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    1. 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 CO
    2. 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: NY
    3. 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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      Mentions: ESA NC FERC
    4. 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 IL
    5. 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
    6. 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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    7. 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
    8. 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
    9. 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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