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    1. Bill Would Speed Up Federal Development of Long-Duration Energy Storage Technologies

      Bill Would Speed Up Federal Development of Long-Duration Energy Storage Technologies

      U.S. Sens. Angus King (I-ME) and Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced legislation to hasten the development of long-duration energy storage technologies that would support an electrical grid dominated by renewable generation such as solar and wind. The Joint Long-Term Storage Act of 2019, S. 2048, would require the U.S. Secretary of Energy to establish a demonstration initiative focused on the development of long-duration energy storage technologies, including the establishment of a joint program with the U.S. Secretary of Defense, according to the bill’s text.

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    2. New York State to Award $5M for Ideas to Integrate Renewable Energy Into Grid

      New York State to Award $5M for Ideas to Integrate Renewable Energy Into Grid

      New York State will award $5 million for projects that will help New York integrate renewable energy in ways to improve the electric grid. The proposals will be evaluated based on several factors: how they improve overall grid performance, reduce energy costs, and support the state’s clean energy goals. This supports Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Green New Deal proposal to achieve 70 percent renewable energy by 2030.

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      Mentions: New York NYSERDA
    3. Sens. Moran, Klobuchar Introduce Bill to Help Rural Communities with Energy Storage

      Sens. Moran, Klobuchar Introduce Bill to Help Rural Communities with Energy Storage

      U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced legislation to help rural communities and electricity cooperatives increase renewable energy storage and upgrade grids. The Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy (EASE) Act will provide access to relevant resources and expertise for these rural communities to implement energy storage and upgrade the grid.

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      Mentions: U.S. Congress
    4. Energy Associations Applaud Legislation to Create Investment Tax Credit for Energy Storage Systems

      Energy Associations Applaud Legislation to Create Investment Tax Credit for Energy Storage Systems

      The Energy Storage Association (ESA), the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) recently released statements applauding legislation that would make energy storage systems eligible for an investment tax credit (ITC). Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) introduced the legislation, the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act, last week.

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    5. ESA applauds New York Adoption of Energy Storage Target

      ESA applauds New York Adoption of Energy Storage Target

      New York went all in on energy storage last week, announcing a goal of 3,000 megawatts deployed by 2030 – a goal which earned praise from the Energy Storage Association. New York’s move gives the state the largest energy storage target in the United States to date. Proponents say this will make the state’s grid more resilient and efficient and its energy more sustainable. It also builds on a stated goal of New York’s regulators to integrate energy storage at scale, weaving it into the greater market.

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      Mentions: U.S. ESA New York
    6. North Carolina Panel Bullish on Energy Storage

      North Carolina Panel Bullish on Energy Storage

      Energy storage will not only help North Carolina replace coal-powered electricity in the state in the coming decades but may also offset the need for new natural gas plants as well.  A study of the energy storage landscape was submitted to the state’s General Assembly in early December that will serve as a roadmap to help lawmakers and regulators fully develop the technology. North Carolina is currently in the initial phases of deploying energy storage facilities; however, the report authored by the team of university experts concluded that storing electricity could not only smooth out peak demand periods, but would also become a reliable everyday piece of the region’s fuel mix.

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    7. National Renewable Energy Laboratory Gets DOE Award to Develop Grid Electricity Storage System

      National Renewable Energy Laboratory Gets DOE Award to Develop Grid Electricity Storage System

      The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) recently awarded DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) $2.8 million to develop a grid electricity storage and power generation system. The system includes a charging device, thermal energy storage modules, a heat exchanger, and a closed-loop Brayton cycle turbine. “When electric power is cheapest, electric heaters will ‘charge’ the storage modules by heating stable, inexpensive solid particles to more than 1,100 degrees Celsius,” NREL Principal Investigator Zhiwen Ma said. “And when it’s time to discharge this energy, the hot particles will move through a heat exchanger to heat a working fluid that drives a high-efficiency closed-Brayton combined cycle attached to an electric generator.”

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      Mentions: DoE GE Colorado
    8. Lockheed Martin, Cypress Creek Renewables Win Prestigious Energy Storage Award

      Lockheed Martin, Cypress Creek Renewables Win Prestigious Energy Storage Award

      Lockheed Martin and Cypress Creek Renewables won an award for leadership in energy storage and having a positive impact on the energy storage industry. The two companies were the recipients of the prestigious Energy Storage North America (ESNA) 2018 Innovation Award for the creation of Lockheed’s GridStar Lithium Energy Storage System for 12 solar-plus-storage projects. The system is custom-designed to provide clean electricity to communities served by Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) in southeastern North Carolina. The GridStar energy storage systems store power from the solar installations and discharge it when needed most, ensuring energy delivery to Brunswick EMC during its peak periods.

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    9. Energy Storage Association Seeks Clarity on Eligibility of Energy Storage for Investment Tax Credit

      Energy Storage Association Seeks Clarity on Eligibility of Energy Storage for Investment Tax Credit

      The Energy Storage Association (ESA) recently issued a statement thanking U.S. Sens. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) for their efforts to obtain clarification on the eligibility of energy storage for the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The Investment Tax Credit is currently a 30 percent federal tax credit claimed against the tax liability of residential and commercial and utility investors in solar energy property. The senators sent a letter on Sept. 20 to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin seeking clarification on the eligibility of energy storage technologies under Internal Revenue Code Section 48 when energy storage is added to an existing ITC-eligible technology. The senators requested that the clarification be included in the IRS’ 2018-2019 Priority Guidance Plan.

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      Mentions: U.S. ESA Colorado
    10. NY Public Service Commission Approves Environmental Review of Energy Storage Roadmap

      NY Public Service Commission Approves Environmental Review of Energy Storage Roadmap

      The New York State Public Service Commission (NYSPSC) approved its environmental review of New York’s Energy Storage Roadmap and expanded the types of renewable energy systems that are eligible for compensation. The state’s Energy Storage Roadmap outlines the policy, regulatory, and programmatic actions necessary to achieve the state’s goal of having 1,500 megawatts (MW) of energy storage by 2025 — the equivalent electricity demand of one-fifth of all New York homes.

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      Mentions: New York
    11. States Should Play Role in Determining Future of Energy Storage Market, Panel Says

      States Should Play Role in Determining Future of Energy Storage Market, Panel Says

      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Panelists at a session held here Monday at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) conference agreed that states should have active roles in determining the future of their energy storage markets but had differing opinions on the impacts of a recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) order. In February, FERC issued Order 841, which aimed to remove barriers to energy storage resource participation in the capacity, energy and ancillary services markets. The order directs Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and Independent System Operators (ISOs) to revise their market rules so that they recognize the physical and operational characteristics of energy storage resources. However, industry groups including NARUC, the Edison Electric Institute, the American Public Power Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association have requested a rehearing of the FERC decision on the grounds that it exceeds the agency’s jurisdiction.

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    12. Illinois Commerce Commission Policy Session Explores Future of Energy Storage

      Illinois Commerce Commission Policy Session Explores Future of Energy Storage

      The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) recently held a policy session exploring the future of energy storage and its relationship to the electric grid in Illinois. Acting Commissioner Anastasia Palivos and ICC staff hosted the session, which included numerous panelists who provided analyses of the energy storage landscape and associated challenges in Illinois.

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      Mentions: Argonne Illinois
    13. NextEra Energy Resources, Salt River Project Announce Opening of Integrated Solar, Battery Plant

      NextEra Energy Resources, Salt River Project Announce Opening of Integrated Solar, Battery Plant

      NextEra Energy Resources and Salt River Project (SRP) announced Wednesday the opening of Pinal Central Solar Energy Center (PCSEC), located on 257 acres of land east of Casa Grande, Arizona. The facility is the largest utility-scale solar energy center paired with a battery storage system in Arizona. The 20-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic generation facility consists of 258,000 solar panels and includes a 10 MW lithium-ion battery storage system. A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources will own and operate the facility, and SRP will purchase all of the energy it produces.

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      Mentions: Arizona
    14. Energy Storage Association lauds principles promoted by EEI and partners to advance energy storage growth - Daily Energy Insider

      Energy Storage Association lauds principles promoted by EEI and partners to advance energy storage growth - Daily Energy Insider

      The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and 32 energy companies and organizations sent a letter to leaders of the Energy Storage Association (ESA) on Wednesday to support its efforts in advancing energy storage and to highlight principles seen as critical to helping the nation achieve a cleaner, more reliable and affordable energy system.  The letter addressed to Kelly Speakes-Backman, ESA president and CEO, and ESA Chairman Praveen Kathpal coincided with ESA’s annual conference taking place in Boston this week. “Today, energy storage is positioning itself as an essential component of the future energy grid: allowing for greater penetration of renewable energy; creating more dynamic generation, transmission, and distribution systems; enhancing the customer experience; and enabling transportation electrification, microgrids, smart grids, and smart communities,” the letter said.

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    15. Energy Storage Association Praises Aspects of Federal Spending Bill

      Energy Storage Association Praises Aspects of Federal Spending Bill

      The Energy Storage Association (ESA) recently applauded increased federal funding for energy storage in the recently passed omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2018 while noting the absence of certain measures from the legislation that would have advanced energy storage deployment. The bill includes an approximately $1.5 billion increase in funding for U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) clean energy innovation investments over the prior fiscal year, ESA noted. The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) received a 32 percent increase to its grid energy storage applied research and development budget, increasing FY2018 investments in grid storage to $41 million as requested previously by House Republicans. 

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Congress
    16. Energy Storage Association sees storage as critical to future reliability and resiliency in U.S. grid - Daily Energy Insider

      Energy Storage Association sees storage as critical to future reliability and resiliency in U.S. grid - Daily Energy Insider

      With the release of a white paper laying out a pathway for the United States to reach 35 gigawatts (GW) of energy storage systems by 2025, the Energy Storage Association is driving forward the notion that energy storage can — and should — play a sizeable part in the nation’s grid. At the helm of this effort is ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman, who spoke with Daily Energy Insider this week regarding her thoughts on national policy, ambitious new energy plans, and where technology and utilities fit into the picture. Speakes-Backman is the organization’s first CEO, having taken the position in July, but her plans have already proven to have great aspirations.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. ESA
    17. Advanced Microgrid Solutions to Deploy Energy Storage Systems in Select Walmart Stores

      Advanced Microgrid Solutions to Deploy Energy Storage Systems in Select Walmart Stores

      Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) recently announced a partnership with Walmart Stores, Inc. to deploy advanced energy storage systems in select Walmart stores in the United States. Under the agreement, AMS will design, install and operate its Hybrid Electric Building technology in order to improve efficiency, create energy savings, and provide grid support to local utilities. In the first phase of the project, AMS will install 40 megawatt hours (MWh) of advanced energy storage systems at 27 Walmart stores in Southern California. These systems will allow permanently reduce each store’s peak electricity demand and provide dispatchable grid support to Southern California Edison (SCE).

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