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    1. Chatterjee Pushes Grid Operators to Design Market Products for Storage

      Chatterjee Pushes Grid Operators to Design Market Products for Storage

      Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Neil Chatterjee on Tuesday called on regional grid operators to design new market rules that allow batteries to provide grid services as part of a wide-ranging address on the future of energy storage. Grid operators have grappled for years with how to design rules "particularly suited to storage," Chatterjee told an industry conference in Washington, but there has been "little momentum" in recent years on market products like frequency response that could allow batteries to grow.

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    2. DOE Energy Storage Grants Look to the Day When Renewables Rule the Grid

      DOE Energy Storage Grants Look to the Day When Renewables Rule the Grid

      As renewable penetration grows, the need for energy storage grows as well. However, existing storage technologies may not be able to meet that need. A Department of Energy (DOE) grant program aims to address that problem by trading efficiency for low cost. Existing storage technologies fall short in terms of duration. Lithium-ion batteries, which have captured about 90% of the energy storage market, can economically run for about four hours. Pumped hydro storage, which accounts for the most energy storage today in terms of capacity, can generate power by releasing water from storage reservoirs for up to 20 hours under certain conditions.

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    3. Virginia 10-year Energy Plan Includes 5 GW of Renewables, EVs, Grid Modernization

      Virginia 10-year Energy Plan Includes 5 GW of Renewables, EVs, Grid Modernization

      Virginia released its annual 10-year energy plan on Tuesday, recommending development of 3 GW of solar and onshore wind by 2022, and 2 GW of offshore wind by 2028. Dominion Energy, the largest electric utility in the state, has partnered with Denmark's DONG Energy to develop a 12 MW Virginia offshore wind facility and officials say it could ultimately be expanded to serve more than 500,000 customers.

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    4. Johnson Controls, ConEd Subsidiary Partner to Grow Energy Storage

      Johnson Controls, ConEd Subsidiary Partner to Grow Energy Storage

      Johnson Controls announced Monday that it has signed a joint venture with a clean energy unit of Consolidated Edison, a deal aimed at helping expand the market for smart energy storage control systems developed by the company. Consolidated Edison Solutions, a subsidiary of Con Edison Clean Energy Business, will be the exclusive provider of storage to customers of Johnson Controls.

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      Mentions: Johnson Controls
    5. Microgrids in Maryland: Supporting Public Safety, Community Resiliency

      Microgrids in Maryland: Supporting Public Safety, Community Resiliency

      ike many states, Maryland has experienced more frequent and severe weather events, leading to an increase in grid interruptions, economic disruption and issues around life safety. Ice storms, derechos, severe thunderstorms and the occasional polar vortex, coupled with concerns around cyber security, terrorism and climate change have led public leaders in Maryland to advance microgrid deployment as a strategy to reduce emissions, strengthen resiliency and enhance sustainability.  

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      Mentions: U.S. MD Duke Energy
    6. California's BTM Energy Storage Moves Forward, but is it Good for the Climate?

      California's BTM Energy Storage Moves Forward, but is it Good for the Climate?

      he California legislature last week approved SB 700, which extends funding for the Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), the state’s chief vehicle for expanding behind-the-meter energy storage. While solar and storage advocates cheered the bill's passage for the positive impacts it will have on deployment, the bill also seeks to bring the SGIP more in line with the state's greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals.

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    7. US residential storage capacity sees 317% growth

      US residential storage capacity sees 317% growth

      Utilities in the United States connected almost 217 MW / 524 MWh of energy storage capacity to the grid in 2017, and while those numbers were driven by utility-supply projects, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) says the strongest growth is seen on the residential side. From 2016 to 2017, residential capacity additions grew by 202% in terms of MW, while non-residential additions grew by a modest 9% and utilities even saw the rate decline slightly, according to SEPA's 2018 Utility Energy Storage Market Snapshot, released last month. In terms of MWh, residential projects tallied an even more impressive growth rate: 317%, compared with 105% in the non-residential sector and 89% growth in utility storage.

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      Mentions: CA NV HI
    8. US Military Pushes Clean Energy with Largest on-Base Battery

      US Military Pushes Clean Energy with Largest on-Base Battery

      Global infrastructure firm AECOM says it has begun construction on an energy storage system at Fort Carson, Colo., that will utilize a 4.25 MW/8.5 MWh lithium-ion battery developed by Lockheed Martin to help reduce energy costs and improve resilience at the base. Once completed, the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) will be the largest stand-alone commercially contracted battery at an army base, according to the developers. The behind-the-meter system work to reduce peak electricity demand.

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      Mentions: U.S. Utah BESS
    9. BTM storage is booming in Ontario - Utility Dive

      BTM storage is booming in Ontario - Utility Dive

      Ontario's Global Adjustment (GA) charge is creating a behind-the-meter energy storage boom. Energy storage developers are flocking to Ontario offering large industrial customers tools to cut their demand, which is directly linked to the level of GA charge they have to pay. Industrial customers have had to pay a majority of their electricity bills to the GA charge, which the Ontario government established in 2005.

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      Mentions: U.S. Canada Ontario
    10. MISO Plans Storage Market Roles in Response to FERC Order 841

      MISO Plans Storage Market Roles in Response to FERC Order 841

      The Midcontinent ISO (MISO) has provided greater detail on expanding wholesale market access for energy storage resources in compliance with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Order 841. MISO is proposing that the capacity of an energy storage resource be gauged on two measurements: power (MW) and energy (MWh). The dual storage measurement is designed to give more latitude for the projects to participate in capacity and energy markets.

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      Mentions: Xcel Energy FERC
    11. CAISO Could Lose 28 Gas Plants and Keep the Lights on: UCS

      CAISO Could Lose 28 Gas Plants and Keep the Lights on: UCS

      California could retire 28 natural gas plants without impacting electricity reliability, the Union of Concern Scientists said in a report published Tuesday. In order to meet the California Public Utilities Commission's (CPUC) target to reduce carbon to 42 million metric tons (MMT) by 2030 in the most economic way possible, the UCS model chose not to build any new gas plants to replace less efficient combined-cycle gas turbines.

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    12. As Second Wave of State Storage Targets Builds, Utilities Propose New Projects

      As Second Wave of State Storage Targets Builds, Utilities Propose New Projects

      nergy storage has been taking root across the country, but coastal states, such as California, Massachusetts and Oregon, have taken the lead in implementing related policies. That could change as states such as Colorado and Nevada move closer to potentially ambitious policies to support energy storage. Rising renewable penetration combined with falling costs for lithium-ion batteries is driving many states to explore policies that encourage energy storage.

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      Mentions: CA Australia NV
    13. PG&E Projects Set New Bar for Battery Size but Fall Short on Transparency

      PG&E Projects Set New Bar for Battery Size but Fall Short on Transparency

      California set a new benchmark for energy storage earlier this month when Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) filed for approval with the state's Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for four energy storage projects totaling 567 MW, 2,270 MWh, but some details of the benchmark are less clear than others

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    14. Nevada Regulators Approve NV Energy's First EV Infrastructure Program

      Nevada Regulators Approve NV Energy's First EV Infrastructure Program

      The Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved NV Energy's first electric vehicle infrastructure program, authorizing $15 million to incentivize the development of publicly available charging stations. Along with the EV program, the utility can spend $5 million each for small and large energy storage incentives. Those programs are also new, and have not been initiated yet. NV Energy plans to get them running no later than Sept. 1.

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      Mentions: NV U.S.
    15. Kauai Utility Moves Ahead with Tesla, AES Storage on Road to 70% Renewables

      Kauai Utility Moves Ahead with Tesla, AES Storage on Road to 70% Renewables

      Large energy storage projects paired with solar are key to Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) reaching its renewable goals — the utility expects to reach 70% by the end of next year. Last week, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved a 19.3 MW solar facility and 70 MWh battery energy storage system to be located on the Pacific Missile Range Facility. AES Distributed Energy will build the project on land leased from the Department of Defense.

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      Mentions: HI Tesla
    16. Is New Hampshire on the Verge of Battery Energy Storage History?

      Is New Hampshire on the Verge of Battery Energy Storage History?

      small investor-owned utility in New Hampshire may be on the verge of regulatory approval for one of the most ambitious U.S. tests yet of utility-owned, customer-sited battery energy storage systems. In the process, regulators and stakeholders of the DE 17-189 proceeding are wrestling with a question of vital interest to the rest of the 3,000-plus U.S. utilities: Should a utility own customer-sited storage or is it a distributed energy resource (DER) that should be left to private sector providers?

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    17. 5 Things Utilities Should Consider for Energy Storage

      5 Things Utilities Should Consider for Energy Storage

      Across the country, increased energy storage deployments are being spurred by customers looking to gain more control over their energy bills and utilities aiming to build resilience and flexibility into their grid operations. Grid flexibility has always been important, but its significance continues to grow as more and more variable generation is added to the grid — primarily in the form of wind and solar.

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    18. SDG&E Approved for 5 New Storage Projects Totaling 334 MWh

      SDG&E Approved for 5 New Storage Projects Totaling 334 MWh

      The California Pubic Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved five new storage projects totaling 83.5 MW / 135 MWh and a demand response program capable of contributing 4.5 MW as part of San Diego Gas and Electric's plan to add more renewables and improve grid reliability. Each of the lithium-ion battery storage facilities in San Diego and Orange counties is a four-hour battery to be developed by a different company. OhmConnect was tapped to manage the demand response program.

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    19. PJM Region and California Dominate US Storage via Different Paths

      PJM Region and California Dominate US Storage via Different Paths

      While much of the U.S. activity surrounding energy storage has been focused on California and the PJM region, the locus of activity is expected to expand as states like New York and Massachusetts implement ambitious storage goals. A new report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) that gives a snapshot of the energy storage landscape shows how differing policy drivers have led to the proliferation of large capacity and short duration storage projects in the PJM region while California leads in terms of MWh of capacity

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    20. First Grid-Scale Liquid Air Energy Storage Plant Launches in UK

      First Grid-Scale Liquid Air Energy Storage Plant Launches in UK

      Highview Power in partnership with British recycling and waste disposal company Viridor has brought online what it calls the world’s first grid-scale liquid air energy storage (LAES) plant. The 5 MW, 15 MWh demonstration plant at the Pilsworth landfill gas site in Bury near Manchester received support from the U.K. government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which supplied $10.7 million in funding. Demand response aggregator KiWi Power will draw energy from the LAES plant to power about 5,000 average-sized homes for around three hours.

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      Mentions: UK Highview
    21. Colorado Integrates Storage into Utility Planning Process

      Colorado Integrates Storage into Utility Planning Process

      Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation on Friday to encourage the installation of energy storage in the state and to integrate storage procurement mechanisms into utilities' long-term planning processes. House Bill 18-1270, also known as the "Energy Storage Procurement Act," sets a deadline of Feb. 1, 2019, for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to develop procurement rules. Utilities will be able to file applications for rate-based projects by May 1, though they cannot exceed 15 MW.

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      Mentions: ESA CO
    22. Grid Mod Policy Actions Sump 75%, with storage Playing a Central Role

      Grid Mod Policy Actions Sump 75%, with storage Playing a Central Role

      A sure measure of how much and how fast the U.S. power system is changing is that the number of policy actions addressing grid modernization jumped 75% from Q1 2017 to Q1 2018. This also reveals something more important about grid modernization. Grid modernization is everything from advance metering infrastructure (AMI) to rate design that would make the system "more resilient, responsive, and interactive," according to the Q1 2018 50 States of Grid Modernization. More broadly, it is the set of changes to the electric distribution system that will make the utility of the future possible.

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      Mentions: CA New Mexico NV
    23. What About Wind-Plus-Storage? It's Not Like Solar-Plus-Storage at All; or is it?

      What About Wind-Plus-Storage? It's Not Like Solar-Plus-Storage at All; or is it?

      Energy storage is storming the U.S. power industry, driving changes from the bulk system level to the customer level. At the system level, February's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order 845 required bulk system operators to design new rules to integrate storage. April's Order 841 rewrote the rules on interconnection, opening new opportunities for storage.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. AWEA
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