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    1. Third Time's the Charm: Regulators Accept HECO Plan for 100% Renewables

      Third Time's the Charm: Regulators Accept HECO Plan for 100% Renewables

      The Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission has accepted a plan filed by the state's largest utility Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO), outlining how it will reach 100% renewable energy resources by 2040 — five years ahead of the state's goal. HECO's latest iteration of its Power Supply Improvement Plan (PSIP) update was accepted by the PUC on July 14, and it outlines the work to be done by Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawai‘i Electric Light. Along with acquiring almost 400 MW of renewable generating capacity, the plan includes adding energy storage and other grid technologies to aid resiliency, and assumes the continued growth of private rooftop solar.

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    2. Maryland, Hawaii Turn to Storage Incentives as State Markets Gain Momentum

      Maryland, Hawaii Turn to Storage Incentives as State Markets Gain Momentum

      Nevada earlier this month became the fourth state to adopt an energy storage incentive. The Silver State joins California, New Jersey and Maryland, which in April passed a bill creating a 30% tax credit for energy storage devices, as the only states to have put storage incentives in place. And at least two other states, Hawaii and Massachusetts, are moving toward energy storage incentives.

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      Mentions: CA DoE NV
    3. How Can Tucson Electric Get Solar + Storage for 4.5¢/kWh?

      How Can Tucson Electric Get Solar + Storage for 4.5¢/kWh?

      Tucson Electric Power’s recently signed power purchase agreement for a solar-plus-storage project has been hailed for its low price, but it also signals a solution that could become more common as renewable energy grid integration problems grow. TEP declined to reveal the exact pricing, but the all-in cost for the solar-plus-storage project is “significantly less than $0.045/kWh over 20 years,” said Carmine Tilghman, senior director for energy supply at TEP. And, at under 3¢s/kWh, he says he believes the solar portion of the PPA is “the lowest price recorded in the U.S.”

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      Mentions: CA New Mexico U.S.
    4. Nevada Lawmakers Pass Bills for Storage Incentives, Possible Mandate

      Nevada Lawmakers Pass Bills for Storage Incentives, Possible Mandate

      Lawmakers in Nevada's House and Senate have approved a slate of clean energy bills that will now head to Gov. Brian Sandoval’s (R) desk, according to the Las Vegas Sun. The bills would establish incentives for the installation of energy storage associated with solar systems, direct the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to consider energy storage mandates, and boost energy efficiency funding for low income residents.

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    5. Brattle: Wider Electrification Key to Averting Both Climate Change and Utility Death Spiral

      Brattle: Wider Electrification Key to Averting Both Climate Change and Utility Death Spiral

      The utility death spiral has been at the center of a debate about how well energy storage plays with solar power, but a new report from The Brattle Group questions death spiral premise and calls for utilities to play a larger role in combating climate change. In the death spiral scenario, renewable energy penetration – facilitated by the ability of energy storage to fill in the gaps of solar and wind generation – fosters a vicious circle of declining utility sales and rising electricity rates.

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    6. Stem to Expand Storage at California State University Campus with 4.2 MWh Battery

      Stem to Expand Storage at California State University Campus with 4.2 MWh Battery

      The Dominguez Hills campus of California State University (CSU) has tapped Stem to develop software-driven energy storage services to reduce the school's electricity costs, the company announced this week. Stem said it is developing a 1 MW / 4.2 MWh system to be housed on campus in Carson, Calif., part of a larger company strategy in targeting academic institutions.

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    7. Trump's Cybersecurity Executive Order Calls for Power Grid Assessment

      Trump's Cybersecurity Executive Order Calls for Power Grid Assessment

      President Donald Trump issued an executive order on cybersecurity outlining on Thursday, outlining a series of actions for federal agencies to strengthen protections for national cybersecurity, federal IT networks and critical infrastructure, including the power grid. Under the order, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly will work with state and local governments to assess gaps in power grid cybersecurity and the potential impacts of a prolonged power outage as the result of an attack. 

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    8. Storage developer Sunverge pairs up with PetersenDean for energy storage offering - Utility Dive

      Storage developer Sunverge pairs up with PetersenDean for energy storage offering - Utility Dive

      Energy storage developer Sunverge Energy announced a partnership with PetersenDean Roofing & Solar to supply residential energy storage systems in California, Builder Magazine reports. Under the agreement, PetersenDean will pair Sunverge's energy management platform with its rooftop solar arrays to help customers reduce power bills and provide backup power. 

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    9. CAISO Updates Proposed Rules for Demand Response, Energy Storage

      CAISO Updates Proposed Rules for Demand Response, Energy Storage

      The California ISO has updated its energy storage and distributed energy resource (ESDER) initiative, RTO Insider reports. ESDER’s proposal includes a less restrictive methodology for assessing the demand response potential of aggregated retail customers, essentially a four day look-back for residential accounts, rather than 45 days. CAISO is also working with the Public Utilities Commission to rework station power rules for battery storage.

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    10. Xcel Strikes Grid Modernization Settlement with Colorado Stakeholders

      Xcel Strikes Grid Modernization Settlement with Colorado Stakeholders

      Xcel's Colorado subsidiary filed a settlement agreement with state, federal and private stakeholders as part its "Our Energy Future" initiative that would aid its efforts to monitor and control its distribution system. The utility submitted a $562 million proposal last year to upgrade its grid system and security efforts, including an advanced meter infrastructure rollout and a voltage optimization system it says would help cut energy consumption by 2% and reduce emissions by 360,000 tons annually.

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    11. FERC Should Go Big (But Fair) On Markets

      FERC Should Go Big (But Fair) On Markets

      The notice for next week’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) conference on the intersection of wholesale energy markets with state energy policies says that there is an “open question of how the competitive wholesale markets, particularly in states or regions that restructured their retail electricity service, can select resources of interest to state policy makers while preserving the benefits of regional markets.”

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    12. Facing Stricter Climate Goals, California Passes 4 Bills to Boost Energy Storage

      Facing Stricter Climate Goals, California Passes 4 Bills to Boost Energy Storage

      California lawmakers have passed four bills designed to ramp up the state's use of energy storage, expanding on a mandate in place for utilities and doubling the Self-Generation Incentive Program, which supports behind-the-meter technologies. The bills are now in front of California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), who has pressed the state to slash its greenhouse gas emissions and bolster its carbon-free resources. Storage is expected to play an important role in meeting the state's 50% renewable energy mandate and a newly-passed goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions 40% from 1990 levels by 2030, which Brown is expected to sign.

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    13. Hydrostor Comes Ashore to Turn Old Coal Plants into Compressed-Air Storage

      Hydrostor Comes Ashore to Turn Old Coal Plants into Compressed-Air Storage

      Hydrostor is evolving into a land creature. The Toronto based company began its corporate life developing compressed air energy storage projects in deep water. In a 2015 pilot project with Toronto Hydro, Hydrostor used off-peak energy to compress air in underwater balloons two miles off shore in Lake Ontario. The balloons can be deflated later with the aid of water pressure to generate power at times of high demand.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. Caribbean
    14. First BTM Li-ion Battery Project Approved in New York City

      First BTM Li-ion Battery Project Approved in New York City

      Demand Energy, a subsidiary of Enel Green Power North America, has begun construction on a microgrid with storage capability in New York City. The microgrid will comprise a 400-kW solar system and 400-kW fuel cell supported by a 300-kW, 1.2-MWh lithium-ion battery at Marcus Garvey Village, a mixed-income apartment complex owned by L+M Development Partners.

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    15. Vermont Bill Would Direct PUC to Draw Up Energy Storage Recommendations

      Vermont Bill Would Direct PUC to Draw Up Energy Storage Recommendations

      A bill now being debated in the Vermont legislature aims spur the development of energy storage in the state. The bill, H 501, is sponsored by Rep. Laura Sibilia (I), would require the state’s Department of Public Service (DPS) to “develop policy recommendations and targets” that would increase electricity storage capacity in the state.

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    16. Is Battery Energy Storage at a 'Turning Point' for US utilities?

      Is Battery Energy Storage at a 'Turning Point' for US utilities?

      In a famous children's fable, a stuffed rabbit becomes real when its owner believes in it. The nation’s utilities may now be similarly transforming battery energy storage. The U.S. utility-scale battery storage installed capacity grew by another 221 MW in 2016 as costs continued to drop, according to a recent report from GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association. More importantly, the sector last year doubled the amount of megawatt-hours (MWh) of battery capacity deployed compared to 2015.

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      Mentions: CA IN U.S.
    17. Cities and States Tackle Clean Energy, Climate After Trump Halts Environmental Action

      Cities and States Tackle Clean Energy, Climate After Trump Halts Environmental Action

      Federal environmental policy did an abrupt 180 this week, as President Trump signed an executive order to review the Clean Power Plan and undo several other rules targeting greenhouse gas emissions. But it remains an open question just how big of an impact those actions will have. The Washington Post reports states and cities across the country are likely to continue efficiency and renewables efforts, as the programs and goals are popular, tend to save money, and create jobs. There is widespread skepticism that Trump's climate actions can roll back the decline of the coal industry, for example. The falling cost of renewables and natural gas, and rise of efficiency, appear to make a long-term decline inevitable.

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    18. National Grid's Proposed Transmission Line Will Ship 1.2 GW of Renewables from Canada |

      National Grid's Proposed Transmission Line Will Ship 1.2 GW of Renewables from Canada |

      National Grid has proposed a $1 billion transmission project that would be able to bring 1,200 MW of renewable power into New England. National Grid’s Granite State Power Link would move the electric power through Vermont for 58 miles before entering New Hampshire at Monroe and ending at Londonderry in southern New Hampshire. The route of the proposed project would travel for about 58 miles on the expanded path of an existing high voltage direct current overhead line in Vermont and then use an upgraded existing overhead line in New Hampshire for 108 miles.

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