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    1. 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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      Mentions: Asia DoE Nevada
    2. 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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      Mentions: U.S. UK Ireland
    3. 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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      Mentions: California U.S. Texas
    4. 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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    5. 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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      Mentions: Nevada U.S. Texas
    6. 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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      Mentions: California Japan U.S.
    7. 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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      Mentions: Vermont ISO-NE Tesla
    8. 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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    9. 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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      Mentions: U.S. Stem
    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. From Science Project to Money Maker: Energy Storage Hits Inflection Point

      From Science Project to Money Maker: Energy Storage Hits Inflection Point

      In 2014, the vast majority of storage projects Greensmith Energy was working on might have best been described as science projects, often dependent on grants or utility R&D budgets devoted to figuring out emerging technologies. Today, potential projects are evaluated primarily on their business case. The reason most energy storage projects these days are driven by solid financial returns is because there are more and more ways to generate revenue. It’s a testament to just how much the economics of battery storage and the renewables it supports have improved in less than a few years.

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    13. GE’s Largest Battery Deal Yet Will Support a 200MW Australian Solar Plant

      GE’s Largest Battery Deal Yet Will Support a 200MW Australian Solar Plant

      GE won its biggest grid battery deal so far, to supply a solar plant in South Australia. The 200-megawatt Solar River plant will be coupled with a 100-megawatt/300-megawatt-hour GE Reservoir grid storage system. Solar River could start generating power as early as 2021. This battery will outrank South Australia's Hornsdale Power Reserve, the Tesla-supplied system that currently holds the title for world's largest. Like that battery, it will provide fast-reacting capacity for a state grid dealing with rapid renewables growth and baseload coal retirement. But the GE system will use its longer energy duration to turn solar power into a dispatchable resource.

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    14. California Supercharges Battery Incentive for Wildfire-Vulnerable Homes

      California Supercharges Battery Incentive for Wildfire-Vulnerable Homes

      California has passed its first-ever subsidy aimed specifically at bringing more distributed solar and energy storage to people at highest risk of having their power shut off by utilities trying to prevent wildfires. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved changes late last week to the Self-Generation Incentive Program, the state’s premier behind-the-meter battery incentive program. Among them is a $100 million carve-out for vulnerable households and critical services in “high fire threat districts,” offering incentives that could pay for nearly all of a typical residential battery installation, according to the CPUC analysis.

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    15. Eos Looks to Scale Up Battery Manufacturing in Pittsburgh

      Eos Looks to Scale Up Battery Manufacturing in Pittsburgh

      Eos Energy Storage is gearing up for multi-gigawatt manufacturing. The Edison, New Jersey-based battery company inked a deal with Holtec International, mostly known in energy circles as a front-runner in the race to commercialize small modular reactors, to create a manufacturing joint venture to produce Eos’ Znyth aqueous zinc batteries. The new company plans to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Pittsburgh.

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    16. 5 States Blazing the Trail for Integrating Distributed Energy Resources

      5 States Blazing the Trail for Integrating Distributed Energy Resources

      Distributed energy resources (DERs) is an expansive term, including everything from backup generators to microgrids. In some states like California and Hawaii the focus is on solar and the tools needed to integrate this massive new grid edge resource. Batteries are another important tool in the kit, but so are air conditioners, water heaters, refrigerators, pumps, and other behind-the-meter flexible loads — not to mention electric vehicles. Distribution utilities are going to need all of these DERs to manage the paradigm shift to come as renewables grow to a majority of the grid’s energy.

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    17. The Land of Opportunity for Off-Grid Solar

      The Land of Opportunity for Off-Grid Solar

      Consolidation is picking up in Africa’s off-grid renewables market, where big investors like Engie are betting on the electricity consumers of the future. While a variety of technologies and products are considered part of the off-grid ecosystem, solar home systems have been the star from an investment perspective, and particularly those sold under a pay-as-you-go (paygo) model. Under such a model, customers are provided with a solar-generation unit, usually backed up with a battery, and the homeowners make lease payments over time as they benefit from the electricity. Paygo allows companies to tap into a vast base of potential customers that cannot pay for a system upfront.

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    18. The Biggest Batteries Coming Soon to a Grid Near You

      The Biggest Batteries Coming Soon to a Grid Near You

      Sure, small-scale batteries in homes and businesses can link up and deliver veritable megawatts of capacity. But there’s nothing like the sheer adrenaline rush of stacks and stacks of lithium-ion cells packed into climate-controlled boxes and blasting electrons faster than a coal plant operator can say “secular decline.” So who’s got the biggest battery?

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    19. ‘Transformative’: Sonnen to Deliver Community Battery Network With Grid Services Contract

      ‘Transformative’: Sonnen to Deliver Community Battery Network With Grid Services Contract

      German home energy storage company sonnen fulfilled a long-time dream for its U.S. operation: It will supply battery systems to an entire new residential community, with a contract in place to deliver grid services to the local utility.

      Sonnen will install more than 600 ecoLinx batteries in developer Wasatch Group's Soleil Lofts apartments in Herriman, Utah, a rapidly growing region south of Salt Lake City. The fleet of batteries will total 5 megawatts/12.6 megawatt-hours of storage paired with onsite solar generation.

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      Mentions: U.S. Utah
    20. Hawaiian Electric Seeks Bids for 900MW of ‘Dispatchable Renewables,’ Storage, and Grid Services

      Hawaiian Electric Seeks Bids for 900MW of ‘Dispatchable Renewables,’ Storage, and Grid Services

      Hawaiian Electric has issued a long-awaited request for proposals (RFP) for about 900 megawatts of renewable energy and energy storage projects. It’s the utility’s second major round of contracts in the past year seeking to marry variable solar and wind power with the capacity and flexibility of batteries. HECO’s new RFPs are broken into a number of specific projects and specific needs across its three islands, with a mix of different technologies required. This complexity comes from the fact that these RFPs have been structured to help replace two big fossil fuel-fired power plants to close in the next five years

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