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    1. ComEd Jumps on the Demand Charge Train with New Illinois Proposal

      ComEd Jumps on the Demand Charge Train with New Illinois Proposal

      Exelon and Commonwealth Edison on May 5 introduced sweeping energy legislation that, among other items, calls for revisions to ComEd’s rate structure, including the introduction of a mandatory residential demand charge or, as ComEd calls it, a “grid impact rate.” Other utilities have demand charges, but they are optional. Two public utilities, Salt River Project and Lakeland Electric in Florida, and one electric cooperative, Intermountain Rural Electric Association in Colorado, implemented demand charges last year. But to date no legislature or public service commission has approved a mandatory demand charge on residential customers.

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    2. PJM Defends Market Structure, Cautions Against State Intervention in New Report

      PJM Defends Market Structure, Cautions Against State Intervention in New Report

      PJM's study, "Resource Investment in Capital Markets," was commissioned to answer one basic question, its authors wrote:  Can we rely on PJM’s organized wholesale electricity market to efficiently and reliably manage the entry and exit of supply resources as external forces create tremendous uncertainty and potential industry transformation? The answer, according to the grid operator's own analysts, is an unequivocal yes — if state power policies don't mess it up. 

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    3. Can the House and Senate Turn Two Energy Bills into One Law?

      Can the House and Senate Turn Two Energy Bills into One Law?

      Last month, the U.S. Senate defied the beltway trope of legislative gridlock that has characterized the Obama era, passing a broad energy bill in an 82-12 vote. Approval in the Senate on April 20 marked the first time the chamber has passed a bipartisan energy bill since 2007, and national media reacted with appropriate surprise. "It doesn't happen every day, but it happened Wednesday," the Washington Post noted in an article titled "The Senate just passed — overwhelmingly — an actually bipartisan energy bill."

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    4. Aquion to Install Storage for Microgrid at California Winery and Farm

      Aquion to Install Storage for Microgrid at California Winery and Farm

      Microgrids were once mainly used to ensure redundancy for critical operations such as police headquarters and hospitals, but as they become more prevalent, their uses are also expanding as storage capability is added to the systems. A report from GTM Research projects that microgrid capacity in the United States will rise 127% by 2020 to more than 2.8 GW from 1.3 GW at the end of 2015.For some, the attraction of a microgrid is its ability not only to provide resiliency, but to reduce consumption of electric power produced by conventional fossil fuel technology.

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      Mentions: Puerto Rico Aquion
    5. Beyond pilots: Duke Energy Looks to Install Storage in Regulated Market

      Beyond pilots: Duke Energy Looks to Install Storage in Regulated Market

      It's not just that the cost of energy storage is rapidly falling – though it is. Duke Energy told SNL that it regulators are now more comfortable with storage projects and the proper price signals are finally in place, to allow successful integration of storage into regulated service areas. "Two years ago we wouldn't even consider it," Mike Rowand, Duke's director of technology development, told SNL at the Energy Storage Association conference earlier this week. 

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    6. First-of-its-kind Rail Energy Storage Project Targets Role in CAISO Ancillary Services Market

      First-of-its-kind Rail Energy Storage Project Targets Role in CAISO Ancillary Services Market

      The newest entrant into energy storage market bears a passing resemblance to cutting edge 19th century technology. It is a rail car with no passengers or freight that goes nowhere. But if the California company working on this technology is right, its rail cars could make big inroads in the energy storage market. At heart, though, the concept is simple. Electricity powers an electric motor in a locomotive that hauls a heavy load up hill. Sitting at the top of the hill, the rail cars store energy. When the energy is needed, the cars are released to roll down hill and the electric motor runs in reverse to generate electricity. The company, ARES, is a start-up based in Santa Barbara that is named after its technology, Advanced Rail Energy Storage.

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    7. Lockheed Martin Pushes into Storage Market with Lithium, Flow Battery Offerings

      Lockheed Martin Pushes into Storage Market with Lithium, Flow Battery Offerings

      An already crowded energy storage field is getting another big player with aerospace giant Lockheed stepping up its battery offerings. The introduction of Lockheed, a company with a market cap of nearly $70 billion, should help accelerate cost reduction trends for battery storage systems, Greentech reports. Among the players in energy storage are ABB, General Electric, LG Chem, Panasonic, Samsung, Tesla Motors, among others. All have large capital budgets to devote to battery research and techniques to streamline manufacturing and cut costs. 

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      Mentions: GE ABB Panasonic
    8. Exelon to Double its Storage Capacity with 10 MW Ohio Project

      Exelon to Double its Storage Capacity with 10 MW Ohio Project

      Exelon's new battery project will double its total energy storage capacity, which is to say the technology is still just getting started. The company will have approximately 20 MW of battery storage capacity, adding the Clinton project to nearly 10 MW owned through Exelon's competitive energy company, Constellation. "Exelon continues to invest in new technologies, such as battery storage, to further diversify our generation portfolio," said Corey Hessen, vice president of Exelon generation development. "Exelon's deployment of battery storage technology provides customers and grid operators with innovative solutions to meet their technical requirements and enhance system reliability."

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    9. Report: One-third of Solar Installers Offer Energy Storage, Number Set to Rise

      Report: One-third of Solar Installers Offer Energy Storage, Number Set to Rise

      Energy storage made a big splash in the market last year when Tesla Motors unveiled its Powerwall battery aimed at the residential market, but storage still has ground to gain when it comes to installations. A report by Bonn, Germany-based research firm EuPD found that two-thirds of PV installers do not offer energy storage solutions. Among the main reasons are concerns about costs, which squeeze installers’ margins, and about the "technological maturity" of the systems currently on the market.

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      Mentions: U.S. Trojan Tesla
    10. The Tesla Killer? Sonnen's CEO on its US Energy Storage Market Strategy

      The Tesla Killer? Sonnen's CEO on its US Energy Storage Market Strategy

      It’s a common trope in the U.S. power sector to talk about the day that energy storage “went mainstream,” and was introduced to a broader audience beyond energy and technology circles. Though batteries have been around for decades, that day was about a year ago — April 30, 2015, to be exact. That was the day Tesla Motors introduced its first two energy storage products, the residential Powerwall and the grid-scale Powerpack. Coming from a household name like Tesla, whose fashionable electric cars are seen as pacesetters in the automotive industry, the batteries sparked new consumer interest in energy storage, and pre-orders for the product soared.

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    11. How Utilities can Prepare for the Invasion of the Virtual Power Plants

      How Utilities can Prepare for the Invasion of the Virtual Power Plants

      Several trends are shaping the market for energy storage, but perhaps none is more dramatic than the advent of the virtual power plant. A new report from Navigant Research argues that energy storage enabled virtual power plants will “invade energy markets,” in the coming years. The report’s authors argue that virtual power plants (VPPs) will serve as precursors to a fully functional energy cloud. “We are seeing the beginning of creativity around energy storage and the monetization of the benefits to utilities,” Anissa Dehamna, principal research analyst with Navigant and one of the authors of the report, said.

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      Mentions: EPRI Vermont Kentucky
    12. Leading Edge: Hawaii Utilities Push Storage, Solar Integration for 100% Renewables Mandate

      Leading Edge: Hawaii Utilities Push Storage, Solar Integration for 100% Renewables Mandate

      In Hawaii, where leaders are planning to meet a 100% renewable energy mandate by 2045, the state’s largest utility recently began a pilot program to better understand how to integrate solar generation onto its grid, but some equally valuable lessons might be learned from the state’s smallest electricity provider. The Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) was recently awarded a $2.4 million grant from the Department of Energy’s Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV (SHINES) program, which is aims to enable the widespread deployment and integration of solar PV generation at a system levelized cost of energy of less than $0.14/kWh.

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      Mentions: DoE Hawaii Minnesota
    13. General Electric Seeks to Capture CO2 for Energy Storage

      General Electric Seeks to Capture CO2 for Energy Storage

      Dive Brief: General Electric is working on an energy storage technology that can use captured carbon dioxide. GE’s technology combines several steps to store power as heat and cold and then release the stored energy through a “sunrotor” that GE has developed. GE says the sunrotor is small enough to sit on a desk, but is capable of producing up to 10 MW. Dive Insight: Carbon dioxide is often maligned as a harmful industrial byproduct, but if technology being developed by GE Research pans out, captured CO2 emissions could be put to use to store energy for later use.

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    14. ComEd Forges Ahead with Ambitious Microgrid Plans Amid Legislative Debate

      ComEd Forges Ahead with Ambitious Microgrid Plans Amid Legislative Debate

      The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 left many utilities searching for ways to bolster grid resiliency. One of those ways included microgrids, which could accelerate a cleaner, more resilient grid, according to its supporters. Illinois' largest utility, Commonwealth Edison, is now undertaking plans to build at least one microgrid with funds from the Department of Energy, with hopes to build out at least five more depending on the outcome of pending legislation. ComEd is using a $4 million award from the Department of Energy to install the infrastructure to support a microgrid in Chicago’s South Side. 

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      Mentions: DoE Illinois
    15. Partnering for Success: Utilities Leverage Innovative Vendor Relationships at the Grid Edge

      Partnering for Success: Utilities Leverage Innovative Vendor Relationships at the Grid Edge

      A new high-level look at distribution system innovation makes one thing clear: Utilities that find and work with innovative private sector players benefit from reaching out. The paper builds on earlier reports about technologies changing the distribution system, including energy storage, demand response, data analytics, advanced metering and solar-plus-storage. From a burgeoning database, the researchers highlight nine cutting edge projects that reveal an enormous range of distribution system innovation possible for utilities to access through private sector partners.

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    16. New York Needs 4 GW of Storage by 2030 to Meet REV Goals, Advocacy Group Says

      New York Needs 4 GW of Storage by 2030 to Meet REV Goals, Advocacy Group Says

      New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium, or NY-BEST, says in a new report says the state needs to add 2 GW of multi-hour energy storage by 2025 and 4 GW by 2030. The energy storage advisory and advocacy group says attaining that goal would enable the state to substantially reduce its costliest peak electricity demand, provide flexibility for the substantial amounts of intermittent renewables the state has committed to install over the next 15 years, and provide resilience and backup power throughout the grid.

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    17. Schneider Electric to Build Microgrid at Massachusetts HQ

      Schneider Electric to Build Microgrid at Massachusetts HQ

      Microgrids are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to traditional electricity service from the utility grid for big energy consumers. Among other benefits, microgrids can enhance reliability, provide grid services, and add to sustainability efforts. Schneider announced the microgrid this week at DistribuTECH. "Being in the space, it made sense for us to figure out how to create our own microgrid," Senior Vice President Andy Bennett said, as reported by Renewable Energy World. The system is both a technical experiment as well as an economic one, with the aim of operating as a so-called "island" of electrical power in case of long power outages.

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    18. Sunverge Energy to Roll Out Solar Management System

      Sunverge Energy to Roll Out Solar Management System

      As the solar power market evolves, it is becoming less dependent on the vagaries of the sun. Battery storage and intelligent controllers are enabling solar power to be used more flexibly, enhancing the value of the resource for customers. One of the latest entries into the field is Sunverge Energy’s next generation solar integration system.

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    19. How Austin Energy is Looking to Manage Solar-Plus-Storage on its Grid

      How Austin Energy is Looking to Manage Solar-Plus-Storage on its Grid

      Austin Energy is implementing new energy storage and software tools to help integrate a big increase in solar power on its system as the utility moves toward its target of deriving 55% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. The key component of those tools are software applications that will be used to control and integrate distributed energy resources, including energy storage systems, into the city’s grid and enable the grid to interact economically with the surrounding grid of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) region.

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    20. Virginia Lawmakers Mull Slew of Clean Energy Bills

      Virginia Lawmakers Mull Slew of Clean Energy Bills

      Almost 20 bills are covering issues such as consumer choice, utility cost recovery, financing, tax credits, solar gardens and energy storage. Two proposed bills seek to promote energy storage. House Bill (HB) 452 would create a consortorium to boost research and development of energy storage, with another bill seeking to develop a program that would enable commercial and industrial customers to sell battery storage services to the grid. 

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    21. What the Supreme Court Decision on FERC Order 745 Means for Demand Response and DERs

      What the Supreme Court Decision on FERC Order 745 Means for Demand Response and DERs

      Just how big was the Supreme Court's decision on Order 745? Depends on who you ask. Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Jon Wellinghoff called it the “biggest consumer energy story of the day, and perhaps the decade,” over at the Renewables+Law blog at Stoel Rives LLP, where he co-chairs the energy team. Wellinghoff headed FERC when it issued Order 745, and later said the decision was “a vindication for markets.”

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    22. Navigant: Revenue for Utility-Scale Battery Storage to Grow 15 Times by 2025

      Navigant: Revenue for Utility-Scale Battery Storage to Grow 15 Times by 2025

      World-wide revenue for advanced utility-scale battery energy storage is forecasted to grow from $231.9 million in 2016 to $3.6 billion by 2025, according to "Advanced Batteries for Utility-Scale Energy Storage," a new report from Navigant Research. Two key drivers are new rules allowing battery storage systems to participate in organized power markets and new business models and financing that are moving capital into battery energy storage projects.

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      Mentions: Asia Europe
    23. Report: Storage Market for Solar Systems to Hit $8B by 2026

      Report: Storage Market for Solar Systems to Hit $8B by 2026

      As the penetration of grid-connected solar power increases, governments are reducing incentives and utilities are responding with rate changes and punitive policies that undercut the value of solar installations, creating an opportunity for partnerships between the solar power and the energy storage industries, analysts at Lux Research say in a new report.

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