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    1. Ameren Files $6.3B Grid Transformation Plan with Missouri Regulators

      Ameren Files $6.3B Grid Transformation Plan with Missouri Regulators

      Ameren Missouri last week filed a $6.3 billion Smart Energy Plan with state regulators, sketching out an aggressive slate of projects the utility wants to complete in the next five years. The investments include $1 billion in projects slated for this year and $1 billion for wind energy in 2020. Ameren wants to modernize its electric grid, also adding more solar energy and battery storage to boost reliability, particularly in rural areas.

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      Mentions: Missouri
    2. Tesla, Others Question Storage Hourly Requirements, Charges in FERC Order 841 Compliance Plans

      Tesla, Others Question Storage Hourly Requirements, Charges in FERC Order 841 Compliance Plans

      As energy storage becomes more economically competitive with more traditional forms of merchant generation, access to wholesale power markets is seen as an important addition to the technology's opportunities on the contracted side. However, questions remain about the effective implementation of the federal order that seeks to create consistent opportunities for storage to compete in wholesale energy markets. FERC is working through conflicting stakeholder comments regarding the compliance plans filed last year by six regional transmission operators and independent system operators related to Order 841 — FERC's directive on integrating energy storage into wholesale energy markets.

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    3. Hawaiian Electric Works Against the Clock to Add Storage, Renewables

      Hawaiian Electric Works Against the Clock to Add Storage, Renewables

      Hawaiian Electric wants to move quickly on competitive energy solicitations it is preparing for Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island, but state regulators have hit pause on the process while they consider how to move forward and prepare guidance for the utility. Phase 1 yielded seven solar+storage projects, and those power purchase agreements are now being reviewed by the Public Utilities Commission. But HECO did not acquire all the energy it sought in the first procurement round, teeing up a second round the utility wants to launch in May. HECO's most pressing need is to replace an AES purchased power contract that expires in September 2022.

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    4. GE Restructures Renewables Business to Include Solar, Storage

      GE Restructures Renewables Business to Include Solar, Storage

      General Electric (GE) announced yesterday it is restructuring its renewable energy business, moving its hybrid renewables and grid solutions work, which includes solar and storage, into the same division that develops its wind power and hydro offerings. The company has recently faced headwinds, but says as global demand for renewable power generation and grid edge technologies increases, those changes will help it improve speed and competitiveness.

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      Mentions: GE
    5. Advanced Batteries May be Only Solution for C&I Backup Power Needs: Navigant

      Advanced Batteries May be Only Solution for C&I Backup Power Needs: Navigant

      A new report from Navigant Research predicts rapid growth in the global market for advanced batteries for critical infrastructure, with analysts expecting it to rise from 262.3 MW last year to 9.6 GW by 2027. The firm says a big chunk of the growth will be driven by the uninterruptable power supply segment, which could reach 4.8 GW by 2027. The report is focused on batteries, which are capable of helping customers manage demand charges as well as providing services to utilities and markets.

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    6. Massachusetts Opens Revenue Stream to Advance Solar-Plus-Storage

      Massachusetts Opens Revenue Stream to Advance Solar-Plus-Storage

      The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued two orders on Friday, to specify net metering for solar-plus-storage facilities and the capacity ownership rights of such projects. DOER worked with the state Attorney General's office on the DPU docket to help utilities and developers compromise on how to deploy more energy storage without placing an undue burden on taxpayers. For developers, capacity rights ownership to dispatch a generator or storage resource is fundamental to adding more storage and distributed renewables onto the grid. Despite the launch of the main state program for commercial energy storage, Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target, last fall, projects were viewed as less viable without developer access to a new revenue stream in the ISO-New England capacity market, DOER staff said.

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      Mentions: MA
    7. 'Unlayering' Peak Demand Could Accelerate Energy Storage Adoption

      'Unlayering' Peak Demand Could Accelerate Energy Storage Adoption

      The debate over energy storage replacing gas-fired peakers has raged for years, but a new approach that shifts the terms of the argument could lead to an acceleration of storage deployments. Rather than looking at peak demand as a single mountainous peak, some analysts now advocate a layered approach that allows energy storage to better match peak needs. The idea is beginning to gain traction with some states and utilities.

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      Mentions: CA DoE New Mexico
    8. Colorado Could Save $2.5B Through 2040 by Replacing Coal with Clean Energy: Report

      Colorado Could Save $2.5B Through 2040 by Replacing Coal with Clean Energy: Report

      A new model of Colorado's energy mix shows consumers could save $250 million annually over a 10-year span if the state were to replace its coal plants with a mix of wind and solar, backed up by energy storage and natural gas. The report, commissioned by clean energy developer Community Energy and completed by Vibrant Clean Energy, also estimates the new resources would cut Colorado's state-wide annual carbon emissions from power generation by almost two-thirds. The analysis concludes its proposed mix of cleaner resources would save Colorado electric customers roughly $2.5 billion in net present value through 2040.

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      Mentions: Xcel Energy CO
    9. 2019 Storage Outlook: Utility Procurement will Drive Deployments, Analysts Say

      2019 Storage Outlook: Utility Procurement will Drive Deployments, Analysts Say

      At the top of the 2019 agenda for many energy storage stakeholders is the finalization of new rules for energy storage in wholesale power markets under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Order 841, but analysts say the biggest impact on deployments is likely to be less dramatic and more incremental: the growing number of utilities that are including energy storage in their planning process.

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      Mentions: FERC
    10. NY's Energy Storage Target: It's the Journey, not the Destination, Stakeholders Say

      NY's Energy Storage Target: It's the Journey, not the Destination, Stakeholders Say

      The New York Public Service Commission's order last week creating a 3 GW by 2030 energy storage target identified a destination on the state's transformation of its energy sector, but did not delineate every road on route to that goal. The PSC order did not provide details on how some of the goals will be achieved or on issues such as the apportionment of some funds. In a wider context, there are questions about how the storage goal will mesh with the wholesale power market rules of the New York Independent System Operator. In addition, there are pending permitting issues in New York City that could affect the anticipated build-out of energy storage facilities there.

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      Mentions: CA OR MA
    11. As California Looks to Power Shut-Offs to Prevent Fires, Sunrun Touts Microgrids

      As California Looks to Power Shut-Offs to Prevent Fires, Sunrun Touts Microgrids

      The New York Public Service Commission's order last week creating a 3 GW by 2030 energy storage target identified a destination on the state's transformation of its energy sector, but did not delineate every road on route to that goal. The PSC order did not provide details on how some of the goals will be achieved or on issues such as the apportionment of some funds. In a wider context, there are questions about how the storage goal will mesh with the wholesale power market rules of the New York Independent System Operator. In addition, there are pending permitting issues in New York City that could affect the anticipated build-out of energy storage facilities there.

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    12. Project of the Year: REV Connect

      Project of the Year: REV Connect

      Let's be clear: Anything that can take the torturous rigidity out of utility procurements deserves an award. New York's Reforming the Energy Vision has been around a few years, and the state's efforts to reshape the utility sector are beginning to pay off. Plenty of states have followed suit, but New York's REV is a holistic reimagining of energy resources and the business models underpin the sector. While REV aims to bring about wholesale changes, one initiative within it is speeding the development of new resources and solutions while helping remake utility procurement processes.

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      Mentions: NY NYSERDA
    13. Energy Storage Industry Pushes for Clarity on Tax Credit Eligibility

      Energy Storage Industry Pushes for Clarity on Tax Credit Eligibility

      A coalition of groups led by the Energy Storage Association (ESA) is calling on lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate to clarify that energy storage systems qualify for the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), an incentive they say could help clean energy companies obtain financing, compete internationally and grow. Bipartisan legislation in both houses of Congress would "ensure a level playing field" for storage resources, according to ESA. The Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act (H.R. 4649 / S. 1868) would apply to utility-scale battery projects as well as smaller residential systems.

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      Mentions: GM U.S. AWEA
    14. Electric Power Show Ep. 1: Everybody Loves Energy Storage

      Electric Power Show Ep. 1: Everybody Loves Energy Storage

      The Energy Storage Association had a big year in 2018, cresting with the approval of FERC Order 841, the first federal directive on storage participation in wholesale markets. Their success is the product of a concerted lobbying effort that’s seen them win bipartisan allies both on the Hill and at the Commission. How is ESA navigating the polarized politics of Washington? Host Gavin Bade spoke with CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman and Vice President of Policy Jason Burwen to find out.

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      Mentions: ESA FERC PJM
    15. Sonnen Targets Utility Contract for Arizona Aggregated Storage Project

      Sonnen Targets Utility Contract for Arizona Aggregated Storage Project

      One year since announcing a partnership to build 2,900 homes in a new virtual power plant community in Prescott Valley, Arizona, Sonnen anticipates a real breakthrough that will hopefully include a utility contract. Sonnen is still working out the details on its Jasper project but expects to make an announcement by the end of the year, Blake Richetta, the company's U.S. senior vice president, told Utility Dive.

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    16. Salt River Project, DOE Team up to Assess Value of Distributed Energy Storage

      Salt River Project, DOE Team up to Assess Value of Distributed Energy Storage

      The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is teaming up with Arizona's Salt River Project (SRP) to launch "one of the largest" home battery storage studies to date, NREL announced on Thursday. The study would offer insight into distributed storage, while also encouraging installations. 295 SRP customers have already submitted an application to install a battery and join the study, according to an SRP spokesperson, and about half of those systems have been installed and commissioned.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. ESA
    17. Chatterjee Pushes Grid Operators to Design Market Products for Storage

      Chatterjee Pushes Grid Operators to Design Market Products for Storage

      Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Neil Chatterjee on Tuesday called on regional grid operators to design new market rules that allow batteries to provide grid services as part of a wide-ranging address on the future of energy storage. Grid operators have grappled for years with how to design rules "particularly suited to storage," Chatterjee told an industry conference in Washington, but there has been "little momentum" in recent years on market products like frequency response that could allow batteries to grow.

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    18. DOE Energy Storage Grants Look to the Day When Renewables Rule the Grid

      DOE Energy Storage Grants Look to the Day When Renewables Rule the Grid

      As renewable penetration grows, the need for energy storage grows as well. However, existing storage technologies may not be able to meet that need. A Department of Energy (DOE) grant program aims to address that problem by trading efficiency for low cost. Existing storage technologies fall short in terms of duration. Lithium-ion batteries, which have captured about 90% of the energy storage market, can economically run for about four hours. Pumped hydro storage, which accounts for the most energy storage today in terms of capacity, can generate power by releasing water from storage reservoirs for up to 20 hours under certain conditions.

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    19. Virginia 10-year Energy Plan Includes 5 GW of Renewables, EVs, Grid Modernization

      Virginia 10-year Energy Plan Includes 5 GW of Renewables, EVs, Grid Modernization

      Virginia released its annual 10-year energy plan on Tuesday, recommending development of 3 GW of solar and onshore wind by 2022, and 2 GW of offshore wind by 2028. Dominion Energy, the largest electric utility in the state, has partnered with Denmark's DONG Energy to develop a 12 MW Virginia offshore wind facility and officials say it could ultimately be expanded to serve more than 500,000 customers.

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    20. Johnson Controls, ConEd Subsidiary Partner to Grow Energy Storage

      Johnson Controls, ConEd Subsidiary Partner to Grow Energy Storage

      Johnson Controls announced Monday that it has signed a joint venture with a clean energy unit of Consolidated Edison, a deal aimed at helping expand the market for smart energy storage control systems developed by the company. Consolidated Edison Solutions, a subsidiary of Con Edison Clean Energy Business, will be the exclusive provider of storage to customers of Johnson Controls.

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      Mentions: Johnson Controls
    21. Microgrids in Maryland: Supporting Public Safety, Community Resiliency

      Microgrids in Maryland: Supporting Public Safety, Community Resiliency

      ike many states, Maryland has experienced more frequent and severe weather events, leading to an increase in grid interruptions, economic disruption and issues around life safety. Ice storms, derechos, severe thunderstorms and the occasional polar vortex, coupled with concerns around cyber security, terrorism and climate change have led public leaders in Maryland to advance microgrid deployment as a strategy to reduce emissions, strengthen resiliency and enhance sustainability.  

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      Mentions: U.S. MD Duke Energy
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