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    1. Energy Storage Association Praises Aspects of Federal Spending Bill

      Energy Storage Association Praises Aspects of Federal Spending Bill

      The Energy Storage Association (ESA) recently applauded increased federal funding for energy storage in the recently passed omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2018 while noting the absence of certain measures from the legislation that would have advanced energy storage deployment. The bill includes an approximately $1.5 billion increase in funding for U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) clean energy innovation investments over the prior fiscal year, ESA noted. The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) received a 32 percent increase to its grid energy storage applied research and development budget, increasing FY2018 investments in grid storage to $41 million as requested previously by House Republicans. 

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Congress
    2. French Utility Company EDF Plans Energy Storage Push

      French Utility Company EDF Plans Energy Storage Push

      French utility company EDF has a goal of 100% carbon-free power by 2050. Energy storage will be a big part of achieving that goal. The company already has 5 gigawatts of installed grid-scale storage, but plans to increase that to 15 gigawatts by 2035. Adding the extra 10 gigawatts of storage called for by its new Energy Storage Plan will cost about $10 billion.

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      Mentions: France Africa Europe
    3. How Energy Storage Is Starting to Rewire the Electricity Industry

      How Energy Storage Is Starting to Rewire the Electricity Industry

      The market for energy storage on the power grid is growing at a rapid clip, driven by declining prices and supportive government policies. Based on our research on the operation and costs of electricity grids, especially the benefits of new technologies, we are confident energy storage could transform the way American homeowners, businesses and utilities produce and use power.

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      Mentions: CA NV HI
    4. Goldwind Installs Primus Power Energy Storage System at Beijing

      Goldwind Installs Primus Power Energy Storage System at Beijing

      HAYWARD, Calif., April 01, 2018 — (“Primus”), the leading long duration stationary energy storage company, announced today that Etechwin is operating an EnergyPod 2 at their Beijing campus.  Etechwin is the microgrid subsidiary of Goldwind, a world-leading wind turbine manufacturer.

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      Mentions: U.S. China Hong Kong
    5. SMA to Sponsor and Exhibit at 28th Annual ESA Conference and Expo

      SMA to Sponsor and Exhibit at 28th Annual ESA Conference and Expo

      As energy storage continues to grow in the U.S., SMA is pleased to sponsor and exhibit at the Energy Storage Association’s (ESA) 28th Annual Conference and Expo, which will take place April 18-20, 2018, in Boston, Mass. ESA is the premier storage-affiliated trade association in the U.S., and its conference is an ideal opportunity for networking, education and collaboration among solar and storage professionals.

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      Mentions: U.S. ESA MA
    6. Consumers Energy Selects Doosan GridTech To Deliver Innovative Battery Energy Storage System

      Consumers Energy Selects Doosan GridTech To Deliver Innovative Battery Energy Storage System

      Consumers Energy has selected Doosan GridTech as its partner to deliver one of the energy provider’s first battery energy storage systems. The Parkview storage system will be deployed at the Colony Farm substation in Kalamazoo, Michigan with a capacity of one megawatt which is enough energy to power 1,000 homes for an hour. “More than 40 percent of the energy we produce will come from renewable sources and energy storage by 2040, so this battery storage project is an important step today,” said Jean-Francois Brossoit, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president for transformation, engineering and operations support. “We look forward to innovating with Doosan GridTech to help meet our new clean energy goal while still providing safe, reliable and affordable energy to Michigan homes and businesses.”

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      Mentions: Asia Duke Energy MI
    7. Goldwind Installs Primus Power Energy Storage System at Beijing Campus

      Goldwind Installs Primus Power Energy Storage System at Beijing Campus

      HAYWARD, Calif., April 01, 2018 - Primus Power (“Primus”), the leading long duration stationary energy storage company, announced today that Etechwin is operating an EnergyPod 2 at their Beijing campus. Etechwin is the microgrid subsidiary of Goldwind, a world-leading wind turbine manufacturer. The curtailment on wind energy is a significant economic problem, especially in western China. As stated by Bloomberg, "drawing upon data from China's National Energy Administration, Bloomberg New Energy Finance recently estimated that owners of China’s wind and solar assets forewent approximately $4.7 billion in potential revenue due to curtailment in 2017.” In June 2017, the Qinghai province recognized the critical role that energy storage can play to reduce curtailment and proposed new legislation that would mandate the use of energy storage systems with new wind turbine installations.

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      Mentions: U.S. China Hong Kong
    8. First Community Solar Plus Storage Project in Massachusetts Dedicated Today

      First Community Solar Plus Storage Project in Massachusetts Dedicated Today

      First Community Solar Plus Storage Project in Massachusetts Dedicated Today Sterling Municipal Light Department and Origis Energy USA head “Community First” Celebration for 1 MW AC solar rooftop installation and 2 MWh energy storage system in Sterling, MA Origis Energy USA, Powering the Solar Revolution SM with custom clean energy solutions, and Sterling Municipal Light Department (SMLD) serving the Town of Sterling, MA, today celebrated the completion of the Sterling Community Solar + Energy Storage project. This press release features multimedia.

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      Mentions: DoE Europe MA
    9. Advanced Energy Storage Systems Market To Be Driven By Rising Demand For Utility Scale Energy Generation Till 2022: Grand View Research, Inc.

      Advanced Energy Storage Systems Market To Be Driven By Rising Demand For Utility Scale Energy Generation Till 2022: Grand View Research, Inc.

      As per the estimations of a report published by Grand View Research, Inc.; the global advanced energy storage systems market would reach around USD 6.93 billion by 2022. Rising demand for utility scale energy generation, especially during peak hours is projected to augment the demand for advanced energy storage systems. Such systems efficiently manage power resources, thereby eliminating the need for utility scale energy generation units. This factor significantly reduces fixed costs and thus plays a vital role in boosting the growth of the global market.

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      Mentions: CA Asia India
    10. 800 Megawatt Bay State Wind US Offshore Project Partners To Combine Energy Storage

      800 Megawatt Bay State Wind US Offshore Project Partners To Combine Energy Storage

      Earlier this month, the 800 megawatt Bay State Wind offshore project being developed jointly by Ørsted and Eversource off the coast of Massachusetts announced a deal which will see it work with local NEC Energy Solutions to develop an energy storage solution for the offshore wind farm. Ørsted, one of the world’s leading offshore wind companies, and Eversource, New England’s premier transmission builder, announced on March 16 that their Bay State Wind partnership had signed a Letter of Intent to work collaboratively with Massachusetts-based NEC Energy Solutions so as to develop an energy storage solution for the 800 megawatt (MW) Bay State Wind. Specifically, they are looking to combine the offshore wind farm with a 55 MW/110 MW-hour (MWh) energy storage option, which upon completion would result in the world’s largest wind-paired energy storage system for commercial-scale energy.

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      Mentions: MA NEC
    11. Empowering Utilities to Lead on Energy Efficiency with Rev

      Empowering Utilities to Lead on Energy Efficiency with Rev

      As Governor Cuomo prepares to announce a comprehensive energy efficiency framework on Earth Day and continues to move forward with New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy, it is important to remember the role that utilities can play in advancing energy efficiency. REV, announced four years ago, aims to help New York meet its nation-leading clean energy goals. While New York has a bold program already in place to ensure 50 percent our electricity demand is met with renewable energy like wind and solar by 2030, there is no comparable commitment yet to scale up energy efficiency. To ensure success, New York needs to empower utilities to invest in energy-saving technologies as part of the efficiency framework that the governor plans to announce on, Earth Day, April 22.

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      Mentions: U.S. NY NYSERDA
    12. Seasonal Storage for Homes? German Firm Sells Residential Batteries Tied to Fuel Cells

      Seasonal Storage for Homes? German Firm Sells Residential Batteries Tied to Fuel Cells

      A German firm is aiming to help homes obtain year-round self-produced renewable energy with a hybrid storage system combining batteries with hydrogen. Zeyad Abul-Ella, managing director and founder of Berlin-based Home Power Solutions (HPS), said his company’s Picea all-in-one unit, which went on sale this month, “has a hundred times more storage capacity with twice the output” of competing systems.

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      Mentions: U.S. Germany Spain
    13. ENGIE Storage Names Energy Executive Christopher Tilley CEO

      ENGIE Storage Names Energy Executive Christopher Tilley CEO

      SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ENGIE Storage, formerly Green Charge today named Christopher Tilley Chief Executive Officer. Chris comes to ENGIE Storage with 20 years of experience leading early stage high growth companies and deep experience in the energy industry. He succeeds Founder Vic Shao who will remain with the company as chairman and will lead international energy storage business development efforts on behalf of ENGIE.

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      Mentions: CA France U.S.
    14. General Electric Energy Storage Offering Built on Speed

      General Electric Energy Storage Offering Built on Speed

      The energy storage business could be worth $103 billion by 2030, so dozens of companies are jockeying for position to capture market share. Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) has made the biggest splash, but AES and Siemens creation Fluence, Stem, Total, and General Electric (NYSE: GE) are trying to stake out their piece of the pie as well. GE recently announced a new energy storage offering called Reservoir that's intended to reduce construction time, increase battery life, and improve reliability. It's also building the solution to fit with the way renewable energy projects are being built today, which could make it an attractive offering for developers.

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      Mentions: U.S. GE Siemens
    15. This Brand New Town Will Be 100% Powered by Solar Energy

      This Brand New Town Will Be 100% Powered by Solar Energy

      One of the most common attacks on solar energy -- and renewable energy more broadly -- has been that it doesn't produce a consistent flow of electricity 24/7, and is therefore unsuitable to power a large percentage of the electric grid. But a new town in Florida intends to prove that wrong: It's planning to get 100% of its electricity from solar energy and an accompanying energy storage system.  

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    16. Tesla and Fluence to Supply 55MW/80MWh of Battery Storage to Victoria, with One Solar Farm Retrofit

      Tesla and Fluence to Supply 55MW/80MWh of Battery Storage to Victoria, with One Solar Farm Retrofit

      Tesla and Fluence are to supply Victoria’s first two large-scale, grid-connected energy storage batteries, one of which will be connected to an existing solar farm. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will match the AU$25 million by the Victorian Government to jointly fund the lithium-ion battery projects as part of the Victorian energy storage initiative. Both projects are aimed at helping to ease constraints on transmission lines in Western Victoria where energy generation from existing wind and solar farms is being curtailed. Half the funding will go towards a 25MW/50MWh battery co-located and integrated with the 60MW Gannawarra Solar Farm, near Kerang. The battery will be supplied by Tesla and then owned by Edify Energy and its partner Wirsol. It will show how existing PV projects can be successfully retrofitted with battery storage.

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    17. Sunnova Enters the Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Market

      Sunnova Enters the Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Market

      Houston-based rooftopsolarfinancier Sunnova has entered the solar-plus-storage market. The company launched its SunSafe offering in the California market as a 25-year lease deal, with a full warranty and performance guarantee. That gives it a longer product life than other offerings currently on the market. Customers are free to pay down their contract earlier if they wish, said CEO John Berger. The key value is that Sunnova will maintain the system's operational capabilities for the full 25 years.

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      Mentions: CA NV HI
    18. New Business Models May be the Next Frontier in Lower Energy Storage Costs

      New Business Models May be the Next Frontier in Lower Energy Storage Costs

      s the markets for energy storage continue to grow and companies in those markets mature, business models and financing mechanisms are getting more attention. Those models can involve alternatives to a traditional asset sale approach that can reduce the cost of entry for potential customers and lower the cost of capital for energy storage companies. The trend was highlighted last week when Younicos announced its energy storage rental service. Renting energy storage equipment was an obvious step for Younicos, given that its corporate parent, Aggreko, rents power generation equipment on a global scale.

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    19. ENGIE's Commercial Battery Project Drive $100k Annual Wedge into California's Water-Energy Nexus

      ENGIE's Commercial Battery Project Drive $100k Annual Wedge into California's Water-Energy Nexus

      California’s recent droughts and ongoing need to economise water use have inspired more commercial energy storage at a local water board, with ENGIE Storage delivering a project for the San Diego Water Authority. The new battery energy storage project is expected to save the Authority (SDWA) US$100,000 per year on its energy costs. The batteries will be used to store low-cost solar energy for use during peak times and times of low solar generation. SDWA and ENGIE Storage, which was formerly known as Green Charge prior to its acquisition by the European utility, struck up a deal for the project in May 2017.

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    20. San Diego County Water Authority Enhances Solar With Battery Storage

      San Diego County Water Authority Enhances Solar With Battery Storage

      The San Diego County Water Authority is expecting to save approximately $100,000 per year with commercial-scale batteries installed at the agency’s solar-powered Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant near San Marcos. The energy storage system is designed to reduce operational costs at the facility by storing low-cost energy for use during high-demand periods when energy prices increase.

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      Mentions: CA Pub Util Comm
    21. Saft's Spanish C&I Project, Varta's Australia Launch, 4-hr Flywheel Starts in Hawaii

      Saft's Spanish C&I Project, Varta's Australia Launch, 4-hr Flywheel Starts in Hawaii

      Advanced battery solutions company Saft has just announced details of a project the company executed in Spain, installing battery energy storage systems to streamline energy costs and efficiency at a refrigeration company. Spain’s stalled solar market has shown some recent signs of returning to life, while a small handful of energy storage projects, including a 20MW system from France’s Electro Power Systems (recently acquired by ENGIE), have got underway.

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      Mentions: Australia France HI
    22. U.S. Battery Storage Nears Tipping Point, Drives Energy Transition

      U.S. Battery Storage Nears Tipping Point, Drives Energy Transition

      While by definition it is impossible to identify a tipping point as it is happening, developments over the past several weeks certainly seem to be pushing the electric power storage industry to or past that landmark. In a couple of years, the last couple of weeks may stand out as the point when storage morphed from being an interesting add-on to an essential piece of the grid, providing backup power, smoothing variable generation and participating in various other ancillary markets.

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    23. Ice Energy Launches the Keep Your Cool Free HVAC Replacement and Energy Storage Program

      Ice Energy Launches the Keep Your Cool Free HVAC Replacement and Energy Storage Program

      COSTA MESA, Calif. – March 14, 2018 – Ice Energy, the leading provider of distributed thermal energy storage solutions for utilities, today announced the launch of the Keep Your Cool free HVAC replacement and energy storage program, available to qualified businesses in Orange County, California. The company established the Keep Your Cool program as part of its historic award from Southern California Edison to provide 25.6 megawatts of behind-the-meter energy storage. Under the program, Orange County businesses are eligible to receive free, fully installed HVAC and thermal energy storage systems, using Ice Energy’s proprietary Ice Bear® solution.

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