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    1. 400 Megawatt Pumped Hydro Facility In Montana Secures $1 Billion In Funding

      400 Megawatt Pumped Hydro Facility In Montana Secures $1 Billion In Funding

      A proposed 400 megawatt pumped hydro storage project near Martinsdale, Montana is a big step closer to reality. Its promoter, Absaroka Energy, announced this week it had secured $1 billion in financing from Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners in Denmark. The closed loop Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Hydro project has already received all the necessary permits from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and could begin construction as early as next year.

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    2. Los Angeles & 8minute Solar Announce 25-Year PPA At Under 2 Cents Per kWh!

      Los Angeles & 8minute Solar Announce 25-Year PPA At Under 2 Cents Per kWh!

      If approved, Los Angeles will enter into a 25-year power purchase agreement for 400 MW AC/530 MW DC of solar electricity at a price of 1.997 cents per kWh — the lowest price yet for solar power in the US. Adding a 100 MW/200 MWh battery will cost an additional 1.3 cents per kWh. The project includes the option to add 50 MW/200 MWh of energy storage for 0.665 cents per kWh more. The project will be built in two 200 MW AC phases. In the second phase, the size of the battery storage component may double.

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    3. Ørsted's Lincoln Clean Energy Acquires Coronal Energy's Solar & Storage Development Business

      Ørsted's Lincoln Clean Energy Acquires Coronal Energy's Solar & Storage Development Business

      Leading developer of US renewables Lincoln Clean Energy, a subsidiary of Danish offshore wind giant Ørsted, announced it had acquired the development business of Coronal Energy, a US-based developer focused on utility-scale solar and energy storage projects. The acquisition will see Lincoln Clean Energy take on the company’s development team of experienced solar and storage personnel, as well as a significant pipeline of solar and storage projects in the United States, including several projects that have already been awarded long-term Power Purchase Agreements with credit-worthy utility counterparts.

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      Mentions: Ørsted
    4. Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Poised For Global Domination

      Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Poised For Global Domination

      A recent study suggests that the Earth holds 530,000 potential sites for pumped hydro energy storage. If that sounds too good to be true, well, maybe. The devil is in the details. On the other hand, the number-crunching does indicate that a massive amount of energy storage capacity is already close at hand, even without new technology breakthroughs.

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      Mentions: Australia DoE U.S.
    5. Storing Energy By Heating Stones To 600 Degrees — Could Power Whole Country For Hours

      Storing Energy By Heating Stones To 600 Degrees — Could Power Whole Country For Hours

      The Danish minister of education and research attended the official inauguration of a giant pilot facility that will use 600 degree hot stones to store energy. High-temperature thermal energy storage uses cheap, non-degradable, and environmentally friendly storage materials combined with known charging and discharging technology to reduce the cost and increase the efficiency of energy storage.

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    6. Montecito Fire Protection District Solar Microgrid To Be A National Model

      Montecito Fire Protection District Solar Microgrid To Be A National Model

      A project to build a solar+storage community microgrid within the Montecito, CA, fire district is being developed as a national model for other communities across the country, according to the Clean Coalition and the World Business Academy. The two organizations are boot-strapping the project and have raised some funding for the estimated 1 megawatt microgrid, within the unincorporated community of about 10,000 in Santa Barbara County.

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    7. Global Oil Plows Billions Into Solar & Energy Storage

      Global Oil Plows Billions Into Solar & Energy Storage

      Global oil companies are plowing billions of dollars per year into solar and into energy storage, as more nations seek to switch their energy sources away from fossil fuels. For battery storage investments, 6 acquisition deals were reported during the past two years; during the same time period, 7 funding deals were done, involving nearly $133 million, according to an analysis by Mercom Capital Group.

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      Mentions: France Brazil Germany
    8. WattTime Brings Automatic Emissions Reduction To EV Drivers

      WattTime Brings Automatic Emissions Reduction To EV Drivers

      WattTime is a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving everyone everywhere the power to choose clean energy. Founded by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley in 2017, it is now a subsidiary of Rocky Mountain Institute. Its Automated Emissions Reduction algorithms permit utilities and electricity consumers, including EV drivers, to reduce emissions from electrical generation by shifting the timing of flexible electricity usage to avoid periods when the grid is relying on high emissions sources.

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    9. Caribbean Island Bonaire Balances Solar, Wind, & Diesel With Storage

      Caribbean Island Bonaire Balances Solar, Wind, & Diesel With Storage

      Caribbean island Bonaire is adding a 6 megawatt energy storage system to help balance its solar and wind assets with backup diesel generators, opening up the potential for greater renewable penetration. Additional solar will expand on the 2015 pilot project that included close to 800 solar panels. Wärtsilä won the contract for the engineering, procurement, and construction of the hybrid energy project, which includes batteries and inverters, as well as GEMS, the energy management software from its Greensmith Energy subsidiary. ContourGlobal Bonaire, a subsidiary of London based ContourGlobal, is acquiring the system for its Water and Energy Company Bonaire subsidiary.

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    10. Solar + Storage Half The Cost Of Gas Peaker Plants — 8MinuteEnergy

      Solar + Storage Half The Cost Of Gas Peaker Plants — 8MinuteEnergy

      S&P Global reports the cost of solar with battery backup dropped precipitously in 2018. Several tenders for solar plus storage came in at under $30 per megawatt-hour last year. Stand alone prices for installed battery storage — based on a 20 megawatt-hour system with 4 hours of storage — dropped 40% from the previous year to $357 per kilowatt-hour and are expected to keep falling. Bloomberg New Energy Finance projects a further 52% reduction by 2030. Such tumbling prices have led Wood Mackenzie to forecast that as the market for solar plus storage matures, it could put more than 6,400 MW of new natural gas-fired peaking capacity in the US at risk by 2027.

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    11. China Making Big Battery Storage Push In 2019

      China Making Big Battery Storage Push In 2019

      China is poised to add a significant amount of battery storage to its utility grid next year. And it’s backing two horses in the energy storage race — both lithium-ion and flow batteries are part of the plan. China’s renewable energy portfolio now stands at 706 gigawatts according to Bloomberg but too much of that is wasted, or curtailed as they say in the utility industry. 7.7% of the electricity generated by wind turbines is curtailed as is 2.9% of electricity from solar panels.

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    12. Ultra-Fast Chargers Come To California

      Ultra-Fast Chargers Come To California

      How many cars sold in America today can take full advantage of all the power available from a 350 kW ultra fast charger? If you said “none,” go to the head of the class. But that doesn’t mean such vehicles won’t be on the road soon. The Porsche Taycan will be arriving shortly. At the San Francisco Premium Outlets electric car drivers will now find 2 ultra-fast 350 kW chargers and 8 super-fast chargers (150 kW). They have been installed by Electrify America as part of the agreement it signed with the state of California to settle claims arising from its diesel cheating scandal.

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    13. EVgo Goes Plaid With New Ultra-Fast Charging Station In Baker, California

      EVgo Goes Plaid With New Ultra-Fast Charging Station In Baker, California

      EVgo has flipped the switch on a new bank of fast, super-fast, and ultra-fast EV chargers that help plug-in vehicle drivers conveniently make the run from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. The new installation brings two 50 kW fast chargers, new 150 kW and 175 kW super-fast chargers, and a 350 kW ultra-fast charger to the popular gas-and-go town of Baker, California. The chargers include a bank of second-life batteries to store up cheap power and push it out to charging vehicles in order to mitigate the steep demand charges from the utility that typically eat into the cost of delivering power to vehicles charging at high rates of speed.

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    14. Renewables, Energy Storage, & Managing The Utility Grid Of The Future

      Renewables, Energy Storage, & Managing The Utility Grid Of The Future

      Things are changing fast in the world of electricity generation and distribution. As always, changes are to the advantage of some and the disadvantage of others. The sharp drop in the cost of renewable energy in the past few years is the primary engine driving the changes. The next revolution is bulk energy storage, the piece of the puzzle that will turn traditional ideas of how an electrical grid should operate completely upside down. Here’s a look at what is happening right now and what the utility grid of the future may look like.

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    15. BYD’s First Energy Storage Project in Poland Begins Operations

      BYD’s First Energy Storage Project in Poland Begins Operations

      BYD has started up its first grid-scale energy storage project in Poland with the official opening of its new 1.26MW/2.52MWh energy storage facility. The system, which was shipped into Poland in May, came online just a few months later in September, highlighting just how quickly large-scale stationary storage deployments can be brought online. The installation is the first in the Polish market and will be operated in partnership with ML System S.A.

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    16. World's Largest Microgrid Moves One Step Closer In Palau

      World's Largest Microgrid Moves One Step Closer In Palau

      Tucked away in the Micronesia region of the Pacific Ocean is the small Republic of Palau, boasting a population of just over 20,000. The country will nevertheless soon be home to what is believed to be the world’s largest microgrid consisting of solar, diesel, and energy storage, representing at least 45% of the island nation’s total demand. While the microgrid has been in development for some time, the Republic of Palau this week announced the signing of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with ENGIE EPS, a worldwide microgrid and energy storage pioneer which will complete the project.

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      Mentions: Asia Micronesia
    17. Energy Storage Brings Benefits Of Renewable Energy To Islands of Molokai & Isles Of Scilly

      Energy Storage Brings Benefits Of Renewable Energy To Islands of Molokai & Isles Of Scilly

      The islands of the world all offer spectacular ocean vistas — they are islands, after all — but they also share a common scourge. Bereft of natural resources, most of them rely on diesel generators for electricity. That means electricity is expensive and the skies over those pristine locations are filled with carbon dioxide and other emissions that are harmful to the environment and human health.

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    18. A Battery Of Choices: Embracing R&D & Investment In Storage

      A Battery Of Choices: Embracing R&D & Investment In Storage

      Imagine a world where we depend on sunlight and the wind for most of our energy needs. Then imagine nighttime and our main source of electricity literally falls asleep. Unless our future electricity system represents a giant “super-grid” with tons of wires connecting everywhere from San Francisco to Beijing, we will need somewhere to put that electricity when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow. Along comes battery storage, one of the emerging technology advancements of the 21st century that could revolutionize the way we produce and consume electricity.

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    19. California, Hawaii Lead Surge In Residential Battery Storage In Q1

      California, Hawaii Lead Surge In Residential Battery Storage In Q1

      A new report from Greentech Media and the Energy Storage Association finds residential battery storage in the US surged in the first quarter of 2018. In total, 36 megawatt-hours of behind the meter residential storage were installed in Q1 — equaling the total amount installed in the previous three quarters combined. The vast majority of new grid connected residential battery storage — 74% — took place in just two states, California and Hawaii.

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    20. Home Energy Storage System Installations Hit Record High In US

      Home Energy Storage System Installations Hit Record High In US

      US home energy storage systems installations hit a record high in the first quarter of 2018. 36 megawatt-hours of grid-connected home energy storage systems were installed during this period, which was the same amount for the first three quarters of the year. Nearly three quarters of the Q1 installations were in California and Hawaii. “Changing net-metering rules and increasing customer interest in backup and solar self-consumption drove the residential energy storage market’s record quarter,” said Brett Simon, senior analyst at GTM Research.

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