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    1. California Pushes The Envelope on Energy Storage with Pumped Hydro

      California Pushes The Envelope on Energy Storage with Pumped Hydro

      If the blowup over President Trump’s new solar tariff proves anything, it proves that the renewable energy transition is inevitable. A new hydroelectricity project for the City of San Diego, California is a case in point. The city recently raised the level of an existing hydropower dam to hold more water, and now it is considering a massive new energy storage element that would help the grid support more wind and solar power. The project provides support for the view that the new solar tariff is little more than a “speed bump” on the road to more sustainable future. Trump’s tariff is all but certain to disrupt the lives of individual solar workers, business owners and investors to some degree, but the overall impact is beginning to look like more smoke than fire.

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      Mentions: CA DoE
    2. Green Mountain Power Now Leasing and Selling Tesla’s Powerwall

      Green Mountain Power Now Leasing and Selling Tesla’s Powerwall

      If you haven’t invested in real estate within the Reno, Nevada, region, you should if you have the spare cash. The Tesla Battery Plant is under construction in Reno, and while there are some concerns over the tax credits Tesla was promised, business is booming in northern Nevada. The economic ripples, despite the debate in Nevada, are also reaching the East Coast. Last week, Green Mountain Power, the B-Corp utility that services 75 percent of Vermont, has started offering Tesla’s Powerwall batteries to its customers. The first utility in the country to offer such a product, Green Mountain Power claims scoring the Powerwall will help its customers become more energy independent while reducing strain on the local grid during peak hours.

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      Mentions: CA NV VT
    3. Energy Storage is Coming Home

      Energy Storage is Coming Home

      Anticipating fundamental revisions to residential rate structures, Enphase, the PV microinverter market leader, is preparing to launch a new AC-battery residential storage solution in 2016. Should projected rate changes come to pass, the Enphase AC Battery system, combined with solar PV, could present homeowners with a compelling economic proposition. With over 8 million microinverters deployed worldwide, Enphase may be in a unique position to bring residential battery storage to the masses.

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      Mentions: CA Australia Japan
    4. Energy Storage Emerges as Key to Solar Growth

      Energy Storage Emerges as Key to Solar Growth

      Intelligent energy storage is viewed as the “missing link” that constrains even faster growth in clean energy generation and distribution capacity. It’s also viewed as a key enabler for building smarter, cleaner, more efficient and more resilient electricity grids. Every year, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) selects 10 “game-changing innovators who are revolutionizing the energy sector.” Greensmith and Stem are both leaders in the development of systems platforms that are capable of aggregating and integrating diverse, distributed clean energy and energy storage assets.

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      Mentions: CA Japan Asia
    5. Vanadium-Flow Batteries Gain Commercial Traction

      Vanadium-Flow Batteries Gain Commercial Traction

      Early this year, California became the first state in the U.S. to start making use of advanced, distributed energy storage systems. The list of  factors motivating the passage of California’s energy storage mandate –AB2514 – is substantial. It encompasses integrating the fast-growing amount of renewable energy generation capacity coming online, enhancing grid reliability and resiliency, neutralizing the high and volatile costs of fossil fuels, and addressing the growing costs of climate change adaptation and degradation of ecosystems and natural resources.

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      Mentions: CA India U.S.
    6. Hawaiian Electric to Retool with Solar, Smart Grid and Energy Storage

      Hawaiian Electric to Retool with Solar, Smart Grid and Energy Storage

      Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems, along with smart grid and energy storage capacity, will play a much larger role in Hawaii’s energy future if a recently proposed plan comes to fruition. Pursuing a goal to achieve the highest level of renewable energy use in the U.S., Hawaiian Electric Co. proposes to nearly triple the amount of distributed solar power capacity coursing through its grid by 2030, as well as install smart grid and energy storage systems.

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      Mentions: HI U.S.
    7. ConEd's Energy Storage Program Will Allow Renewables to Offset Nuclear

      ConEd's Energy Storage Program Will Allow Renewables to Offset Nuclear

      Nuclear power has long been controversial in this country, due to concerns about safety. Those concerns were exacerbated after the Fukushima disaster, whose impacts are still not fully understood. A lot of attention has been focused on the Indian Point nuclear plant, in Buchanan N.Y., on the east bank of the Hudson River, just 38 miles from New York City. The license for Unit 2 actually expired last September, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would like the plant closed. But the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is evaluating it for a possible 20-year extension. In the meantime, Con Edison of New York, commonly known as ConEd, and the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), have developed a program to reduce demand, which would help reduce the need for generating capacity, making the prospect of eliminating the plant more feasible.

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    8. Navy Yard Demonstrates How Energy Storage is the Future

      Navy Yard Demonstrates How Energy Storage is the Future

      You’ve probably been hearing a lot about energy storage systems lately, and here’s a chance to see how they work on a large scale. The Philadelphia Navy Yard has embarked on a smart microgrid demonstration project called the GridSTAR Smart Grid Experience Center, including an advanced battery provided by the company Solar Grid Storage.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. EPA
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