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    1. Study: Batteries are Coming to N.C., but How Many, How Soon Depends on Policy

      Study: Batteries are Coming to N.C., but How Many, How Soon Depends on Policy

      Batteries that kick in when the sun sets or the wind dies down — but also don’t break the bank — have long been seen as the holy grail of carbon-free electricity. Now, a new study out of North Carolina State University shows they’re no myth. Analysts say that batteries already make economic sense for certain uses today in North Carolina, and that if trends continue, by 2030, 5 gigawatts of large-scale battery storage will be well worth the investment.

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    2. Indoor Farm Will Tap Solar Microgrid to Keep Plants Growing Year Round

      Indoor Farm Will Tap Solar Microgrid to Keep Plants Growing Year Round

      A solar-powered microgrid will soon help an urban agriculture startup grow vegetable greens inside a converted New Jersey warehouse. Bowery Farming’s Kearny, New Jersey, facility will grow lettuce, kale and up to 100 varieties of plants, all indoors in a carefully controlled climate backed up by batteries, solar panels, on-site gas generators and technology that allows it to operate independently from the electric grid in the event of an outage or other disruptions.

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      Mentions: U.S. Schneider NJ
    3. Sharing Systems Could Help Building Owners Get More from Microgrids

      Sharing Systems Could Help Building Owners Get More from Microgrids

      Shared microgrids can help building owners lower costs and boost resilience, but big questions need to be sorted out first on how the systems operate. While still a fledgling market, shared microgrids — sometimes called multi-user microgrids — are gaining increased attention from researchers and industry players. As with single-user microgrids, the systems combine some type of energy storage and generation with technology that allows them to separate from the larger grid in the event of a power outage or other disruption. In Chicago, a cluster of museums is exploring the case for combining energy systems, but thorny questions remain. 

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Ontario
    4. New Hampshire Storage Program Will Pair Batteries with Time-of-use Rates

      New Hampshire Storage Program Will Pair Batteries with Time-of-use Rates

      A New Hampshire energy storage pilot program will pair in-home batteries with time-of-use rates to try to shave peak loads and save customers money. The company will install 200 Tesla batteries and then have 12 months to show it can accurately manage the system to reduce its peak loads at no added cost to customers. The program would be the first of its kind in the U.S. to use a three-tiered time-of-use rate structure. A second phase would add another 300 participants with a “bring your own device” option that has drawn the interest of energy storage companies, some of which had hoped to be involved in the program sooner.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. New Hampshire
    5. Massachusetts Grants Help Get Energy Storage Projects off the Ground

      Massachusetts Grants Help Get Energy Storage Projects off the Ground

      A year after Massachusetts awarded $20 million in energy storage grants, the first project is online and showing promise to help shave peak demand, save customers money, and pave the way for more solar power. Municipal utility Braintree Electric Light Department (BELD) paid for most of the $2.6 million battery installation using its reserve funds and some of its business customers invested additional money in exchange for lower demand charges.

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      Mentions: MA Walmart
    6. Missouri Utility Looks to Energy Storage to Extend Life of Substation

      Missouri Utility Looks to Energy Storage to Extend Life of Substation

      A municipal utility in Springfield, Missouri, is testing the potential of old-school lead batteries to help manage peak demand and extend the life of equipment. City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri, announced a partnership last year with a hometown battery manufacturer, NorthStar Battery, on a pilot project to integrate energy storage at a substation serving a growing area of the city.

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