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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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      Mentions: U.S. Germany Austria
    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. Q&A: The State of Clean Energy With David Hochschild of the California Energy Commission

      Q&A: The State of Clean Energy With David Hochschild of the California Energy Commission

      David Hochschild knows a thing or two about renewable energy. Hochschild currently serves on the California Energy Commission (CEC), the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency. Prior to being appointed to the commission, Hochschild served as a special assistant to San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown in 2001, where he launched a citywide $100 million initiative to put solar panels on public buildings.

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    11. Empower Reveals a ‘Unified Platform’ for Home Solar-Plus-Storage Systems

      Empower Reveals a ‘Unified Platform’ for Home Solar-Plus-Storage Systems

      Power electronics maker Empower Micro Systems is aiming to make home solar-plus-storage simpler by cutting the amount of equipment that people need to install. Its new Genesys 8K modular smart home energy platform is made up of just two components instead of a minimum of eight offered by competitors. “Where we’re really focusing is to have a unified platform, from a power electronics point of view, that can be applied to residential solar as well as having a modular and scalable system for energy storage,” said Mika Nuotio, Empower’s CEO. 

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      Mentions: U.S. Germany PowerHub
    12. Trump’s 2018 Budget: What’s on the Chopping Block for Clean Energy

      Trump’s 2018 Budget: What’s on the Chopping Block for Clean Energy

      The Trump administration presented a $4.1 trillion budget for fiscal year 2018 today, which includes $3.6 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years in an attempt to balance the budget by 2027. In addition to deep cuts for health care, student loans and food stamps, the White House has proposed to slash budgets for climate and clean energy programs -- despite the bipartisan support many of these initiatives enjoy.

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    13. Lyndon Rive Is Leaving Tesla to Focus on a New Startup: ‘I Am an Entrepreneur at Heart’

      Lyndon Rive Is Leaving Tesla to Focus on a New Startup: ‘I Am an Entrepreneur at Heart’

      Lyndon Rive, the co-founder and former CEO of SolarCity, did not attend last week's call with reporters when Tesla unveiled new details about the Solar Roof. It was a sign of a coming change. Today, Rive announced that he will be leaving Tesla to focus on building a new company. "I am an entrepreneur at heart; starting and growing companies is what I do best. I want to pursue a new venture, but I didn't want to do that until the time was right.

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    14. Is the Battery Rush Distracting Us From Better Energy Storage Options for the Grid?

      Is the Battery Rush Distracting Us From Better Energy Storage Options for the Grid?

      Batteries are helping the grid everywhere from Aliso Canyon to South Australia. But some are concerned that battery-based storage might not be the universal panacea that evangelists believe. Launching the Tesla Powerwall in 2015, for example, Elon Musk claimed: “The size of the batteries needed to transition all of the United States to being solar with batteries…is a very tiny amount.”

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    15. SolarEdge and Enphase: A Tale of Two Solar Panel Electronics Companies

      SolarEdge and Enphase: A Tale of Two Solar Panel Electronics Companies

      Solar module-level electronics rivals SolarEdge and Enphase reported their respective first-quarter earnings on Tuesday, allowing for a side-by-side comparison of their financial results. Both of these firms were founded in roughly the same era and both tenaciously pioneered their respective module-level solutions. Both venture funded firms grew spectacularly and managed to reach the promised land of an initial public offering. 

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    16. Mary Powell Is Not Your Typical Utility Executive

      Mary Powell Is Not Your Typical Utility Executive

      Mary Powell has a simple mantra: "Culture eats strategy." Since taking over as CEO of Green Mountain Power, she's implemented a startup culture that represents a dramatic departure from a traditional utility model -- obsessing over the customer, mixing employees in order to uncover new ideas, testing out new products and reimagining the power delivery business model itself. 

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    17. Pathways to Terawatts of Solar Power and Gigawatt-Hours of Energy Storage | Greentech Media

      Pathways to Terawatts of Solar Power and Gigawatt-Hours of Energy Storage | Greentech Media

      The annual potential of solar energy far exceeds the world's per-year energy consumption, but the goal of using the sun to provide a significant fraction of global electricity demand is far from being realized. Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and their counterparts from similar institutes in Japan and Germany, along with researchers at universities and industry, assessed the recent trajectory of photovoltaics and outlined a potential worldwide pathway to produce a significant portion of the world's electricity from solar power in the new Science paper, "Terawatt-Scale Photovoltaics: Trajectories and Challenges.

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    18. Inside GE and SoCal Edison's First-of-a-Kind Hybrid Peaker Plant With Batteries and Gas Turbines

      Inside GE and SoCal Edison's First-of-a-Kind Hybrid Peaker Plant With Batteries and Gas Turbines

      Southern California Edison and General Electric have taken a grid edge concept -- integrating natural gas-fired turbines and batteries -- and turned it into two working models. Last month, SCE started operations at the second of two of its new hybrid electric gas turbine (EGT) units -- GE’s term for its combination of turbines, batteries and power controls installed at the two sites. Each peaker plant is in the 50-megawatt range, and is outfitted with a set of batteries capable of providing 10 megawatts and 4 megawatt-hours of power. 

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    19. Wal-Mart, Advanced Microgrid Solutions to Turn Big-Box Stores Into Hybrid Electric Buildings

      Wal-Mart, Advanced Microgrid Solutions to Turn Big-Box Stores Into Hybrid Electric Buildings

      Advanced Microgrid Solutions has landed the world's largest retailer as a partner: Wal-Mart. On Tuesday, the San Francisco-based startup announced it is working with the retail giant to install behind-the-meter batteries at stores to balance on-site energy and provide megawatts of flexibility to utilities, starting with 40 megawatt-hours of projects at 27 Southern California locations. 

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    20. Australian Electric Grid Operator Predicts Half Its Customers Will Have Home Battery Storage by 2035

      Australian Electric Grid Operator Predicts Half Its Customers Will Have Home Battery Storage by 2035

      The boss of Australia’s fifth-largest electricity distributor has hinted that residential solar-plus-storage could help prevent blackouts like the one that rocked South Australia last September. SA Power Networks CEO Rob Stobbe predicted that 50 percent of his company’s customers would have home battery storage by 2035, and 30 percent would have electric vehicles.

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    21. European Utilities Say They'll Stop Building Coal Plants After 2020

      European Utilities Say They'll Stop Building Coal Plants After 2020

      In a historic pledge, the European Union's electric utilities announced on Wednesday they will no longer build coal-fired plants after 2020, citing the need for action on climate change to guarantee "sustainability of the global economy."  The announcement came at an annual meeting of Eurelectric, the association representing 3,500 utilities across the EU. National energy companies in 26 out of 28 EU countries have joined the initiative, except for utilities in Poland and Greece.

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    22. Engie’s Acquisition of EV-Box Adds to Its Growing Ecosystem of Distributed Energy Offerings

      Engie’s Acquisition of EV-Box Adds to Its Growing Ecosystem of Distributed Energy Offerings

      EV charging-station developer EV-Box is looking to expand its global footprint after being bought by international energy company Engie. EV-Box, native to the Netherlands, already provides 26 countries and 980 cities with more than 48,000 charging stations. EV-Box’s CEO Kristof Vereenooghe told GTM that his company would become a global player in the charger market with Engie's help. "In the next 10 to 20 years, as costs come down, performance improves and vehicle choice widens, e-mobility will inevitably become one of the fastest-growing industries worldwide,” he said. “But electric vehicles are only one part of a bigger ecosystem characterized by Engie -- a decentralized, decarbonized and digital energy space.” 

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