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    1. How Can the US Reduce Battery Costs and Foreign Dependence? Recycle, Argonne Official Tells Senators

      How Can the US Reduce Battery Costs and Foreign Dependence? Recycle, Argonne Official Tells Senators

      Recycling lithium-ion batteries could significantly reduce the cost of battery storage and other applications, George Crabtree, director at Argonne National Laboratory's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee yesterday. The U.S. Department of Energy earlier this year launched a program that aims to reclaim and recycle critical materials from lithium-based battery technology. Sen. Manchin, D-W. Va., voiced concerns that the current trade war between the United States and China, and general instability of the bilateral relationship, could affect the supply of minerals such as lithium or cobalt commonly used in battery storage.

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      Mentions: U.S. Argonne Congress
    2. What's the Value of Energy Storage? Minnesota Aims to Find Out

      What's the Value of Energy Storage? Minnesota Aims to Find Out

      Minnesota lawmakers included multiple energy storage provisions in the Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill when they approved it May 24, including requiring utilities to consider batteries as a resource in their long-term planning efforts. The bill also directs the Minnesota Department of Commerce to conduct an energy storage cost-benefit analysis, in order to determine the value of adding the resource to the electric grid.

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    3. Eversource Turns to Non-Wires Solution in Outage-Plagued New Hampshire Town

      Eversource Turns to Non-Wires Solution in Outage-Plagued New Hampshire Town

      Eversource Energy is turning to efficiency and energy storage to help maintain reliability in a small, rural New Hampshire town prone to outages, rather than spend $6 million to construct a new 10-mile distribution circuit. The largest component of the Westmoreland Clean Innovation Project is a 1.7 MW / 7.1 MWh lithium-ion battery, estimated to cost $7 million. Despite being costlier than the new-circuit alternative, the utility says the project will deliver savings to Eversource customers by reducing peak costs. The project aims to improve service in the town, which is served by a single major power line.

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    4. FERC Commissioners Deny Opportunity for State-by-State Opt Out of Storage Order

      FERC Commissioners Deny Opportunity for State-by-State Opt Out of Storage Order

      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted Thursday to deny requests for rehearing of Order 841, a landmark decision seeking to provide fair market access for energy storage resources. Commissioners were nearly unanimous in voting to affirm FERC's determinations made in Order 841 regarding their authority over wholesale market sales, and to decline to adopt a state-by-state opt out of storage participation in the wholesale market.

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      Mentions: FERC
    5. WoodMac: Energy Storage will Move Toward Value Stacking as Industry Matures

      WoodMac: Energy Storage will Move Toward Value Stacking as Industry Matures

      Value stacking, or revenue stacking, is expected to play an increasingly important role in energy storage's future, with industry stakeholders currently determining the best ways to monetize the various use-case applications of storage. While utilities and regulators across the country have toyed with the idea of value stacking, and even adopted minor changes to capitalize on the technology's different applications, value stacking on a large scale is not happening yet.

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    6. North Carolina Approves Duke's First Solar+Storage Residential Microgrid

      North Carolina Approves Duke's First Solar+Storage Residential Microgrid

      North Carolina regulators on Friday approved a solar+storage microgrid project proposed by Duke Energy, designed to help maintain reliable power for a small town called Hot Springs in the western part of the state. The project includes a 2 MW solar array and 4 MW lithium-ion battery, and will be Duke's first utility-scale solar+storage project for residential customers. The microgrid is a small part of Duke's broader plan to roll out more storage on its system.

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    7. California ISO Tests Flow Battery Tech that Could Decrease Bulk Storage Costs

      California ISO Tests Flow Battery Tech that Could Decrease Bulk Storage Costs

      The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) on April 30 said it has become one of the first wholesale power markets in the United States to connect a new and innovative battery storage technology to its grid. The four-year pilot project is intended to test and evaluate the performance of flow batteries in the commercial wholesale market. San Diego Gas & Electric, in coordination with Tokyo-based Sumitomo Electric, started testing a flow battery in 2015, according to CAISO, and the battery started participating in the ISO wholesale market in December.

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    8. Moving Beyond 'Rules of Thumb' for Smart, Cost Effective Storage Deployment

      Moving Beyond 'Rules of Thumb' for Smart, Cost Effective Storage Deployment

      Energy storage is progressing by leaps and bounds as a potentially transformative resource for the power sector. Recent utility-scale storage announcements come on the heels of a reports highlighting the steep drop in the cost of storage. A more holistic, analytically informed approach to storage deployment — better insight into its specific system benefits and more robust approaches to assigning its capacity value, among other recommendations discussed herein — will ease growing pains and maximize value as the U.S. storage industry expands dramatically over the next few years.

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    9. Duke, Eversource Commit to Create Energy Storage Safety Standards

      Duke, Eversource Commit to Create Energy Storage Safety Standards

      Duke Energy, Eversource and 25 other energy companies signed an energy storage corporate responsibility pledge and committed to participate in a taskforce to optimize safety standards, according to an announcement by the Energy Storage Association on Thursday. The pledge prioritizes safety for energy storage resource deployment, integration, and operation. Utilities and third-party storage developers pledged to contribute storage experts to a taskforce focused on responsible supply chain practices, potential operational hazards, end-of-life, and recycling in the industry. The ESA formally launched its corporate responsibility initiative for the industry at its annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona last week.

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    10. Green Mountain Power Aims for 100% Renewables by 2030 with up to 100 MW Storage

      Green Mountain Power Aims for 100% Renewables by 2030 with up to 100 MW Storage

      Green Mountain Power (GMP), Vermont's largest utility, on Saturday announced a goal to reach 100% carbon-free resources by 2025 and 100% renewables by 2030. The utility's IRP identifies distributed energy resources as central to reaching that goal, including small-scale generation and storage facilities. GMP plans to add 50 MW to 100 MW of storage over the next 10 years in order to reach its renewable energy goals.

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      Mentions: Vermont
    11. A Brighter Future: Why Energy Storage Belongs in the Investment Tax Credit

      A Brighter Future: Why Energy Storage Belongs in the Investment Tax Credit

      Renewable energy has come a long way in the last decade and that's good for all of us. But a successful clean energy market and smart power grid can only go as far as advances in energy storage can take us. With that in mind, U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., introduced legislation Thursday that would expand the investment tax credit (ITC) to include standalone energy storage investments. As it is now, only a small subset of energy storage projects co-located with solar are eligible.

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      Mentions: U.S. Congress ESA
    12. EVgo Adding 14 Battery Storage Systems to Spur EV Fast Charger Deployment

      EVgo Adding 14 Battery Storage Systems to Spur EV Fast Charger Deployment

      EVgo said April 11 it has completed or has in construction 14 battery storage systems at 11 fast charging stations. The company calls it the largest deployment of battery storage systems at public fast charging stations in the nation. The storage systems will help overcome some of challenges inhibiting fast charging deployment, including providing relief to demand charge rate structures, the company said in a statement. EVgo said battery storage will also help charging stations by offering load balancing and mitigating distribution grid upgrade costs, particularly 'as station sizes and power rating increase.'

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    13. FERC Asks Grid Operators for More Detail on Storage Participation

      FERC Asks Grid Operators for More Detail on Storage Participation

      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday asked regional grid operators for more information on how they will implement a major order on energy storage issued last year. FERC asked each grid operator to detail various aspects of energy storage market participation, including size requirements, state of charge management and how storage resources can participate as both buyers and sellers in wholesale markets. The requests come as FERC considers rehearing requests on its landmark February 2018 energy storage directive, Order 841. Grid operators have 30 days to file responses.

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      Mentions: FERC PJM New York
    14. NYPA Initiative Targets Quicker Commercialization Path for Storage, EV Startups

      NYPA Initiative Targets Quicker Commercialization Path for Storage, EV Startups

      A new partnership led by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will focus on finding and assisting startup businesses focused on electric vehicle and energy storage technologies, aiming to help meet the state's Green New Deal goals, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D, announced yesterday. Dubbed the "NYPA Innovation Challenge," the partnership between the utility and New York University Tandon's Urban Future Lab will launch in May with an application deadline in June and winners announced a month later. The challenge will support NYPA's $250 million EVolveNY electric vehicle adoption initiative, as well as New York's goal to add 3 GW of battery storage by 2030.

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    15. Solar + Storage Projects to Drive Utility-Scale Deployment of Batteries: Navigant

      Solar + Storage Projects to Drive Utility-Scale Deployment of Batteries: Navigant

      Storage-plus PPAs are already less expensive than the levelized cost of energy for combined cycle natural gas in the United States, according to a recent report from Navigant Research. Lithium-ion batteries are one of the main drivers in the growth of the utility-scale energy storage market, accounting for almost 30% of non-pumped storage capacity developed since 2011, the report found.

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      Mentions: Hawaii U.S. Navigant
    16. Con Edison Pilots New Approach to Increasing Battery Storage on its Grid

      Con Edison Pilots New Approach to Increasing Battery Storage on its Grid

      A new 1 MW / 1 MWh battery is expected to come online in Consolidated Edison's territory next month, the first of several the New York City utility will roll out as part of a demonstration project that takes a new approach to developing energy storage for peak shaving and other grid benefits: rather than search for customers with the perfect load to also benefit and co-own the asset, ConEd tasked distributed generation developer GI Energy with finding under-utilized real estate to lease. The utility gave GI a list of locations on its grid where batteries could provide a benefit, and the company took care of project development and customer acquisition.

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      Mentions: NY Colorado New York
    17. Rocky Mountain Power Proposes 600-Battery Apartment Building Among Trio of Utah DSM Projects

      Rocky Mountain Power Proposes 600-Battery Apartment Building Among Trio of Utah DSM Projects

      Rocky Mountain Power has asked the Public Service Commission of Utah for authorization to implement three 'innovative utility programs' it says were authorized by the Sustainable Transportation and Energy Plan (STEP) Act of 2016, focusing on transportation, storage and grid management. The programs include a battery demand response project in a 600-unit multi-family development, and an intermodal transportation charging and power balancing system to be developed with the Utah State University’s Sustainable Electrified Transportation Center and the state's transit authority. RMP's application is its fifth tranche of proposed STEP programs, and the utility said the funding for the programs has already been earmarked.

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    18. Trio of Federal Energy Storage Bills Avoid Tax Credits

      Trio of Federal Energy Storage Bills Avoid Tax Credits

      Three bipartisan energy storage bills were introduced in Congress last week, but none would provide investment tax credits, which industry has sought to increase the competitiveness of the technology. The three storage bills, which focus on opportunities for loans and research in energy storage, come amid rising interest in the technology, with an increasing number of state targets, a new bipartisan storage caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives and increased funding in the President's latest budget request.

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      Mentions: U.S. Congress ESA
    19. NYSERDA Targets Retail and Bulk Storage Incentives as State Aims for 3 GW by 2030

      NYSERDA Targets Retail and Bulk Storage Incentives as State Aims for 3 GW by 2030

      The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority on Monday filed its energy storage implementation plan, which aims to incentivize deployments and help the state meet its 3 GW by 2030 target. The plan targets retail and bulk market storage incentives, allocating $130 million and $150 million toward growth in those sectors, respectively, and proposing the remaining $70 million of a $350 million fund be allocated toward "opportunities that have the greatest potential to build a self-sustaining storage market."

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    20. Insurer Munich Re Offers 10-year Warranty on Battery Storage Performance

      Insurer Munich Re Offers 10-year Warranty on Battery Storage Performance

      German insurance giant, Munich Re, announced on Friday what it called the world's first long-term insurance product for the existing warranties manufacturers issue on battery performance. The offering is intended to ease project financing and quicken the pace of deployment for batteries. Munich Re is offering insurance policies for 10 years to cover 'major projects, such as those to ensure grid stability or to cover peak demand periods.'

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      Mentions: EASE
    21. FERC Allows Storage to Access New England Real-Time Energy Markets

      FERC Allows Storage to Access New England Real-Time Energy Markets

      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday issued an order accepting tariff revisions proposed by ISO New England, aimed at allowing batteries and other storage technologies to more fully participate in the region's wholesale electricity markets. The revisions to the ISO's Market Rule 1 will become effective April 1, and will allow storage to be dispatched into real-time energy markets.

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      Mentions: FERC ISO-NE
    22. New York Utilities, NYISO to Collaborate on Allowing Storage in State's Wholesale and Retail Markets

      New York Utilities, NYISO to Collaborate on Allowing Storage in State's Wholesale and Retail Markets

      The New York Public Service Commission released on Friday a list of preliminary priorities for an energy storage market design and integration working group, convened by regulatory staff and NYSERDA. In December, the PSC ordered the creation of a plan and schedule for a working group with participants from investor owned utilities and the New York Independent System Operator in order to determine a path forward for storage to participate in both wholesale and retail energy markets in the state. NYISO does not currently accommodate dual participation.

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      Mentions: NY FERC NYISO
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