from a system of large, centralized, fossil fuel and renewable power plants, to a future of cleaner, decentralized renewable energy. And it is a crucial bridge, as Texas attempts to keep the lights on amid this technology transition.

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    4. AES Breaks Ground on 400 MWh Energy Storage Project in Southern California

      AES Breaks Ground on 400 MWh Energy Storage Project in Southern California

      AES Alamitos, a subsidiary of The AES Corporation, announces the groundbreaking of a 400 megawatt-hour (MWh) battery-based energy storage system for Alamitos Energy Center (AEC) as part of a larger modernization and replacement project of the existing AES Alamitos Generating Station. The energy storage facility in Long Beach will provide up to 400 MWh of local energy to ensure power flexibility and reliability for Southern California Edison (SCE) customers, while helping the state meet its aggressive target of 100 percent clean energy by 2045.

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    5. ENGIE Storage 4MWh System Lands at San Diego Airport

      ENGIE Storage 4MWh System Lands at San Diego Airport

      San Diego International Airport in California will be home to a battery energy storage system paired with onsite solar PV that is set to reduce electricity costs as well as deliver much-needed reductions in carbon emissions and peak demand charges. Comprising as much as 40% of the airport's monthly energy bills, the energy storage system will help reduce these demand charges.

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      Mentions: California Engie
    6. CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Nevada Energy’s Announced Energy Storage Additions

      CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Nevada Energy’s Announced Energy Storage Additions

      The U.S. Energy Storage Association congratulates NV Energy on its recent plan to deploy nearly 600 MW of energy storage by 2023. This exciting announcement builds upon a nationwide trend in energy storage market growth. We especially applaud NV Energy for partnering with third parties in this effort, sending a strong signal for businesses to invest in energy storage in Nevada.

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    7. The Power of Reusing Electric Vehicle Batteries

      The Power of Reusing Electric Vehicle Batteries

      A “second-life” energy storage system using ex-EV batteries developed by Professor Jae Wan Park and his graduate students at the UC Davis Green Technology Laboratory. Made possible by a grant from the California Energy Commission, this project is reducing the on-peak energy use and carbon footprint of the UC Davis Robert Mondavi Institute — a combined winery, brewery, and food processing complex.

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    8. Storage Shock Absorber

      Storage Shock Absorber

      Energy storage technology is changing the industry as it truly becomes a shock absorber in the struggle to balance supply and demand as solar and wind generation increases. This integrated technology is moving the electric power delivery industry closer to the fabled virtual power plant, which is why energy storage has been called the enabling technology. The technology of plus storage is rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with and only the surface has been scratched.

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    9. Hawaii's New RFP Comes with a Side of Storage

      Hawaii's New RFP Comes with a Side of Storage

      The Hawaiian Electric Industries, the parent company of Hawaii’s investor-owned utilities, has officially kicked off the second phase of its renewable energy procurement agreement, whose roots date back to 2017. Of the Hawaiian Islands, phase 2 procurement focuses on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii, with the former two given clear renewable generation and battery storage targets.

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    10. The Biggest Money is on Wind, Solar, and Storage at NextEra

      The Biggest Money is on Wind, Solar, and Storage at NextEra

      NextEra’s 2019 Investor Presentation is 235 slides of deep information showing the forward-looking business plans of multiple business units. These include large volumes of solar, wind, storage and transmission – as well as ideas and projections on how these technologies will evolve over the next five-plus years.

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      Mentions: NREL EIA Nextera
    11. EDP Renewables is Planning 130-MW Solar+Storage Project in California

      EDP Renewables is Planning 130-MW Solar+Storage Project in California

      EDP Renewables and East Bay Community Energy have reached an agreement on a 20-year PPA totaling 100 MW of solar and 30 MW of storage that will bring the Sonrisa Solar Park to California’s Fresno County. The Sonrisa Solar Park is expected to be operational in 2022 and will jobs and money spent in local communities. The Sonrisa Solar Park, which will be comprised of both solar and storage technologies, is EDP Renewables’ first multi-technology project in North America.

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    12. Eos Supplying Non-Lithium Batteries for Duke, UCSD Storage Projects

      Eos Supplying Non-Lithium Batteries for Duke, UCSD Storage Projects

      Duke Energy is commissioning a 30kW/120kW non-lithium battery for its McAlpine microgrid test facility in North Carolina. Eos Energy Storage is manufacturer and supplier of the Aurora 2.0 battery system for the McAlpine substation in Charlotte. The zinc battery system has been directly integrated, or DC-coupled, to a grid-connected solar array using a DC-DC converter instead of an AC-inverter to eliminate unnecessary hardware and reduce efficiency losses.

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    13. GlidePath Builds Merchant Battery Plant in ERCOT, Bucking Industry Wisdom

      GlidePath Builds Merchant Battery Plant in ERCOT, Bucking Industry Wisdom

      Renewables developer GlidePath has begun construction on a rare standalone storage project in the tricky Texas market. The 10-megawatt/10-megawatt-hour Prospect Storage plant will bid into the ERCOT markets for energy and ancillary services. Though small by the standards of today’s utility-scale market, the project, located 50 miles south of Houston, is notable for making the economics work in ERCOT.

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    14. Cordova Cuts Ribbon on New Energy Future

      Cordova Cuts Ribbon on New Energy Future

      Senator Lisa Murkowski and energy leaders were in Cordova, Alaska over the weekend for the ribbon cutting of Cordova Electric Cooperative's battery energy storage system. Hydropower produces 70% of Cordova's energy, while diesel fills in the gap producing 30% of their energy. In the summers, the fishing industry and processing plants produce a higher demand on the energy grid, and the load goes up and down; the battery will help them cut down the amount of times they have to start and stop the diesel generator in half.

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      Mentions: DoE Alaska
    15. World's Largest Battery System Planned for Nevada Solar Plant

      World's Largest Battery System Planned for Nevada Solar Plant

      Last week, one of the largest solar and battery projects in the world just got one step closer to approval. On Friday the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the colossal Gemini Solar Project, a behemoth planned for 11 square miles of the Nevada desert northeast of Las Vegas. The paperwork shows few exact details of the project, however it notes that there has been an upgrade to the scale of the battery storage component, with a mammoth 531 MW / 2125 megawatt-hour (MWh) battery planned accompany the 690 MWac of solar that will be deployed.

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    16. Iberdrola to Build Largest UK Wind Power Battery

      Iberdrola to Build Largest UK Wind Power Battery

      Iberdrola is to build the UK’s largest battery linked to a wind farm, said the Spanish group’s ScottishPower unit. The 50MW lithium-ion battery will store power from the 539MW Whitelee project in Scotland that is currently Britain’s biggest operating onshore wind facility. The battery is set to be operating by the end of 2020. Adding large-scale storage capability is seen as a key strategy to allowing variable renewable sources such as wind power to respond effectively to demand. The Whitelee battery will be able to offer services such as reactive power and frequency response to the National Grid.

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    17. Duke Energy Florida to Build its Largest Battery Storage Projects Yet

      Duke Energy Florida to Build its Largest Battery Storage Projects Yet

      Duke Energy Florida announced three battery storage projects, totaling 22 megawatts, that will improve overall reliability and support critical services during power outages. Collectively, the storage facilities will enhance grid operations, increase efficiencies and improve overall reliability for surrounding communities. They will also provide important backup generation during power outages, a service that is becoming increasingly important with the number and intensity of storms that have recently impacted the state.

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    18. East Coast ESS Projects Switched on by NEC, Aggreko

      East Coast ESS Projects Switched on by NEC, Aggreko

      Two of the best known system integrators in the energy storage field have just completed work on large-scale battery systems on the eastern coast of the US, NEC in Massachusetts and Aggreko in New York. The two latest projects demonstrate how states in the US, and not just the usual solar industry ‘hotspots’ such as California, Arizona or Texas can use energy storage systems to cost-effectively increase reliability of electricity supply while also lowering energy costs through either high value single applications or a combination of appropriate applications for the technology.

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    19. New York State to Award $5M for Ideas to Integrate Renewable Energy Into Grid

      New York State to Award $5M for Ideas to Integrate Renewable Energy Into Grid

      New York State will award $5 million for projects that will help New York integrate renewable energy in ways to improve the electric grid. The proposals will be evaluated based on several factors: how they improve overall grid performance, reduce energy costs, and support the state’s clean energy goals. This supports Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Green New Deal proposal to achieve 70 percent renewable energy by 2030.

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      Mentions: New York NYSERDA
    20. Utah Hosts 1GW Storage Mega-Mix

      Utah Hosts 1GW Storage Mega-Mix

      Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and Magnum Development are collaborating on what will result in a 1GW energy storage project in Utah, in the US. The Advanced Clean Energy Storage initiative, announced by the companies with state governor Gary Herbert, will deploy four utility-scale technologies – renewable hydrogen, compressed air energy storage, large-scale flow batteries and solid oxide fuel cells

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    21. Energy Storage Legislation introduced in Congress to Drive Down Costs

      Energy Storage Legislation introduced in Congress to Drive Down Costs

      Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Rep. Tina Smith (D-Minn) introduced energy storage legislation this week that calls for a $300 million initiative to build five advanced, grid-scale systems across the country. Under the Better Energy Storage Technology Act (BEST), the Department of Energy would invest $60 million a year from 2020 through 2024 to complete the projects by September 2023.

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