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    1. New Jersey Proposes Doubling Storage Funding to Bolster Grid Resiliency

      New Jersey Proposes Doubling Storage Funding to Bolster Grid Resiliency

      New Jersey is proposing to double the $3 million invested this year in energy storage, both to bolster renewables integration and to keep critical facilities running in the wake of a large storm. As the state learned in the wake up 2012's Hurricane Sandy, its more than 35,000 renewable facilities mostly required grid power to actually operate.

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      Mentions: MA Connecticut NJ
    2. Oncor Microgrid Gives a Peek Into the Future of Distributed Energy

      Oncor Microgrid Gives a Peek Into the Future of Distributed Energy

      The 1.25-MW system can run in full island mode, powered by nine sources of energy, or it can tie back into the wider grid. It can operate as a single grid or as four separate microgrids, and it makes economic and reliability decisions autonomously, determining whether to generate power, buy it or store it. While the microgrid at Oncor's services facility solves a specific reliability problem, it is also a demonstration of how the wider grid is changing and what technologies are likely to power it within the next decade. 

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      Mentions: HI TX S&C Electric
    3. Texas Lawmakers Consider Allowing Competition for Austin Energy's Largest Customers

      Texas Lawmakers Consider Allowing Competition for Austin Energy's Largest Customers

      Texas lawmakers have introduced a proposal that would potentially free Austin Energy's larger customers to shop for electric service from alternate providers, the Austin American-Statesman reports. Currently the municipal utility has a monopoly on service in Austin, but under the proposed bills customers who use more than 25 million kWh annually could petition state regulators for authorization to shop around for cheaper power.

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    4. Coming Soon To Texas: Demand Response Growth?

      Coming Soon To Texas: Demand Response Growth?

      Demand response (DR) advocates in Texas are preparing a bill they say would open up the state's energy markets and unlock DR growth. Reducing power consumption can help control up to 4% of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas' (ERCOT) peak load, FERC determined in a 2012 report. That's actually the lowest among organized markets in the U.S., but DR advocates believe it could reach as high as 15% if barriers are reduced.

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    5. Where Is The US Energy Storage Market Going?

      Where Is The US Energy Storage Market Going?

      “When an industry grows 40% in a year and is forecast to grow another 300% the next,” said GTM Research energy storage analyst Ravi Manghani, “the opportunities will not be limited to just one segment or one technology. They will be in the entire value chain and each step in it.” The growth is expected to continue for at least the next five years, added Manghani, author of the GTM Research-Energy Storage Association U.S. Energy Storage Monitor 2014 Year In Review.

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    6. Hawaii Group Explores Forming Co-Op, Intervenes in NextEra-HECO Docket

      Hawaii Group Explores Forming Co-Op, Intervenes in NextEra-HECO Docket

      Hawaii could be the site of one of the nation's newest electric cooperatives, Pacific Business News reports. A group of business and local leaders there have formed a group to study possible benefits of a co-op on the state's Big Island and take a closer look at the proposed acquisition of the state's largest IOU. The proposed Hawaii Island Energy Cooperative (HIEC) filed as an intervener in the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) docket on the proposed $4.3 billion acquisition by NextEra Energy of Hawaiian Electric Industries and its subsidiaries Hawaiian Electric Company, Maui Electric Company, and Hawaii Electric Light Company.

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    7. Why Utility Execs Say Storage is the Top Emerging Energy Technology

      Why Utility Execs Say Storage is the Top Emerging Energy Technology

      Over half the utility executives queried in Utility Dive’s just-released State of the Electric Utility 2015 survey picked energy storage as the most important emerging technology. When asked to identify the three emerging technologies their utilities should invest more in, some 51% of the executives surveyed picked storage. Their second choice was energy efficiency (41%), followed by utility-scale renewables (37%) and demand response (37%). Distributed solar (32%), in fifth, was the only other technology to get over 30% of the attention among the top twelve nominees.

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    8. How Utilities Can Plan for the Future of Transmission and Distributed Generation

      How Utilities Can Plan for the Future of Transmission and Distributed Generation

      In the wake of the November election, the ground started shifting faster in the energy delivery sector. Policies long protected by the Obama administration may give way as the President circles the wagons around his legacy Clean Power Plan. Long-sought Republican objectives, like a go-ahead on the Keystone XL pipeline, suddenly look almost inevitable. “When utility and grid system planners look at improvements to the system, they need to identify projects and technologies that are justifiable on a cost benefit basis under a variety of market and regulatory conditions,” explained PA Consulting energy expert Ron Norman. “The best projects can be of value in a variety of circumstances.”

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      Mentions: PA Duke Energy NC
    9. Another Win for Storage as PG&E Issues RFP

      Another Win for Storage as PG&E Issues RFP

      California is pushing storage with aggressive utility mandates, and Greentech Media reports that the 8 MW solicitation by PG&E is just the first part of a 74-MW package of projects expected to be announced by the end of the year. In its RFO, PG&E said the new energy storage systems would enable it "to defer otherwise necessary investments at up to five distribution substations." Those investments would involve upgrades to transformers at the substations.

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    10. Inside the REV: Audrey Zibelman's Bold Plan to Transform New York's Electricity Market

      Inside the REV: Audrey Zibelman's Bold Plan to Transform New York's Electricity Market

      Few people have the power to shape the makeup of the electricity system like a regulator. Well, Audrey Zibelman is not just any regulator. As the chairwoman of the New York Department of Public Service, Zibelman is pioneering what is perhaps the most significant overhaul of the electricity sector since deregulation in the 1990s. Known in the industry as the REV—short for Reforming the Energy Vision—the ambitious regulatory proceeding aims to “animate the markets,” as Zibelman repeatedly emphasized at the Solar Network Summit last week in Washington, D.C.

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    11. Is Battery Storage the Next Solar?

      Is Battery Storage the Next Solar?

      As innovation moves the power and utilities industry, it creates opportunities for technologies that once operated on the fringe. The incredible growth in the solar industry is a good example, where falling technology costs and supporting policies have accelerated the adoption of utility-scale and rooftop solar. Could battery storage be next?

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    12. SoCal Edison Unveils Largest Battery Storage System in U.S.

      SoCal Edison Unveils Largest Battery Storage System in U.S.

      This project follows SCE’s 50-megawatt call for energy storage proposals in 2013. It is the utility's first major step toward meeting the California Public Utilities Commission-imposed mandate requiring it to have 560 megawatts of grid scale storage by 2020, including 290 utility-owned megawatts. The costs of storage are dropping and will drop further as more storage comes online, SCE Director of Advanced Technology Doug Kim told Greentech Media. There are many ways utilities can use it, including grid stabilization, smoothing, shifting, frequency regulation, decreasing transmission losses, and voltage support. Kim said the new system will give SCE needed experience in using storage with variable renewables.

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