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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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
    6. 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
    7. 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
    8. 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
    9. New York City Moves to Streamline Energy Storage Permitting

      New York City Moves to Streamline Energy Storage Permitting

      If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. At least that is what the song says about New York City. And it stands for energy storage. New York City has some of the most stringent rules in the country for permitting energy storage projects, as well as an ambitious storage target of 100 MWh by 2020. But there were only 4.8 MWh of storage installed in the city at the beginning of 2017, as it is so difficult to secure a permit for a project — especially involving lithium-ion technology. At the end of April, New York took a step toward resolving that issue with the release of the first comprehensive guidelines for installing lithium-ion batteries in New York City.

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    10. HECO Proposes 2 Large Battery Projects to Support Renewables Push

      HECO Proposes 2 Large Battery Projects to Support Renewables Push

      Hawaiian Electric on Wednesday announced a pair of grid-scale energy storage projects planned to boost reliability on Oahu, utilize more renewable power and reduce fossil fuel generation. The two lithium-ion systems include a 20 MW battery project which will support the 20 MW West Loch Solar project; and a 100 MW system at HECO's Campbell Industrial Park Generating Station

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      Mentions: HI U.S.
    11. NY Latest Renewables RFP to Spur $1.5B Investment

      NY Latest Renewables RFP to Spur $1.5B Investment

      New York announced its second large-scale renewables solicitation on Wednesday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) estimated that it could drive up to $1.5 billion in green energy investments. The bids are expected to support the generation of 1.5 million MWh annually — roughly the annual energy consumption of 200,000 homes — contributing to the state's goal of reaching 50% renewable energy by 2030.

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      Mentions: NY NYSERDA
    12. Colorado Senate Approves Second Storage Bill, Waits on House

      Colorado Senate Approves Second Storage Bill, Waits on House

      The Colorado Senate on Monday voted 26-9 on third reading to approve HB18-1270, which directs the development of mechanisms to enable investor-owned utilities to acquire energy storage systems, while restricting their size to 15 MW. Because amendments were added on the floor, it will need to be approved again by the House. The bill would direct state regulators to "establish mechanisms" for investor-owned electric utilities to procure energy storage systems. Some criteria would need to be satisfied, however.

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      Mentions: Xcel Energy CO
    13. New Hampshire Utility Proposes Virtual Power Plant with Tesla Powerwalls

      New Hampshire Utility Proposes Virtual Power Plant with Tesla Powerwalls

      A proposal to install 300 Tesla Powerwall batteries in homes in Lebanon, N.H., is just the latest example of utilities turning to distributed storage, as well as the growing battle to supply these Virtual Power Plants (VPP). Valley News reports Liberty Utilities tapped Tesla to supply the batteries, but the proceeding has grown as SunRun has called for a competitive bidding process to supply the batteries. The Liberty Utilities pilot will eventually be expanded to 1,000 customer homes.

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      Mentions: Australia Japan DoE
    14. New Business Models May be the Next Frontier in Lower Energy Storage Costs

      New Business Models May be the Next Frontier in Lower Energy Storage Costs

      s the markets for energy storage continue to grow and companies in those markets mature, business models and financing mechanisms are getting more attention. Those models can involve alternatives to a traditional asset sale approach that can reduce the cost of entry for potential customers and lower the cost of capital for energy storage companies. The trend was highlighted last week when Younicos announced its energy storage rental service. Renting energy storage equipment was an obvious step for Younicos, given that its corporate parent, Aggreko, rents power generation equipment on a global scale.

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    15. Community Energy Storage: What is it? Where is it? How does it work?

      Community Energy Storage: What is it? Where is it? How does it work?

      The sharing economy is growing feverishly worldwide. Whether ride-sharing, tool-sharing or home-sharing, there are new value streams and new benefits to participants never before envisioned. Energy markets are no exception and are experiencing similar community-oriented revolutions. Over a decade ago, the first community renewable energy (aka shared renewable energy) programs emerged, enabling multiple energy customers to participate in and share the economic benefits of a wind or solar energy system. Today, more than 14 states have enabled shared renewable energy programs, and hundreds of utilities offer some form of community or shared renewable energy program to their customers. More recently, “community choice aggregation” has sprung to life as a compelling alternative for communities looking to drive more renewable and clean energy development.

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      Mentions: CA DoE HI
    16. SDG&E Seeks 166 MW Energy Storage for Emergency Response Sites

      SDG&E Seeks 166 MW Energy Storage for Emergency Response Sites

      San Diego Gas & Electric wants to add 166 MW of storage to its system disbursed between seven projects focused on emergency response services. Within the next 12 years, the utility says it will develop or interconnect more than 330 MW of energy storage to help keep the system reliable and integrate additional renewable energy. The utility's plan also includes an incentive program for nonprofit care facilities to install energy storage, called the Energy Storage Customer Program Pilot.

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    17. Arizona Regulator Wants Cost Analysis of Proposed Clean Energy Plan

      Arizona Regulator Wants Cost Analysis of Proposed Clean Energy Plan

      Arizona utility Commissioner Andy Tobin has called for an audit of the costs and benefits associated with raising the state's clean energy standard, including requiring utilities to get 80% of their electricity from renewables and nuclear by 2050 and deploy 3000 MW of energy storage by 2030. Tobin's Arizona Energy Modernization Plan also calls for reforms in utility planning processes, policies to boost energy efficiency, electric vehicles and biomass, and the deployment of 3 GW of storage by 2030.

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      Mentions: DoE China Arizona
    18. Maryland is First State to Launch Energy Storage Tax Credit

      Maryland is First State to Launch Energy Storage Tax Credit

      The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is accepting applications for its 2018 Energy Storage Tax Credit Program, which offers up to $750,000 to residential and commercial customers who install qualified systems. The incentive reimburses 30% of the total installation costs, up to $5,000 for a residential project and $75,000 for commercial. A total of $225,000 dollars has been allocated for residential taxpayers and $525,000 dollars for commercial.

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      Mentions: CA New Mexico NV
    19. AES-Siemens Joint Venture Unveils New Solar+Storage Platform

      AES-Siemens Joint Venture Unveils New Solar+Storage Platform

      Fluence Energy LLC, an energy storage services company owned by AES and Siemens, announced an innovative platform the companies believe will help solar projects eliminate production variability and ultimately send up to 50% more clean energy to the grid. The new platform, SunFlex Energy Storage, will capture excess energy that would have been lost during daytime hours and allow that energy to be delivered at night, creating a dispatchable solar resource.

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