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    1. Fire Safety Issues Dog Battery Storage Growth in New York City, Slowing Deployment

      Fire Safety Issues Dog Battery Storage Growth in New York City, Slowing Deployment

      Last fall, New York City became one of the few cities in America to implement an energy storage mandate when Mayor Bill Di Blasio announced a 100 MWh by 2020 solar-plus-storage target, but progress has been slow. By the end of 2016, the city had only installed 4.8 MWh of storage.  A new report by the City University of New York, the National Renewable Energy Laboratories and Meister Consultants examines the barriers to deploying solar-plus-storage installations in New York City. The report cites the high cost of battery storage and the lack of city and state incentives for storage. The report also identifies the city’s arduous permitting process as one of the barriers developers face.

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    2. Despite Technological Advances, Flow Batteries Struggle Against Market Giant Lithium-ion

      Despite Technological Advances, Flow Batteries Struggle Against Market Giant Lithium-ion

      Flow batteries have made strides recently in bringing down costs and improving efficiencies, but they are going to have a tough time competing with the entrenched market leader: lithium-ion batteries. More than half of the 1,280 MWh of worldwide battery installations on the power grid since 2010 have been li-ion batteries, according to Department of Energy data. Looking at just 2015 and 2016, that share rises to 60%. In the United States, li-ion has an even bigger market share at 78% since 2010 and 97% since 2015.

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      Mentions: DoE Harvard U.S.
    3. Unlocking the Value of Grid 2.0 with Intelligent Energy Storage Software + System-Wide Expertise

      Unlocking the Value of Grid 2.0 with Intelligent Energy Storage Software + System-Wide Expertise

      With the ability to control generation and load, storage becomes one of the most critical assets in the utility portfolio. The results of incorrectly assembling disparate components from multiple vendors into a single solution could result in potentially dangerous and expensive failures.  As the industry begins to scale and multi-megawatt sites are deployed in just a few short months—expertise in software, system integration, design, construction, grid integration and ongoing management and maintenance are the critical factors for success.Download this complimentary white paper today to learn about best practices in designing and deploying the next-generation of intelligent energy storage solutions.

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    4. California Regulators Propose Doubling Funds for Self-Generation Incentive Program

      California Regulators Propose Doubling Funds for Self-Generation Incentive Program

      Initiated in 2001, California's Self-Generation Incentive Program offers payments to customers who generate their own electricity from a variety of resources, including energy storage, fuel cells, combined heat and power, and solar. Last year, rates ranged from $0.42/W to $1.49/W, depending on the type of system, and the program is credited with helping spur the development of the nation's leading energy storage market. 

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      Mentions: CA CA Pub Util Comm
    5. SoCal Edison Seeks Distributed Resources to Enhance Local Grid Reliability

      SoCal Edison Seeks Distributed Resources to Enhance Local Grid Reliability

      Southern California Edison this week issued a request for offers, seeking a variety of renewable and distributed energy resources to increase reliability in an at-risk portion of the grid. The utility is seeking between 15 MW and 55 MW of resources, including energy storage, demand response, permanent load shift, combined heat and power, fuel cells, solar PV paired with energy storage and renewable distributed generation.

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    6. Commodities Giant Vitol Taps NEC to Build 50 MW UK Storage Project for National Grid

      Commodities Giant Vitol Taps NEC to Build 50 MW UK Storage Project for National Grid

      Privately held commodities company Vitol Group has teamed up with renewable energy investment fund Low Carbon Ltd. to form a new venture, VLC Energy, that will install a 50 MW, 35 MWh storage system in the U.K. as its first project. The new venture says it could invest up to £250 million ($311 million) in the development of energy storage and distributed energy projects in the U.K., according to Bloomberg.

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      Mentions: Europe UK NEC
    7. NRG CEO: Independent power producer model 'obsolete'

      NRG CEO: Independent power producer model 'obsolete'

      NRG Energy lost almost $900 million last year, the result of lower power and gas prices along with a hefty 'goodwill impairment charge.'
      But despite the loss, the big news from the power producer's earnings came from a comment made to journalists and financial analysts: Mauricio Gutierrez, NRG President and CEO, said the independent power producer model is 'now obsolete and unable to create value over the long term.'

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    8. Primus Power Begins Production of 5-Hour Flow Battery

      Primus Power Begins Production of 5-Hour Flow Battery

      Primus Power says it has begun producing its second generation flow battery with a five hour duration and a 20 year expected life span. Primus says its EnergyPod 2 delivers energy storage a total cost of ownership up to 50% less than conventional lithium-ion battery systems. The company says Microsoft is testing Primus storage systems for peak shaving applications at a Redmond, Wash., data center.

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    9. Ohio Universities Test New Software to Optimize Building Energy Use with Solar, Batteries

      Ohio Universities Test New Software to Optimize Building Energy Use with Solar, Batteries

      The University of Toledo in Ohio has embarked on a project with the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to test software that can automate energy use of buildings on its campus. The Northern Ohio Building-to-Grid Integration Demonstration will test various energy scenarios in real world settings at the Toledo campus, as well as at Case Western Reserve University's campus in Cleveland. The project will tap into an existing 1 MW solar array on the campus and add battery storage to the system so solar power can be stored.

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    10. With Tax Reform on the Table, Senators Prepare Second Push for Energy Storage Incentives

      With Tax Reform on the Table, Senators Prepare Second Push for Energy Storage Incentives

      As President Trump's administration prepare to levy tax cut reforms, other Congressional lawmakers are taking a different tack. Several bills that would bolster energy storage are waiting in the wings this congressional season, signaling the growing significance of the resource. “At this stage there are a lot of moving parts, but we expect multiple pieces of legislation related to storage and taxes to be introduced,” Matt Roberts, executive director of the Energy Storage Association said.

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      Mentions: New Mexico NV Mexico
    11. Ice Energy Will Provide 1 MW of Residential Storage to Southern California Public Power Authority

      Ice Energy Will Provide 1 MW of Residential Storage to Southern California Public Power Authority

      Ice Energy has signed a turnkey contract with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) to provide up to 1 MW of its ice battery systems. Ice Energy will replace the outdoor condensing unit of selected homes in SCPPA’s territory with its Ice Bear 20 storage unit. The systems are designed to cut customer cooling load and can be aggregated by the utility.

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    12. How Utility Data Sharing is Helping the New York REV Build the Grid of the Future

      How Utility Data Sharing is Helping the New York REV Build the Grid of the Future

      Designing the grid of the future requires understanding the grid of the present — not just for utilities, but for technology providers as well. An effort in New York shows how difficult that can be. Fundamental to optimizing DERs like rooftop solar and behind-the-meter storage is a common understanding of the distribution system. Currently, only utilities have full access to the data needed to fully understand the system’s limits and potential, and even they often lack visibility to understand exactly where all their assets are located.

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    13. How behind-the-meter storage could make up 50% of the U.S. market by 2021

      How behind-the-meter storage could make up 50% of the U.S. market by 2021

       The behind-the-meter energy storage market is small now, but is expected to grow rapidly over the next several years. According to estimates by Brett Simon, an energy storage analyst at GTM Research, BTM applications will account for 50% of the U.S. storage market by 2021 as measured by megawatts installed. BTM applications now account for only about 15% of the market.

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    14. San Diego Gauges Interest in 500 MW Pumped Storage Project

      San Diego Gauges Interest in 500 MW Pumped Storage Project

      The San Diego County Water Authority and the City of San Diego are testing the waters on a pumped storage project that could help provide the region with up to 500 MW of clean energy, Windpower Engineering reports. The agency last week released a joint request for letters from electric utilities, developers, investors and energy consumers, to try and gauge interest in the project. 

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    15. Hawaii Co-Op Signs Deal for Solar+Storage Project at 11¢/kWh

      Hawaii Co-Op Signs Deal for Solar+Storage Project at 11¢/kWh

      The Kauai Island Electric Cooperative and AES Corp. announced plans to pair a 28 MW solar array with a 20 MW, 100 MWh battery system to deliver dispatchable renewable generation to the Hawaiian island. KIUC will pay $0.11/kWh for power delivered from the solar-plus-storage system, according to a release, below the cost of oil-fired power that comprises the island's current baseload generation.

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    16. Oregon PUC Release Guidelines for Energy Storage Mandate

      Oregon PUC Release Guidelines for Energy Storage Mandate

      The Oregon Public Utility Commission has released guidelines and timelines for the state’s energy storage mandate, Energy Storage News reports. Under the PUC guidelines, utilities are encouraged to issue requests for information for potential vendors of energy storage systems. Once the final regulations are approved, utilities will have been given until 2020 to procure energy storage projects.

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    17. Massachusetts DOER Will Set Energy Storage Mandate Targets by July

      Massachusetts DOER Will Set Energy Storage Mandate Targets by July

      In August, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill that directed DOER to determine by year end whether or not energy storage targets would be prudent and cost-effective Massachusetts. The DOER released its determination on Dec. 27.  The decision of prudence was widely expected. Last fall, the DOER released an energy storage report, State of Charge, that outlined a roadmap for energy policy recommendations.

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    18. A 'Transitional Year for Storage', Industry Set to Break Records

      A 'Transitional Year for Storage', Industry Set to Break Records

      Following on the heels of record breaking year, energy storage in 2016 is on track to break through last year’s record. The year-over-year increase will likely not be as dramatic as 2015’s 243% increase over 2014, but several developments in 2016 show that the storage market is developing in ways that could clear a path for accelerated growth in future years.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. GE
    19. NextEra Poised to Operate 16.2 MW Battery Storage at Maine Oil Plant

      NextEra Poised to Operate 16.2 MW Battery Storage at Maine Oil Plant

      NextEra Energy Resources is preparing to operate a 16.2-MW battery located at an oil-fired power plant in Maine, and will utilize a direct connection with the ISO New England grid to help with regional balancing. The Portland Press Herald toured the Wyman Station project in Yarmouth, and reports it could be online within a week.The Wyman station is NextEra's first battery project in New England.

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      Mentions: ME PJM ISO-NE
    20. FERC Proposes Changes to Arge Generator Interconnection Process

      FERC Proposes Changes to Arge Generator Interconnection Process

      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has proposed reforms to its large generator interconnection processes with an aim of improving the efficiency of interconnection requests and removing barriers to resource development. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) has three broad categories: improving predictability in the interconnection process; improving transparency for interconnection customers, and making use of underutilized existing interconnections.

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