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    1. Stacks on Value Stacks: The Large-Scale Solar Plus Storage Market Is Coming Together

      Stacks on Value Stacks: The Large-Scale Solar Plus Storage Market Is Coming Together

      The United States will grow to be the largest global market for solar + storage this year, where peaking capacity requirements are driving procurement, according to a recent IHS Markit study. Utility-scale solar + storage projects now are online or being built in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Indiana and Florida, and the list grows. In March, NextEra Energy said it would build the Florida Power and Light Manatee Energy Storage Center’s battery system, with four times the capacity of the world’s largest battery system currently in operation.

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      Mentions: Nextera
    2. UMass Attaches Largest Label to Dartmouth Battery Storage System

      UMass Attaches Largest Label to Dartmouth Battery Storage System

      UMass Dartmouth officials are touting a public battery storage system as the largest of its kind in Massachusetts, and citing its potential to control costs by releasing energy at peak usage periods when the price of electricity is the most expensive. With FirstLight, AMS and Eversource, the university on the South Coast recently launched the 520-kilowatt system, adding to an infrastructure there that already includes a 1.6 megawatt hour co-generation plant and 369 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic panels.

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    3. Georgia Power Unveils Atlanta's First Smart Neighborhood

      Georgia Power Unveils Atlanta's First Smart Neighborhood

      The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently helped unveil a new community of 46 smart townhomes in Atlanta which will serve as a living laboratory for DOE researchers to evaluate how homeowners are using energy in a real-world, smart home environment. This research is instrumental to understanding how emerging smart technologies and distributed energy resources can impact energy efficiency, energy management and resiliency. The Altus neighborhood, known as the Georgia Power Smart Neighborhood, is a set of townhomes on a microgrid that have been outfitted with solar photovoltaic panels, batteries, and state-of-the-art, grid-connective, energy-efficient building components and appliances.

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    4. Shaheen Reintroduces Bill to Identify and Overcome Barriers to Use of Clean Energy Technologies

      Shaheen Reintroduces Bill to Identify and Overcome Barriers to Use of Clean Energy Technologies

      U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has reintroduced the Clean Energy Grid Act. This bill would aim to strengthen US energy security, reduce pollution, increase electric reliability and spur job creation by improving the deployment of efficient and cost-effective energy resources, such as solar and wind power and energy storage.

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    5. ENGIE Storage Providing Operating Software for 19-MW Solar+Storage Portfolio

      ENGIE Storage Providing Operating Software for 19-MW Solar+Storage Portfolio

      ENGIE Storage will supply and operate a 19-MW/38-MWh portfolio of six energy storage sites that will contribute to the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program and participate in ISO-New England wholesale markets. The combined solar-plus-storage portfolio, developed and operated by Syncarpha Capital, a New York-based private equity firm, is the first utility-scale solar-plus-storage projects offering to benefit from ENGIE’s new integrated development, supply and services offering for wholesale market participation.

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    6. Investing in Energy Storage for Solar, Wind Power Could Greatly Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      Investing in Energy Storage for Solar, Wind Power Could Greatly Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      At times renewable energy sources can produce more power than is needed, leaving some solar or wind energy to go to waste. This oversupply condition is a lost opportunity for these clean energy resources to displace pollution from fossil fuel-powered plants. But by creating complex models analyzing power systems in California and Texas, University of Michigan scientists show in a study that investing in batteries and other energy storage technologies can be economically viable with proper policy support. That, in turn, could radically reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases and increase the use of solar and wind energy.

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    7. California Gas Plant to Be Re-powered with Batteries + Solar

      California Gas Plant to Be Re-powered with Batteries + Solar

      The City of Glendale, California has released a plan to replace all but one of the plant’s existing generation facilities with a mix of battery storage, distributed solar and geothermal energy. Broken down by capacity, the plan calls for a 75 MW, 300 MWh battery energy storage system, up to 50 MW of distributed solar projects, energy efficiency and demand response programs. The plan also calls to keep the “peaker” portion of the former plant, which totals 93 MW of gas generation from up to five combustion turbines.

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    8. LG Chem Battery Systems Power Atlanta's First Smart Neighborhood

      LG Chem Battery Systems Power Atlanta's First Smart Neighborhood

      LG Chem and its project partners have officially opened Atlanta's first Smart Neighborhood. Each of the 46 technology-enhanced townhomes in the Georgia Power Smart Neighborhood will be served by Georgia Power with power supplemented by individual rooftop solar installations and in-home battery energy storage. LG Chem is supplying two home battery systems to each of the townhomes in Atlanta. The latest residential energy technologies will deliver innovative and creative solutions to Georgia Power's customers to more efficiently manage their energy needs.

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    9. How Energy Storage is Creating New Opportunities

      How Energy Storage is Creating New Opportunities

      A major disruption to the global economy is coming in the form of a seismic shift in energy markets. Largely driven by energy storage, this disruption will create exciting opportunities for the renewable energy market and will, in our view, drastically change the time of day electricity price curve (that is, the ‘duck curve’). The increased availability and adoption of battery storage will enable solar energy generators to match for the first time the supply of electricity to the time of customer use, which has historically been the major impediment to the growth of direct renewable electricity supply.

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    10. Solar + Batteries Help the Grid Recover in Kaua'i

      Solar + Batteries Help the Grid Recover in Kaua'i

      On Sunday a cable failure took the largest power plant on the island of Kaua’i in Hawaii offline, which led to cascading failures in other oil-fired and hydro power plants, leading to a 2+ hour blackout for the island’s 66,000 residents. Despite work on the Port Allen oil-fired power plant continuing and still waiting on parts to repair the Kapaia oil-fired power plant which started it all, the Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) did not have to implement further rolling blackouts on Tuesday. This was in part due to the contributions of solar and storage.

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    11. Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Agrees to Tap Wind, Solar and Battery-Powered Energy to Help Meet Future Demands

      Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Agrees to Tap Wind, Solar and Battery-Powered Energy to Help Meet Future Demands

      One of Oklahoma’s biggest electric cooperatives is juicing up its power capacity using cutting-edge technology. On Tuesday, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative announced it executed a power purchase agreement with NextEra Energy Resources that includes 200 megawatts of battery-stored energy and will take the capacity of its generating fleet to more than 3 gigawatts.

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      Mentions: Oklahoma Nextera
    12. Undersea Cable to Take Stored Solar from Australia to ASEAN Grid Backed by State Gov’t

      Undersea Cable to Take Stored Solar from Australia to ASEAN Grid Backed by State Gov’t

      Australian authorities have rallied behind what is arguably the largest solar-plus-storage project to be conceived in the world’s history: a scheme mixing 10GW of solar with 20-30GWh of energy storage. The developer intends to set up a 3,800 km high-voltage direct current submarine cable to transfer most of the installation’s output to Singapore, where it could cover 20% of power needs, while various reports also link it to the potential ASEAN grid. The plan, however, is to also link the mega-installation to Australia’s own electricity grid so that it can supply Northern Territory capital Darwin and others.

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      Mentions: Australia Singapore
    13. PGE Plan Calls for More Renewables, Energy Storage

      PGE Plan Calls for More Renewables, Energy Storage

      In announcing a resource plan Monday, Portland General Electric, the state’s largest electric utility, said investments in energy efficiency, demand management, customer-generated energy, new renewables and energy storage could fill a capacity gap expected to open up in the coming decade — and keep it on a path to hit a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target unveiled last year.

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    14. GE and BlackRock Launch Distributed Solar and Storage Business

      GE and BlackRock Launch Distributed Solar and Storage Business

      GE has announced it’s taking its distributed solar and solar-plus-storage business to a new stage, via a partnership and majority investment by asset management firm and heavyweight renewables investor BlackRock Real Assets. The new company, named Distributed Solar Development, will be 20 percent owned by GE Renewable Energy and 80 percent owned by a fund managed by BlackRock. The business, which has been incubated within GE since 2012, will focus on commercial, industrial and public-sector customers.

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    15. Georgia Power Ups Plan for Renewables and Storage After Push From Local Stakeholders

      Georgia Power Ups Plan for Renewables and Storage After Push From Local Stakeholders

      Georgia's utility regulators approved a long-term plan that will see Georgia Power drastically expand renewable generation and develop, own, and operate up to 80 megawatts of energy storage. Southeastern states have seen exceedingly little energy storage development so far, although utilities like Duke Energy and Florida Power & Light have announced significant investments for the coming years. Regulated utilities in the Southeast have shown a keen interest in building and owning their own storage.

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    16. The Long Read: The Dawn of Megastorage

      The Long Read: The Dawn of Megastorage

      Last year was record-breaking for global energy storage deployment. The non-residential segment overtook the residential sector for the first time, with half of the 3.3 GW capacity installed in front of the meter, according to market analysts Wood Mackenzie. The drive toward large, utility-scale projects has been the single most noteworthy change for the industry over the last 12 to 18 months, with storage projects now exceeding 100 MW for four-hour durations.

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    17. 'Opportunities Everywhere': NREL Study Shows Mass Potential for Storage to Provide Peaking Capacity

      'Opportunities Everywhere': NREL Study Shows Mass Potential for Storage to Provide Peaking Capacity

      The booming U.S. battery storage market is showing no signs of slowing down, and a new government-funded report says its prospects could be even bigger than previously thought. "The Potential for Battery Energy Storage to Provide Peaking Capacity in the United States," published last month by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), concluded that every region across the country offers the potential for peaking capacity needs to be met by short-duration, four-hour battery storage systems.

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    18. Stem Steps Into Grid-Scale Storage With Partnership in Massachusetts

      Stem Steps Into Grid-Scale Storage With Partnership in Massachusetts

      Stem is jumping from behind-the-meter energy storage into the grid-connected battery realm. The decade-old startup, known for using batteries to help commercial customers manage demand charges, just stepped to the front of the meter market. Stem will build 28.2 megawatts/28.2 megawatt-hours of solar-paired energy storage across five sites in Massachusetts, working with private equity firm Syncarpha Capital, which develops, owns and operates solar plants.

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      Mentions: Massachusetts Stem
    19. Power Plants Create Giant Water Battery

      Power Plants Create Giant Water Battery

      California is a leader in renewable energy, and the state has pledged to use only clean sources for electricity, including wind and solar power, by 2045. One hurdle is energy storage, but an old solution involving water may help the state reach its goal of zero emissions. The solution is pumped storage, which uses water in reservoirs at different elevations to smooth the fluctuations of intermittent power from the wind and sun, and makes electricity available when it is needed.

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    20. PNM Plans Early Retirement of Coal Plant with Massive Addition of Solar + Storage

      PNM Plans Early Retirement of Coal Plant with Massive Addition of Solar + Storage

      Public Service of New Mexico (PNM) filed a plan with regulators for how it plans to get to 100% emission-free power by 2040. The utility reviewed four scenarios, all of which involved the early retirement of the San Juan Coal Plant, to arrive at its recommended path forward. PMN recommends using the energy from a 280-MW gas-fired power plant, plus 350 MW of solar capacity, 130 MW of battery storage and 140 MW of wind power. The battery storage will represent 5 percent of the total capacity of the system, which is the highest percent penetration in the nation, according to PNM. PNM says its plan will save customers on average $7.11 per month in the first year.

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    21. 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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    22. Aggreko Renews Contract with Glastonbury Festival

      Aggreko Renews Contract with Glastonbury Festival

      To support its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and pursuing more efficient ways of providing power, Aggreko will introduce a number of emission-reducing power solutions at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. There will be several locations at the festival powered by hybrid thermal-solar generators, combined with battery storage systems and our proprietary energy management software. The festival’s Green Fields HQ will run entirely on solar power for the duration of the festival, which when combined with the battery storage systems, will provide a reliable power source during the hours of festival operation.

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