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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Missouri
    18. New Lithium Hydroxide Factory in Western Australia Wins Federal Approval

      New Lithium Hydroxide Factory in Western Australia Wins Federal Approval

      Earthworks for a new lithium hydroxide factory in Western Australia are expected to begin this month after the $1bn project received federal environmental approval. The plant owned by the world’s largest lithium producer, the US chemical company Albemarle, was approved by the Western Australian government in October and is estimated to create up to 500 jobs in construction, with another 100 to 500 operational jobs once it is operational. Australia’s trade minister, Simon Birmingham, said the plant would provide a much-needed local jobs boost and supply a growing global demand for lithium, which is used in renewable energy storage.

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    19. Mexico Gets Its First Grid-Scale Battery—at a Car Factory

      Mexico Gets Its First Grid-Scale Battery—at a Car Factory

      Mexico energy authorities have been developing an energy storage strategy to balance out the country’s recent surge in solar power plants. What appears to be the first and largest battery to come online, though, does something else entirely. The 12-megawatt/12-megawatt-hour device switched on in October to deliver reliability and power quality at a 130-megawatt microgrid serving an automotive factory campus in Monterrey. The device handles spinning reserve, voltage support and frequency for the fully self-contained electrical system.

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    20. LSIS Acquires Parker Hannifin’s Energy Grid Tie Division to Create a New U.S. Based Company, LS Energy Solutions

      LSIS Acquires Parker Hannifin’s Energy Grid Tie Division to Create a New U.S. Based Company, LS Energy Solutions

      CHARLOTTE, N.C.--LSIS, a $2B Korea-based global leader in power, automation and smart energy solutions, announced today the acquisition of the Charlotte-based Energy Grid Tie (EGT) Division of Parker-Hannifin, creating a new U.S.-based company, LS Energy Solutions. Financial terms and details of the transaction are not being disclosed.

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      Mentions: U.S. South Korea LG
    21. NantEnergy Acquires Sharp’s Energy Systems & Services Business in US

      NantEnergy Acquires Sharp’s Energy Systems & Services Business in US

      NantEnergy has acquired Sharp Electronics Corporation's US-based energy systems and services business, which develops and delivers energy management systems across the country. As part of the deal, NantEnergy retained the entire Energy Systems and Services team, including Carl Mansfield, former general manager and founder of Sharp's energy system and services group. Mansfield will continue with NantEnergy as vice president, system solutions. Among the products that NantEnergy will acquire includes the SmartStorage behind-the-meter energy storage system.

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