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    1. Grid Resiliency and Critical Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey

      Grid Resiliency and Critical Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey

      While the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and the West’s wildfires are fresh in our minds, it’s critical to start focusing on grid resiliency — and how distributed energy can contribute to it. Utilities and state regulators right now focus more on grid reliability than grid resiliency, said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association (ESA). But the two are very different. “Reliability is about normal operations and the grid being able to run with scheduled down times of generation and scheduled operations and maintenance — to be able to count on it when you’ve scheduled it,” she said.

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    2. Natural Gas versus Distributed Energy: Which is Less Expensive?

      Natural Gas versus Distributed Energy: Which is Less Expensive?

      The natural gas versus distributed energy conversation continues with the release of a much-anticipated California study that concludes that a centralized natural gas generation plant is less expensive — at least in the power-strapped area studied. The conclusion came out of a report “Moorpark Sub-Area Local Capacity Alternative Study,” by the California Independent System Operator. 

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    3. Microgrids and Energy Storage: Did the Perry Study Give them a Boost?

      Microgrids and Energy Storage: Did the Perry Study Give them a Boost?

      Microgrids and energy storage improve electric reliability. So it was perplexing to see how little attention they received in a major study on grid reliability issued this week by the U.S. Department of Energy. Businesses, communities and institutions across the country have stepped up installation of microgrids in recent years to ensure power supply when the central grid fails. Since Superstorm Sandy, states have dedicated at least $200 million for microgrid installations. And in 2016, alone, utilities put up at least $1.2 billion to pursue microgrids and related distributed energy.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. ESA
    4. California Microgrid Dreaming Getting Real with Two Events in July

      California Microgrid Dreaming Getting Real with Two Events in July

      The California microgrid market is expected to get a boost in July with two key events: release of a solicitation that will offer $44.7 million in microgrid grant money and the next meeting to map out a road forward on state policy. The fourth microgrid roadmap meeting is set for July 26 at the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel. Hosted by the California Energy Commission, the session will focus on key actions and next steps for the roadmap, a document the state intends to use to help overcome barriers to microgrid commercialization.

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      Mentions: CA HI U.S.
    5. California Microgrid Dreaming Getting Real with Two Events in July

      California Microgrid Dreaming Getting Real with Two Events in July

      The California microgrid market is expected to get a boost in July with two key events: release of a solicitation that will offer $44.7 million in microgrid grant money and the next meeting to map out a road forward on state policy. The fourth microgrid roadmap meeting is set for July 26 at the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel. Hosted by the California Energy Commission, the session will focus on key actions and next steps for the roadmap, a document the state intends to use to help overcome barriers to microgrid commercialization.

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    6. Energy Storage Industry Hopes for Stroke of Gov. Cuomo's Pen

      Energy Storage Industry Hopes for Stroke of Gov. Cuomo's Pen

      New York looks poised to be another big win for the energy storage industry, pending the signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo on a recently passed bill to create an energy storage target. Cuomo has yet to show his hand, but energy storage advocates are hopeful that the already green-leaning governor will sign SB 5190/AB 6571. The bipartisan legislation requires that the public service commission set a target for energy storage, but gives the commission the flexibility to transform it into a mandate.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. OR
    7. Massachusetts Bills Create New Opportunities for Microgrids, Non-Wires Alternatives

      Massachusetts Bills Create New Opportunities for Microgrids, Non-Wires Alternatives

      Already a promising microgrid market, Massachusetts could get even better should new bills pass that promote non-wires alternatives, grid modernization, energy storage, and green and local energy. The Alliance for Clean Energy Solutions (ACES), a coalition of environmental and industry groups, discussed the bill and its other legislative priorities in an interview Monday, as it prepares for energy hearings at the state capitol this week.

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      Mentions: DoE MA VT
    8. Grid of the Future and Microgrids in Rhode Island: Little State Leapfrogs Leaders

      Grid of the Future and Microgrids in Rhode Island: Little State Leapfrogs Leaders

      A lot of states are talking about building a grid of the future and microgrids. But often it seems more like the grid of the far-off future. Not so, however, in Rhode Island. The state is taking advantage of its small size and second-mover position to act fast and avoid problems bogging down other states.

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      Mentions: CA PA MD
    9. White Plains Microgrid Seeks NY Clean Community Funds & Other Quick News

      White Plains Microgrid Seeks NY Clean Community Funds & Other Quick News

      The City of White Plains says it will seek state clean energy community funds to help develop a microgrid with Hitachi. White Plains was recently designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The designation highlights clean energy work already done in White Plains and offers the opportunity to apply for a $250,000 grant for future work.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. VA
    10. Utility Microgrids Win $7M from Washington State Clean Energy Fund

      Utility Microgrids Win $7M from Washington State Clean Energy Fund

      Two utility microgrids – one under development by Avista and the other by the Snohomish County Public Utility District (SnoPUD) – yesterday received $3.5 million each from the state Clean Energy Fund. The utility microgrids are part of a larger push by the state to develop grid modernization models that can be replicated elsewhere. 

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    11. Why Energy Storage May be Bigger than You Think

      Why Energy Storage May be Bigger than You Think

      Three decades ago when the Energy Storage Association tried to galvanize support it drew 35 people to the room. Last week, at its annual conference in Denver, there were near 2,000. Sure, they came because battery prices are dropping and energy storage pairs nicely with oh-so-popular solar. But something bigger is afoot here, something the size of the power grid, as Matt Roberts, ESA executive director, conveyed in his opening remarks at the Colorado Convention Center.

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      Mentions: ESA CO S&C Electric
    12. Younicos Solar Plus Storage Microgrid Installed at Denver's Panasonic Hub

      Younicos Solar Plus Storage Microgrid Installed at Denver's Panasonic Hub

      Panasonic’s new operations hub in Denver has a brand new microgrid. Announced at the Energy Storage Association’s 27th Annual Conference, Younicos – in partnership with Panasonic and Xcel Energy – has commissioned a solar plus storage microgrid for a smart transit project underway in Denver. The 1 MW/2 MWh lithium iron battery system can be found at Peña Station NEXT, a 400-acre smart city transit development in Denver. Panasonic Enterprise Solutions and Panasonic CityNOW is the anchor corporate tenant.

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    13. Distributed Energy Storage Reduces Demand using 8,000 Batteries

      Distributed Energy Storage Reduces Demand using 8,000 Batteries

      A distributed energy storage network of 8,000 batteries located at 7,000 telecom facilities in France has reduced utility demand by 10 to 15 MW during two demand response events. And now the company that managed the program wants to bring it to the U.S. Actility, which provides IoT-based grid balancing and demand response programs, wants to launch its program in the US by partnering with utilities and energy providers in the same way it does in Europe. In addition, it is seeking to work with companies, like France’s Orange Telecom, that have distributed battery networks, said Cedric De Jonghe, the energy business manager for Actility.

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      Mentions: France U.S. Europe
    14. Energy Storage in Infrastructure Modernization? Yes and Here's Why

      Energy Storage in Infrastructure Modernization? Yes and Here's Why

      Roads and bridges may be what comes to mind for a lot of people when they hear about federal infrastructure improvements. But batteries and other advanced energy storage devices should be on the list too. That’s the word from the Energy Storage Association and 52 private companies and business associations in a letter this week urging Congressional leaders to include energy storage in infrastructure modernization planning.

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      Mentions: U.S. Congress ESA
    15. Resorts that Use Solar Plus Storage: When the Scenery’s Right and the Grid Isn’t

      Resorts that Use Solar Plus Storage: When the Scenery’s Right and the Grid Isn’t

      The Nicaraguan resort Rancho Santana has won accolades from the travel press for being world class; problem is, the local electric grid is not. Located on 2,700 acres, a three-hour drive from the airport on the remote Pacific Coast, the luxury resort is connected to a central grid the offers spotty and expensive power. Nicaragua is a nation that’s been notoriously slow to fully electrify. Only 77 percent of the population has access to electricity, up little from 71 percent in 1990, according to the World Bank.

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      Mentions: India Africa TX
    16. Gas Station Resiliency is a New Clean Energy Focus in Massachusetts

      Gas Station Resiliency is a New Clean Energy Focus in Massachusetts

      Massachusetts is looking for innovative ideas to shore up gas station resiliency as part of its wider effort to boost clean energy. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is seeking expressions of interest — a precursor to a funding offer — for demonstration projects that can help keep the lights on at gas stations during power outages. Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy and other disasters revealed the electric vulnerability of gas stations, with many unable to operate, in some cases leading to gasoline rationing.

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    17. Commonwealth Edison Makes Move into Community Energy Storage

      Commonwealth Edison Makes Move into Community Energy Storage

      Commonwealth Edison, a leader on community microgrids, is now making a move into the fledgling arena of community energy storage as well. The Exelon subsidiary Thursday announced the first of what are expected to be multiple pilot projects that use batteries to improve electric reliability for communities. ComEd is focusing on areas prone to power outages from harsh weather.

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    18. Microgrid Knowledge to Moderate Panel at the Energy Storage Association Expo in Denver

      Microgrid Knowledge to Moderate Panel at the Energy Storage Association Expo in Denver

      Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, will lead a discussion, “Resilient Design: Micro? Nano? How Integrated Systems Excel,” at the Energy Storage Association’s 27th Annual Conference and Expo, April 18-20 in Denver, Colorado. The discussion will begin at 2 p.m. MT, Wednesday, April 19, Room 205, at the Denver Convention Center.

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      Mentions: EPRI ESA CO
    19. Distributed Energy Resources:Two States Make Bold Moves in One Day

      Distributed Energy Resources:Two States Make Bold Moves in One Day

      It was a shot heard around the world – or two shots rather – when yesterday New York and Massachusetts each took bold steps to accelerate distributed energy resources. New York ordered actions that begin placing a value on distributed energy resources, a key move in creating the kind of decentralized grid the state is pursuing under its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) policy. REV envisions utilities acting as platform managers where a wide variety of players, including ‘prosumers’ – such as households with solar panels -- can buy and sell locally produced electricity and related services. It is widely seen as the most dramatic effort to revolutionize the electric sector now underway in the U.S.

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      Mentions: U.S. MA NY
    20. Energy Storage in Wholesale Markets: Microgrids as Big Batteries?

      Energy Storage in Wholesale Markets: Microgrids as Big Batteries?

      Comments have poured into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on proposed rules that would boost energy storage in wholesale markets. 

      Issued in November, the FERC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) attempts to smooth the way for energy storage to transact in six regional wholesale markets that span much of the U.S. The proposal (RM-16-23) also gives distributed energy aggregators wholesale market inroads. As is customary, FERC has called on stakeholders to comment on the ideas before it puts them into effect. More than 100 companies, utilities, organizations and state agencies have weighed i

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      Mentions: U.S. FERC Stem
    21. An Energy Storage Target for Massachusetts: Go Bigger, Bellwether?

      An Energy Storage Target for Massachusetts: Go Bigger, Bellwether?

      With a potential $30 billion market up for grabs, key industry players are urging Massachusetts to think big and move faster as its sets an energy storage target. The bellwether state has floated the idea of setting a goal to develop 600 MW of energy storage by 2025. But some influential companies – specifically Advanced Microgrids Solutions, Green Charge Networks and Stem – are pushing for 750 MW by 2020.

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      Mentions: CA DoE OR
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