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    1. This Week in Batteries: Sifting Through Two Big Bankruptcies

      This Week in Batteries: Sifting Through Two Big Bankruptcies

      The past week was a tough one for cleantech. We had a double feature of bankruptcies -- saltwater battery maker Aquion and top-five residential solar installer Sungevity. With so much destruction around us, it needs to be said: This doesn’t mean the whole sector is doomed. It does, however, bring into focus the fact that it's still a tough market and there isn’t a lot of room for error.

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    2. Sunverge Tests New Software Control Platform on ‘World’s Largest’ Virtual Power Plant

      Sunverge Tests New Software Control Platform on ‘World’s Largest’ Virtual Power Plant

      Sunverge Tests New Software Control Platform on ‘World’s Largest’ Virtual Power Plant The California startup wants to connect and manage batteries and inverters beyond its own. 0 Australian utility AGL Energy held a press event last week to publicize what the company claims will soon become the largest behind-the-meter battery installation in the world.

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      Mentions: CA Australia China
    3. The Next Big Battery Advances to Watch From Argonne National Lab

      The Next Big Battery Advances to Watch From Argonne National Lab

      Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory helped kick off the modern energy storage race with their diligent experimentation on lithium-ion batteries. Their patents have ended up in the technology that powers the Chevy Volt and contributed to stationary storage for buildings and the grid. Today's batteries, though, have not reached their full potential for power density, duration or cycle life.

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      Mentions: CA DoE HI
    4. In Shift to Longer-Duration Applications, US Energy Storage Installations Grow 100% in 2016

      In Shift to Longer-Duration Applications, US Energy Storage Installations Grow 100% in 2016

      Led by a record-breaking fourth quarter, energy storage deployments in the United States totaled 336 megawatt-hours in 2016, doubling the megawatt-hours deployed in 2015. According to GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association’s (ESA) U.S Energy Storage Monitor 2016 Year in Review report, 213 megawatt-hours came online in the fourth quarter of the year, more than the sum of the previous 12 quarters combined.

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      Mentions: CA HI U.S.
    5. Where Does Energy Storage Fit in the Long Tail of Solar Installers?

      Where Does Energy Storage Fit in the Long Tail of Solar Installers?

      The residential solar industry is going through a pair of simultaneous changes that could alter the industry as we know it over the next decade. Over the past 18 months, it's become clear that the long tail of solar installers is taking the industry back from a small number of large installers, driven by the shift from lease/PPA financing to cash and loan sales that are more equitable to small companies. And with national installers paring back on sales and marketing efforts, it's hard to see them regaining share in the near future.

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      Mentions: CA HI U.S.
    6. Sonnen Expands US Presence With Battery Manufacturing Hub in Atlanta

      Sonnen Expands US Presence With Battery Manufacturing Hub in Atlanta

      The German home battery startup Sonnen is expanding its U.S. footprint with a significant investment in a new North American Innovation Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Sonnen announced today that the InnovationHub will bring all of the company’s U.S. product development and manufacturing capabilities under one roof, allowing for new product innovation and the ability to rapidly scale up production capacity.

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      Mentions: CA NV HI
    7. Who Is Narada Power? Under-the-Radar Chinese Storage Company Sets Sights on Global Expansion

      Who Is Narada Power? Under-the-Radar Chinese Storage Company Sets Sights on Global Expansion

      Zhejiang Narada Power Source Co., an under-the-radar Chinese energy storage giant, is gearing up for international expansion after emerging from the shadows last month. The January announcement of China’s first commercial energy storage project -- a 1.5-megawatt, 12-megawatt-hour battery project for GCL Silicon, a solar-cell polysilicon maker -- was the first time many international observers had heard of Narada. Despite being relatively unknown outside China, Hangzhou-based Narada claims to have almost 306 megawatt-hours of storage deployed worldwide and 800 megawatt-hours in its contract pipeline.

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      Mentions: China CO
    8. Wholesale Market Changes Will Reflect the ‘Unique Abilities’ of Energy Storage, Says FERC’s LaFleur

      Wholesale Market Changes Will Reflect the ‘Unique Abilities’ of Energy Storage, Says FERC’s LaFleur

      In recent months, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has taken several steps toward fully incorporating energy storage in U.S. wholesale energy markets -- which, if successful, could be a major boon for the energy storage industry. These actions reflect the fact there’s an exponential amount of energy storage slated to come online, and its “unique abilities to help in different ways,” said Acting FERC Chairman Cheryl LaFleur, speaking this week at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ winter meeting.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. FERC
    9. Morgan Stanley: Storage in the Utility Sector 'Will Grow More Than the Market Anticipates'

      Morgan Stanley: Storage in the Utility Sector 'Will Grow More Than the Market Anticipates'

      Wall Street analysts are once again cautioning the market not to underestimate distributed energy technologies. Over the years, Goldman Sachs, UBS and Morgan Stanley have all warned investors about the disruptive potential of wind, solar, batteries and electric vehicles on energy markets. This week, Morgan Stanley says the growth of battery storage is "underappreciated" by many in the electricity business.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. MI
    10. Springtime May Be Coming Early for Britain’s Energy Storage Market

      Springtime May Be Coming Early for Britain’s Energy Storage Market

      Last fall, the U.K. government reached out to players across the electricity industry for suggestions on how to reform the grid. Now industry observers are expecting the country's energy storage market to take a major leap forward if legislation is enacted this spring. The U.K. is set to become “the world’s best market for scaling up storage,” said Simon Daniel, CEO of energy storage developer Moixa.

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    11. Stem Pilot Marks a Step Forward for Commercial Energy Storage in Hawaii

      Stem Pilot Marks a Step Forward for Commercial Energy Storage in Hawaii

      If only I were a battery, I could be hanging out in Hawaii right now. The islands have seen a fair number of batteries deployed in recent years, to help solar households self-consume and to smooth large amounts of solar generation on the grid. What they haven't seen is a thriving commercial storage market like the one California has seen emerge. That hasn't changed yet, but Californian commercial storage specialist Stem has deployed a pilot network of 29 business-sited battery systems to show how this model might work with Hawaiian utilities.

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    12. Now Pairing With Energy Storage: Smart Thermostats

      Now Pairing With Energy Storage: Smart Thermostats

      Zen Ecosystems is leveraging its smart thermostat to extend the range of residential batteries for home energy savings. The nearly four-year-old company sells its signature thermostat individually for homes, as well as in enterprise-wide commercial packages. It saves money by shifting a building's heating and cooling load to optimize for time-based electricity tariffs or demand response events.

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    13. Tesla, Greensmith, AES Deploy Aliso Canyon Battery Storage in Record Time

      Tesla, Greensmith, AES Deploy Aliso Canyon Battery Storage in Record Time

      When the Aliso Canyon natural-gas storage field experienced a catastrophic leak in October 2015, it created severe constraints on the electric grid that threatened to cause power outages across Southern California. In January 2016, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency. In May, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) expedited the approval of around 100 megawatts of energy storage in Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric territories, in response to the Aliso Canyon blowout.

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    14. Germany's Banner Year for Big Batteries

      Germany's Banner Year for Big Batteries

      Germany leads Europe -- and much of the world -- when it comes to battery storage. Domestic storage-plus-solar continues to boom, thanks in part to incentives from KfW, the state-owned bank. And according to a recent study, there’s about to be a surge in larger, grid-scale batteries this year. In fact, the Team Consult study claims that there will be a threefold increase, from around 60 megawatts last year to 200 megawatts in 2017.

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      Mentions: Europe Germany
    15. Massachusetts Decided to Set an Energy Storage Target. What Should It Be?

      Massachusetts Decided to Set an Energy Storage Target. What Should It Be?

      The Bay State could soon follow the Bay Area as a leading battery boomtown. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) decided, at the close of 2016, that it would set an energy storage target. Now it has six months to figure out what that number should be and how to implement it, following the timeline set by legislation last summer. Once complete, this will be only the third state-level target after California and Oregon.

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    16. First Solar Proves That PV Plants Can Rival Frequency Response Services From Natural Gas Peakers

      First Solar Proves That PV Plants Can Rival Frequency Response Services From Natural Gas Peakers

      Last summer, First Solar and California grid operator CAISO ran a set of tests to show that utility-scale solar PV, instead of being a disruptive influence on the power grid, could actually help stabilize it. Over a series of days in August, First Solar slightly curtailed power output at a 300-megawatt solar farm in California, enabled its array of inverters, and plugged into CAISO’s system. It then orchestrated the plant’s output to follow CAISO’s automatic generation control (AGC) signals, respond to its frequency regulation commands, and use inverters for voltage regulation, power factor regulation and reactive power control.

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      Mentions: CA DoE HI
    17. UK Capacity Auction Heralds a Big Opportunity for Storage

      UK Capacity Auction Heralds a Big Opportunity for Storage

      Energy Storage UK Capacity Auction Heralds a Big Opportunity for Storage Battery storage is part of Britain’s capacity market—and it could soon see its share grow. by Jason Deign December 27, 2016 Battery storage is part of Britain’s capacity market—and it could soon see its share grow. by Jason Deign 0 Battery storage, which claimed a sizable portion of the U.K. electricity capacity market this December, could be in for another serving soon.

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    18. Building a Better Behind-the-Meter Battery Business

      Building a Better Behind-the-Meter Battery Business

      Behind-the-meter batteries are going to become a much larger part of the energy storage landscape over the next five years -- and that means that this infant industry will be doing a lot of growing up in that time. So says GTM Research’s latest report, The Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage Landscape 2016-2021, which lays out the factors that will contribute to a gigawatt-scale market for batteries in buildings by decade's end. This growth will bring opportunity for companies in the field, ranging from startups to industrial giants, all serving different portions of the behind-the-meter value chain.

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      Mentions: U.S. Schneider ABB
    19. Lessons From 40 Years of Electricity Market Transformation: Storage Is Coming Faster Than You Think

      Lessons From 40 Years of Electricity Market Transformation: Storage Is Coming Faster Than You Think

      What do Gerald Ford, a fossil fuel plant on the Houston Ship Channel, the second largest utility in Vermont, and the California legislature have in common? They each ushered in a major, national market transformation in the U.S. power sector a decade apart over the last 40 years. And 2016, right on schedule, that once-per-decade cycle repeated. This year, it was batteries that made a transformative advance into both the competitive and vertically integrated power markets.

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    20. Ambri Returns to The Energy Storage Hunt With Liquid Metal Battery Redesign

      Ambri Returns to The Energy Storage Hunt With Liquid Metal Battery Redesign

      Ambri, with its liquid metal battery technology, has returned to the energy storage race after "a pause" in which it redesigned its high-temperature seals and worked on other facets of its storage system. Getting an entirely new and novel battery chemistry to commercial scale is Sisyphean work. About a year ago, the firm had to lay off approximately 25 percent of its staff because the startup had "not made the technology progress [it] had anticipated." The CEO said at the time, "Bringing new scientific discoveries in the physical sciences to commercial success is hard; the process is not entirely knowable or amenable to predictable timelines." The firm had been working on prototype storage systems with project partners such as Hawaiian Electric and Con Edison.

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      Mentions: France MIT Stanford
    21. This Upgrade to Renewable Portfolio Standards Could Make Them a Lot More Effective at Grid Balancing

      This Upgrade to Renewable Portfolio Standards Could Make Them a Lot More Effective at Grid Balancing

      The consumer advocate in Arizona just proposed an overhaul of one of the most successful policies driving renewable energy adoption on the grid. Twenty-nine states accounting for 55 percent of U.S. electric sales have adopted renewable portfolio standards, which force utilities to meet a certain percentage of their annual electrical production from renewable sources. That’s been great for spurring the growth of clean energy -- approximately 60 percent of the increase in renewable generation since 2000 is associated with these measures. 

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