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    1. Could Pumped-Storage Hydro Help Southwest Virginia Reclaim its Role as an Energy Hotbed?

      Could Pumped-Storage Hydro Help Southwest Virginia Reclaim its Role as an Energy Hotbed?

      Southwest Virginia lawmakers are looking to pumped-storage hydro and renewables to make the state’s coalfields an energy hotbed again. The General Assembly approved a bill this month to create a state authority that could win grants and other funding to fuel energy technology research and development. The legislation, which still awaits signature by Gov. Northam, carries no funding mechanism but erects a structure for the state to support an array of R&D activities in the coalfields. The legislation specifically names as priorities pumped-storage hydropower — a clear reference to Dominion Energy’s plans to build such a facility — as well as the development of renewable energy generation on brownfield sites, including abandoned mines. The bill also directs the authority to support workforce training and development of a Southwest Virginia Energy Park.

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    2. Cordova's Microgrid Integrates Battery Storage with Hydropower

      Cordova's Microgrid Integrates Battery Storage with Hydropower

      Several remote, off-grid communities in Alaska have adopted energy storage systems as part of their microgrids, as they drive to replace expensive diesel generation with renewable wind and solar power. Now, the small town of Cordova, Alaska, U.S., 150 miles (241 km) southeast of Anchorage, Alaska, is pioneering the integration of a Lithium ion energy storage system into a hydropower microgrid. The aim is to recover lost hydro generation that currently must be spilled during transition periods between hydro-only and combined hydro-diesel generation.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Sandia Labs
    3. UK Gov Stumps Up £20m to Crack Electricity Storage Challenge

      UK Gov Stumps Up £20m to Crack Electricity Storage Challenge

      A £20 million ($26m USD) competition has been launched to give a boost to innovative ways of storing electricity, the UK Government has said. It aims to scale up technologies to compete with current storage methods – lithium batteries and pumped hydro. Announcing the competition for innovators, the Business Department said energy storage was the next essential green technology, which would allow the UK to make the most of its growing renewable power sector.

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    4. Energy storage must be at heart of our future grid, Alan Finkel says

      Energy storage must be at heart of our future grid, Alan Finkel says

      Chief Scientist Alan Finkel says Australia is taking a world-leading position in energy storage – beyond just batteries – and must put the technology at the centre of its own energy transition. The Chief Scientist’s report Taking Charge highlights Australia's rapidly increasing numbers of residential batteries as well as its investment in pumped hydro and other technologies to support renewable power generation, seeing it at the global forefront of the rise of energy storage.

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      Mentions: Australia Tesla
    5. Virginia Governor Signs 11 Energy Bills, Including Solar, Energy Storage and Pumped Hydro

      Virginia Governor Signs 11 Energy Bills, Including Solar, Energy Storage and Pumped Hydro

      Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe signed 11 bills earlier this week that promote solar and other renewable energy resources such as pumped hydro.The bills include proposals for establishing a community solar pilot project, include energy storage in the mission of the state solar development authority and increase the size of clean energy projects eligible for permit from 100MW to 125MW.

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    6. Battery Storage Already Competitive With Pumped Hydro, Says Arena

      Battery Storage Already Competitive With Pumped Hydro, Says Arena

      As Australia’s renewable energy industry awaits the imminent outcome of the South Australian government’s inaugural large-scale energy storage auction, the CFO of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has described two of the key competing technologies – large-scale battery systems and pumped hydro – as neck and neck on pricing. Speaking at the 2017 Large-Scale Solar Conference co-hosted by RenewEconomy and Informa in Sydney on Monday, ARENA CFO Ian Kay said projects pairing 100MW of renewable energy generation with 100MWh of energy storage were “about equal” in cost.

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    7. Siemens to Supply 12MW Battery Storage Unit for Engie's Hydropower Plant in Germany

      Siemens to Supply 12MW Battery Storage Unit for Engie's Hydropower Plant in Germany

      Engie Deutschland has awarded a contract to Siemens to install a battery storage unit at its pumped storage hydro power station in Kraftwerksgruppe Pfreimd, Germany. The battery storage will offer additional balancing energy for grid stabilization. The decentral battery storage will complement the existing facilities of the pumped storage power station, which already contributes primary and secondary balancing energy as well as tertiary reserve capacity for a secure energy supply. 

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      Mentions: Germany Siemens
    8. FERC Issues License for Major Montana Energy Project

      FERC Issues License for Major Montana Energy Project

      The Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Hydro project located in Montana has been issued a 50-year license to construct and operate by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  Final design is to be completed in 2017 with construction anticipated to begin in 2018. "This is a tremendous milestone achieved by a world-class team including Barnard, SNC-Lavalin and GE Renewables," said Carl Borgquist, President of Absaroka Energy.  "I'm so proud of our team who have worked diligently together to accomplish this significant milestone on the journey to project completion." 

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      Mentions: U.S. GE MT
    9. US, Canada Utilities Aim to Link Three Microgrids in $12.4M Cross-Border Project

      US, Canada Utilities Aim to Link Three Microgrids in $12.4M Cross-Border Project

      Three utilities have formed a consortium with three technology companies and an academic institution in a $12.4 million project to link three microgrids in Maine and eastern Canada into a “transactive energy” scheme. Emera Maine, Nova Scotia Power and Toronto Hydro are teaming up with Opus One Solutions, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Smarter Grid Solutions and the Center for Urban Energy at Ryerson University for the project, which aims to demonstrate how microgrids can save money and aid in integrating renewable energy into the grid.

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    10. Duke Energy to Expand South Carolina Pumped Hydro Facility by 200MW

      Duke Energy to Expand South Carolina Pumped Hydro Facility by 200MW

      US-based power firm Duke Energy plans to increase the energy storage capacity of its Bad Creek pumped storage hydroelectric station by 200MW. The expansion is scheduled to start in 2021, and complete in 2024. The 1,065MW South Carolina facility, the firm’s largest hydroelectric station, was constructed in 1991 to power 850,000 households. Duke Energy said the upgrade will see it power a million homes.

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      Mentions: Duke Energy UK NC
    11. Duke Energy Wins New License for Hydroelectric Project

      Duke Energy Wins New License for Hydroelectric Project

      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a new 30-year operating license for Duke Energy's Keowee-Toxaway Hydroelectric Project, which will allow the company to continue operating the Jocassee Pumped Storage Hydro Station, Keowee Hydro Station and associated lakes. "The project provides clean, renewable hydroelectric power generation, supports regional public drinking water needs and provides high-quality recreational opportunities for the region," said Steve Jester, Duke Energy's vice president of water strategy, hydro licensing and lake services. "This license ensures the availability of these resources for future generations."

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      Mentions: Duke Energy FERC
    12. Study: Even At Current Prices, Energy Storage Makes Economic Sense For Many Renewables Projects

      Study: Even At Current Prices, Energy Storage Makes Economic Sense For Many Renewables Projects

      Even at current market prices, various different energy storage options make economic sense for renewable energy projects in some locations, according to new research from MIT. The energy storage options profiled by the study included: battery systems, pumped hydroelectric storage, and compressed air energy storage, amongst others. While these options are economically a good choice in some locations, in other locations, they are not.

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      Mentions: CA TX MIT
    13. Scottish Power to Double Size of Cruachan Hydro Power Station to Store Renewable Energy

      Scottish Power to Double Size of Cruachan Hydro Power Station to Store Renewable Energy

      SCOTTISH POWER plans to more than double the size of a hydro-electric power station built inside a mountain to help store renewable energy. The firm said a feasibility study shows Cruachan hydro power station in Argyll can be expanded - increasing its current generating capacity from 440mw by 400-600mw. But costs of up to £400 million will halt the development unless ScottishPower can secure a guaranteed floor price for its use from the Government, in return for a cap on profits.

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      Mentions: Scotland Europe UK
    14. 1.2 MW Energy Storage System To Be Tested In Quebec

      1.2 MW Energy Storage System To Be Tested In Quebec

      An energy system prototype with a capacity of 1.2 MW and 1.2 MWh will be tested in Quebec this summer. A joint venture was formed by Hydro-Quebec and Sony Corporation to develop and test the system. It was reported that it can store an amount of electricity that is the same as the daily consumption as 23 homes in Quebec.

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    15. Salt Caverns in Eastern Alberta Created to Store Energy

      Salt Caverns in Eastern Alberta Created to Store Energy

      Calgary-based Rocky Mountain Power has been working on the Alberta Saskatchewan Intertie Storage Project (ASISt) for a couple of years. Company president Jan van Egteren said because of regulatory procedures, it'll likely be another two or three years before the company actually breaks ground on the project. While using salt caverns for storage purposes is not new – they are often used to store liquid petroleum products such as butane, as well as the by products of oil production. What is new is employing the caverns to store wind energy.

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    16. Alaska Energy Authority and Kodiak Electric Association Developing a 99 Percent Renewable Community

      Alaska Energy Authority and Kodiak Electric Association Developing a 99 Percent Renewable Community

      With support from the Alaska Renewable Energy Fund, strong local leadership, and sustained effort, the Kodiak Electric Association (KEA), a cooperative electric utility, has achieved over 99 percent renewable energy electric generation in the town of Kodiak, Alaska. KEA has developed a renewable energy grid that includes hydro power, wind, and battery storage technologies. The success of the Kodiak project demonstrates both the effectiveness of utility’s vision and management, and the importance of the assistance provided by the Alaska Renewable Development Fund.

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      Mentions: Alaska CESA
    17. Groundbreaking Technology Stores Wind Power in Salt Caverns

      Groundbreaking Technology Stores Wind Power in Salt Caverns

      In the Lloydminster area, a Calgary company is ready to carve out large underground salt caverns to store excess wind energy — the first use of the technology in Canada. Rocky Mountain Power president Jan van Egteren says the storage sites could be ready in five years. Salt caverns have been used to store natural gas for years, but only two other projects in North America are using them for compressed air that is turned into electricity. The caverns are carved out by pumping water deep down to dissolve the underground salt layer peculiar to the Lloydminster area.

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      Mentions: U.S. Peru Canada
    18. Electrovaya Receives $1.3 Million Grant For Multiple Energy Storage Systems In Canada

      Electrovaya Receives $1.3 Million Grant For Multiple Energy Storage Systems In Canada

      Canadian lithium-ion battery manufacturer Electrovaya announced that it received a $1.3-million grant from the Ontario Ministry of Energy’s Smart Grid Fund to deliver multiple Intelligent Energy Storage Systems (IESS). According to the short description, multiple IESS will be installed at various locations for Toronto Hydro and London Hydro for applications including phase balancing, infrastructure deferment, electric vehicle charging and general energy storage functions by mid-2015.

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    19. Electrovaya Awarded $1.3 Million IESS Grant To Deliver Systems To Toronto

      Electrovaya Awarded $1.3 Million IESS Grant To Deliver Systems To Toronto

      The Canadian lithium-ion battery maker Electrovaya was recently presented with a $1.3-million grant, with the purpose of the grant being to aid the company in the production and delivery of multiple Intelligent Energy Storage Systems (IESS) to a number of different locations for Toronto Hydro and London Hydro. The grant is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Energy’s Smart Grid Fund. The IESS units will be put to use for a number of different specific purposes/applications — including infrastructure deferment, electric vehicle charging, phase balancing, and general energy storage functions.

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    20. Electrovaya Receives $1.3M for Lithium Ion SuperPolymer2.0 Systems for Toronto Hydro and London Hydro

      Electrovaya Receives $1.3M for Lithium Ion SuperPolymer2.0 Systems for Toronto Hydro and London Hydro

      Electrovaya Inc. (TSX: EFL) announced that it has received a $1.3 million grant award to deliver multiple Intelligent Energy Storage Systems (IESS) at various locations with Toronto Hydro and London Hydro. This project is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Energy's Smart Grid Fund. The IESS units will be serving multiple applications including phase balancing, infrastructure deferment, electric vehicle charging and general energy storage functions. "We are very excited to begin the project with Toronto Hydro and London Hydro where we will be delivering cutting-edge energy storage systems in the form of our innovative IESS device. The IESS is an effective smart grid solution for these two leading utilities and it provides energy storage and power quality in a single system," says Dr. Rajshekar DasGupta, VP Business Development.

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    21. Alstom to Outfit China's 600-MW Hainan Qiongzhong Pumped-Storage Plant

      Alstom to Outfit China's 600-MW Hainan Qiongzhong Pumped-Storage Plant

      The Hainan Pumped Storage Power Generation Co. Ltd. awarded a US$71.14 million contract to Alstom to equip China's 600-MW Hainan Qiongzhong pumped-storage hydropower plant. The project will be Hainan Province's first pumped-storage project and is expected to enter commercial operation in December 2017. Alstom will provide three 200 MW turbine units, including pump turbines, motor generators and other equipment, in addition to balance-of-plant, design, delivery and installation supervision services. The equipment will be manufactured at the company's site in Tianjin, China.

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