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    1. MISO Rules Must Bend for Energy Storage, Stakeholders Say

      MISO Rules Must Bend for Energy Storage, Stakeholders Say

      MISO must fully consider the special attributes of energy storage devices before developing new rules that enable those resources to participate in the RTO’s wholesale markets, stakeholders said this week. Stakeholders participating at a July 24 Common Issues workshop asked MISO to recognize the ability of storage to postpone transmission upgrades, classify prospective storage projects under a new study process, and create specific compensation rules and modeling procedures for the technology.

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    2. Energy Storage Technology Still Outracing RTO Metrics, Rules

      Energy Storage Technology Still Outracing RTO Metrics, Rules

      CARROLL, N.H. — Energy storage technology is still moving faster than state regulators and the markets can accommodate, speakers told the 70th Annual Symposium of the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners (NECPUC) on Tuesday. “Markets are moving at the pace of entrepreneurs, while states are moving at the pace of bureaucracy,” said Richard Fioravanti of energy consultancy Exponent.

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    3. PJM Outlines Aggregation Rules for Upcoming Capacity Auction

      PJM Outlines Aggregation Rules for Upcoming Capacity Auction

      VALLEY FORGE — PJM staff on Friday detailed how the new rules for aggregating seasonal resources will be implemented in May’s Base Residual Auction, the first requiring all resources meet tougher Capacity Performance standards. FERC staff tentatively approved PJM’s aggregation proposal March 21, allowing the RTO to relax current rules prohibiting seasonal resources from aggregating across locational deliverability areas (LDA). PJM’s plan also creates additional winter capacity interconnection rights (CIRs) and modifies rules for measuring demand response performance in the winter. (See FERC Staff OKs PJM Aggregation, DR Rules; Refunds Possible.)

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      Mentions: FERC PJM
    4. Overheard at the 3rd Annual Energy Storage Policy Forum

      Overheard at the 3rd Annual Energy Storage Policy Forum

      WASHINGTON — Nearly 200 energy policy and market experts gathered at the National Press Club on Wednesday for the Energy Storage Association’s 3rd annual Energy Storage Policy Forum. Here’s some of what we heard.Several state regulators spoke at the conference, after having just gone through what Washington Utilities and Transportation Commissioner Phil Jones called “NARUC hell,” referring to the winter meetings of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. The regulators spoke about how they view their role in setting policies on energy storage and how they communicate with elected officials about the technical aspects of energy markets and technology.

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      Mentions: CA DoE OR
    5. Oncor Demo Center Tests DG, Energy Storage — and Gives Visitors a Jolt

      Oncor Demo Center Tests DG, Energy Storage — and Gives Visitors a Jolt

      LANCASTER, Texas — In a darkened room, seven video screens flicker to life. A crack of lightning lights up the darkness as the rumble of thunder suddenly explodes through six speakers in the ceiling and a sub-woofer in the corner. That’s about the time most visitors have to be peeled off the ceiling. “We like to give people a little jump … and we’re only running the [sound system at] about 60%,” Oncor Chief Technology Officer Michael Quinn says with an impish grin.

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      Mentions: TX Toyota
    6. Massachusetts Considering Energy Storage Mandate

      Massachusetts Considering Energy Storage Mandate

      BOSTON — Massachusetts officials will announce by the end of the month whether to join California in mandating the procurement of energy storage. For the more than 300 people who attended or live-streamed Raab Associates’ 152nd New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable last week, however, the only question is how much storage the state is likely to order. The session provided a briefing on both the policies driving the adoption of storage and the companies that are deploying the technologies.

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      Mentions: CA DoE U.S.
    7. MISO Asks FERC to Dismiss IPL Energy Storage Complaint

      MISO Asks FERC to Dismiss IPL Energy Storage Complaint

      MISO asked FERC to reject Indianapolis Power and Light’s complaint over energy storage rules, calling it disruptive to stakeholder proceedings and the commission’s broad rulemaking. MISO asked the commission to dismiss IPL’s Oct. 21 complaint and let it continue its stakeholder proceedings and “Market Roadmap” process as the venues for storage market design. MISO also said it would honor “deliberate commission policy” (EL17-8).

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      Mentions: IN Duke Energy ESA
    8. Storage Won’t End RMR Generators, FERC Panelists Say

      Storage Won’t End RMR Generators, FERC Panelists Say

      WASHINGTON — Despite its virtues, energy storage won’t eliminate the need to pay unprofitable generators to continue operating for grid support, speakers said in the second panel of FERC’s technical conference on storage Wednesday. In its notice of the conference (AD16-25), FERC noted that storage resources are modular and easily transportable — meaning they could provide local voltage support in situations that would otherwise result in contracts with generators as reliability-must-run (RMR) or system support resources. Building transmission to alleviate such problems following a plant retirement often takes years.

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      Mentions: ESA NC FERC
    9. Price of Transmission Upgrades to Meet California 50% RPS: $5B+

      Price of Transmission Upgrades to Meet California 50% RPS: $5B+

      Meeting California’s 50% by 2030 renewable standard could require up to $5 billion or more in transmission upgrades, according to a report released this week by the California Energy Commission. The report outlines what transmission projects the state must build or upgrade to connect load zones with areas identified as having the potential to provide more than 40,000 MW of new renewable capacity.

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      Mentions: CA Energy Comm
    10. FERC Approves 1st Storage Generator Interconnection Pact in MISO

      FERC Approves 1st Storage Generator Interconnection Pact in MISO

      INDIANAPOLIS — FERC last week accepted a generation interconnection agreement between MISO and the first utility-scale battery storage project in the footprint. The commission approved a GIA for Indianapolis Power & Light’s Harding Street Station Battery Energy Storage System, which is planned to go online this month, in spite of IPL’s protests that the project was being mischaracterized. IPL had urged the commission to view the storage facility as a transmission asset.

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      Mentions: FERC
    11. MISO Preparing a Place for Energy Storage in Tariff

      MISO Preparing a Place for Energy Storage in Tariff

      With one energy storage project under construction and several others being considered, MISO is beginning a look at rule changes needed to accommodate the emerging technology. One fundamental question MISO will have to answer is whether storage will be considered generation or categorized as a transmission asset, MISO External Affairs Policy Advisor Jennifer Richardson said during a workshop at the Jan. 5 Market Subcommittee meeting. 

      For more on this topic, join the Energy Storage Association's monthly Policy Update Webinar on January 21, 2016 at 2 PM (ET). Registration is restricted to ESA members and is available here.

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      Mentions: FERC PJM ISO-NE
    12. NYPSC OKs Con Ed's Demand Management Program to Relieve NYC Overloads

      NYPSC OKs Con Ed's Demand Management Program to Relieve NYC Overloads

      The New York Public Service Commission on Thursday approved a plan by Consolidated Edison of New York to address overloads in Brooklyn and Queens through a $200 million program that will deploy distributed generation and demand-side management (DSM) in order to defer installation of a $1 billion substation until at least 2026. The commission said it was the first time New York has chosen to relieve congestion in “non-traditional” methods instead of authorizing construction of utility infrastructure.

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      Mentions: NY
    13. Coalitions Make Their Cases to PJM Board

      Coalitions Make Their Cases to PJM Board

      Fourteen coalitions representing more than 80 stakeholders submitted briefing papers to the PJM Board of Managers Tuesday on the RTO’s Capacity Performance proposal. Eight of the groups generally opposed the proposal while six were generally supportive. The largest group, with 19 members, is the Transition Coalition, which focused its comments on the impact of the proposed changes on delivery years 2016/17 and 2017/18.

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      Mentions: IN PA TX
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