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    1. Texas approves 12 GW of solar projects in seven months, yet 9 GW of battery projects languish

      Texas approves 12 GW of solar projects in seven months, yet 9 GW of battery projects languish

      The ERCOT grid operator that serves most of Texas has completed full interconnection studies for 58 solar projects totaling 11.9 GW of capacity so far this year. The completed studies will allow project developers to proceed toward commercial operation. In the first seven months of this year, ERCOT has already completed nearly twice as many solar interconnection studies, for nearly twice as much solar capacity, as it did in all of 2019.

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      Mentions: Texas
    2. Victory for wholesale energy storage, but does Order 841 allow FERC to assault net metering?

      Victory for wholesale energy storage, but does Order 841 allow FERC to assault net metering?

      Energy Storage Association CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman said in a statement, “This is an enormous step for energy storage, with the affirmation that energy storage connected at the distribution level must have the option to access wholesale markets. As our electric system becomes more modernized and distributed, we are seeing the regulatory frameworks at both the wholesale and retail levels adjust to that reality.”

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      Mentions: ESA FERC
    3. Panasonic and Span team up for home battery backup and energy management

      Panasonic and Span team up for home battery backup and energy management

      Panasonic has entered into an alliance with Span to deliver a combined energy storage and residential energy management product. Span recently landed $10.2 million in venture capital to modernize and replace one of the more basic and ubiquitous pieces of home electrical hardware — the electrical panel. Span’s electrical panel will be paired with Panasonic’s EverVolt residential battery system, which comes in two sizes: 11.4 kilowatt-hours and 17.1 kilowatt-hours — depending on how many of the 55-pound battery packs are incorporated into the field-serviceable housing.

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    4. Replacing peakers with storage to achieve the greatest health benefit

      Replacing peakers with storage to achieve the greatest health benefit

      Peaker generating units causing the greatest health burdens can be retired and replaced with storage. That’s the idea behind a new data visualization resource from Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE). The U.S. has more than 1,000 peaker units, which operate only at times of peak load, and often have high hourly emissions. Many are located in areas with high proportions of minority and low-income residents.

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    5. SunPower accesses $1 billion in residential solar and storage loan capital from Tech CU

      SunPower accesses $1 billion in residential solar and storage loan capital from Tech CU

      Despite the pandemic, capital is still pouring into solar. SunPower just announced a $1 billion partnership with Tech CU that gives the solar panel efficiency leader access to a significant chunk of capital for its loan program. The new partnership provides financing opportunities for potential U.S. residential solar and storage customers.

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    6. BlackRock Aims a $2.5 Billion Fund at Commercial and Industrial Solar, Wind, and Battery Storage

      BlackRock Aims a $2.5 Billion Fund at Commercial and Industrial Solar, Wind, and Battery Storage

      The world’s largest fund manager, BlackRock, just closed $1 billion of a record $2.5 billion fund dedicated to solar, wind, and energy storage projects. BlackRock’s Global Renewable Power III fund has commitments from over 35 institutional investors in North America, Europe and Asia and “reflects strong investor demand for renewable power assets,” according to a release.

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      Mentions: Asia Europe
    7. Colorado Utility Sees “Opportunistic Window” to Save Money with Solar and Wind Plus Storage

      Colorado Utility Sees “Opportunistic Window” to Save Money with Solar and Wind Plus Storage

      Black Hills Energy is seeking 200 MW of solar power or wind plus energy storage capacity as part of an RFP, driven – not by any requirements – but by 2019 summertime bids solar and solar plus storage bids of 2.4¢/kWh and 3.6¢/kWh and the pending step down of the 30% investment tax credit.

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    8. Bulking Up: Storage Heads for Center Stage

      Bulking Up: Storage Heads for Center Stage

      Until recently, battery energy storage has largely served markets at the margin, offering short bursts of frequency regulation or light pricing arbitrage. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), however, utility-scale storage is about to leap forward in the U.S. The growth is being driven not just by falling storage costs, but also continuous price drops for clean generation. Forecasters largely missed this emerging dynamic. Although storage’s progress down the cost curve has historically been slower, whole system costs have continued to fall as wind and solar became the cheapest form of generation.

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      Mentions: U.S. EIA
    9. One Gigawatt Down, Portfolio of Gigawatts Next

      One Gigawatt Down, Portfolio of Gigawatts Next

      Fluence has been awarded or built more than 1 GW of energy storage capacity in 95 unique projects across 20 countries. Now, the company – a joint venture between Siemens and AES –is modeling the future of the power grid to predict where its expertise will be utilized next. The company expects significant future volume to come from two pathways: “wireless solutions” – that is, storage as transmission – and reaching into the natural gas mid-merit market.

       

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    10. NextEra Is on a Roll

      NextEra Is on a Roll

      The largest wind and solar developer continues to grow, with projects paired with storage as it reaches 5.3 GW of contracted solar projects. And it’s making good money at the same time. In its third-quarter results, NextEra’s presence in the solar market is bigger than ever. Development subsidiary NextEra Energy Resources added 747 MW of solar contracts and 341 MW of battery storage to its backlog, almost all of which is in the post-2020 time frame.

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    11. ACCIONA Buys Solar + Storage on a National Scale

      ACCIONA Buys Solar + Storage on a National Scale

      In a deal spanning 20 projects, seven states, two power markets and more solar than the entire state of Florida has installed to date, ACCIONA has agreed to a deal with Tenaska to acquire 3 GW of utility-scale solar and 1 GW of co-located solar and energy storage. Specially, ACCIONA envisions commissioning eight projects by the end of 2023, adding around 1.5 GW of peak capacity to its North American renewable energy portfolio.

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    12. New York City Trades Gas Plants for the World's Largest Battery

      New York City Trades Gas Plants for the World's Largest Battery

      The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a 316 MW / 2528 MWh (that’s 8 hours!) energy storage facility to “provide peak capacity, energy, and ancillary services in New York City while enhancing grid reliability”. Ravenwood Development (owners of the current gas plants at the site) plans to build out the project in three phases – 129 MW, 98 MW and then 89 MW – with the first phase complete by March 2021. If they deploy all 2.5 GWh of energy storage, they will demolish 16 existing gas peaker plants, only two of which are currently running.

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    13. The Ecosystems of Innovation

      The Ecosystems of Innovation

      Energy storage is a sector marked by continuous technological development – and given the challenges created by our rapidly transforming energy systems, it needs to be. But how do innovations move from idea to reality? Specifically, what kind of environments are needed to nurture new technologies and approaches, and how do they interact with existing supports?

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      Mentions: California Asia DoE
    14. Solar, and Solar Plus Storage Records *Possibly/Probably* Set in California

      Solar, and Solar Plus Storage Records *Possibly/Probably* Set in California

      Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) has announced two power purchase agreements with an average price of 2.2¢/kWh. While the exact pricing on either of the two projects was withheld, it is probable both of these projects have set pricing records for the United States.

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    15. Alabama Power Moves Forward on Solar & Storage

      Alabama Power Moves Forward on Solar & Storage

      Alabama Power is about to join the big leagues for solar + storage. Earlier this month the Southern Company subsidiary asked state regulators for permission to procure power from 400 MW of solar and energy storage, along with plans to add new gas turbines to existing plants, acquire a new plant and enter into a new contract for more gas.

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    16. Stitching Together the Grid of the Future

      Stitching Together the Grid of the Future

      Autonomous Energy Grids is the name of a multifaceted project that the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has created to envision the electricity grid of the future, where output from many decentralized energy sources is managed simultaneously to ensure a secure and consistent energy supply. The concept is focused on smart technology and autonomous communication, based on a series of interconnected microgrids, which communicate with each other and make use of algorithms to continually find the best operating condition in response to constantly shifting energy demand, availability and pricing.

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      Mentions: U.S. NREL
    17. Texas Gives Public Power a Leg Up on Energy Storage

      Texas Gives Public Power a Leg Up on Energy Storage

      In a few weeks, municipal utilities and electric cooperatives in the state of Texas will have legal confirmation on their right to own energy storage facilities that sell energy or ancillary services, while not having to register as an energy generator. Current policy in the state defines energy storage as a generation asset, which requires owners to register as power generators.

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      Mentions: Texas Florida Aggreko
    18. The Rapid Maturation of the U.S. Energy Storage Market

      The Rapid Maturation of the U.S. Energy Storage Market

      Significant expansion in energy storage markets is poised to occur against a backdrop of regulatory changes in federal and state incentive programs, cost improvements and advances in monetization of energy storage. These current and anticipated trends affecting the U.S. energy storage market will have a significant influence on how industry participants choose when, where and how to invest in and develop energy storage technology.

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    19. California Gas Plant to Be Re-powered with Batteries + Solar

      California Gas Plant to Be Re-powered with Batteries + Solar

      The City of Glendale, California has released a plan to replace all but one of the plant’s existing generation facilities with a mix of battery storage, distributed solar and geothermal energy. Broken down by capacity, the plan calls for a 75 MW, 300 MWh battery energy storage system, up to 50 MW of distributed solar projects, energy efficiency and demand response programs. The plan also calls to keep the “peaker” portion of the former plant, which totals 93 MW of gas generation from up to five combustion turbines.

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      Mentions: California EIA
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