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    1. Panel Eyes Room for Both Gas Peakers, Battery Storage in Power Markets

      Panel Eyes Room for Both Gas Peakers, Battery Storage in Power Markets

      The power industry is seeing a heightened need for peaking-capacity resources as capacity from retiring power plants is lost and higher levels of renewable generation is integrated. This potentially sets up a battle for market share between natural gas-fired generators that are currently the dominant source of peaking capacity and battery energy storage systems that have seen significant cost declines in recent years, an industry panel said Tuesday.

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    2. US DOE's Perry Sees Storage as Potential 'Holy Grail', Sings Fossil Fuels' Praises

      US DOE's Perry Sees Storage as Potential 'Holy Grail', Sings Fossil Fuels' Praises

      Battery storage got an unexpected boost from US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Thursday, during a Washington appearance in which he also praised fossil fuels for saving lives, and continued to tout efforts to stave off the retirements of baseload generation. Perry, at a forum held by Axios, referenced battery storage as he emphasized the difficulties of predicting what the energy world will look like 10 years down the road.

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      Mentions: DoE Africa Europe
    3. US Electricity Storage Facilities' Power Rating Tops 565 MW at End of Q2

      US Electricity Storage Facilities' Power Rating Tops 565 MW at End of Q2

      The combined power rating of installed electricity storage in the US grew 181.5 MW over the past year, and totaled 565.5 MW at the end of the second quarter of 2017, according to data filed with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The data show 22 companies own and operate 45 grid-connected energy storage facilities in 12 states. All of the installations are battery storage systems bar two flywheel units. Of the installed power rating, 276.8 MW is used for frequency regulation.

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    4. Report Says NYISO Grid Risk Rising, But Distributed Power May Help

      Report Says NYISO Grid Risk Rising, But Distributed Power May Help

      Generation retirements could cause New York to face electricity shortfalls a year earlier than previously thought, but behind-the-meter resources could help reduce the risk of such shortfalls, new reports show. The New York Independent System Operator's latest Reliability Needs Assessment, released Wednesday, states that without appropriate action the system will violate resource adequacy criteria in southeastern New York in 2019, compared with 2020 in the previous RNA, which was released in September 2012. "The major driver of this change is a more than 2,000-MW decrease in the total capacity margin for the New York control area in 2019," NYISO said in a statement.

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      Mentions: NYISO NY
    5. FERC Proposes to Clarify Rule Seen as Key for Energy Storage

      FERC Proposes to Clarify Rule Seen as Key for Energy Storage

      The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday proposed to clarify a rule that expands opportunities for generators, energy storage providers and other third parties to provide ancillary services to the grid. Commissioner Philip Moeller in comments during the meeting said many of the changes proposed will help facilitate market access for renewables and other intermittent resources as well as newer technologies like energy storage. "The key takeaway is that this commission has been very amenable to trying to integrate intermittent resources, but we do it through market mechanisms," Moeller said.

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      Mentions: FERC WA
    6. California ISO Pursues Capacity Auction for Certain Resources

      California ISO Pursues Capacity Auction for Certain Resources

      The California Independent System Operator is developing a voluntary capacity auction for preferred resources in the state -- local energy efficiency, demand response, renewables, combined heat and power, and energy storage -- the grid operator said Monday.  The ISO is launching a new stakeholder initiative to create "a voluntary preferred resource capacity auction to advance state-preferred resource policy goals, enable the procurement of preferred resources in the local areas affected by the loss of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), and assure that preferred resources are configured to meet ISO reliability needs," the ISO said in a notice to market participants.

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    7. US House budget for DOE increases fossil research over renewable funding

      US House budget for DOE increases fossil research over renewable funding

      The US House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee on Tuesday released its draft fiscal 2013 budget for the US Department of Energy, giving the agency $26.3 billion, a cut of $358 million below the current year's level and $1.8 billion below the President's request.  Reflecting differences in priorities between the President and the Republican majority in the House, the committee's draft budget significantly boosts DOE's funding for fossil energy research, and does not increase energy efficiency and renewable energy funding.

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