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    1. Stem Joins Forces with NEC Energy Solutions to Deliver Turnkey Offering for Solar + Storage Optimization

      Stem Joins Forces with NEC Energy Solutions to Deliver Turnkey Offering for Solar + Storage Optimization

      Stem, Inc., the global leader in artificial intelligence (AI)-driven energy storage services, announced today that it is partnering with NEC Energy Solutions, headquartered in Westborough, MA, to simplify and optimize the deployment and operation of solar + storage projects. Stem will resell and integrate its Athena AI platform with NEC’s GSS® end-to-end grid storage solution. The agreement will result in a powerful solar + storage solution for large-scale projects, leveraging NEC’s AEROS® proprietary energy storage controls and Stem’s sophisticated Athena™ AI platform to perform solar and storage optimization, wholesale market participation services, solar charging compliance and reporting, and warranty compliance and administration.

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    2. Balance-of-System Costs Falling for Non-Residential Storage

      Balance-of-System Costs Falling for Non-Residential Storage

      Since 2014, non-residential storage system prices have declined by more than 15 percent in the U.S. Commercial and industrial customers with predictable, peaky loads are increasingly turning to storage to help manage demand charges. Grid services are also expected to provide a key value stream by the early 2020s. Over the next five years, system costs will decline further, with all-in costs falling by more than 27 percent by 2024, according to a new Wood Mackenzie report that looks at the pricing landscape for the U.S. non-residential storage segment.

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    3. Let's Kill 'Utility-' or 'Grid-Scale' Storage

      Let's Kill 'Utility-' or 'Grid-Scale' Storage

      Ask people how they segment the energy storage industry, and you'll often hear them divide it between customer-sited or behind-the-meter storage and "utility-"or "grid-scale storage." But if you then ask them what they mean by "utility-scale," you can't get a clear answer. Is it 5 MW, 10 MW, more than 20 MW? Do they mean "front-of-meter"? Or connected to the bulk transmission system? No, we're not calling for the end of the large-scale storage industry. We're saying that distributed, smaller-scale storage can provide all the same value to the grid that large-scale storage can and should be explicitly encouraged to compete on playing fields that policymakers have leveled everywhere.

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    4. CalCom Energy’s $100M Fund Targets Farms for Solar-Battery Systems

      CalCom Energy’s $100M Fund Targets Farms for Solar-Battery Systems

      In California, it’s not just vulnerable families and critical services that could use battery-backed solar systems to ride through wildfire-prevention power outages. Farms also have critical energy needs, like pumping water to crops on set schedules, or chilling them after harvest, that could face significant disruption under the state’s new wildfire prevention regime. CalCom Energy, a long-time solar and energy services provider for California’s agricultural sector, thinks it has a solution. This week, the Fresno-based developer launched a $100 million Agriculture Energy Infrastructure Fund, aimed at combining low-cost solar power-purchase agreements with the backup power of energy storage.

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    5. University Team Developing Novel Low-Cost Energy Storage System

      University Team Developing Novel Low-Cost Energy Storage System

      Two Cal Poly Pomona engineering professors have won a $149,000 grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to continue development of a low-cost energy storage system using reverse osmosis concentrate (ROC), the byproduct of water desalinization plants. As droughts increase, more communities, especially in the Southwest U.S., are considering desalinization plants to meet their fresh water needs. However, ROC is harmful to the environment due to its high salt content, biocides, metals and coagulents. At the same time, the energy sector is looking for more cost-effective methods of energy storage.

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    6. Arkansas Boots up 10-MW Solar, 24-MWh Storage Facility in Fayetteville

      Arkansas Boots up 10-MW Solar, 24-MWh Storage Facility in Fayetteville

      The City of Fayetteville, Arkansas, is now home to one of the first large-scale solar-plus-storage systems in the mid-South, a joint project between the city, Ozarks Electric Cooperative, and Today’s Power Inc. The project consists of three solar arrays and two battery facilities sited near Fayetteville’s two water treatment facilities. With a capacity of 10 MW of solar and 24 MWh of energy storage, the installation will save the city approximately $180,000 per year.

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    7. Implications of Rate Design for the Customer-Economics of Behind-the-Meter Storage

      Implications of Rate Design for the Customer-Economics of Behind-the-Meter Storage

      This work provides insights for the two main sources of bill savings for residential and commercial customers – demand charge reductions and arbitrage of energy charges – considering a range of customer profiles and retail rate designs. Storage can reduce monthly demand charges, which are dependent on the customer’s billing demand in kW rather than the amount of energy they consume in kWh, by charging during times of low energy consumption and discharging during peak consumption hours, thereby reducing peak power consumption from the grid. Storage can also reduce electricity bills by charging the storage during low-priced hours and discharging during high-priced hours, taking advantage of price-differentials of time-varying rates. This study considers a variety of demand charge designs and rates that allow for energy arbitrage.

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    8. The Value of Customer-Sited Storage: It's About More than Demand Charges, Study Finds

      The Value of Customer-Sited Storage: It's About More than Demand Charges, Study Finds

      As battery prices fall, energy storage is becoming economical in a growing number of markets. While customer-owned systems remain nascent, new research from the Department of Energy's Berkeley Lab indicates they may pencil out for a growing number of residential and commercial customers — depending on how retail electricity rates are designed.

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    9. Department of Energy Announces $40 Million in Funding for 29 Projects to Advance H2@Scale

      Department of Energy Announces $40 Million in Funding for 29 Projects to Advance H2@Scale

      The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced approximately $40 million in FY 2019 funding for 29 projects to advance the H2@Scale concept. The focus of H2@Scale is to enable affordable and reliable large-scale hydrogen generation, transport, storage, and utilization in the United States across multiple sectors. Funded through the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), with contribution from DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy, the selected projects will advance hydrogen storage and infrastructure technologies and identify innovative concepts for hydrogen production and utilization including grid resiliency.

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    10. 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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    11. Electricity Storage Could be the Next Technology that Changes Life on Earth

      Electricity Storage Could be the Next Technology that Changes Life on Earth

      Electricity storage is a bridge technology that can take Texas from a system of large, centralized, fossil fuel and renewable power plants, to a future of cleaner, decentralized renewable energy. And it is a crucial bridge, as Texas attempts to keep the lights on amid this technology transition.

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    12. Eos Supplying Non-Lithium Batteries for Duke, UCSD Storage Projects

      Eos Supplying Non-Lithium Batteries for Duke, UCSD Storage Projects

      Duke Energy is commissioning a 30kW/120kW non-lithium battery for its McAlpine microgrid test facility in North Carolina. Eos Energy Storage is manufacturer and supplier of the Aurora 2.0 battery system for the McAlpine substation in Charlotte. The zinc battery system has been directly integrated, or DC-coupled, to a grid-connected solar array using a DC-DC converter instead of an AC-inverter to eliminate unnecessary hardware and reduce efficiency losses.

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    13. Viking Cold Solutions Installs 1.3 MW of Thermal Energy Storage

      Viking Cold Solutions Installs 1.3 MW of Thermal Energy Storage

      Viking Cold Solutions has completed the installation of eight Thermal Energy Storage systems as part of a utility-backed demand management program in Massachusetts. These eight behind-the-meter TES systems store and facilitate management of approximately 1.3 MW of energy onsite, and do not require any additional real estate for the system components. The average size of the cold storage facilities in the program is approximately 50,000 square feet, with the largest being 157,000 square feet.

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    14. Shell's Industrial Customers in Ontario to be Offered Convergent's BTM Battery Storage

      Shell's Industrial Customers in Ontario to be Offered Convergent's BTM Battery Storage

      Ontario’s policy of rewarding large users of energy that reduce their demand for grid energy at peak times has resulted in Shell New Energies announcing 21MWh of projects with Convergent Energy + Power. The main policy mechanism through which developers of Ontario energy storage projects have found a profitable niche is the Global Adjustment Charge. Like demand charges in most of the US, commercial and industrial users of electricity have to pay a premium for energy drawn from the grid at times of peak demand.

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    15. New York Energy Storage Incentive Details: $280 Million Available *Today*

      New York Energy Storage Incentive Details: $280 Million Available *Today*

      The New York State Energy Research & Development Agency (NYSERDA) and the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) have put forth $280 million worth of incentives for energy storage in two programs: one for “retail” systems smaller than 5 MW, and a Bulk Storage program for larger systems.

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    16. Sterling Light Storage Units Mark Milestone

      Sterling Light Storage Units Mark Milestone

      The Sterling Municipal Light Department is marking a major milestone related to the department’s two energy storage systems. In March, SMLD celebrated over $1 million in avoided costs to the light department, thanks to the two systems. SMLD’s first energy storage system, a 2-megawatt, 3.9-megawatt-hour utility scale battery from NEC Energy Solutions, was the first of its kind in Massachusetts when it went online in December 2016. The project was designed to provide Sterling with up to 12 days of emergency backup power to critical public facilities during severe weather events, as well as lower utility costs by dispatching the battery during peak load periods.

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    17. Maryland's Pioneering Energy Storage Income Tax Credit Turns 2

      Maryland's Pioneering Energy Storage Income Tax Credit Turns 2

      In 2017, Maryland became the first state to pass legislation establishing an income tax credit for energy storage systems. Last month, the Maryland Energy Administration announced it was accepting applications for the state’s energy storage income tax credit for the 2019 tax year. The deadline for residential and commercial customers to submit applications is January 15, 2020. This year, up to $750,000 is available ($300,000 for residential customers, $450,000 for commercial customers) on a first-come, first-served basis. Tax credits are capped at 30 percent of the total installed system cost, or up to $5,000 for residential systems and up to $75,000 for commercial systems. Maryland’s energy storage income tax credit is funded at $750,000 annually through the 2022 tax year.

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    18. Aggreko's Karim Wazni Talks Energy Storage & Storage-as-a-Service

      Aggreko's Karim Wazni Talks Energy Storage & Storage-as-a-Service

      In this discussion on energy storage, including microgrids and storage as a service, Karim Wazni shares his insight on the storage market and the integration of renewables, such as wind and solar energy. Karim is the Managing Director of the Microgrids and Storage Solutions unit for Aggreko, a global provider of power-generation equipment and services.

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    19. Proposal Aims to Juice Incentives for Energy Storage Systems

      Proposal Aims to Juice Incentives for Energy Storage Systems

      A proposal before Utah legislators to incentivize the purchase of battery storage systems for solar and/or wind-powered energy systems would be a boon for those who want to become energy independent while lowering their carbon footprint. But the idea could also sow the first seeds of a paradigm shift where a large network of micropower producers may fundamentally change the dynamic of the of the energy industries in the U.S. and around the world.

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    20. Energy Storage Systems Can Help Calm Sea of Uncertainty

      Energy Storage Systems Can Help Calm Sea of Uncertainty

      Energy markets across the world are changing rapidly with the increase of renewables and the change to a more distributed energy network. Energy storage is key. The capabilities of large-scale batteries have expanded, allowing users to capture more value and create a powerful tool to manage energy needs. For manufacturers, energy storage systems can provide two major benefits: cost effective support to critical equipment onsite and mitigating utility risk.

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    21. GHP Office Realty, LLC Completes Energy Storage System at White Plains HQ with Peak Power, Inc.

      GHP Office Realty, LLC Completes Energy Storage System at White Plains HQ with Peak Power, Inc.

      GHP Office Realty, LLC has completed the installation of 375 kW / 940 kWh of battery energy storage at their White Plains, NY headquarters. This project represents one of the largest energy storage installations in a commercial building in the state, and one of the first projects of its kind funded through a Con Edison Energy Efficiency program. The system features Lockheed Martin’s Gridstar 2.0 energy storage technology and Peak Power’s intelligent software platform, Synergy, which uses artificial intelligence to forecast moments of peak demand and stores energy for use during those peak times. GHP will receive significant long-term savings on energy costs and Con Edison’s burden will be lowered when demand on their grid is at its highest.

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    22. S&T Powers High-Tech, Living Laboratory with New Microgrids to Study Advanced Lead Battery Technologies

      S&T Powers High-Tech, Living Laboratory with New Microgrids to Study Advanced Lead Battery Technologies

      Missouri University of Science and Technology has installed two new advanced lead battery microgrid systems at the campus’s EcoVillage, a living laboratory of solar homes S&T students designed and built to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. Missouri S&T’s Microgrid Industrial Consortium is using the EcoVillage to test advanced lead battery energy storage in stationary grid-tied applications for potential use as a renewable energy source for communities of the future.

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