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    1. Energy Storage Brings Old Plant Back to Life

      Energy Storage Brings Old Plant Back to Life

      The installation of a 2-MW battery-based energy storage system at a retired coal plant in New Richmond, Ohio, is being billed as a sign of the growing potential of repurposing shuttered sites for grid-scale energy storage.  In addition to being completed in record time - about four months - the Duke Energy project, which provides frequency regulation services to the Northeastern PJM market, is also seen as a way for Duke to make money on a plant it was ready to mothball.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. TX
    2. First Flywheel Hybrid Energy Storage Plant in Europe is Opened

      First Flywheel Hybrid Energy Storage Plant in Europe is Opened

      Europe’s first flywheel hybrid energy storage plant has been officially launched in Ireland. The plant in Rhode, County Offaly, is owned and operated by Irish energy company Schwungrad Energie and is expected to enter a test operational phase in February. The Rhode hybrid demo project comprises two Beacon Power 160 kW flywheels and Hitachi Chemical valve-regulated lead acid batteries of up to 240 kW.

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    3. Transforming Tech: PNNL on Cutting Edge of ARPA-E Research

      Transforming Tech: PNNL on Cutting Edge of ARPA-E Research

      The 41 projects selected under OPEN 2015 will pursue novel approaches to energy innovation across the full spectrum of energy applications, with approximately 36 percent of the projects led by universities, 39 percent by small businesses, 10 percent by large businesses, 10 percent by national labs, and 5 percent by non-profits. For example, three technologies -- a computational tool to improve power grid planning, a process to create biofuel from kelp, and a hybrid device that makes hydrogen and stores energy -- are being developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and its partners.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. GE
    4. Southern Company Opens Energy Storage Research Project

      Southern Company Opens Energy Storage Research Project

      Southern Company in September hosted industry leaders and local dignitaries at a ribbon-cutting ceremony and facility tour at the largest battery storage research project in its operating system. Located in Cedartown, Georgia, the new research project will test and evaluate a 1-megawatt (MW)/2-megawatt-hour (MWh) battery storage system using lithium-ion battery technology – similar to the battery chemistry in electric vehicles and many of today's consumer electronics.

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      Mentions: Georgia EPRI LG
    5. US' First Trade Group for Distributed Energy Resources Launches in Hawaii

      US' First Trade Group for Distributed Energy Resources Launches in Hawaii

      A trade council has been formed to support Hawaii’s aim of achieving 100% renewable energy generation by a group of behind-the-meter, distributed energy resource companies that includes solar microinverter maker Enphase. The newly formed Distributed Energy Resources Council (DERC) groups together six names in solar, energy storage and sustainability and energy consulting which share common goals to accelerate the deployment of flexible and distributed resources including solar, smart grids and storage on the islands’ energy networks.

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      Mentions: HI Stem
    6. View of an Energy Storage System

      View of an Energy Storage System

      All customers want reliable power but for some it’s truly a necessity. For one of PG&E’s customers, a company conducting sensitive research work, any interruption in power could cause significant losses in both experimental data and personnel time. S&C’s Yerba Buena project—a finalist for the 2015 Energy Storage North America Awards – provided a solution.

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      Mentions: CA EPRI NGK
    7. In the Running: Avista Utilities Up for CleanTech Achievement Award

      In the Running: Avista Utilities Up for CleanTech Achievement Award

      CleanTech Alliance Washington, the nation's largest state-level clean technology industry association, has named Avista Utilities, Washington State University (WSU) and Cleantech Open as finalists for the 2015 CleanTech Achievement Award. Avista Utilities was chosen as a finalist for its work with a consortium of partners (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, UniEnergy Technologies, Washington State University and the Washington State Department of Commerce) to deploy the largest vanadium flow redox energy storage system in North America.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Ireland
    8. US Offering Another $1 Billion for Advanced Energy Technology

      US Offering Another $1 Billion for Advanced Energy Technology

      The U.S. Energy Department is offering another $1 billion to companies developing innovative energy systems, Secretary Ernest Moniz will announce Wednesday. The department’s loan programs office now has $4.5 billion available for loan guarantees for renewable energy, up from $4 billion. Funding for the advanced fossil energy projects initiative has been boosted to $8.5 billion from $8 billion. The programs also support energy storage, smart grid technology and methane capture for oil and natural gas wells.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S.
    9. India Commits to 40% Alternative Energy by 2030

      India Commits to 40% Alternative Energy by 2030

      India has pledged to source 40% of its installed electric power capacity from non-fossil fuel based energy sources by 2030, along with a 33-35% reduction in the carbon intensity of its GDP from 2005 levels. The country submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) late on Thursday, ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference, COP21, to be held in Paris in December.

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      Mentions: India Europe China
    10. Beyond Utility 2.0: Part 2 “The Present”

      Beyond Utility 2.0: Part 2 “The Present”

      Aggressive state policy and cost reductions for clean energy have created two business model crises for electric utilities: stagnant sales and exponentially rising production from distributed renewable sources. Overall electricity sales peaked nearly six years ago, and per capita consumption has been stagnant for over a decade. The Wall Street Journal reports that electricity use has almost entirely decoupled from economic growth; that is, the U.S. economy can grow without increasing electricity consumption.

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      Mentions: CA HI U.S.
    11. Electrovaya Creating 800 kWh Lithium-Ion Battery Storage System For Con Edison

      Electrovaya Creating 800 kWh Lithium-Ion Battery Storage System For Con Edison

      As part of New York Governor Andrew M Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy, the company Electrovaya will be designing, constructing, and selling a 500 kilowatt (kW) lithium-ion battery energy storage system to be used by Con Edison to function as grid resiliency support, according to recent reports.

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      Mentions: Electrovaya Google NY
    12. Secretary Moniz and Indian Minister Goyal Chair US-India Energy Dialogue

      Secretary Moniz and Indian Minister Goyal Chair US-India Energy Dialogue

      As the world’s two largest democracies, the United States and India share the goals of strengthening economies and protecting the environment. This is why the United States and India are committed to working together to find answers to some of the biggest challenges of our time.  When President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met earlier this year, clean energy cooperation was a key topic of discussion. The United States and India are already working together on a number of important energy initiatives. Our Joint Clean Energy R&D Center (under PACE-R) is pushing technological innovation in solar energy, biofuels, and energy efficiency for buildings.  Soon, we plan to expand this research partnership into the critical areas of smart grids and energy storage for grid applications.

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      Mentions: India U.S. WA
    13. Energy Dept. Unveils Plan to Double Energy Productivity by 2030

      Energy Dept. Unveils Plan to Double Energy Productivity by 2030

      The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a strategic plan designed to help meet the Obama administration's goal of doubling the nation's energy productivity within the next 15 years. Electric utilities can modernize grid infrastructure through "smart grid investments and improving the efficiency and interoperability of generation," the report finds, in addition to investments in transmission, storage, and distribution. The plan also envisions adopting new utility business models to "empower the improvement of energy productivity; design rates and support related policies for utility energy efficiency programs that more effectively align energy efficiency with utility business models; and support energy productivity investments in buildings."

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      Mentions: DoE U.S.
    14. Open Standards for Energy Storage Tech Could be Published by End of Year

      Open Standards for Energy Storage Tech Could be Published by End of Year

      A set of common standards for utility-sized energy storage could be released by the end of the year, according to Energy Storage Report, with a group known as Modular Energy Storage Architecture (MESA) behind the push. Last month Duke Energy joined the MESA Standards Alliance, and earlier this year Puget Sound Energy announced it would be deploying a 2 MW, 4.4 MWh energy storage system designed to MESA’s set of open standards.

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    15. Electrovaya to Deliver Battery Storage System to Con Edison for Clean Energy Grid Support

      Electrovaya to Deliver Battery Storage System to Con Edison for Clean Energy Grid Support

      Electrovaya today announced that it has kicked off a project for Con Edison, a leading US utility, for a 0.5MWh lithium ion battery storage system as an alternative to diesel generators and to add energy resilience and efficiency to the electric grid. Con Edison currently uses portable diesel generators for dispatchable, temporary on-site energy needs. The Electrovaya system is designed as a Transportable Energy Storage System (TESS). It will provide Con Edison an alternative to large mobile diesel systems and will store up to 500 kilowatts of electricity, and provide 800 kilowatt-hours of energy to the grid for the purposes of increased grid efficiency and resiliency during outages.

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    16. Results From the World's Biggest Transactive Energy Test

      Results From the World's Biggest Transactive Energy Test

      About two years ago, the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project flipped the switch on the country's biggest test of a technology concept that could transform distributed energy-grid integration: transactive energy. The goal was to show that near-real-time energy and pricing data could provide the right signals for utility-controlled distributed energy assets and demand-response platforms to better balance electricity supply and demand. The testing ground was the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) grid system, with its combination of firm hydropower, growing wind and solar power, and an increasing focus on demand reduction.

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    17. UET Backs Up Energy Storage Challenge To Tesla With More Flow Battery Info

      UET Backs Up Energy Storage Challenge To Tesla With More Flow Battery Info

      Flow batteries offer a promising solution for utility-scale wind and solar energy storage, and the US company UniEnergy Technologies is part of a new demonstration program in the Pacific Northwest that pits the technology against lithium-ion batteries. When its flow battery was fully commissioned earlier this summer, UniEnergy’s press materials raised this point: “The Uni.System’s levelized cost ($/total GWh delivered over 20 year life) is multiple times lower than the cost of lithium-ion systems such as Tesla.”

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      Mentions: DoE OR Germany
    18. Aquion Energy and Eguana Technologies Announce Technology Partnership

      Aquion Energy and Eguana Technologies Announce Technology Partnership

      Aquion Energy Inc., the developer and manufacturer of Aqueous Hybrid Ion batteries, and Eguana Technologies a leading supplier of high performance power conversion and control systems for stationary energy storage systems, today announced that they have successfully completed field trials of Eguana's Bi-Direx inverter with Aquion's AHI high performance batteries.

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      Mentions: PA Europe Aquion
    19. OATI and EnSync Collaborate on Future Microgrid Solutions

      OATI and EnSync Collaborate on Future Microgrid Solutions

      OATI and EnSync Energy Systems, leading developers of innovative energy management systems for the utility, commercial, and industrial building markets, will install EnSync’s Matrix Energy Management and Agile Hybrid Energy Storage on the future OATI South Campus and Microgrid in Bloomington, Minnesota. The OATI South Campus will be a state-of-the-art, first of its kind Microgrid. It will have multiple on-site power generation sources, in addition to its connection to the local utility. The South Campus will operate in parallel with the grid, or disconnected for a virtually indefinite period of time, and will intelligently and dynamically adjust and optimize its load and generation based upon grid conditions and electricity prices.

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      Mentions: CA Minnesota ZBB
    20. Spanish Island's Run of Four Hours on 100% Renewables 'Very Significant', Says IRENA Expert

      Spanish Island's Run of Four Hours on 100% Renewables 'Very Significant', Says IRENA Expert

      While a project to run a Spanish island off renewable energy which gathered media attention this week might only have successfully met the region's energy demand continuously for four hours, the project is nonetheless "very significant", an expert with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has said. Spain’s El Hierro, the most southerly of the Canary Islands, used a combination of only wind, hydro and energy storage to meet the energy needs of all of its 10,000 locals for four hours earlier this month.

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