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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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      Mentions: California DoE U.S.
    7. 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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      Mentions: California DoE U.S.
    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. Duke Energy's Commercial Solar Business to Offer Energy Storage

      Duke Energy's Commercial Solar Business to Offer Energy Storage

      When Duke Energy, one of the biggest U.S. electricity providers, purchased its controlling interest in REC Solar, one of the biggest U.S. commercial solar developers, it created a $225 million fund for commercial scale solar development. With the federal investment tax credit for commercial solar expected to revert from 30% to 10% at the end of 2016, solar companies will need “scale and reach” to succeed, REC Solar CEO Al Bucknam told Utility Dive in February.

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    15. Why Australia is a 'Proving Ground' for Solar-Plus-Storage

      Why Australia is a 'Proving Ground' for Solar-Plus-Storage

      What happens in Australia's solar and storage markets could be a valuable lesson for other countries, especially the United States. The rooftop solar penetration in Australia is among the highest in the world, with about 13% of homes in the country hosting solar panels on their roofs. Similar to Hawaii, the power sector is looking to Australia as an early test-case for how to deal with this level of solar penetration. 

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      Mentions: Australia Hawaii U.S.
    16. 5 Battery Energy Storage Projects to Watch in 2016

      5 Battery Energy Storage Projects to Watch in 2016

      As solar and wind facilities come online and energy storage becomes more economical, storage projects are emerging across the U.S. with big implications for the technology’s future. Some states with ambitious renewables goals, such as California and Hawaii, are beginning to unlock booming markets for the resource. To help our readers keep an eye on the growth of energy storage going into 2016, Utility Dive has compiled a list of five important storage projects to watch.

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    17. Some Energy Storage Already Cost Competitive, New Valuation Study Shows

      Some Energy Storage Already Cost Competitive, New Valuation Study Shows

      Assessing the value of energy storage is one of the burning issues facing the electricity sector today, and a new valuation matrix from the firm Lazard could give utilities and policymakers a more accurate idea of the costs and benefits various storage technologies provide. “The battery industry in the recent past has been focused on small batteries for consumer electronics, not on issues like integrating renewables and regulating frequency,” said Matthew Tappin, a spokesperson for Lazard and contributing author for the consultancy's recent report, "Levelized Cost of Storage Analysis 1.0."

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    18. Oregon Saddles up to Implement Trailblazing Energy Storage Mandate

      Oregon Saddles up to Implement Trailblazing Energy Storage Mandate

      In the new year, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) will convene a proceeding on the state's new energy storage law, which could produce a template for the rest of the nation. While Oregon's law is actually the second in the nation — California enacted a storage mandate in 2013 — sector stakeholders say the law is special in the guidance it provides to regulators on how to value energy storage technologies.

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      Mentions: California DoE GE
    19. Ice, Ice Energy: The Hot Market for Cooled Liquid Energy Storage

      Ice, Ice Energy: The Hot Market for Cooled Liquid Energy Storage

      Margins are good for the two dominant providers of cooled liquid storage, which uses low-priced nighttime electricity to freeze or cool a liquid and then utilizes the chilled liquid to help offset electric air conditioning loads when power prices peak during the day. “We are generally earning margins in the 25% to 30% range and that is unusual in the storage industry,” said Ice Energy CEO Mike Hopkins. “For most of the companies, especially in the lithium ion space, the cost is not competitive yet and they have to price their product at no margin.”

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    20. Report: Global Grid Storage Hits 1 GWh Milestone for 2015

      Report: Global Grid Storage Hits 1 GWh Milestone for 2015

      So far this year, the grid storage market has more than doubled from the totals booked in 2014, even though not all of the 1,090 MWh installed in 2015 will be commissioned this year. In terms of technology, much of the recent growth in the storage market has been dominated by the increasing market penetration of Li-ion batteries. Stationary Li-ion applications have grown sharply, but that growth is dwarfed by the growth of Li-ion batteries for electric vehicles. Plug-in and hybrid vehicles accounted for 2.3 GWh of Li-ion batteries in second-quarter 2015, according to Lux Research’s Automotive Battery Tracker.

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      Mentions: U.S. PJM
    21. Inside the First Fully Dispatchable Utility Solar-Storage Project in Hawaii

      Inside the First Fully Dispatchable Utility Solar-Storage Project in Hawaii

      It is not so much the concept of bundling or pricing, which always varies by location, that is being tested on Kaua’i. More than that, say storage backers, the significance is held in the way the project was packaged and sold. The Kaua’i project is a “test for this kind of deal structure,” says Matt Roberts, executive director of the Energy Storage Association. The Kaua’i deal has the potential to combine least cost and performance in a PPA, that is something “a lot of utilities want to see,” Roberts said.

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