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    1. 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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      Mentions: CA Australia DoE
    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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      Mentions: CA U.S. CO
    8. 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
    9. 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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    10. What to Expect from California Utilities' New Aggregated Demand Response Offerings

      What to Expect from California Utilities' New Aggregated Demand Response Offerings

      California’s investor-owned utilities are ready to test how effectively aggregated demand management resources can be used to serve bulk grid needs. San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) have picked the private sector players whose aggregated resources will go into the state’s Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM) pilot program.

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    11. Solar-Storage System Helps Hawaii Aquaculture Facility Operate Off Grid

      Solar-Storage System Helps Hawaii Aquaculture Facility Operate Off Grid

      Mari’s Garden is using EnSync’s energy management system with 25 kW of solar panels and 40 Aquion battery stacks for a total of 25 kW, 92 kWh of energy storage. Aquion Energy’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion battery is composed of a saltwater electrolyte, manganese oxide cathode, carbon composite anode, and a synthetic cotton separator.

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    12. Arizona Regulators Approve APS Residential Energy Storage Pilot

      Arizona Regulators Approve APS Residential Energy Storage Pilot

      The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) last Tuesday approved plans proposed by Arizona Public Service (APS) to develop an energy storage pilot project aimed at the residential sector. The nod for the storage pilot came through the ACC's approval of APS's Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff (REST) Implementation Plan, which outlines how the utility will meet Arizona's Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff set in 2006. The mandate calls for utilities statewide to have 15% renewable energy in their power mix by 2025. 

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    13. New Jersey Doubles Storage Funding for Renewables Integration, Reliability

      New Jersey Doubles Storage Funding for Renewables Integration, Reliability

      The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has doubled its allocation of funding for energy storage to $6 million in fiscal year 2016, which began July 1, NJ Spotlight reports. Half of the $6 million is allocated for an open enrollment incentive program for behind-the-meter, grid-connected storage projects that support renewable energy resources.

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    14. How Technical Advances are Driving Flow Batteries Closer to Mass Commercialization

      How Technical Advances are Driving Flow Batteries Closer to Mass Commercialization

      Recent technical advances are sparking interest in flow batteries by offering the promise of significant cost reductions that could make them better able to compete for market share with solid state storage devices, such as the nearly ubiquitous lithium-ion battery. But full commercialization is still several years off, analysts say. Worldwide, li-ion batteries represent about 70% of grid-connected battery installations, according to the Department of Energy. Li-ion’s challenger in the flow battery category is the vanadium-based battery, which accounts for nearly 79% of worldwide flow battery installations.

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    15. Oregon Utility Developing Microgrids to Bid into ISO Markets, Enhance Reliability

      Oregon Utility Developing Microgrids to Bid into ISO Markets, Enhance Reliability

      Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) will receive $295,000 in state and federal funds to develop a series of microgrids to show how they can benefit the community, with the project using solar and storage, along with diesel generation for backup. The grant comes via a joint solicitation from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, which committed $250,000 in federal funds. The Oregon Department of Energy partnered with Oregon BEST to award an additional $45,000 grant to EWEB and its development partners: Powin Energy and Green Energy Corp. Sandia National Laboratories will provide technical assistance.

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    16. Bigger Than Batteries: Why the Cost of Other Components Matters to Storage Deployment

      Bigger Than Batteries: Why the Cost of Other Components Matters to Storage Deployment

      When it comes to energy storage systems, the cost of the battery itself receives a great deal of attention, but a new report shows that the plummeting price of other storage components could prove just as significant for the proliferation of the resource. The 15 to 20 different items in the balance of the system (BOS) represent one-half to three-fourths of the installation’s cost. Those costs are likely to plummet over the next five years – if the growth of storage deployment continues.

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    17. Eos Energy Touts Storage for NY Microgrid As 'Lowest-Cost Battery Solution on the Market'

      Eos Energy Touts Storage for NY Microgrid As 'Lowest-Cost Battery Solution on the Market'

      Eos Energy Storage says it has put almost 10 years of research and development efforts into optimizing its 1-MW, 45-MWh Aurora energy storage product for low cost and energy storage density. The result, Philippe Bouchard, vice president of business development for Eos Energy, said in a Microgrid Knowledge article, is a storage system “we believe is the lowest-cost battery solution on the market.”

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    18. DERs in 2016: What Experts Expect for a Booming Sector

      DERs in 2016: What Experts Expect for a Booming Sector

      Just before the new year, the wind and solar industries won some hard-fought extensions of vital federal tax credits in a omnibus spending bill brokered in Congress. But that's just the beginning of a big 2016 for the renewable energy industry, according to sector insiders. More affordable wind, utility-scale solar, and distributed solar are going to leverage new applications in energy storage and smart devices, experts told Utility Dive. Synergistic distributed energy resources (DERs) will attract corporate buyers, shared renewables developers, and even mainstream energy sector players.

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    19. Storage in 2016: Utility-scale, Long-Duration Markets Take the Lead

      Storage in 2016: Utility-scale, Long-Duration Markets Take the Lead

      2015 was a banner year for energy storage. New entrants to the utility storage market like Tesla attracted national attention to the sector, and companies deployed more batteries and other storage technologies than ever before.  A recent report from GTM Research estimated that storage installations will hit 192 MW this year, triple the amount of storage put in place in 2014.

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    20. AES Energy Signs Landmark 1 GW Battery Storage Procurement with LG Chem

      AES Energy Signs Landmark 1 GW Battery Storage Procurement with LG Chem

      Battery storage has been a growing story for the United States' electric grid, but even so, AES's announcement this week is surprising for its scale. The 1 GW multi-year agreement (with the option to procure more storage), will help lower costs, improve reliability, and reduce emissions, the company said. The arrangement will "provide utilities, developers, and businesses access to high quality batteries at the best prices as part of the complete Advancion grid storage solution," said John Zahurancik, president of AES Energy Storage. "LG Chem is one of our most trusted battery partners and this agreement provides a new scale of activity to serve announced projects as well as installations under development by our utility partners.”

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    21. More Than Megawatts: New Metrics Reveal Energy Storage's Potential

      More Than Megawatts: New Metrics Reveal Energy Storage's Potential

      How to best quantify the growth and benefits of energy storage has long puzzled energy stakeholders, but a new storage market update emphasizes two lesser known metrics that help illustrate the technology's potential. The market continues to show robust growth for storage technologies both in front and behind the meter, though still from small base numbers, and costs continue to fall for battery technologies. But the inclusion of megawatt-hours (MWh) along with the more common megawatt (MW) measurement delivers a deeper understanding of the energy storage market. And the addition of CO2 reductions shows a new appreciation for what energy storage can do.

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    22. First Solar, Others Invest $50M in Storage Software Provider Younicos

      First Solar, Others Invest $50M in Storage Software Provider Younicos

      Energy storage is increasingly seen as an asset which can be monetized in different ways, and the $50 million investment in Younicos – which Greentech Media believes may be the largest investment in a storage company this year – reflects that. “We see energy storage as a key market driver for renewables and an important and fast emerging asset class, said Grupo ECOS Investment Manager Ramon Candia. "Younicos is a leading and exciting investment opportunity in this sector."

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