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    1. 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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    2. 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
    3. 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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    4. 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
    5. 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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    6. 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
    7. 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
    8. 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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    9. 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
    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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
    14. Designing Liberty Utilities' New Hampshire Residential Storage Program

      Designing Liberty Utilities' New Hampshire Residential Storage Program

      The increasing deployment of distributed energy storage has led utilities to focus on lowering peak demand across the United States. Throughout the Northeast, utilities are considering 'bring your own device' programs as battery storage, clean energy and utility advocates fight for ownership and swift technology deployment. Instead of leaving battery storage deployment up to the private sector, Liberty Utilities is developing the second regulator-approved storage program for utility-owned behind-the-meter in its New Hampshire territory.

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    15. Enabling Storage Integration Through Market-Driven Procurements

      Enabling Storage Integration Through Market-Driven Procurements

      Rising renewables growth shows mandates and incentives for them work. But customer demand for renewables has not slowed, creating a need for more energy storage to stabilize the grid. That need for storage is estimated to be significantly bigger than current build-out plans, driven by existing policies, are likely to achieve. Many say more use of the competitive auctions that have helped drive renewables growth can also accelerate the deployment of storage.

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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. '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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    23. 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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    24. 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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