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    1. 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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    2. 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.
    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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 Oregon Germany
    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. President Obama Announces More Than a Billion Dollars in Energy Department Initiatives to Advance Innovative Clean Energy Technologies

      President Obama Announces More Than a Billion Dollars in Energy Department Initiatives to Advance Innovative Clean Energy Technologies

      President Obama today announced more than one billion dollars in Department of Energy (DOE) initiatives to drive innovation and accelerate the clean energy economy. As part of the President’s Clean Power Plan, DOE’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) is making up to one billion dollars in loan guarantees available to support commercial-scale distributed energy projects, such as rooftop solar with storage and smart grid technology. In addition, through the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E), DOE is awarding $24 million in funding for 11 high-performance solar power projects that could lower the cost and improve the performance of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems.

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    10. ZBB Secures Order With OATI, Premier Utility Infrastructure Solutions Provider

      ZBB Secures Order With OATI, Premier Utility Infrastructure Solutions Provider

      ZBB Energy Corporation, a leading developer of innovative energy management systems for the utility, commercial and industrial building markets, today announced an order for its Matrix Energy Management and Agile Hybrid Energy Storage systems. The ZBB systems, introduced just a few months ago, will be incorporated into the Microgrid South Campus of Open Access Technology International (OATI) in Bloomington, Minnesota, which will integrate new strategies for utilities to further optimize their power supply management efforts through reduced operational challenges and costs.

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    11. The First Energy Revolution — Tesla Energy Changes Everything

      The First Energy Revolution — Tesla Energy Changes Everything

      The April 30th announcement by Elon Musk introducing Tesla Energy along with its suite of stationary battery products is a development several orders of magnitude larger than even the Gigafactory itself (though it depends on the Gigafactory as a foundational component). This is because this announcement heralds the beginning of cheap, ubiquitous electric power storage for homes and businesses, while scaling up to the megawatt levels necessary for utilities.

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      Mentions: Europe Germany Tesla
    12. From Pilots to Markets, the Open Standard for Grid-Edge Controls Is Emerging

      From Pilots to Markets, the Open Standard for Grid-Edge Controls Is Emerging

      At this week’s Grid Edge Live conference, we’ve heard a lot of discussion about the need for technology that can standardize how distributed solar, smart inverters, energy storage, microgrids and other edge-of-network energy systems interact with the grid at large. Think of concepts like an operating system for the distributed energy landscape, or an internet of things for the grid edge, as we’ve seen it framed in two panel sessions so far.

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      Mentions: DoE GE Duke Energy
    13. Toshiba to Deliver MW Energy Storage System to Finland's Largest PV Plant

      Toshiba to Deliver MW Energy Storage System to Finland's Largest PV Plant

      Landis+Gyr, a member of Japan's Toshiba Group, will supply Finland with a BESS to be integrated into the Kalasatama district's smart energy system. The goal is to test new opportunities presented by megawatt-scale storage facilities. Around €2 million is being invested in the storage facility, which should be commissioned next spring.

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      Mentions: Italy Europe UK
    14. 24M Unveils the Reinvented Lithium-Ion Battery

      24M Unveils the Reinvented Lithium-Ion Battery

      On Monday, the Cambridge, Mass.-based startup unveiled the results -- a lithium-ion battery that it says can be built at $100 per kilowatt-hour at scale, or half the cost of today’s competition. And by using a fluid-like set of electrodes that can be formed into a working cell in one step, 24M says its manufacturing facilities could be one-tenth the cost of today’s battery plants, and come in much smaller, modular packages.

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      Mentions: Japan DoE Thailand
    15. The Grid is Getting Smarter, but are Customers Keeping Up?

      The Grid is Getting Smarter, but are Customers Keeping Up?

      One challenge for New York utilities is how to engage with the Reforming Energy Vision (REV) proceeding and explain things to customers when customer engagement is quite low, Chris Cavanagh, Principal Program Manager at National Grid’s Market Strategy Group told the audience. “We need more than meters, we need to get customers interested,” he said.

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    16. Are We Measuring Energy Use All Wrong?

      Are We Measuring Energy Use All Wrong?

      We measure energy use with a commodity-based approach -- monitoring electrons, therms and gallons. But is there a better way to gauge the efficiency of the economy? In this week's show, we'll talk with energy economist Skip Laitner about why measuring usable energy is better for understanding economic productivity. And we'll ask: how do we apply it to the real world?

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    17. Need for New Business Models Is Top Challenge for Energy Industry, 2015 Dnv Gl Utility of the Future Pulse Survey Finds

      Need for New Business Models Is Top Challenge for Energy Industry, 2015 Dnv Gl Utility of the Future Pulse Survey Finds

      DNV GL, the world's largest resource of independent energy experts, revealed key findings and implications from its second annual Utility of the Future Pulse Survey at the Utility of the Future Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. today. DNV GL released the results of the report to the gathering of electric energy leaders including top policy, regulatory, business, academic, renewables and utility leaders from across North America.

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    18. Saft Recognized for Energy Storage Marketplace Commitment & Leadership

      Saft Recognized for Energy Storage Marketplace Commitment & Leadership

      Saft, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of advanced technology batteries for industry, was honored by the Energy Storage Association (ESA) with the Brad Roberts Outstanding Industry Achievement Award during the ESA’s 25th Annual Conference & Expo, that took place on May 28th in Dallas, Texas. Saft was lauded for its support of the ESA and for its leading role in providing a range of battery systems and technologies that deliver reliable and efficient energy storage in both off-grid and on-grid applications.

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      Mentions: California Texas ESA
    19. Energy Secretary Moniz Launches Initiatives To Advance Clean Energy Technologies, Combat Climate Change At Energy Ministerials In Mexico

      Energy Secretary Moniz Launches Initiatives To Advance Clean Energy Technologies, Combat Climate Change At Energy Ministerials In Mexico

      U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz launched several new initiatives with other global energy leaders at the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) and the sixth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM6) this week in Merida, Mexico. These initiatives will further strengthen momentum in the Western Hemisphere and around the globe to combat climate change and accelerate clean energy technology and policies ahead of the December 2015 climate talks in Paris. 

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      Mentions: Australia Japan DoE
    20. Green Charge Networks Named One of 15 Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2015

      Green Charge Networks Named One of 15 Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2015

      Green Charge Networks the leading intelligent energy storage company was named today as one of the "15 Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2015" by Smart Grid News. Smart Grid News differentiated Green Charge from other energy storage vendors based on its strong customer base, with an emphasis on schools and industry partnerships -- including Japan's Itochu Corporation, and no-cost business model through $56 million in equity funding by K-Road Ventures.

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    21. First Hybrid-Flywheel Energy Storage Plant in Europe Announced in Ireland

      First Hybrid-Flywheel Energy Storage Plant in Europe Announced in Ireland

      Irish company Schwungrad Energie Limited is behind the initiative which will be based in Rhode, Co. Offaly and is being developed in collaboration with the Department of Physics & Energy at University of Limerick. It has received the support of Beacon Power, LLC, a US based company and global leader in the design, development and commercial deployment of proven flywheel energy storage technology at the utility scale.

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    22. How New York's Microgrid Prize Is Testing New Energy, Market Relationships

      How New York's Microgrid Prize Is Testing New Energy, Market Relationships

      In New York, utility Consolidated Edison has won approval to replace an estimated $1 billion in substation upgrades with about $150 million in targeted demand response and energy efficiency programs and another $50 million in grid-scale battery systems, providing an early template of how distributed resources can work in lieu of utility assets. But the state's REV proceeding envisions a much broader platform for third-party energy resource integration, based around the concept of distributed system platform providers (DSPPs).

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      Mentions: California DoE U.S.
    23. Today’s Solar Panels Can Power The World, MIT Study Finds

      Today’s Solar Panels Can Power The World, MIT Study Finds

      An interdisciplinary MIT study led by the MIT Energy Initiative has led to a 332-page report entitled The Future of Solar Energy. Among its key findings are that today’s solar panels are all that is needed to supply the world with many terawatts of clean solar power by 2050 (a terawatt is equivalent to 1,000,000 megawatts). The other main point the study makes is that it will take political will to finally wean the world off of fossil fuels.

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