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    1. How Alternative Storage Solutions are Breaking into the Lithium-Ion-Dominated Market

      How Alternative Storage Solutions are Breaking into the Lithium-Ion-Dominated Market

      Recent growth in renewable energy, spurred by state mandates, federal tax incentives, and increasingly attractive costs, has shifted attention to the use of energy storage to ensure that variable wind and solar generation reliably serve load and provide ancillary services. In this domain, lithium-ion currently dominates. But some analysts don't see it as economically-efficient enough at scale to fully support the amount of renewable energy expected to come onto the grid, and other options are on the rise, including rail-based gravity systems, hydrogen and flow batteries.

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    2. Utility-Scale Storage Critical to Achieving Massachusetts Carbon Goals: UMass Study

      Utility-Scale Storage Critical to Achieving Massachusetts Carbon Goals: UMass Study

      The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is likely to fall short of its greenhouse gas emission goals if it cannot implement utility-scale storage, according to a new study. More than 70% of the state’s two pumped-hydro storage facilities — with a collective capacity of around 1,800 MW — is currently unutilized due to the lack of market incentives, according to researchers. The lack of utility-scale storage could mean that the state’s grid remains “dirty” even with a high penetration of renewables.

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    3. In Search for Cheaper, Longer Energy Storage, Mountain Gravity Could Eventually Top Lithium-Ion

      In Search for Cheaper, Longer Energy Storage, Mountain Gravity Could Eventually Top Lithium-Ion

      Mountain gravity energy storage could be a viable way to store electricity for longer durations and at larger scales than lithium-ion battery storage can, according to a study recently published in the academic journal Energy. The idea of gravity as a form of storage is an example of ongoing research into additional storage options beyond lithium-ion batteries. Despite large cost reductions over the past several years, some experts still view lithium-ion systems as not economically-efficient enough at scale to fully back up the amount of renewable energy expected to come onto the grid due to states’ long-term clean energy goals.

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    4. Bay Area Energy Agencies Launch Storage Solicitation Amid PG&E Power Shutoffs

      Bay Area Energy Agencies Launch Storage Solicitation Amid PG&E Power Shutoffs

      Four local energy agencies in the San Francisco Bay area announced a joint solicitation today for the installation of more than 30 MW of energy storage for residential and business customers across three counties. The storage may be combined with new or existing solar systems and comes as utility customers look to other energy options, including distributed solar and storage, amid planned power shutoffs. The groups expect to choose partner vendor(s) in early 2020 with program details released in spring 2020 and projects "underway soon after with the inte​nt of preempting the next fire season."

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      Mentions: California
    5. FERC OKs PJM, SPP Storage Plans, Sets Separate Proceedings for Minimum Run-Time Requirements

      FERC OKs PJM, SPP Storage Plans, Sets Separate Proceedings for Minimum Run-Time Requirements

      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Thursday gave its first two approvals to grid operator plans to implement its energy storage order. PJM Interconnection will implement most of its plan by Dec. 3, while participating in a separate proceeding to evaluate the fairness of its 10-hour duration requirements for storage to participate in its market. Southwest Power Pool will implement its plan in nine months, as FERC regulators approved extra time for the grid operator to implement a new settlement management system.

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    6. 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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      Mentions: Stem
    7. NIPSCO to Replace Coal with 2.3 GW of Solar, Storage in Latest RFP

      NIPSCO to Replace Coal with 2.3 GW of Solar, Storage in Latest RFP

      The Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) announced on Oct. 1 a request for proposals for 300 MW of wind, 2,300 MW of solar and solar-plus-storage projects, as well as an undefined amount for other capacity resources.
      NIPSCO seeks to retire the bulk of its coal generation capacity by 2023, and its October 2018 Integrated Resource Plan identified cheaper alternatives in renewables paired with storage.

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      Mentions: Indiana
    8. The Future of Energy Storage Is Here: An Inside Look at Rocky Mountain Power's 600-Battery DR Project

      The Future of Energy Storage Is Here: An Inside Look at Rocky Mountain Power's 600-Battery DR Project

      The first residents of an all-electric and energy efficient community — the largest battery demand response project in the United States — are settling into new apartments. Their cars are tucked neatly beneath solar panel covers and their electric cars can plug into charging ports. Inside each apartment in the Soleil Lofts development, a battery is humming. When complete, the planned community's 22 buildings will have 600 apartment units with 12.6 MWh of battery storage, 5.2 MW of solar panels, 150 stalls of EV chargers and an overriding focus on energy efficiency. Utility access to the 600 batteries will turn the complex into a grid resource.

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      Mentions: Utah
    9. Storage Bill Expanding Utility Rate Recovery Options for Battery Projects Clears Senate Committee

      Storage Bill Expanding Utility Rate Recovery Options for Battery Projects Clears Senate Committee

      With bipartisan support, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee last week advanced a comprehensive energy storage package, reported as an amendment to the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act. Introduced by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, the BEST Act would require the federal government to support energy storage research and demonstration projects. Along with the attached bills, it would open a standardized path for utilities to recover storage costs in federal rate proceedings. The measure now heads to the full Senate, where supporters say there is enthusiasm.

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      Mentions: Congress
    10. Renewables, Storage Poised to Undercut Natural Gas Prices, Increase Stranded Assets: RMI

      Renewables, Storage Poised to Undercut Natural Gas Prices, Increase Stranded Assets: RMI

      Wind, solar, and storage projects, combined with demand-side management, have reached a 'tipping point,' meaning they're now able to compete alongside natural gas on price while providing the same reliability services. But unlike the fluctuating price of fuels, these technologies' prices are expected to continue dropping, according to a pair of reports released by the Rocky Mountain Institute.

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    11. 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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    12. Nothing Standing in the Way of Energy Storage's 'Explosive Growth': Navigant

      Nothing Standing in the Way of Energy Storage's 'Explosive Growth': Navigant

      The growth of the global energy storage market is creating one headline after another, as analysis after analysis predicts new heights of investments and deployments. Coupled with falling technology costs, particularly for lithium-ion batteries, energy storage is expected to play a key part in the global transition toward a more sustainable and reliable power grid. Navigant has identified close to 2,100 energy storage projects globally. And international storage markets are anticipated to grow exponentially over the next decade, a second report from Rethink Technology Research found.

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    13. Bipartisan Senate Bill Allocates $100M to Ease Residential Solar, Storage Permitting

      Bipartisan Senate Bill Allocates $100M to Ease Residential Solar, Storage Permitting

      Sens. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, introduced a bill on Monday to create a federal program to ease the permitting of distributed energy systems, including solar, battery storage and electric vehicle fast chargers. S. 2447 would appropriate $20 million annually, from fiscal year 2019 to 2024, for a new nonprofit organization under the Department of Energy, dubbed the Distributed Energy Opportunity Board, to streamline local permitting and inspection for qualifying systems.

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    14. How did Massachusetts Blossom Into an Environment Ripe for Energy Storage, Pushing Technology and Business Models to the Cutting Edge?

      How did Massachusetts Blossom Into an Environment Ripe for Energy Storage, Pushing Technology and Business Models to the Cutting Edge?

      Today's energy storage technology can help power the country more efficiently and sustainably, and it's getting better all the time. However, this resource's greatest strength—the ability to both take in and let out energy rapidly—can be complicated to properly value. Having an energy storage system provide just one service can be expensive, and it's a big waste of potential. Enter Massachusetts, where the stars have aligned and the full potential of energy storage may soon be on display, providing not one or two services, but seven or eight with a single project.

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    15. LCUS: A New Way to Accurately Measure Energy Storage Costs

      LCUS: A New Way to Accurately Measure Energy Storage Costs

      It is often difficult to evaluate the benefits, effectiveness and costs of energy storage technologies. These benefits are dependent on how one uses storage and which technology is used for what purpose. The cost of using an energy storage asset also depends on the initial material and installation costs, as well as how well it is maintained during its service life. These aspects are interconnected and, until now, customers have not been able to easily access this information with a simple test. The new Levelized Cost of Using Storage method combines acquisition costs, O&M, expected use, and service life data into a single meaningful metric to compare different energy storage technologies.

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    16. Battery Storage companies Set $1.4B Record in Venture Capital Funding: Report

      Battery Storage companies Set $1.4B Record in Venture Capital Funding: Report

      Battery storage companies have raised a combined $1.4 billion in venture capital funding during the first six months of 2019, up from $543 million during the same time period last year, according to a new report by Mercom Capital Group. The uptick in VC funding for battery storage companies comes amid an increased focus on the technology, which enables the integration of more renewable energy and has the potential to replace gas-peaker fleets around the country.

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    17. 'Opportunities Everywhere': NREL Study Shows Mass Potential for Storage to Provide Peaking Capacity

      'Opportunities Everywhere': NREL Study Shows Mass Potential for Storage to Provide Peaking Capacity

      The booming U.S. battery storage market is showing no signs of slowing down, and a new government-funded report says its prospects could be even bigger than previously thought. "The Potential for Battery Energy Storage to Provide Peaking Capacity in the United States," published last month by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), concluded that every region across the country offers the potential for peaking capacity needs to be met by short-duration, four-hour battery storage systems.

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    18. New York Regulators Assess Potential for Storage to Replace Peaking Units in the State

      New York Regulators Assess Potential for Storage to Replace Peaking Units in the State

      New York's Department of Public Services on Monday issued two reports on energy storage development in the state — a unit-by-unit study of replacing or repowering peaking units in the state and a review of a DER Data Platform pilot.
      At least 275 MW of peaking units, or about 6% of the total rated capacity of New York's peaking fleet, were identified as potential candidates for replacement with six‐hour energy storage sized to the maximum 2013 output of each peaking unit, according to study. This number increases to over 500 MW when using eight‐hour duration storage.

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    19. Diversifying the Northeast Power Mix: Is Offshore Wind + Storage Key to the Region's Reliability?

      Diversifying the Northeast Power Mix: Is Offshore Wind + Storage Key to the Region's Reliability?

      Offshore wind and battery storage are about to come into the Northeastern power mix in a big way. With more states requiring offshore wind targets, almost 18 GW are mandated to come online by 2035 in states across New England. But how that intermittent capacity will fit into an increasingly clean energy mix, how it will impact system reliability and whether the region's utilities are ready for more change, remains in question.

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    20. Creating a domestic market is paramount for US Battery Industry to Close the Gap with China

      Creating a domestic market is paramount for US Battery Industry to Close the Gap with China

      Spurred by increased global demand for electric vehicles, energy storage systems and consumer electronics, lithium-ion batteries have become invaluable in today's global society. Industry experts say the United States has to create incentives for lithium-ion battery products to encourage manufacturers and decrease its dependence on Chinese imports.

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      Mentions: Asia China
    21. 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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    22. 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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