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    1. Global Energy Storage to Hit 158 Gigawatt-Hours by 2024, Led by US and China

      Global Energy Storage to Hit 158 Gigawatt-Hours by 2024, Led by US and China

      For the energy storage industry, the past five years have been something of a stage rehearsal for a market explosion to come, led by the U.S. and China, but expanding to cover markets across the globe. That’s the picture painted by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewable’s latest report, which projects that energy storage deployments will grow thirteenfold over the next six years, from a 12 gigawatt-hour market in 2018 to a 158 gigawatt-hour market in 2024. That equates to $71 billion in investment into storage systems excluding pumped hydro, with $14 billion of that coming in 2024 alone.

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      Mentions: U.S. China UK
    2. Con Ed’s New Commercial Storage Demo Puts the Utility in the Driver’s Seat

      Con Ed’s New Commercial Storage Demo Puts the Utility in the Driver’s Seat

      New York utility Con Edison is testing a commercial business model where it calls the shots and the customer simply hosts the battery. This model simplifies the commercial energy storage sales process by pitching a lease for space in areas where the utility needs help, rather than the typical bill management use case, where batteries lower the power bill by predicting and neutralizing a customer's demand spikes.

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      Mentions: New York Con Edison
    3. SUSI Partners Buys 50% Stake in AMS Commercial Battery Fleet

      SUSI Partners Buys 50% Stake in AMS Commercial Battery Fleet

      Swiss fund manager SUSI Partners acquired a 50 percent stake in AMS’ Southern California portfolio of distributed battery storage systems. The package includes more than 90 lithium-ion systems adding up to storage capacity of 63 megawatts and 340 megawatt-hours. AMS will continue to operate the assets. AMS secured contracts with utility Southern California Edison back in 2014 to install batteries at commercial and industrial sites to lower both customer bills and grid demand in constrained areas. As of mid-March, AMS had brought online 27 megawatts and 142 megawatt-hours of energy storage capacity at 40 sites within SCE territory.

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    4. Engie Backs Tiko for Distributed Virtual Power Plants

      Engie Backs Tiko for Distributed Virtual Power Plants

      Engie has taken a majority stake in Tiko, a Swiss startup with technology that’s aggregating household and business loads into some of Europe’s biggest virtual power plants. Tiko, a 2012 joint venture of Swisscom and Repower, has grown from piloting its technology in Swiss homes to enabling a fleet of residential, commercial and industrial assets adding up to more than 100 megawatts of load across Switzerland, Germany, France and Austria. But while it directly operates its original 6,500-home, 40-megawatt project in Switzerland as Swisscom Energy Solutions, it’s also white-labeling its technology to match real-time distributed energy resource controls to real-time grid commands

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    5. Advanced Microgrid Solutions Breaks 2 Gigawatt-Hours in Grid Services

      Advanced Microgrid Solutions Breaks 2 Gigawatt-Hours in Grid Services

      The competition for the title of "world’s largest virtual power plant" has largely been focused on residential solar-battery systems, like those being deployed by contenders like Australia’s AGL or Vermont’s Green Mountain Power. But according to AMS, formerly known as Advanced Microgrid Solutions, the world’s biggest VPP is already up and running in the form of the 27-megawatt, 142-megawatt-hour fleet of batteries it’s managing today at commercial and industrial sites across the territory of utility Southern California Edison. On Tuesday, the San Francisco-based startup announced that its systems delivered more than 2 gigawatt-hours of grid services over their first year of operations.

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    6. Germany Looks to Put Thermal Storage Into Coal Plants

      Germany Looks to Put Thermal Storage Into Coal Plants

      The German Aerospace Center is investigating whether Germany’s coal plants could be reused as energy storage assets. The research body, which has a track record in concentrated solar power development, is planning a pilot that will involve ripping out the boiler from an old coal plant and replacing it with a molten salt thermal storage tank that will be heated using excess renewable energy. If the concept works, then advocates say it could help safeguard coal generation jobs while giving Germany tens of gigawatts of storage capacity for renewable energy load-shifting on the German grid.

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      Mentions: Germany Spain
    7. Maryland's Pioneering Energy Storage Income Tax Credit Turns 2

      Maryland's Pioneering Energy Storage Income Tax Credit Turns 2

      In 2017, Maryland became the first state to pass legislation establishing an income tax credit for energy storage systems. Last month, the Maryland Energy Administration announced it was accepting applications for the state’s energy storage income tax credit for the 2019 tax year. The deadline for residential and commercial customers to submit applications is January 15, 2020. This year, up to $750,000 is available ($300,000 for residential customers, $450,000 for commercial customers) on a first-come, first-served basis. Tax credits are capped at 30 percent of the total installed system cost, or up to $5,000 for residential systems and up to $75,000 for commercial systems. Maryland’s energy storage income tax credit is funded at $750,000 annually through the 2022 tax year.

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    8. Zola Electric Unveils a New 'Smart' Storage System to Displace Diesel and Eliminate Outages

      Zola Electric Unveils a New 'Smart' Storage System to Displace Diesel and Eliminate Outages

      Achieving universal energy access is about much more than bringing light to far-flung communities. It involves delivering power around the clock to homes and businesses in areas with weak grid connections, as well as off-grid communities where energy infrastructure is nonexistent. Zola is on a mission to “democratize renewable energy globally” with a product that combines solar technology with energy storage to serve as a modular alternative to diesel generators. The system is billed as the first “smart” storage product to autonomously manage multiple power sources and deliver 24/7 AC power.

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      Mentions: Nigeria
    9. Wartsila's New Battery Business Is Ready to Go Globe-Trotting

      Wartsila's New Battery Business Is Ready to Go Globe-Trotting

      Greensmith burst onto the scene as an early storage integrator, capable of making disparate technologies work well with new batteries. Months after it delivered a 20 megawatt system in four months for the Aliso Canyon gas leak response, it joined the wave of U.S. storage startups getting picked up by European energy giants in 2017. Now the startup has melded with its new patron, the Finnish engine and marine propulsion firm Wärtsilä, as the brand transforms into the Energy Storage, Solar and Integration division of Wärtsilä.

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    10. US Energy Storage Broke Records in 2018, but the Best Is Yet to Come

      US Energy Storage Broke Records in 2018, but the Best Is Yet to Come

      The U.S. energy storage industry delivered record deployments in 2018, driven by a strong fourth quarter for utility-scale projects. But the new achievement for the young industry pales compared to what’s to come: an expected doubling in 2019, followed by a tripling in 2020. Such growth will propel energy storage out of pilot-scale projects and into grid planning conversations around the country. Battery installations for 2018 totaled 311 megawatts and 777 megawatt-hours, according to the new Energy Storage Monitor released by energy research firm Wood Mackenzie, with data from Q4 and 2018 as a whole.

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      Mentions: California U.S. PJM
    11. APS Plans to Add Nearly 1GW of New Battery Storage and Solar Resources by 2025

      APS Plans to Add Nearly 1GW of New Battery Storage and Solar Resources by 2025

      The Arizona power grid has a unique set of challenges, which it turns out solar and energy storage are particularly well suited to address. Arizona Public Service, the state’s largest investor-owned utility, announced Thursday morning that it will add 850 megawatts of battery storage and at least 100 megawatts of solar generation by 2025. That amounts to nearly 1 gigawatt of new clean energy technology, to be obtained through a combination of newly completed and upcoming procurements. The plan includes outfitting existing utility-owned solar projects with 200 megawatts of batteries, deploying 500 megawatts of new battery resources, and contracting for 150 megawatts of third party-owned storage — the last of which beat out new-build natural gas peakers in an request for proposals that just concluded.

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    12. How Solar and Batteries Could Help California Manage Fire-Prevention Grid Shutdowns

      How Solar and Batteries Could Help California Manage Fire-Prevention Grid Shutdowns

      As Pacific Gas & Electric and California regulators grapple with how to manage the potential for widespread fire-prevention grid shutdowns this summer, clean energy advocates are demanding a role for solar, energy storage and microgrids as part of the solution set. But, as with so much related to the state’s de-energization plans, there’s much uncertainty over how to balance two potentially competing imperatives: the need to move quickly to mitigate potential grid emergencies this coming summer, and the need to find long-term fire mitigation methods that also match the state’s clean energy goals.

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    13. Oil Supermajor Shell Acquires Sonnen for Home Battery Expansion

      Oil Supermajor Shell Acquires Sonnen for Home Battery Expansion

      Shell will acquire German startup sonnen, staking a claim on the home energy storage market and further expanding its ever-increasing footprint in the clean energy industry. Sonnen distinguished itself in the early home-storage market, with thousands of units deployed across Germany, and a notable presence elsewhere in Europe, the U.S., and Australia. Besides storing solar power for homeowners, sonnen aggregates its installations into controllable networks of grid resources.

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      Mentions: Australia U.S. Europe
    14. A New Evaluation Paradigm for Flexible Resources

      A New Evaluation Paradigm for Flexible Resources

      Important policy guidance was issued late last year that could impact the country’s investor-owned utilities, and it largely flew under the radar. The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), the organizing and policy setting association for the country’s public utility commissions, issued a resolution document that sets the stage for what represents prudent assessment of energy storage and flexible resources. In the resolution, NARUC weighed in on the unique attributes of energy storage, stating that it represents a “fundamentally a different class of resource.” Accordingly, NARUC argued, utilities should develop “new modeling tools and new planning frameworks that allow for a more complete evaluation of flexible resources, such as energy storage."

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      Mentions: California Texas
    15. How Market Rules Are Holding Back Energy Storage

      How Market Rules Are Holding Back Energy Storage

      Energy storage is surging. The U.S. Energy Storage Monitor Q4 2018 estimates that installations totaled 338 megawatts in 2018, and will grow to 3.9 gigawatts by 2023, much of it front-of-the-meter utility-scale projects. But wholesale market rules are organized around legacy assets, restricting storage from selling all potential services, which in turn limit storage’s wholesale revenue streams. Recognizing these barriers, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued Order 841 to stimulate access to wholesale markets. At the end of 2018, FERC-regulated independent system operators responded with their implementation plans.

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      Mentions: U.S. FERC
    16. El Paso Electric Taps 100MW of Storage to Supply West Texas Summer Peaks

      El Paso Electric Taps 100MW of Storage to Supply West Texas Summer Peaks

      El Paso Electric wants to build new natural-gas generation to meet its summer peaks, but it also selected solar and, unusually for Texas, energy storage resources. The portfolio's heavy battery component breaks new ground for Texas, a massive energy market where energy storage has had an exceedingly difficult time breaking in, as previously reported by GTM. A few battery projects have moved forward as research efforts, and some have succeeded with creative business models, but never before on the scale of 100 megawatts.

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    17. AES Completes Record-Breaking Solar and Battery Plant on Kauai

      AES Completes Record-Breaking Solar and Battery Plant on Kauai

      AES Corporation launched the world’s largest battery plant paired with solar generation Tuesday, on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative is finishing up commissioning for the Lawa’i Solar and Energy Storage Project, which combines 28 megawatts of solar photovoltaic capacity with a lithium-ion battery capable of storing 100 megawatt-hours. The battery alone holds more energy than all but one other U.S. plant: the 120 megawatt-hour facility AES built in Escondido in 2017. Taken as a whole, Lawa’i’s storage capacity outranks any other operational solar-paired battery system in the world, according to Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables.

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      Mentions: Hawaii U.S. Colorado
    18. Mexico Gets Its First Grid-Scale Battery—at a Car Factory

      Mexico Gets Its First Grid-Scale Battery—at a Car Factory

      Mexico energy authorities have been developing an energy storage strategy to balance out the country’s recent surge in solar power plants. What appears to be the first and largest battery to come online, though, does something else entirely. The 12-megawatt/12-megawatt-hour device switched on in October to deliver reliability and power quality at a 130-megawatt microgrid serving an automotive factory campus in Monterrey. The device handles spinning reserve, voltage support and frequency for the fully self-contained electrical system.

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    19. Enbala to Enable World's Biggest Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Virtual Power Plant

      Enbala to Enable World's Biggest Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Virtual Power Plant

      Enbala, the Vancouver, Canada-based startup with software that runs virtual power plants across North America, has landed a contract to manage the world’s biggest aggregation of household solar and behind-the-meter batteries with Australian utility AGL. On Monday, Enbala announced it will provide the “cloud-based control and optimization platform” for AGL’s VPP project in South Australia. In terms of its goals, it’s the world’s biggest single VPP, aimed at managing up to 5 megawatts and 12 megawatt-hours of flexibility from up to 1,000 residential behind-the-meter energy storage systems.

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      Mentions: Australia Canada
    20. 5 Predictions for the Global Energy Storage Market in 2019

      5 Predictions for the Global Energy Storage Market in 2019

      2018 has been a big, yet bumpy, year for the U.S. energy storage market. We've seen huge increases in behind-the-meter installations in homes and businesses, but also supply bottlenecks and policy uncertainties that restrained larger-scale battery installations. How are these trends likely to play out next year?

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    21. Austin Energy GM on the Utility's Innovative Storage Program: 'We've Already Learned a Lot'

      Austin Energy GM on the Utility's Innovative Storage Program: 'We've Already Learned a Lot'

      Austin Energy is looking holistically at how storage can serve customers and the grid across the city of Austin, Texas. The Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar Photovoltaics (SHINES) program is harnessing utility-scale storage, distributed storage, smart inverters and data to help the local grid integrate more solar power. How is it going since it launched earlier in the year?

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      Mentions: GM Texas
    22. European Utilities Muscle Into Energy Storage

      European Utilities Muscle Into Energy Storage

      German frequency response service revenues have dropped almost two-thirds in two years as utilities have rushed to deploy energy storage, research shows. Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables this month said prices in a June 2016 German frequency market auction cleared €23 ($26) per megawatt-hour, but were down to €8 ($9) per megawatt-hour in July 2018, a 65 percent reduction.

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    23. New York and California Lead the Charge Against Climate Rule Rollbacks

      New York and California Lead the Charge Against Climate Rule Rollbacks

      New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood is preparing for battle against the Trump administration over its attempt to dismantle the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. The Empire State, along with 26 Democratic state attorneys general, cities and counties, outlined its legal and policy rationale for opposing the Clean Power Plan replacement in public comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday — the deadline to weigh in on the Trump’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) proposal.

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      Mentions: EPA New York
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