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    1. New Mexico’s Plan to Shut Down Coal Without Leaving People Behind

      New Mexico’s Plan to Shut Down Coal Without Leaving People Behind

      Public Service Company of New Mexico, a utility owned by PNM Resources, will build 650 megawatts of solar power and 300 megawatts of battery capacity to divest its share of the San Juan coal plant in 2022. The unanimous decision last week by the Public Regulation Commission makes New Mexico a test case for how to move away from coal power without decimating the communities that supplied and operated those plants.

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    2. What Joe Biden's Clean Energy Platform Means for the Storage Industry

      What Joe Biden's Clean Energy Platform Means for the Storage Industry

      Decarbonized power by 2035 would drive growth in the storage market. But critical issues, including fair access to markets, remain unmentioned.

      “We’re pleased to see storage recognized at this level as essential infrastructure to transition to a clean electric power system,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the U.S. Energy Storage Association.

      ESA supports assistance for domestic storage manufacturing, Speakes-Backman said. But she cautioned that the form of that support matters, as recent history demonstrates.

      “We’ve seen from the Section 301 tariffs imposed with only several weeks’ notice in September 2019 that sudden, punitive rules regarding this focus can be detrimental, rather than supportive,” she said. “Growing a domestic storage supply chain will be most likely to succeed if it is pulled by market demand, which investment tax credits can drive.”

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    3. Long-Term Value of Grid Storage Is All About Capacity, Study Finds

      Long-Term Value of Grid Storage Is All About Capacity, Study Finds

      The use of storage as a transmission asset is currently being debated in venues including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said Jason Burwen, vice president for policy at the U.S. Energy Storage Association.

      “Transmission and distribution planning have generally not been conducted with a strong ethic of competition or a sense that you can provide things other than conventional wires infrastructure,” Burwen said.

      Much of the biggest battery development is happening in states where utilities are required to purchase resource adequacy. Their solicitations weigh the costs and benefits of batteries versus renewables and gas for delivering capacity at peak times, and award bankable, long-term contracts.

      “It’s important to consider that the way things are paid for matters just as much as whether they’re paid for,” Burwen said.

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    4. Say Hello to the Biggest Battery in America (for Now)

      Say Hello to the Biggest Battery in America (for Now)

      That’s where LS Power, a private equity firm that develops grid infrastructure, hooked up the new most powerful battery in the country last month. The Gateway Energy Storage Project turned on an initial tranche of 62.5 megawatts/62.5 megawatt-hours near San Diego on June 9, according to the California Independent System Operator. That beats the previous record-holder for most powerful battery in the U.S., held by LS Power’s 40-megawatt Vista project, which opened in San Diego County with little fanfare in July 2018. Another battery has more storage capacity: the 30-megawatt/120-megawatt-hour Escondido system that AES (now Fluence) supplied to utility San Diego Gas & Electric. 

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    5. 'Enormous Step' for Energy Storage as Court Upholds FERC Order 841, Opening Wholesale Markets

      'Enormous Step' for Energy Storage as Court Upholds FERC Order 841, Opening Wholesale Markets

      Federal regulators — not utilities and states — get to decide how batteries engage in transmission-scale power markets, the appeals court rules. “This is an enormous step for energy storage, with the affirmation that energy storage connected at the distribution level must have the option to access wholesale markets, allowing homes and businesses to contribute to the resiliency, efficiency, sustainability, and affordability of the grid," Kelly Speakes-Backman, chief executive of the Energy Storage Association, said in an email.

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    6. $50 Million Prime Impact Fund Launches to Invest in Early-Stage Cleantech

      $50 Million Prime Impact Fund Launches to Invest in Early-Stage Cleantech

      The fund screens startups for gigaton-level carbon-reduction potential. A new fund is channeling philanthropic dollars into early-stage clean technology investments in the hopes of catalyzing major climate-change impacts. The Prime Impact Fund closed a $50 million raise in recent weeks and has already made eight investments. The fund uses an unusual structure: It screens prospective investments for their carbon-reduction potential in order to direct investment to high-impact technology companies that might struggle to find funding through conventional means.

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    7. 90% Clean Grid by 2035 Is Not Just Feasible, But Cheaper, Study Says

      90% Clean Grid by 2035 Is Not Just Feasible, But Cheaper, Study Says

      Clean energy costs have fallen so rapidly that previously unthinkable scenarios now look like a good deal for the U.S., a new study contends. It will be feasible to power the U.S. on 90 percent clean electricity by 2035 thanks to stunning declines in the costs of renewables, a new study finds. By using updated cost figures for wind, solar and batteries, the researchers found that it will be economically feasible to power a reliable grid by 2035, while only depending on natural gas for 10 percent of annual electricity production. 

       

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    8. Solar, Wind, Storage Link Arms for "Majority Renewables" Push by 2030

      Solar, Wind, Storage Link Arms for "Majority Renewables" Push by 2030

      The U.S. solar, wind, energy storage and hydropower industries announced a new era of cooperation between their sectors, with a goal of bringing renewables to a majority of electricity generation by 2030. While the American solar and wind industries have long fought for many of the same policies on the national stage, the two markets are largely supported by different mechanisms at the federal level, and a policy victory for one industry has not always meant a victory for the other. 

      That uneven support has at times appeared to put the industries at odds with each other, but the initiative announced this week makes explicit their plans to coordinate efforts. “We have a common vision,” said ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman.

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    9. Plus Power Breaks Into Battery Big League With Grid-Tied Project for Hawaiian Electric

      Plus Power Breaks Into Battery Big League With Grid-Tied Project for Hawaiian Electric

      Earlier this month Hawaiian Electric announced a slew of solar-plus-storage projects to continue its shift to fossil-free energy. Tucked inside that announcement was a big development: a massive grid-tied battery that will take over crucial duties from the last coal plant anywhere in Hawaii. The 185-megawatt/565-megawatt-hour Kapolei Energy Storage project marks a dramatic arrival to the big leagues for developer Plus Power. Plus power, an ESA member, had previously developed a 12-megawatt battery to ensure reliability at a car factory microgrid in Mexico.

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    10. Strata Blazes Ahead With California Gas Peaker Replacement Battery, Taps Tesla - Greentech Media News

      Strata Blazes Ahead With California Gas Peaker Replacement Battery, Taps Tesla - Greentech Media News

      Another of the world’s largest battery projects is moving forward with construction in Southern California amid the coronavirus slowdown. Strata Solar will begin construction in July on its 100-megawatt/400-megawatt-hour battery plant in Ventura County, north of Los Angeles along the coast. County authorities signed off on the final approvals over Zoom, allowing the project to keep on schedule, Strata SVP of Energy Storage Joshua Rogol told Greentech Media. It should be operational by early 2021.

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    11. PacifiCorp Readies Multi-Gigawatt Solicitation for Wind, Solar-plus-Storage Projects

      PacifiCorp Readies Multi-Gigawatt Solicitation for Wind, Solar-plus-Storage Projects

      Utility group PacifiCorp is about to open a gusher of opportunity for wind, solar and energy storage developers in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions. Last year PacifiCorp finalized a landmark integrated resource plan (IRP) that for the first time envisions it relying on large amounts of wind farms and solar backed by energy storage to meet its long-range energy needs. Now the utility, part of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate, is preparing a solicitation for projects to meet that plan’s needs through 2024, taking a concrete step toward its vision.

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    12. Southern California Edison Contracts Mammoth Energy Storage Portfolio to Replace California Gas Plants

      Southern California Edison Contracts Mammoth Energy Storage Portfolio to Replace California Gas Plants

      The California utility’s 770-megawatt battery storage procurement, among the largest ever seen, faces a tough deadline in August 2021. Southern California Edison has signed seven contracts for a combined 770 megawatts of grid battery projects, one of the biggest single procurements of its kind. The utility wants to switch them on by August 2021, which would be a record-fast turnaround for projects of that magnitude.

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    13. What Would It Take for the US to Become an Energy Storage Manufacturing Powerhouse?

      What Would It Take for the US to Become an Energy Storage Manufacturing Powerhouse?

      U.S. entrepreneurs have led the world in creating new technologies for storing grid power, but they largely rely on other countries for their core ingredients. When a global supply crunch constrained those top tier suppliers, integrators turned to a growing roster of Chinese producers and found that they measured up. The Trump administration’s Department of Energy last week proposed a different vision, one in which the U.S. establishes a domestic supply chain for energy storage by 2030. It’s calling this a “Grand Challenge,” and promising millions of dollars and considerable institutional resources to achieve it.

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    14. First Large Battery in Republic of Ireland Targets Super-Fast Grid Services

      First Large Battery in Republic of Ireland Targets Super-Fast Grid Services

      The Republic of Ireland recently received its first grid-scale battery, which will help manage volatility as the island nation ramps up renewable power plants. The Fluence-supplied battery system will make money via a new product that rewards high-speed frequency response. Developer Statkraft and battery supplier Fluence announced Wednesday that the battery had been installed in County Kerry and will enter commercial operation a few weeks after commissioning. The Kilathmoy battery packs 11 megawatts/5.5 megawatt-hours and sits alongside a 23-megawatt wind farm.

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    15. Local Solar Installers Embrace Big New Opportunity: Home Battery Add-Ons

      Local Solar Installers Embrace Big New Opportunity: Home Battery Add-Ons

      From Texas to Florida, more homeowners are interested in pairing batteries with rooftop solar. Local solar installation companies have faced a number of challenges in recent years, from the decline of state net metering policies to the Trump administration's import tariffs. Now, a potentially significant opportunity is coming into focus for them: home battery systems. 2019 was a big year for both residential solar and home storage in the U.S. Power shutoffs in California and demand pull-in from the soon-to-decline federal Investment Tax Credit helped both industries log new records.

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    16. US Storage Market Rebounds as Outage-Scarred California Promises Big 2020 Growth

      US Storage Market Rebounds as Outage-Scarred California Promises Big 2020 Growth

      The U.S. energy storage market bounced back in the third quarter of 2019, both in front of and behind the meter. But the most notable events of the quarter — the massive fire-prevention power outages in California — will have much larger impacts in the year to come. Wood Mackenzie expects one in five residential solar systems installed in California next year to be paired with batteries.

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    17. Orsted Brings 460MW Solar-Plus-Storage Project to Texas Oil Country

      Orsted Brings 460MW Solar-Plus-Storage Project to Texas Oil Country

      Ørsted on Wednesday announced plans to build a 460-megawatt solar-plus-storage project in West Texas, near existing oil and gas infrastructure in the Permian Basin. The storage facility will be relatively modest in size by the standards of the latest projects, at 40 megawatts with one hour of capacity, running alongside a 420 MW AC solar array.

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    18. Will Your EV Keep the Lights On When the Grid Goes Down?

      Will Your EV Keep the Lights On When the Grid Goes Down?

      Home battery systems can help during power outages. So can the battery packs rolling around in electric vehicles. Last month’s preventative power shutoffs in California highlighted the vulnerability of the electricity grid to threats exacerbated by a changing climate. In the wake of the forced outages, much has been written about the ability of solar PV arrays working in tandem with stationary battery storage systems to keep the lights on when the grid goes down. But what about the mobile battery packs carried in the hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles now on the road in California?

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    19. Batteries vs. Blackouts: 1,100 Homes Powered Through Vermont Outage With Storage

      Batteries vs. Blackouts: 1,100 Homes Powered Through Vermont Outage With Storage

      Home batteries proved their resilience value during Vermont's Halloween blackout. A major rain and wind storm struck the state at the close of October, knocking out power to some 115,000 customers. Among those affected, 1,100 homes managed to keep the lights on thanks to pilot programs specifically designed to promote resilient backup power with energy storage. The battery backup service lasted nine hours on average, but the longest instance stretched to 82 hours.

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    20. ESS Raises $30M From SoftBank, Breakthrough Energy Ventures to Scale Iron Flow Batteries

      ESS Raises $30M From SoftBank, Breakthrough Energy Ventures to Scale Iron Flow Batteries

      Iron flow battery startup ESS raised an additional $30 million to take its technology from pilots to commercial scale. Since 2011, the company has been developing a low-cost, nonflammable long-duration storage technology to compete across domains where the dominant lithium-ion battery chemistries are weaker. The bigger potential for flow batteries is large-scale renewable energy-shifting, and that requires moving into megawatt-scale territory. This marks the second energy storage investment from Japanese investment firm SoftBank. It made its first foray into the sector this summer with a splashy $110 million investment in the block-stacking gravity storage startup Energy Vault. 

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    21. Balance-of-System Costs Falling for Non-Residential Storage

      Balance-of-System Costs Falling for Non-Residential Storage

      Since 2014, non-residential storage system prices have declined by more than 15 percent in the U.S. Commercial and industrial customers with predictable, peaky loads are increasingly turning to storage to help manage demand charges. Grid services are also expected to provide a key value stream by the early 2020s. Over the next five years, system costs will decline further, with all-in costs falling by more than 27 percent by 2024, according to a new Wood Mackenzie report that looks at the pricing landscape for the U.S. non-residential storage segment.

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    22. CalCom Energy’s $100M Fund Targets Farms for Solar-Battery Systems

      CalCom Energy’s $100M Fund Targets Farms for Solar-Battery Systems

      In California, it’s not just vulnerable families and critical services that could use battery-backed solar systems to ride through wildfire-prevention power outages. Farms also have critical energy needs, like pumping water to crops on set schedules, or chilling them after harvest, that could face significant disruption under the state’s new wildfire prevention regime. CalCom Energy, a long-time solar and energy services provider for California’s agricultural sector, thinks it has a solution. This week, the Fresno-based developer launched a $100 million Agriculture Energy Infrastructure Fund, aimed at combining low-cost solar power-purchase agreements with the backup power of energy storage.

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    23. Recent Changes to California's Self-Generation Incentive Program, Explained

      Recent Changes to California's Self-Generation Incentive Program, Explained

      California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) is one of the longest-running and most successful distributed generation incentive programs in the country. It has evolved several times since its inception, and a recent decision by the Public Utilities Commission moves SGIP in several important new directions in response to fresh challenges faced by the state.

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