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    1. We’re ready for ‘exponential growth’ of DC-coupled solar-plus-storage, Powin Energy says

      We’re ready for ‘exponential growth’ of DC-coupled solar-plus-storage, Powin Energy says

      Energy storage system integrator and manufacturer Powin Energy has signed a deal to supply its new DC-coupled solutions to developer Amp for projects in the Northeast US. Company senior director of product KJ Plank told Energy-Storage.news that “Powin is ready” for an expected exponential growth in the grid-scale DC-coupled solar-plus-storage segment of the energy industry “in the next few years”.

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    2. Guidehouse: China’s demand for utility-scale storage will see Asia-Pacific overtake North America

      Guidehouse: China’s demand for utility-scale storage will see Asia-Pacific overtake North America

      North America is currently leading the world for utility-scale energy storage deployments, but could be overtaken by the second-largest market, the Asia-Pacific region, as early as 2023, according to forecasting and analysis by Guidehouse Insights. The Asia-Pacific region by 2029 is expected to achieve a compound annual growth rate in energy storage installations of 39.4%, with a cumulative 60,747.4MW of new utility-scale capacity expected to be added between this year and then. In 2020, the region will add around 554MW of new large-scale storage.

       

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      Mentions: Australia Japan Asia
    3. California community group contracts for 260MWh of batteries to help keep lights on in dark times

      California community group contracts for 260MWh of batteries to help keep lights on in dark times

      A community choice energy provider run by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission in California has signed contracts for battery storage with EDF Renewables and NextEra Energy totalling 260MWh, to be deployed in combination with solar PV. San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is the provider of water to the City of San Francisco and other parts of the Bay Area in California but also provides hydroelectric and solar energy in the Hetch Hetchy Valley of the famous Yosemite National Park - as well as providing power to San Francisco homes and businesses through its community choice programme, CleanPowerSF.

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    4. Energy storage's prominent role in bipartisan green recovery package for US welcomed

      Energy storage's prominent role in bipartisan green recovery package for US welcomed

      Legislation to help the US economy invest in clean energy jobs and support innovation and industry passed the House of Representatives this week - and Energy Storage Association (ESA) CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman applauded the prominent inclusion of energy storage in the bill.

      Next stop for the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act will be the upper house of US Congress, the Senate. The bill includes wide-ranging measures on: energy efficiency, renewable energy, carbon pollution reduction technologies, nuclear energy, the electric grid and cybersecurity, transportation, research and innovation, technology transfer, industrial innovation and competitiveness, critical materials and environmental justice.

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    5. New York’s first community solar-plus-storage plant to lower participants’ electricity rates 10%

      New York’s first community solar-plus-storage plant to lower participants’ electricity rates 10%

      Jason Burwen, VP of policy at the national Energy Storage Association told Energy-Storage.news earlier this year that New York’s energy storage target and policies around it that “tied it to a statutory requirement” were instrumental in driving forward development and progress is reviewed annually by state regulatory apparatus. A few weeks ago utility NYPA inaugurated the first publicly-owned standalone storage system in the state.

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    6. Latest FERC ruling a ‘victory for grid reliability’

      Latest FERC ruling a ‘victory for grid reliability’

      Renewable energy trade bodies have welcomed the order and its potential for building a more resilient grid. Energy Storage Association CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman said Order 2222 represents the next step forward for energy storage and other distributed energy resources. “Enabling these flexible resources to participate together as ‘virtual power plants’ in wholesale markets is a victory for enhancing grid reliability, enabling a more resilient grid and lowering costs for consumers.”

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      Mentions: ESA FERC
    7. California community energy group signs PPA for 400MW / 540MWh solar-plus-storage plant

      California community energy group signs PPA for 400MW / 540MWh solar-plus-storage plant

      Clean Power Alliance, one of California’s community choice aggregator (CCA) groups has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with developer 8minute Solar Energy for the output of a massive solar-plus-storage plant.

      CCAs give residents in selected parts of the US the opportunity to choose where their power is sourced and how it is generated. Clean Power Alliance procures electricity generation from low carbon sources and utilises the electricity network infrastructure of Southern California Edison, one of the state’s three main investor-owned utility (IOU) groups, to deliver it.

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    8. Battery systems for microgrids on three continents on the way from Rolls Royce, Fluence, Duke Energy

      Battery systems for microgrids on three continents on the way from Rolls Royce, Fluence, Duke Energy

      Microgrid projects on three different continents that include multiple megawatts of battery storage alongside renewable energy have been announced in the past few days from well-known industry players. Fluence is building a project in the Azores, Rolls-Royce Power Systems is building a project in the Cook Islands, and Duke Energy and Ameresco are partnering for an Army project at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

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    9. Large-scale battery systems in Australia met or exceeded expectations over 12 months of operation

      Large-scale battery systems in Australia met or exceeded expectations over 12 months of operation

      Reports into the performance of two large-scale battery energy storage systems (BESS) in the Australian state of Victoria have been published, showing that both performed as expected, or better, in 12 months of operation. The Gannawarra Energy Storage System (25MW/50MWh), saw a 50MWac solar farm retrofitted with a battery storage system, while the Ballarat Battery Energy Storage System (30MW/30MWh) was the first standalone battery-based energy storage system to be connected directly to the transmission network in front-of-the-meter (FTM).

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      Mentions: Australia BESS Tesla
    10. US just hit second highest quarterly energy storage deployments despite COVID effect

      US just hit second highest quarterly energy storage deployments despite COVID effect

      The US industry deployed 168MW / 288MWh of energy storage in the second quarter of this year, the second highest quarterly figures on record, according to Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. The market research and analysis firm has just issued its latest quarterly US Energy Storage Monitor, produced in cooperation with the national Energy Storage Association industry group. 

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    11. Recycling, end-of-life and safe transport of batteries under spotlight in US, EU initiatives

      Recycling, end-of-life and safe transport of batteries under spotlight in US, EU initiatives

      Guidelines for what should happen to lithium-ion battery storage systems at the end of their lifetime have been launched in the US by the national Energy Storage Association. Part of the association’s Corporate Responsibility Initiative (CRI), a taskforce made up of energy storage company representatives issued the guidelines just before the end of August. The document encourages the consideration of the costs and options for recycling and end-of-life management at the very beginning of project development.

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      Mentions: Europe EPRI ESA
    12. 1.5GWh of 'Made in America' zinc batteries joining Texas, California grids from Eos Energy Storage

      1.5GWh of 'Made in America' zinc batteries joining Texas, California grids from Eos Energy Storage

      Agreements to deploy 1GWh of novel aqueous zinc battery energy storage in Texas and 500MWh in California have been struck by technology provider Eos Energy Storage, marking a massive scale-up in expected installations for the systems. Eos Energy Storage said in a press release yesterday that its long duration zinc hybrid cathode batteries, which are best suited for 4-6 hour discharge but have the flexibility to go to higher power and longer run-times through de-rating power, have been ordered by ‘technology agnostic' power producer International Electric Power for 1GWh of projects to be connected to the grid run by the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

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    13. 'All round success' for Texas' biggest battery storage system so far | Energy Storage News

      'All round success' for Texas' biggest battery storage system so far | Energy Storage News

      The largest battery storage system online so far in the US state of Texas has been proven an “all round success” by an independent auditor, a year and a half after it went into commercial operation. The Upton County battery storage project, a 10MW / 42MWh system installed and commissioned by system integrator FlexGen is at the site of the 180MW Upton 2 solar farm owned by Vistra Energy's developer subsidiary Luminant.

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    14. 100GW in 10 years: US Energy Storage Association issues ‘expanded vision’

      100GW in 10 years: US Energy Storage Association issues ‘expanded vision’

      The US national Energy Storage Association (ESA) has adopted a goal for the deployment of 100GW of new energy storage using a range of technologies by 2030, updating a previously set 35GW by 2025 target.

      The trade group, which has nearly 200 industry stakeholder members, launched a ‘vision paper’ called ‘100 x 30: Enabling the clean power transformation’, yesterday to coincide with the first day of its week-long annual conference, which this year takes place online.

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    15. Almost a third of solar projects in US interconnection queues are solar-plus-storage hybrids

      Almost a third of solar projects in US interconnection queues are solar-plus-storage hybrids

      FERC chairman Neil Chatterjee said at that conference that, following success in moves to change regulations of the country’s regulated electricity wholesale markets to allow distributed energy storage to participate (through FERC Order 841), the regulator is now eyeing the accelerated deployment of hybrid resources as a vital next step for both the energy sector and the wider energy transition to clean energy.

      Following that conference, the Energy Storage Association offered an exclusive statement to Energy-Storage.news which said that focusing on hybrid resources is a “reflection of a core value of energy storage - providing flexibility.”

      “Storage-generation hybrids are being planned for a variety of reasons, including adapting to federal investment tax credit (ITC) rules, overcoming barriers to interconnection and market participation, and providing project cost-savings and hedging opportunities,” the ESA said.

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    16. Hybrid resources: FERC looking at America’s ‘next wave of opportunity’ for storage

      Hybrid resources: FERC looking at America’s ‘next wave of opportunity’ for storage

      FERC is opening up for stakeholder and public comments on the topics raised as well as general input on hybrid resources and colocation. The issue will certainly grow and grow. While California is still the leading state on solar-plus-storage for instance, Jason Burwen, the Energy Storage Association’s policy director, pointed out that in Texas’ ERCOT market, around 20% of storage in interconnection queues as of the end of 2019 would be paired with generation as hybrids. Those projects would be planned to come online this year. Then, for projects planned to come online in 2021, some 2/3 are hybrids. But for projects with planned online dates in 2022, nearly 80% of new storage would be hybrid resources paired with generation.

      “Obviously not all would come online but it’s a good indication of interest,” Jason Burwen of ESA said. “Organised markets are working to keep up and we are glad to see there are proactive efforts for policy to catch up with technology.”

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      Mentions: California AWEA Texas
    17. Value of storage goes up with share of renewables but costs declines still vital, new study finds

      Value of storage goes up with share of renewables but costs declines still vital, new study finds

      The value of energy storage increases with growing shares of renewable energy on the grid, but the availability and cost of storage will determine how successful decarbonisation with renewables can be. That’s one of the key takeaways of a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment (ACEE), supported by General Electric (GE). 

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      Mentions: DoE GE MIT
    18. RFP from Warren Buffet-owned utility PacifiCorp targets 600MW of energy storage alongside PV, wind

      RFP from Warren Buffet-owned utility PacifiCorp targets 600MW of energy storage alongside PV, wind

      US utility firm PacifiCorp has launched its largest request for proposals for energy projects yet, seeking bids for more than 1.8GW of new solar and 600MW of battery energy storage. The firm, which owns utilities Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power, issued the RFP as part of its latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) which outlines its intent to massively scale up its renewable energy capacity.

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    19. Building battery storage systems to meet changing market requirements

      Building battery storage systems to meet changing market requirements

      In the previous edition of PV Tech Power, we spoke to four leading developers of solar-plus-storage and standalone energy storage projects about what it takes to get projects over the line, their experiences in the field – and what sort of technologies are making their efforts possible. This time around, we’ve spoken in depth with two of the system integrator/ manufacturers that supply that segment of the energy storage market. Danny Lu, vice president at Powin Energy and Dr Zhuang Cai, R&D director at Sungrow, share their insights on what it means to build lithium-ion battery storage systems at scale.

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    20. Utility Portland General Electric launches 4MW virtual power plant pilot in Oregon

      Utility Portland General Electric launches 4MW virtual power plant pilot in Oregon

      More than 500 residential energy storage batteries will be aggregated into a virtual power plant (VPP) by US utility Portland General Electric (PGE), with some participating households offered US$5,000 rebates on battery system purchases as well as money off their monthly electricity bills.

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    21. The magnificent seven: US states with energy storage mandates, targets and goals

      The magnificent seven: US states with energy storage mandates, targets and goals

      Seven states in the US have now put some kind of public policy in place that recognizes the role that energy storage will play in their future, lower carbon energy system. The US national Energy Storage Association’s policy director, Jason Burwen, spoke with Andy Colthorpe about the seven early adopter states and whether this is likely to be a spreading pattern across the country.

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