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    1. Shell's Industrial Customers in Ontario to be Offered Convergent's BTM Battery Storage

      Shell's Industrial Customers in Ontario to be Offered Convergent's BTM Battery Storage

      Ontario’s policy of rewarding large users of energy that reduce their demand for grid energy at peak times has resulted in Shell New Energies announcing 21MWh of projects with Convergent Energy + Power. The main policy mechanism through which developers of Ontario energy storage projects have found a profitable niche is the Global Adjustment Charge. Like demand charges in most of the US, commercial and industrial users of electricity have to pay a premium for energy drawn from the grid at times of peak demand.

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      Mentions: Canada Ontario UK
    2. 'Obvious Benefits' of ITC for Energy Storage Could Even Meet Trump's Energy Resiliency Aims

      'Obvious Benefits' of ITC for Energy Storage Could Even Meet Trump's Energy Resiliency Aims

      A push to establish an Investment Tax Credit for energy storage has not only been welcomed by clean energy advocates and the industry, but might also meet the some stated aims of the Trump administration’s energy policies, an analyst has said. Michael Doyle, a Democrat, has proposed in the US House of Representatives the bill HR2096, an amendment to the tax code to issue credits “for energy storage technologies and other purposes”.

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      Mentions: Congress
    3. Why Shell bought Sonnen: Value is in Behind-the-Meter Potential

      Why Shell bought Sonnen: Value is in Behind-the-Meter Potential

      While many in the industry have been enthusiastic about the potential of residential and other forms of behind-the-meter energy storage for some time, and the technology is ready to go, it’s been difficult to really demonstrate the total value that home storage systems could provide. This year we’re seeing evidence that that has changed. It allows individual users to become more independent of big utilities and to maximize their use of solar energy, but it can also help the grid, by connecting together - or aggregating - dozens, hundreds or even thousands of units at once and providing a sort of combined and controllable single asset to the grid operator or utility.

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    4. US Residential Storage on the Rise in Another Record-Breaking Year

      US Residential Storage on the Rise in Another Record-Breaking Year

      Energy storage enjoyed another record-breaking year of deployments in the US in 2018, while the residential segment is now “moving beyond early adopters” and into commercial viability, a report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables claims. Prepared in collaboration with the national Energy Storage Association, US Energy Storage Monitor 2018 Year-in-Review follows on from Wood Mackenzie’s quarterly editions of the report produced throughout the year. Published at the beginning of this week, the company reports “robust growth” in both front-of-meter and behind-the-meter segments of the market through 2018, with 777MWh of energy storage connected to the grid – an 80% increase over 2017 install figures.

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    5. Institutional Investors 'See Energy Storage as Most Interesting Renewable' Option

      Institutional Investors 'See Energy Storage as Most Interesting Renewable' Option

      A new poll has identified energy storage as the most promising technology for institutional investors keen on renewable assets, amid plans by many to ramp up allocations. Nearly two-thirds of all asset owners and managers quizzed by the firm chose batteries and other energy storage technologies as the renewables subsector with the greatest potential. The appeal of storage rests on the "growing role" it will play in the European energy mix as renewables become more prominent.

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      Mentions: Europe Ontario UK
    6. The Smarts Inside the Storage: Software and Analytics Can Drive Economic Value

      The Smarts Inside the Storage: Software and Analytics Can Drive Economic Value

      Over the past few years, strides in material science, applied chemistry, manufacturing and logistics have caused energy storage system costs to drop significantly. However, as the industry matures, and “early adopters” give way to the “early majority”, the economic fine-tuning required to make storage projects as successful in the field as they seem on paper determines the fate of storage projects before they even leave the planning stage. Storage developers that are still in business do not just start pouring foundations and dispatching cranes on a whim. Every project opportunity is compared to a collection of possible project sizes and scenarios.

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      Mentions: California U.S.
    7. Hitachi to Acquire ABB Power Grid Business in US$11bn 'Turning Point' for Energy Market

      Hitachi to Acquire ABB Power Grid Business in US$11bn 'Turning Point' for Energy Market

      Power electronics giant Hitachi has acquired ABB’s power grids business in an US$11 billion deal which cements its position in the energy solutions sector. Hitachi is to acquire an 80.1% stake in the power grids division and has also entered into a purchase option for the remaining 19.9% share, turning power grids into a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi.

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      Mentions: ABB Hitachi America
    8. Sonnen: Residential Batteries Ready to Compete with Fossil Fuels and Nuclear in Germany

      Sonnen: Residential Batteries Ready to Compete with Fossil Fuels and Nuclear in Germany

      Batteries in private households will be now able to perform the “same tasks as a conventional power plant”, across the whole of Germany, the CEO of Sonnen has said, following a ruling that opens up grid services markets to the company’s devices. Sonnen last week announced that it has obtained pre-qualification to enter Germany’s Primary Control Reserve market by grid operator TenneT for its battery energy storage units installed across the country. Primary Control Reserve is a form of frequency regulation, keeping the grid to within acceptable boundaries of its optimum 50Hz operating frequency.

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      Mentions: Germany Netherlands
    9. US Congress Urged to Clarify Eligibility of Energy Storage for ITC

      US Congress Urged to Clarify Eligibility of Energy Storage for ITC

      The US government has been urged to recognise the “critical role” energy storage can play in making the grid cleaner and able to accept more renewable energy, by increasing the eligibility of batteries and other technologies to receive the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The ITC is applicable to purchases of solar energy equipment in the US and applies about a 30% rebate or discount for buyers. In recent years the policy scheme has been adjusted to include energy storage but for a long time, storage systems could only receive the Federal subsidy if installed at the same time as solar equipment.

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    10. UK's First Football Stadium Battery at Arsenal's Emirates Builds Business Case Around Trading

      UK's First Football Stadium Battery at Arsenal's Emirates Builds Business Case Around Trading

      Arsenal football club’s Emirates Stadium in London, England, has become home to what could be the first behind-the-meter battery of its size aimed at wholesale energy trading over frequency response. The 2MW/2.5MWh system unveiled today is the first battery storage system to be installed at a UK football club’s stadium following three years of development between the club, developer Pivot Power and investment company Downing LLP.

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      Mentions: UK Tesla
    11. NantEnergy Acquires Sharp’s Energy Systems & Services Business in US

      NantEnergy Acquires Sharp’s Energy Systems & Services Business in US

      NantEnergy has acquired Sharp Electronics Corporation's US-based energy systems and services business, which develops and delivers energy management systems across the country. As part of the deal, NantEnergy retained the entire Energy Systems and Services team, including Carl Mansfield, former general manager and founder of Sharp's energy system and services group. Mansfield will continue with NantEnergy as vice president, system solutions. Among the products that NantEnergy will acquire includes the SmartStorage behind-the-meter energy storage system.

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      Mentions: California
    12. Ahead of Biggest Energy Storage Rule Change Yet, US' Transmission Network Operators Open up Markets

      Ahead of Biggest Energy Storage Rule Change Yet, US' Transmission Network Operators Open up Markets

      Transmission system operators in the US have begun making their moves to accommodate energy storage into their wholesale markets, with New England ISO and Southwest Power Pool both making filings in the past month. In February the US’ main regulator the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), issued FERC Order 841, instructing the US’ six regional electricity transmission organisations to reconfigure their wholesale markets to allow energy storage to participate. The ISOs and RTOs have about a year to respond in full.

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    13. Scotland's First Utility-Scale Battery Brought Online to Deliver Sub-Second Balancing

      Scotland's First Utility-Scale Battery Brought Online to Deliver Sub-Second Balancing

      Scotland’s first utility-scale battery storage facility has been officially opened today, having begun delivering sub-second balancing services to National Grid at the end of June under a bespoke agreement secured before the hotly contested Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) auction of 2016. The 20MW Broxburn Energy Storage facility was built by RES, which had sold the project to The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) in August last year for £20 million. It was the first project to have been acquired by TRIG and RES’ fourth in the UK, with the company now managing the site.

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      Mentions: Scotland UK
    14. Boost for Storage as California Rubber Stamps Zero Carbon Electricity Target

      Boost for Storage as California Rubber Stamps Zero Carbon Electricity Target

      “The innovation of California within the energy sector is welcomed by the storage industry as we stand on the precipice of realizing our own goal of 35 GW of new storage deployed by 2025,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association in the US. “As an enabling technology with a multitude of applications, the added flexibility that storage provides to the electric grid will prove crucial to achieving the goals of SB100 in a cost-effective manner while maintaining grid reliability. Storage resources can be deployed to optimize existing renewable energy resources and to integrate additional ones, serving as a multiplier of the greenhouse gas reductions made possible by ambitious clean energy policies like California’s,” she said.

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    15. California’s Energy Storage Rebate Approval a ‘Bipartisan Victory for Local Clean Energy’

      California’s Energy Storage Rebate Approval a ‘Bipartisan Victory for Local Clean Energy’

      Following news of SB100, legislation that would set California on a path to 100% renewables by 2045, the state is also on the brink of setting up a rebate programme for energy storage equipment sales. Senate Bill 700 (SB700), authored by Senator Scott Wiener, would extend the state’s feted SGIP (Self-generation incentive programme) policy to 2024 and make more provisions to include energy storage. SGIP supports the deployment of solar, wind turbines, microturbines, fuel cells, energy storage and other distributed energy technologies by utility customers.

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    16. Germany Reaches 100K Home Battery Storage Installations

      Germany Reaches 100K Home Battery Storage Installations

      A household just outside Berlin has become the recipient of the 100,000th grid-connected residential battery energy storage system in Germany. Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Thomas Bareiß attended an official event to mark the system’s commissioning in Eichwalde. Bareiß hailed the event as an “important milestone” that Germany has reached in its energy transition – referred to domestically as the Energiewende.

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      Mentions: Germany EASE
    17. P2P Household Energy Trading, C&I Storage for Brewing Beer: Hawaii Keeps on Going

      P2P Household Energy Trading, C&I Storage for Brewing Beer: Hawaii Keeps on Going

      Following news yesterday of the first grid-scale solar-plus-storage system on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, two more modestly-sized projects show the potential diversity of applications for energy storage in the US state. Energy-Storage.news just reported that the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission had approved a 22-year power purchase agreement (PPA) deal for the project on the island of Molokai, which would pair 4.88MW of solar with a 3MW / 15MWh lithium battery system.

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    18. Not-for-Profit Utilities in US Pick 'Cost-Effective' Grid-Scale Battery Storage

      Not-for-Profit Utilities in US Pick 'Cost-Effective' Grid-Scale Battery Storage

      Minnesota electric cooperative Connexus Energy has confirmed recent press reports that it is building 15MW / 30MWh of battery energy storage, while another not-for-profit, Vermont Electric Cooperative, will build a 1.9MW / 5.3MWh system in its service area. Connexus is part of Great River Energy, an electric transmission and generation cooperative and the second largest utility in Minnesota. Connexus serves about 130,000 residential and commercial properties in its service area. It issued a statement yesterday stating that the “innovative” solar-plus-storage project is now under construction.

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    19. Storage industry pleased, solar not so much by Massachusetts' latest renewables bills - Energy Storage News

      Storage industry pleased, solar not so much by Massachusetts' latest renewables bills - Energy Storage News

      In response to Massachusetts Legislature passing a bill raising the state’s renewable energy standard and another encouraging clean energy and energy storage use during peak hours, solar and energy storage trade groups SEIA and ESA offered contrasting views.

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    20. Further Tax Cuts on Li-ion Would be 'Essential Boost' for India's Energy Storage Industry

      Further Tax Cuts on Li-ion Would be 'Essential Boost' for India's Energy Storage Industry

      India’s Goods and Services Tax (GST), a single tax applicable across the whole of the country, will be lowered for lithium-ion batteries by 10% in a move which has been welcomed by the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA). All goods and services are taxable under the law, which was introduced in 2017. Along with a wide range of other changes, the GST rates on lithium-ion batteries has dropped from 28% to just 18%. In related news, fuel cell vehicles will see their GST reduced from 28% to 12%.

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