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    1. Hurricanes Cause 'Apocalyptic' Devastation to Caribbean Power Grids

      Hurricanes Cause 'Apocalyptic' Devastation to Caribbean Power Grids

      Last Wednesday, Hurricane Maria passed over Puerto Rico, bringing 140-mile-per-hour winds, pelting rain and extreme flooding. After the storm moved on, Puerto Rico was left with "apocalyptic devastation" and absolutely no power. The island’s utility -- already bankrupt before the storm -- says it will be months before electricity is fully restored. The dire circumstances in Puerto Rico echo similar troubles now enveloping the Caribbean, where hundreds of thousands have been left with no electricity as Hurricanes Irma, Maria, and to some extent, Harvey, pummeled grids this past month, leaving entire islands without electricity. 

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    2. US Residential Grid-Tied Energy Storage Will Overtake Off-Grid Storage in 2017

      US Residential Grid-Tied Energy Storage Will Overtake Off-Grid Storage in 2017

      According to a new report from GTM Research, U.S. Residential Battery Storage Playbook 2017, this year will be the first ever in which grid-tied residential battery storage system deployments outnumber new off-grid and grid-independent systems across the United States. While data has been difficult to come by due to the nature of the deployments, off-grid and grid-independent backup storage applications have dominated the U.S. residential energy storage market to date. GTM Research estimates that in 2016, over 4,400 residential battery systems were deployed across the U.S., representing 127 megawatt-hours of storage. Of those systems, 86 percent were off-grid or grid-independent backup.

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    3. Questions Shaping the Future of Energy Storage in New York

      Questions Shaping the Future of Energy Storage in New York

      When New York kicked off its Reforming the Energy Vision process, it jumped to the front of the pack of states reinventing their electrical networks. Several years in, the multi-stakeholder process has established some market mechanisms to facilitate distributed energy. It has initiated new ways for utilities to earn profit, to get away from the overbuilt and underutilized status quo. Pilots have launched. But many questions remain unanswered. 

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    4. How Does Thermal Energy Storage Reach Scale?

      How Does Thermal Energy Storage Reach Scale?

      A vital technology for securing deep greenhouse gas reductions exists and works well, but still hasn't achieved widespread deployment. Thermal energy storage has succeeded in the field for decades. Precooling an insulated vat of liquid can chop an electricity bill and reduce peak load, as companies like Calmac and Ice Energy have shown. An experimental housing development in Canada uses underground thermal energy storage, powered by solar energy in the summer, to cover its heating needs through the frigid Alberta winters.

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    5. How Customer-Sited Energy Storage Can Reduce California's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      How Customer-Sited Energy Storage Can Reduce California's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      California will soon release an updated evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions from storage systems participating in the Self-Generation Incentive Program. Unfortunately, due to incomplete policies and methodology, the state may again reinforce the erroneous narrative that customer-sited storage drives up emissions.

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    6. A Snapshot of the US Gigawatt-Scale 'Non-Wires Alternatives' Market

      A Snapshot of the US Gigawatt-Scale 'Non-Wires Alternatives' Market

      GTM Research defines a “non-wires alternative," or NWA, as any "nontraditional measure aimed at deferring, mitigating or eliminating the need for traditional utility transmission and distribution (T&D) investments." That can include anything from getting a lot of people to turn their air conditioners down a little bit when the grid is hitting its peak demand, to combining solar PV with batteries to ease loads on specific distribution transformers -- as long as it comes with a way to monetize that value. 

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      Mentions: CA NV U.S.
    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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      Mentions: Duke Energy Arizona
    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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
    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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