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    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. 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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    4. 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.
    5. 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
    6. 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
    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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
    10. 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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    11. 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
    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. New York Could be Headed for the Country's Most Ambitious Energy Storage Goal

      New York Could be Headed for the Country's Most Ambitious Energy Storage Goal

      New York State could be on its way to crafting the most aggressive energy storage goal in the country. The target is still a work in progress, but based on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) recent announcement and interviews with analysts, it could be set above 1,500 MW by 2030. “I think the target would be higher than 1,500 MW,” Conor Bambrick, air and energy director at Environmental Advocates of New York, told Utility Dive.

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    15. Honolulu Storage Permits Surge 1,700% in One Year, New Report Says

      Honolulu Storage Permits Surge 1,700% in One Year, New Report Says

      New data from Hawaii's Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) shows energy customers in the capital city of Honolulu are increasingly interested in adding battery storage to rooftop solar, evidence by an 18-fold increase in the number of permits issued for residential projects. The new report from DBEDT, based on data from the city's Department of Planning and Permitting, finds 731 residential battery storage related projects received permits last year — compared with a mere 40 in 2016.

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    16. 6 Months After Target Adoption, Massachusetts Sees Energy Storage Growth, Challenges

      6 Months After Target Adoption, Massachusetts Sees Energy Storage Growth, Challenges

      Six months after a target was set, energy storage in Massachusetts is beginning to take off, albeit slowly, as policies continue to evolve. Ongoing challenges to wider adoption include questions about whether storage is eligible to net meter under the state's rules and who retains the capacity value of storage in ISO New England's forward capacity market.

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      Mentions: DoE ESA MA
    17. California Regulators Broaden Rules for Energy Storage

      California Regulators Broaden Rules for Energy Storage

      The California Public Utilities Commission last week approved new market rules for energy storage aimed at enabling the resources to stack incremental value and revenue streams through the delivery of multiple services to the wholesale market, distribution grid, transmission system and other venues. Regulators say the previous rules meant battery assets were unable to realize their full economic value, but the changes will help ensure correct pricing and improved economic viability.

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    18. Energy Storage Safety Set to Move Forward in 2018 with New Fire Standards

      Energy Storage Safety Set to Move Forward in 2018 with New Fire Standards

      Most of the focus on energy storage safety has been on mobile applications, given the spate of exploding laptop and phone batteries. Lithium-ion batteries used in those applications are under tighter restrictions for size and density that can lead to higher risks. Stationary storage applications are often safer than mobile uses because there are not the same space constraints. But in some markets, space can also be an issue for stationary storage, especially with projects that use lithium-ion batteries.

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    19. Groups Petition Congress for Stand-alone Energy Storage Tax Credits

      Groups Petition Congress for Stand-alone Energy Storage Tax Credits

      The Energy Storage Association and 36 other companies and associations on Friday sent a letter urging congressional leadership to provide clarity on the eligibility of energy storage for the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The signatories, which include AES Energy Storage, E.On North America, Invenergy, LG Chem and Stem, say developers of energy storage projects face uncertainty because the rules governing the ITC for energy storage are often decided on a case by case basis.

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