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    1. Ice Energy Introduces Ice Bear 20, an Ice Battery That Manages Residential Cooling Load for Utilities

      Ice Energy Introduces Ice Bear 20, an Ice Battery That Manages Residential Cooling Load for Utilities

      Ice Energy, the leading provider of distributed thermal energy storage solutions, has introduced the Ice Bear 20 -- a smaller-capacity version of its flagship Ice Bear system. The new system combines Ice Energy's patented thermal storage and smart-grid technology with integrated cooling, enabling utilities to control residential cooling load and reduce peak demand by up to 95% for up to four hours. It also allows increased load during periods of solar over-generation, while providing homeowners the cooling they desire.

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    2. What to Expect from California Utilities' New Aggregated Demand Response Offerings

      What to Expect from California Utilities' New Aggregated Demand Response Offerings

      California’s investor-owned utilities are ready to test how effectively aggregated demand management resources can be used to serve bulk grid needs. San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) have picked the private sector players whose aggregated resources will go into the state’s Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM) pilot program.

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    3. Playing Nice: What the Duke Energy Microgrid Test Bed Teaches

      Playing Nice: What the Duke Energy Microgrid Test Bed Teaches

      Integrating – not just adding distributed energy resources – is the key to strengthening the new grid. That realization is what led to the Duke Energy microgrid test bed, created with the help of an intriguingly named ‘Coalition of the Willing.’ The impetus for the project goes back to a few years ago, when the utility saw the explosive growth in distributed energy resources — especially in Hawaii and California.

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    4. Ecoult Battery System Trialled for Grid Support Role in Ireland

      Ecoult Battery System Trialled for Grid Support Role in Ireland

      Australian-based battery storage technology developer Ecoult is taking its product to Europe for the first time, following its selection to be used in a trial to provide back-up services for electricity grid. The Sydney-based company, a spin off from the CSIRO, says one of its Ultra-Battery energy storage products is to be installed in Dublin in a smart grid testbed to integrate fast-response storage with the electricity grid.

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    5. Landis+Gyr Has Won 44 Smart Grid Contracts in North America in 2015

      Landis+Gyr Has Won 44 Smart Grid Contracts in North America in 2015

      Landis+Gyr, a provider of energy management solutions, has reported substantial growth in new business for North America during 2015, signing 44 contracts for smart grid technology and services throughout the continent. The company also supports the needs of public power utilities and emerging markets, in addition to focusing on its load management, energy storage and analytics portfolio, said Prasanna Venkatesan, executive vice president of the Americas at Landis+Gyr.

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    6. Energy Department Announces $18 Million to Develop Solar Energy Storage Solutions, Boost Grid Resiliency

      Energy Department Announces $18 Million to Develop Solar Energy Storage Solutions, Boost Grid Resiliency

      As part of the Energy Department’s Grid Modernization Initiative announced by Secretary Ernest Moniz last week to improve the resiliency, reliability and security of the nation’s electrical power grid, DOE today announced $18 million in funding for six new projects across the United States. These projects will enable the development and demonstration of integrated, scalable, and cost-effective solar technologies that incorporate energy storage to power American homes after the sun sets or when clouds are overhead.

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    7. Grid Modernization Fact Sheet

      Grid Modernization Fact Sheet

      Our nation’s electric grid is the backbone of our economy, a key factor in future economic growth, and a critical component of our energy security. Modernizing and revitalizing our electric grid to make it is easier to bring online renewable source of energy is top priority for President Obama. Through the Recovery Act, the Department of Energy invested more than $4.5 billion in modernizing the grid. This included more than $3.3 billion in smart grid technology deployment and an additional $685 million in smart grid regional and energy storage demonstration projects. As a result of these investments, the nation’s grid is now more reliable, resilient, flexible, efficient, and secure.

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      Mentions: DoE Georgia Tennessee
    8. Massive US Utility Scale Solar Group Dives Into Small Scale Solar

      Massive US Utility Scale Solar Group Dives Into Small Scale Solar

      So, this could get interesting. The Solar Electric Power Association, a leading US solar industry trade group, is branching out to the distributed solar field after a 12-year history of advocating for utility scale solar. That could be good news for the small scale rooftop and ground-mounted solar markets given the group’s research, support services, and education activities, though it may cause some rumbles among the group’s membership, which consists of hundreds of utility-scale electricity suppliers along with solar manufacturers and other stakeholders. Or maybe not, as the case may be.

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    9. 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. Texas
    10. 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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    11. 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
    12. 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
    13. 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: Hawaii Stem
    14. 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: California EPRI NGK
    15. 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
    16. 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.
    17. 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
    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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