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    1. 5 Key Questions on How NY REV is Evolving

      5 Key Questions on How NY REV is Evolving

      It’s been over three years since New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision effort began. Under the initiative, regulators, utilities and third-party technology companies are coming together to recalibrate and optimize New York’s electricity market with distributed energy resources. There are still a lot of unanswered questions about how the state will achieve its goals. In advance of Greentech Media’s NY REV Future 2017 conference, GTM Research analysts address some of the most pressing questions.

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    2. The Utility Love Affair With Storage Is Not Just a Fling

      The Utility Love Affair With Storage Is Not Just a Fling

      Energy storage companies have banked, either implicitly or explicitly, on a "try it, you'll like it" argument. Their approach: If only utilities would give this technology a shot, they'd see it's not very hard to deploy, and it can help in ways they haven't imagined. That approach is beginning to pay off. The clear message from last week's Energy Storage North America conference in San Diego was that a growing cadre of top-tier utilities are hooked on storage. The love-in started with Southern California Edison President Ronald Nichols,

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    3. Can We Make Nuclear Power Great Again?

      Can We Make Nuclear Power Great Again?

      That nuclear revival that many people hoped for? It’s not looking so good. The latest blow came last week, when two South Carolina utilities backed away from a half-completed nuclear project in the state, after already having spent $9 billion. Nuclear is struggling, particularly in the U.S. In this episode, we'll talk with Jessica Lovering, the director of energy at the Breakthrough Institute, about how to rethink nuclear. What can we learn from other industries in order to foster innovation, support advanced nuclear technologies, and push the industry to evolve faster?

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    4. Mexico's Nascent Energy Storage Market Is 'Very Open for Business'

      Mexico's Nascent Energy Storage Market Is 'Very Open for Business'

      Mexico doesn’t have any grid storage, but that won’t be the case for long. A delegation from the nation’s energy leadership journeyed to San Diego this week for the Energy Storage North America conference to deliver a message. After decades with a state-owned monopoly utility, Mexico deregulated its electrical grid with a 2013 law. The result is a greatly expanded opportunity for competitive investment in the Mexican electricity system. So far, that has unfolded on the generation side, but the laws opened the way for storage as well. Moreover, the Ministry of Energy has endorsed energy storage as a pillar of its transition to cleaner energy.

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    5. APS Buys Energy Storage From AES For Less Than Half the Cost of a Transmission Upgrade

      APS Buys Energy Storage From AES For Less Than Half the Cost of a Transmission Upgrade

      Utility Arizona Public Service has contracted for a new grid-scale battery -- not to demonstrate the technology, but because it’s a lot cheaper than the conventional alternative. The company will purchase two 1-megawatt/4-megawatt-hour storage systems from AES for the small town of Punkin Center. This 600-person hamlet, 90 miles northeast of downtown Phoenix (and known for a bar with a prominent jack-o'-lantern sign) is bumping up against the limits of its distribution grid.

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    6. Why Toyota's Next Move Is Solid-State Batteries

      Why Toyota's Next Move Is Solid-State Batteries

      Toyota plans to commercialize solid-state electric vehicle batteries by the early 2020s, Reuters confirmed this week. If the Japanese automaker can pull that off, it could leap ahead of the competition in terms of energy density, range and safety. Toyota popularized the turn away from internal-combustion engines with its Prius hybrid, but its clean transport innovation has slowed in recent years. The company maintained focus on hybrids and hydrogen fuel-cell cars, which other EV makers tend to dismiss as dead ends.

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    7. New York Grapples With the Best Way to Promote Storage: Mandates or Market Reforms?

      New York Grapples With the Best Way to Promote Storage: Mandates or Market Reforms?

      New York State is in the midst of a philosophical debate over how best to promote storage. The state's efforts to reform the electricity market have focused heavily on renewables, and the storage industry has been waiting for a big development of its own. The legislature took matters into its own hands last month and passed a bill requiring the Public Service Commission to pick a storage target by 2018 that utilities need to fulfill by 2030. The Senate and the Assembly each approved their measures unanimously.

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    8. Can a Flow Battery Steal the Throne From TEP's 4.5-Cent Solar-Plus-Storage PPA?

      Can a Flow Battery Steal the Throne From TEP's 4.5-Cent Solar-Plus-Storage PPA?

      Signing the cheapest PPA is like conquering the Iron Throne: Before you even have time to enjoy the accomplishment, someone's on their way to take it from you. In May, NextEra Energy Resources secured a 4.5-cent per kilowatt-hour solar-plus-storage PPA with Tucson Electric Power. That's low for just solar, but the 100 megawatts of generation will come backed by 30 megawatts of 4-hour-duration energy storage. The system is set to run by the end of 2019.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. Arizona
    9. Sunrun's Evolution From Home Solar Installer to Comprehensive Energy Solution Provider

      Sunrun's Evolution From Home Solar Installer to Comprehensive Energy Solution Provider

      A decade may not seem like a remarkably long time to have been in business, but it certainly is in the world of rooftop solar. In an industry known for its ups and downs, residential solar installer Sunrun hit the commendable milestone last week of 10 years in operation. Executive Chairman and co-founder Ed Fenster and CEO and co-founder Lynn Jurich launched Sunrun in 2007 from an attic in San Francisco and signed the company’s first customers from a booth at a county fair. Since then, Sunrun says it has built more than $2.5 billion in solar systems, saved customers more than $150 million on their energy bills and generated more than 2.4 billion kilowatt-hours of clean energy.

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    10. Sonnen Signs a Deal to Put Storage in New Arizona Housing Developments

      Sonnen Signs a Deal to Put Storage in New Arizona Housing Developments

      Sonnen has signed a contract with an Arizona homebuilder to install its energy storage systems along with rooftop solar on each residence in forthcoming developments. This has long been a goal for the company, which aims to create a community of homeowners who produce and exchange clean energy, while performing distributed grid services. The sonnenCommunity in Germany has grown to 8,000 members and functions like its own utility. That robust vision would be hard to implement in the U.S., given the regulatory structures in place here.

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    11. California Assembly Yanks Major Storage Bill, Pushing It to 2018

      California Assembly Yanks Major Storage Bill, Pushing It to 2018

      A long-term energy storage rebate that cleared the California Senate came to a sudden halt in the Assembly this week. SB 700 would create a 10-year rebate program that steps down in phases as storage penetration increases, modeled after the successful California Solar Initiative. It was slated for a hearing Wednesday in the Assembly's Utilities and Energy Committee, but the committee chair took it off the agenda despite objections from the bill's author. The bill is still alive, but it can't be passed until the legislative session next year due to Assembly rules.

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    12. Project Financing Grows for Commercial Energy Storage, Lags for Residential

      Project Financing Grows for Commercial Energy Storage, Lags for Residential

      The energy storage industry needs better financing to break out of its early stages. So far, commercial project financing is becoming more widely available, but residential financing has barely gotten started. The high upfront cost of storage makes it hard for behind-the-meter customers to purchase out of pocket, and they can't call on the kind of capital available to utilities or large power producers. For financiers, meanwhile, energy storage poses several risks: It's a relatively new technology with emerging business models and revenue streams, both of which are subject to the influence of shifting tariff structures.

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    13. Hawaiian Electric Seeks Approval for Leaner, Meaner $205M Grid Modernization Plan

      Hawaiian Electric Seeks Approval for Leaner, Meaner $205M Grid Modernization Plan

      Hawaiian Electric arguably faces the toughest renewable and distributed energy integration challenge of any utility in the country. But that doesn’t mean state regulators are giving the company a blank check to charge its customers for managing the technology shift -- or allowing the utility to leave customers out of its green energy transition. 

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    14. Energy Storage Association Brings On New Leadership

      Energy Storage Association Brings On New Leadership

      The energy storage industry group has beefed up its leadership team as it prepares for a rapid scale-up of the companies it represents. The Energy Storage Association hired Kelly Speakes-Backman as its first CEO, starting July 1. Executive Director Matt Roberts is moving to a new role as vice president for external affairs, where he will focus on messaging and strategic planning. Nitzan Goldberger also joined the leadership team as state policy director, coming from the policy shop at Borrego Solar. 

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    15. Austin Energy Seeks to Boost Value With a United Fleet of Solar and Storage

      Austin Energy Seeks to Boost Value With a United Fleet of Solar and Storage

      The municipal utility in Austin, Texas is trying to figure out how much money can be saved when solar and storage talk to each other. Austin Energy will install its first large-scale batteries this year to join a growing fleet of solar generation, both central and distributed. With funding from the Department of Energy, the utility is syncing up the efforts around an integrated control system, to quantify the value added by coordinating the dispersed assets.

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    16. 100% Renewables Plan Has 'Significant Shortcomings,' Say Climate and Energy Experts

      100% Renewables Plan Has 'Significant Shortcomings,' Say Climate and Energy Experts

      It's a common claim from advocates: We know we can create a 100 percent renewable grid, because Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson said we can. Jacobson's peer-reviewed studies assert that it is possible to convert all energy use in the U.S. to wind, water and solar -- while maintaining grid reliability, saving money and creating jobs.

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    17. Canada's Biggest Energy Storage Project Will Be Online in a Few Months

      Canada's Biggest Energy Storage Project Will Be Online in a Few Months

      The rapidly growing U.S. energy storage industry deployed 71 megawatts and 234 megawatt-hours of capacity in the first quarter of 2017. Now, Canada is showing signs of life with a 12.8 megawatt/52.8-megawatt-hour energy storage project to be built and installed by Powin Energy. It will be the largest energy storage project in Canada when operational.

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    18. Today's Top Solar Developers Have Become Storage Developers Too

      Today's Top Solar Developers Have Become Storage Developers Too

      The solar industry is no longer just talking about pairing energy storage with solar generation. An increasing number of solar-plus-storage projects have been cropping up around the country, as lithium-ion prices drop lower and customers get more comfortable with storage technology. The AES plant in Kauai set a record low price in January, only to be beaten by Tucson Electric Power's sub-4.5 cents per kilowatt-hour PPA announced in May -- proving this technology isn't just for islands and remote microgrids any more.

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    19. Utility-Scale Energy Storage Surges in Q1, While Behind-the-Meter Falters

      Utility-Scale Energy Storage Surges in Q1, While Behind-the-Meter Falters

      The U.S. energy storage industry just had a very good start to the year. With 234 megawatt-hours of capacity deployed in the first quarter of 2017, installations grew 945 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016. Growth in the utility-scale energy storage sector was more astonishing -- 5,040 percent. Still, there were only 4.3 megawatt-hours deployed in Q1 2016. But the statistic is impressive.

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    20. Nevada Just Became the Most Exciting State for Energy Storage Policy

      Nevada Just Became the Most Exciting State for Energy Storage Policy

      Nevada jumped to the vanguard of energy storage policy after passing a revision to its state renewable energy targets. In the past week, state legislators deputized the Public Utilities Commission to investigate whether it is in the public interest to require an energy storage procurement by utilities. The PUC has until October 1, 2018 to make that decision, based on a wide variety of criteria. That makes it the fourth state to set in motion a storage target, a policy that contributed significantly to the growth of the technology in California.

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    21. Bankrupt Aquion's Salt Water Battery Assets Sold to Austria's BlueSky Energy

      Bankrupt Aquion's Salt Water Battery Assets Sold to Austria's BlueSky Energy

      A bid from Austria's BlueSky Energy for Aquion's assets was accepted by Aquion's U.S. owners. The CEO of BlueSky, Helmut Mayer, notes that the firm has been working with Aquion's batteries "for years" and sees "a future market for electricity storage in salt water technology." The CEO noted the environmental friendliness and low maintenance requirements of the battery. Mayer claimed the battery was suited for "homes and small- and medium-sized companies."

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    22. Arizona Public Service Is Back on the Grid-Scale Battery Scene

      Arizona Public Service Is Back on the Grid-Scale Battery Scene

      With two grid-scale batteries newly in place, Arizona Public Service is learning the elements of energy storage operation that you can't read in a book. The utility is using the pair of 2-megawatt/2-megawatt-hour lithium-ion battery systems from AES to test how the technology performs in the desert climate of the greater Phoenix area, where summer temperatures routinely crest 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

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    23. Imagining the Future of Residential Solar (and Storage) With Sunrun CEO Lynn Jurich

      Imagining the Future of Residential Solar (and Storage) With Sunrun CEO Lynn Jurich

      Sunrun is now the largest standalone solar company in the U.S. And as a public company, it faces increased scrutiny of its solar services model from investors who are skeptical about residential solar conditions. On stage at the Solar Summit, we talked about some of the immediate challenges -- investor sentiment, customer acquisition costs, and streamlining installations -- that Sunrun is grappling with. (Squared subscribers can watch every single session.)

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