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    1. GM Invests in Texas Wind Energy with Largest Renewables' Purchase to Date

      GM  Invests in Texas Wind Energy with Largest Renewables' Purchase to Date

      General Motors has made its largest renewable energy procurement to date, purchasing enough wind power to equal the electricity needs of 16 of its U.S. facilities. This includes business offices in Fort Worth and Austin, Texas, a major assembly and stamping complex in Arlington, Texas, and 13 parts warehouses east of the Mississippi River. GM has signed a PPA with Renewable Energy Systems to source 50 MW of wind energy to power 16 of its sites with 100% renewables. GM will source wind power through an agreement with Renewable Energy Systems, a global renewable energy and energy storage development and construction company. The company will purchase 50 MW of power produced at Cactus Flats, a 150-MW wind farm being developed by RES in Concho County, Texas. When the contract begins in the first half of 2018, 6% of GM’s global energy use will be powered by renewable energy.

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    2. Siemens Says it Can Develop 36 MWh Thermal Storage Project at $0.11/KWh

      Siemens Says it Can Develop 36 MWh Thermal Storage Project at $0.11/KWh

      The cost of battery storage is falling, but nothing like the number that a Siemens storage is targeting for a large-scale wind energy storage project that would use geology and thermal energy. Energy Storage Update spoke with Till Barmeier, program manager for the project, who said it was possible to store wind power for just pennies per kWh.

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    3. The world's Renewable Energy Capacity is Now Higher Than Coal

      The world's Renewable Energy Capacity is Now Higher Than Coal

      For the first time, the generating capacity of renewable energy systems around the world has surpassed coal power. According to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), the growth was in large part due to new installations of solar power and wind projects. The IEA reports half a million solar panels were installed every day in 2015, and two new wind turbines went up every hour in countries such as China. Leave no room for doubt; this is epic news.

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    4. After a Banner Year, Energy Storage on Track to Best 2015's Record-Setting Growth

      After a Banner Year, Energy Storage on Track to Best 2015's Record-Setting Growth

      Critics called 2015 a "banner year" for energy storage. Now after a year of unprecedented growth, energy storage could be poised to best that performance, according to Navigant Research’s third quarter energy storage tracker. “The North American market this year definitely has the potential to surpass the deployed capacity in 2015, especially considering how quickly new projects are being built today,” Ian McClenny, a research associate at Navigant, said.

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    5. Who Will Benefit From South Korea's Solar-Plus-Storage Incentive?

      Who Will Benefit From South Korea's Solar-Plus-Storage Incentive?

      An incentive for hybrid solar-storage plants is expected to boost battery demand in South Korea -- but it's unclear whether companies outside South Korea will benefit much from the move. The Korea Herald recently reported that the South Korean government was planning to introduce incentives for utility-scale solar-plus-storage installations from next year. Those who install the energy storage system at their solar power plants will be given additional points on assessment of their renewable energy certificates,” said the report. The certificates are currently issued for PV, wind and biomass production.

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      Mentions: U.S. GE Samsung SDI
    6. 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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    7. WA Farm Taps Vanadium Flow Battery Storage, Solar – an Australian First

      WA Farm Taps Vanadium Flow Battery Storage, Solar – an Australian First

      A Western Australian farm near Busselton that has installed solar and battery storage to avoid paying for a new connection to the grid, has chosen a vanadium redox flow battery for the project, in what is believed to be a first for Australia. The battery – a 100kWh CellCube built in Austria by Gildemeister and installed by Australian Vanadium Limited (AVL) subsidiary VSUN – will store the energy from a 15kW solar PV system, which the property’s owners hope will make them 90 per cent energy self-sufficient.

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    8. Essel Green Energy snaps up 240 MW solar project in Indian state of Odisha

      Essel Green Energy snaps up 240 MW solar project in Indian state of Odisha

      A 270 MW solar tender offered by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has been completed this week, with Essel Green Energy, a subsidiary of the Essel Group, winning the bulk of the available capacity. Essel Green Energy was awarded a contract for a 240 MW solar project in the eastern state of Odisha after agreeing to the reserve price set by SECI of Rs 4.43 per kWh ($0.067/kWh). The winners were chosen on the basis of the lowest viability gap funding (VGF) sought from the ministry. Essel Green Energy asked for a VGF of Rs 49.5 lakh/MW to secure the project.

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    9. SDG&E will Build Energy Storage Facilities in El Cajon and Escondido

      SDG&E will Build Energy Storage Facilities in El Cajon and Escondido

      SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego Gas & Electric's plans to build energy storage facilities in El Cajon and Escondido were approved Thursday by the California Public Utilities Commission. SDG&E announced that construction of the 30-megawatt and 7.5-megawatt projects will begin immediately on utility-owned property, with completion scheduled for early next year. In May, the CPUC directed Southern California electric utilities to fast- track additional energy storage options to enhance regional reliability. SDG&E is mandated by the state agency to have 165 megawatts of energy storage online by 2024.

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    10. Office of Governor of State of Massach : Governor Baker Signs Comprehensive Energy Diversity Legislation

      Office of Governor of State of Massach : Governor Baker Signs Comprehensive Energy Diversity Legislation

      BOSTON - Today, in a continued effort to stabilize electric rates, ensure a diversified energy portfolio for the Commonwealth, and embrace advanced technologies, Governor Charlie Baker signed comprehensive energy diversity legislation into law at the State House with Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, legislative leaders, and energy and environment stakeholders. An Act Relative to Energy Diversity (H. 4568) garnered bi-partisan support and promotes the Baker-Polito Administration's commitment to reducing energy costs while strengthening the state's clean energy economy and progressing towards Massachusetts' greenhouse gas reduction requirements.

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    11. Li-ion Energy Storage Takes Microgrids to the Next Level

      Li-ion Energy Storage Takes Microgrids to the Next Level

      There is a growing worldwide trend for microgrids as communities and industrial facilities in locations that are remote or have a weak grid connection are seeking to improve the reliability and autonomy of their electricity supplies as well as meeting growing demand and optimising their operating costs. Conventionally, operators have relied on diesel generators. But operators are now turning to renewables and especially solar photovoltaic (PV) installations to reduce their reliance on diesel fuel. Creating schemes in which diesel generation and PV plant complement each other can offer considerable savings in terms of the costs of fuel purchase, transport and handling as well as maintenance, since diesel gensets are required to operate for fewer hours. There are also environmental benefits from reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

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    12. Statoil Plans to Integrate Battery Storage With Floating Offshore Wind

      Statoil Plans to Integrate Battery Storage With Floating Offshore Wind

      The Norwegian state-owned oil company Statoil is planning to add a 1-megawatt-hour lithium-ion battery system to a floating offshore wind farm in late 2018. The project, called Batwind, is being developed to capture excess wind power, reduce balancing costs and increase revenues through price arbitrage, according to a Statoil presentation. It will be located alongside what Statoil claims is the world’s first floating wind farm -- the five-turbine, 30-megawatt Hywind plant 25 kilometers off the coast of Peterhead, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The project is due to start delivering power to the grid next year. 

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      Mentions: Japan Scotland U.S.
    13. EGP Ramps Up Push into California Energy Storage Market

      EGP Ramps Up Push into California Energy Storage Market

      “When it comes to centralised storage, to serve the grid, we’re looking with big interest at what California is doing,” Antonio Cammisecra, head of global renewables development at EGP, tells Recharge. California has mandated that the state’s three large investor-owned utilities add 1.3GW of storage to the grid by the end of the decade, setting in motion what is widely viewed as the world’s most exciting storage market. “We’re following the [requests for proposal] and we intend to participate,” Cammisecra says.

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    14. Wind Power Giant Gamesa Combines Solar, Diesel and Storage for Off-Grid Prototype

      Wind Power Giant Gamesa Combines Solar, Diesel and Storage for Off-Grid Prototype

      The global wind manufacturer and developer Gamesa is inaugurating an innovative prototype project in the city of La Muela, in its home country of Spain. For the first time, the company will be adding solar, storage and diesel to a wind project in order to test the viability of combining renewables and storage to minimize fossil-fuel backup for off-grid applications. The pilot system currently features a G52 850-kilowatt wind turbine, 245 kilowatts of PV solar, and three 222-kilowatt diesel generators.

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    15. Do We Really Need Solar That's Too Cheap to Meter?

      Do We Really Need Solar That's Too Cheap to Meter?

      Large amounts of wind and solar drive down market prices -- a phenomenon known as the merit order effect. And if wind and solar producers are dependent on those market prices for their income, they will also drive down their own revenues. In other words, the more wind and solar we have, the less value they offer in reducing costs from other sources. In a new paper in Nature Energy, Shayle Kann of Greentech Media and Varun Sivaram of the Council on Foreign Relations sound the alarm, arguing that solar will face economic troubles as it becomes a significant part of the power supply.

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      Mentions: CA DoE U.S.
    16. Wind Energy Storage Devices Market Gains From Rising Demand for Renewable Sources of Energy, Investment

      Wind Energy Storage Devices Market Gains From Rising Demand for Renewable Sources of Energy, Investment

      Wind energy storage devices, as the name suggests, are used to store energy harnessed from wind. Renewable energy sources such as solar and wind have considerable potential of reducing dependence on non-renewable energy sources such as fossil fuel. Concerns pertaining to climate change, favorable initiatives adopted by government (such as renewable portfolio standards), and consumer efforts, have resulted in the increasing dependence on wind energy for generating power. However, the wind energy has variable and uncertain output, unlike the conventional sources of electricity generation used around the world. Because wind doesn’t always blow, there has been a pressing need for deploying proper energy storage facilities, which translates into high demand for wind energy storage devices.

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    17. First-of-its-kind Rail Energy Storage Project Targets Role in CAISO Ancillary Services Market

      First-of-its-kind Rail Energy Storage Project Targets Role in CAISO Ancillary Services Market

      The newest entrant into energy storage market bears a passing resemblance to cutting edge 19th century technology. It is a rail car with no passengers or freight that goes nowhere. But if the California company working on this technology is right, its rail cars could make big inroads in the energy storage market. At heart, though, the concept is simple. Electricity powers an electric motor in a locomotive that hauls a heavy load up hill. Sitting at the top of the hill, the rail cars store energy. When the energy is needed, the cars are released to roll down hill and the electric motor runs in reverse to generate electricity. The company, ARES, is a start-up based in Santa Barbara that is named after its technology, Advanced Rail Energy Storage.

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      Mentions: CA Australia NV
    18. Northern Power Systems Announces Fully Integrated Energy Storage System Using any Battery/Mechanical Storage Option

      Northern Power Systems Announces Fully Integrated Energy Storage System Using any Battery/Mechanical Storage Option

      BARRE, Vt ., April 25, 2016 -- Northern Power Systems Corp. (NPS.TO), a next generation renewable energy technology company, today announced the release of a new product that enables developers and end-users to acquire a fully integrated energy storage system tailored to their needs in terms of power and energy. The Northern Power ESS (Energy Storage Solution) features the advanced FP2000 FlexPhase power conversion system that has been featured in multiple technologies and applications. The system has a wide range of DC voltage optimization, able to be effective with Flow, Lithium, Lead Acid or any other chemical battery, as well as mechanical storage options such as flywheels. Northern Power leverages its abilities and experience in grid integration and renewable optimization in order to deliver the best solution for the customer's needs.

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    19. DC-linked Microgrid Planned…Wind-Powered Microgrids Aim for Net Zero…& More

      DC-linked Microgrid Planned…Wind-Powered Microgrids Aim for Net Zero…& More

      Canadian company ARDA Power and Austria-based Gildemeister energy storage GmbH are collaborating on a DC-linked microgrid in Burlington, Ontario. The DC-linked microgrid will include multiple energy sources (among them solar and gas generation), energy storage, and direct current and alternating current loads. The sources, storage and loads will all be integrated onto a single DC bus using the ARDA DC Microgrid Platform. The platform provides for increased efficiency, reduced cost and improved resiliency, while enabling the provision of ancillary services to the AC grid, according to ARDA Power.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. GE
    20. EDF Renewable Energy Leads Wind Energy In US In 2015

      EDF Renewable Energy Leads Wind Energy In US In 2015

      Independent US power producer EDF Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, revealed it led the US in terms of new wind energy capacity additions in 2015. EDF Renewable Energy announced earlier this month that it lead the way in the US wind energy market for the development of new wind energy capacity additions in 2015 — developing 1,055.4 MW across five states, leaving them with a 12% market share. “2015 was a record year for us,” said Tristan Grimbert, CEO and President of EDF Renewable Energy. “We are extremely proud to achieve 12% of the market share thanks in part to the acquisition of OwnEnergy. It could not be done without the commitment of our team members, landowners and communities. We thank each of them for making EDF RE a great success this year.”

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    21. America's First Commercial-Scale Rail Energy Storage Project Receives BLM Approval

      America's First Commercial-Scale Rail Energy Storage Project Receives BLM Approval

      PAHRUMP, NEVADA - [March 28, 2016] - Advanced Rail Energy Storage, LLC ("ARES") announced that its proposed commercial-scale gravity-based rail energy storage project ("ARES Nevada") has been granted a right-of-way lease by the Bureau of Land Management ("BLM"). Once operational, the 50-megawatt project will encompass 106 acres of public land in Southern Nevada, near Pahrump in Clark and Nye Counties, and help stabilize the electric grid. ARES Nevada will connect to the power western grid via the facilities of Valley Electric Association. 

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    22. SMA, Tesvolt Cooperate on Battery-Storage Systems

      SMA, Tesvolt Cooperate on Battery-Storage Systems

      The combined system of battery and battery inverter can be used in PV systems, CHP plants and wind power plants as well as in hydroelectric power plants. It enables companies in the commercial sector to sustainably and cost-effectively reduce their energy costs. “Qualifying TESVOLT’s lithium storage systems for use with SMA inverters was an important step for us,” said Volker Wachenfeld, Executive Vice President of the Offgrid & Storage business unit at SMA. “It offers companies new energy storage options that help them maximize their self-consumption of PV power. The Sunny Island inverter was developed to optimize the performance and efficiency of energy supply systems, and can be used in both off-grid and grid-tied systems.”

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    23. India Looks to Battery Storage to Supplement Its Solar Boom

      India Looks to Battery Storage to Supplement Its Solar Boom

      For the first time ever, India is putting out the call for energy storage developers. The state-run Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) is seeking bids for a 750-megawatt solar park at Ananthapuramu in Andhra Pradesh. In order to supplement the massive series of projects, SECI is looking to procure 100 megawatts of storage capacity. It’s a small step for solar storage in a country that currently has little capacity. But if batteries are regularly added to future tenders, it could add up to a large market, given India’s ambitious solar targets.

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      Mentions: India U.S. GE
    24. Australian Vanadium Ltd a Front-Runner to Ride Positive Vanadium Wave

      Australian Vanadium Ltd a Front-Runner to Ride Positive Vanadium Wave

      Australian Vanadium Ltd (ASX:AVL) has positioned itself as a front-runner to benefit from the positive signs of growth in vanadium demand as it applies to the energy storage market. AVL has already recognised the potential for involvement in the energy storage market and explored the growth of demand for vanadium redox flow batteries. The company's Gabanintha Project will allow it to supply high-quality vanadium products to electrolyte producers worldwide, as well as its own plant planned for Australia. This delivers AVL a vertical integration strategy.

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