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    1. Energy Storage Legislation introduced in Congress to Drive Down Costs

      Energy Storage Legislation introduced in Congress to Drive Down Costs

      Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Rep. Tina Smith (D-Minn) introduced energy storage legislation this week that calls for a $300 million initiative to build five advanced, grid-scale systems across the country. Under the Better Energy Storage Technology Act (BEST), the Department of Energy would invest $60 million a year from 2020 through 2024 to complete the projects by September 2023.

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      Mentions: DoE Congress ESA
    2. Energy Storage is Critical to Microgrid Development: Microgrid 2019

      Energy Storage is Critical to Microgrid Development: Microgrid 2019

      Microgrids increasingly depend on solar-plus-storage — or the ability to generate solar power on site and to store excess electrons in batteries that would release that energy when it is needed. Energy storage provides a Swiss army knife of services, from shaving peak load to storing and injecting wind and solar electrons onto the grid. It enhances reliability while also increasing efficiencies and allowing for more green energy on the grid.

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    3. NEC Energy Completes School Microgrid in Eugene Oregon

      NEC Energy Completes School Microgrid in Eugene Oregon

      NEC Energy Solutions has completed a 500 kW/1000 kWh battery energy storage system installed at a microgrid in the Howard Elementary School in Eugene, Oregon. The project, part of Eugene Water & Electric Board’s plan to improve esiliency by creating community points of water distribution around the city of Eugene for its customers during restoration following a large-scale disaster.

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    4. NYPA Issues RFI for Energy Storage; New York Offers $280M

      NYPA Issues RFI for Energy Storage; New York Offers $280M

      The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is seeking expressions of interest from companies that want to develop energy storage projects. Separately, another state agency, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) took its first step this week in a $400 million program that aims to grow an energy storage market in the state.

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    5. Microgrids at Ontario Technology Park to Offer Model for Energy Sharing

      Microgrids at Ontario Technology Park to Offer Model for Energy Sharing

      Many tend to think of a microgrid as an enclosed campus with generation, energy storage and a resource management system, all islandable from the grid. But that thinking is limited. Microgrids also can involve small commercial communities, as planned by Canadian company Stantec, projects that right-size distributed energy resources so that an entire community benefits rather than just the host facility.

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    6. Microgrids Restore Water Services in Remote Puerto Rico Communities

      Microgrids Restore Water Services in Remote Puerto Rico Communities

      New water and wastewater systems powered by solar plus storage microgrids are reviving life and livelihoods in remote areas of Puerto Rico still struggling to recover from 2017’s Hurricane Maria. In hard-to-reach areas of Puerto Rico where grid power has only recently been restored, six microgrid-powered pumping systems are now up and running, thanks to a partnership between South Carolina-based non-profit Water Mission and Hawaii-based energy storage company Blue Planet Energy.

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    7. Energy Storage & Microgrids as Part of ISO New England's Puzzle

      Energy Storage & Microgrids as Part of ISO New England's Puzzle

      The New England Independent System Operator says in its 2019 Regional Electricity Outlook that its challenges are to integrate greater levels of renewables onto the grid while also maintaining a robust transmission system and energy security. Some of the issues to overcome are bringing battery storage to market while dealing with stricter air emissions rules that can limit the use of conventional infrastructure. In the past, New England has benefited from two pumped-hydro facilities that have supplied nearly 2,000 MW of capacity within 10 minutes. But today the region has 20 MW of grid-scale battery storage, and it has another 1,300 MW on the table, which could come on line by 2022.

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    8. Thermal Storage Finds a Niche Reducing Energy Demand in Refrigeration

      Thermal Storage Finds a Niche Reducing Energy Demand in Refrigeration

      Thermal storage is gaining ground in refrigeration applications, providing demand response for one of utilities’ most energy-intensive industries. Thermal storage generally involves salt-based solutions that can absorb heat and cool refrigerators. Viking Cold Solutions partnered with Eversource to install a Viking Cold Solutions thermal energy storage system to reduce the Greater Boston Food Bank’s peak demand, realizing a 75 percent reduction in peak energy use, the company said.

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    9. Community Microgrids with Energy Storage: Cost Effective and Clean

      Community Microgrids with Energy Storage: Cost Effective and Clean

      Ameresco energy storage VP Jacqueline DeRosa highlights how the dropping price of energy storage has positioned communities to take advantage of new microgrid models. Community microgrids with energy storage serve to enhance grid reliability, security, and efficiency as the growth of distributed resources forces utilities and grid operators to transition from standard operations to more decentralized power systems.

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      Mentions: Ameresco
    10. Miramar Microgrid to Demonstrate Reliable Power from Landfill Gases

      Miramar Microgrid to Demonstrate Reliable Power from Landfill Gases

      The microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar took another big step this week with an expansion that will demonstrate landfill gas as a reliable fuel for an islanded microgrid. This microgrid is considered one of the most sophisticated under development with five distributed energy resources, including solar, energy storage, landfill gas, diesel and natural gas plant, and EV charging. The first phase of the demonstration project paired solar and fossil fuels. Its second phase, announced this week, will demonstrate the interplay between landfill gas and energy storage.

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    11. PREPA IRP Proposes Segmenting Puerto Rico into Minigrids

      PREPA IRP Proposes Segmenting Puerto Rico into Minigrids

      Puerto Rico’s utility is calling for segmenting the island’s electrical grid into eight minigrids, myriad microgrids and installing more energy storage than is now in all 50 US states. The concept is outlined in a draft integrated resource plan that the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority plans to finalize and submit to regulators February 12.

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      Mentions: Siemens Puerto Rico
    12. Military Microgrids Sought by US Dept. of Defense RFP

      Military Microgrids Sought by US Dept. of Defense RFP

      The US Department of Defense wants to reduce costs and speed time to install military microgrids, so is seeking demonstration projects via a newly issued request for proposals. Through its Installation Energy Test Bed, the Defense Department intends to fund multiple projects that speed microgrid design, simplify component and system integration, and accommodate expansion of military microgrids. Many already have invested extensively in generation assets, distribution systems, substations, load configurations, storage, metering and other energy infrastructure.

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    13. Energy Storage System Integrators Playing a Bigger Role on Green Grid

      Energy Storage System Integrators Playing a Bigger Role on Green Grid

      Energy storage system integrators play an increasingly important — and shifting — role as more renewable energy is added to the grid, according to a new Navigant Research report. Integrators design, build and operate large, grid-scale energy storage systems. Think Fluence and Tesla. The utility-scale energy storage market has grown increasingly competitive since 2016. And as the market matures and expands, the integrators play a larger role in ensuring project success and profitability.

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    14. Federation of Microgrids Planned in Australia by Sempra's PXiSe

      Federation of Microgrids Planned in Australia by Sempra's PXiSe

      Sempra subsidiary PXiSE Energy Solutions plans to create a federation of microgrids to boost renewable energy in remote Australian towns under a new agreement with utility Horizon Power. With its distributed energy resource management (DERM) system the company says it can get past curtailment and power quality issues to boost the percentage of renewables to 50 percent and above. The company’s DERM system networks various distributed energy resources together, with the ability to adjust to grid challenges very quickly.

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    15. Ultracapacitors On UC San Diego's Microgrid — Smoothing the Sun

      Ultracapacitors On UC San Diego's Microgrid — Smoothing the Sun

      Maxwell Technologies has installed the first ultracapacitor energy storage system on UC San Diego’s microgrid. The system, an inconspicuous 20-foot container filled with ultracapacitor modules, supports the solar panels that capture and feed energy to the adjacent La Jolla Playhouse Theater. The goal of the Maxwell ultracapacitor bank installation was to see if ultracapacitors can provide a more cost-effective energy storage system for microgrids—and better response time—than batteries.

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      Mentions: U.S. Maxwell
    16. With San Diego Airport Microgrid, No More Blackouts and $6.4M/year Saved

      With San Diego Airport Microgrid, No More Blackouts and $6.4M/year Saved

      Before the San Diego International Airport microgrid was built, the airport experienced four to five blackouts a year, each which lasted two to eight hours, according to Darr Hashempour, CEO of DH Green Energy, the consulting firm that designed and built the microgrid. The blackouts — which occurred during San Diego Gas and Electric’s (SDG&E) outages — embarrassed airport executives, upset airport customers, and spurred losses for airlines, he said.

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    17. Largest Renewable Energy Microgrid in Australia Offers Businesses Lower Cost Energy

      Largest Renewable Energy Microgrid in Australia Offers Businesses Lower Cost Energy

      Victoria’s coal power hub, the Latrobe Valley, is set to host Australia’s “largest” renewable energy microgrid, after a $15 million solar and battery storage project proposed by a consortium of local companies was announced as the winner of a $3 million state government grant.

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    18. Duke Energy Plans New Microgrid and $500M Energy Storage Investment

      Duke Energy Plans New Microgrid and $500M Energy Storage Investment

      Duke Energy has proposed a microgrid to serve the western North Carolina town of Hot Springs as part of a larger plan that includes a $500 million investment in energy storage over 15 years. The solar-storage microgrid will bolster electric reliability for the mountainous town served only by a 10-mile, 22.86-kV feeder line, said Zachary Kuznar, Duke Energy’s director, CHP, microgrid and energy storage development.

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    19. E.ON and Vertiv Partner to Offer Virtual Power Plant Services for Critical Infrastructure

      E.ON and Vertiv Partner to Offer Virtual Power Plant Services for Critical Infrastructure

      International energy giant E.ON and U.S.-based Vertiv (previously Emerson Network Power) have joined forces to deliver virtual power plant services in Germany, with an eye toward other markets worldwide. Partnering with Vertiv gives E.ON — a European-based company with $67.9 billion in assets — the opportunity to offer uninterruptible power supply (UPS) battery-based solutions to market segments with mission critical energy needs, such as data centers and telecommunications. Vertiv, which builds critical infrastructure, gains access to E.ON’s customer base.

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      Mentions: U.S. Texas Germany
    20. Microgrids Benefit from New Jersey's Push for More Renewables and Energy Storage

      Microgrids Benefit from New Jersey's Push for More Renewables and Energy Storage

      New Jersey’s town center microgrids are poised to enter their next stage, enhanced by a series of state strategies to catalyze distributed energy. Selected for funding last year, the 13 town center microgrid proposals are now in the final stages of producing feasibility studies. 

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    21. Energy Reliability: Achieving Resiliency through Microgrids

      Energy Reliability: Achieving Resiliency through Microgrids

      Energy reliability and resiliency is top of mind for many companies as cybersecurity becomes more of an issue for utilities, and climate change brings with it an increased threat of natural disaster. These challenges and more are paving the way for substantial progress in decentralized energy resources.

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