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    1. 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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      Mentions: Japan DoE U.S.
    2. 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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      Mentions: CA Australia U.S.
    3. 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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      Mentions: CA France U.S.
    4. 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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    5. 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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      Mentions: U.S. Europe Argonne
    6. 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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      Mentions: U.S. Europe Denmark
    7. 21 US States Have Energy Storage Pipelines of 20MW or More

      21 US States Have Energy Storage Pipelines of 20MW or More

      According to GTM Research, 21 U.S. states now have 20 megawatts of energy storage projects proposed, in construction or deployed. In fact, 10 U.S. states have pipelines greater than 100 megawatts. The data comes from GTM Research’s new U.S. Energy Storage Data Hub, part of the company’s Energy Storage Service, launched today.

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      Mentions: CA HI U.S.
    8. 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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    9. 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
    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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
    16. 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
    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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
    22. 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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