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    1. How Biden’s Presidency Could (Further) Transform the Power Sector

      How Biden’s Presidency Could (Further) Transform the Power Sector

      The energy storage industry also hailed the election. “By electing Joe Biden as President of the United States of America, Americans have sent the signal to accelerate the path forward toward a clean energy economy,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the U.S. Energy Storage Association. “We expect to see strong support from the new Administration focused on decarbonization of the electric and transportation sectors, which will further drive the deployment of energy storage. We look forward to working with the Biden Administration and Congressional members to continue our bipartisan efforts to advance our vision of 100 GW by 2030, creating a more resilient, efficient, sustainable, and affordable electricity grid.” 

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      Mentions: California DoE U.S.
    2. Analysts: Storage a Matter of Dollars and Sense

      Analysts: Storage a Matter of Dollars and Sense

      More developers are adding energy storage to their power generation plans as they recognize how the technology improves a project’s economics.

      Solar and wind power project developers are recognizing the financial benefits that incorporating energy storage into their projects provides. Storage has become a major part of microgrid configurations, and commercial and industrial (C&I) enterprises are discovering it can improve the cost-effectiveness of their own installations. Continuing technology advancements bode well for growth in the sector as investments in storage become more attractive.

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      Mentions: California DoE U.S.
    3. Executives Tout Storage as Key for Distributed Generation

      Executives Tout Storage as Key for Distributed Generation

      “The market has definitely improved,” said Woody Rubin, president of AES Distributed Energy, noting a recovery in distributed energy projects is starting to take shape after the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Rubin said there have been some supply chain issues, along with labor shortages due to lockdown measures, but those are being resolved.

      Rubin echoed comments from Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association, who provided a keynote address to wrap up the event’s first day on Monday. She talked about “the value of storage for consumers,” including how storage provides for “stacking the full value of multiple services” for electricity customers. “It’s important for reliability and resiliency,” she said, noting it improves power quality and provides many ancillary services.

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      Mentions: DoE Hawaii U.S.
    4. Long Duration Meets Refrigeration: Managing Demand with Thermal Energy Storage

      Long Duration Meets Refrigeration: Managing Demand with Thermal Energy Storage

      This food supply sector, also referred to as the “cold chain,” is designated as critical infrastructure and is of vital importance—particularly during the type of public health emergency the world has faced over the past several months, and will continue to face until the pandemic is under control. Commercial and industrial (C&I) refrigerated facilities have the highest electricity demand per square foot of any industrial load. C&I refrigeration sites also consume more energy from the grid than any other usage category other than lighting. Significantly, energy often accounts for up to 70% of the total electric bill for C&I cold storage companies.

       

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    5. FERC Order Backs Grid Market for DERs

      FERC Order Backs Grid Market for DERs

      Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association (ESA) and a keynote speaker at POWER’s upcoming Distributed Energy Experience virtual event Oct. 19-22, in a statement shared with POWER said, “Today is another landmark day for competition and innovation in the power sector. FERC’s Order 2222 removes regulatory barriers to aggregation of distributed resources in wholesale electricity markets, and is the next step forward for energy storage and other distributed energy resources.

      “Energy storage is increasingly located on local electric grids, in households and businesses, and is often integrated with distributed generation and controllable loads,” Speakes-Backman said. “Enabling these flexible resources to participate together as ‘virtual power plants’ in wholesale markets is a victory for enhancing grid reliability, enabling a more resilient grid, and lowering costs for consumers.”

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      Mentions: U.S. ESA FERC
    6. Renewables Gain Investors as Some Flee Oil, Gas, and Coal

      Renewables Gain Investors as Some Flee Oil, Gas, and Coal

      “There are concerns about financiers saying just wait and see, but I have not heard about anyone trying to renegotiate a project,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association, in an interview with POWER. Speakes-Backman is among the keynote speakers confirmed for POWER’s Distributed Energy Conference in Chicago, Illinois, Oct. 19-21.

      “I can tell you I don’t see this crisis impacting the long-term ability of storage to grow,” Speakes-Backman said. “We’re expecting a 300% increase in storage deployment this year, so even a 50% drop in that means we’re still doing well. I really feel like this is going to be a near-term situation for our industry. People have already begun to realize the importance of energy storage to decarbonizing the grid, and I don’t think that goes away with this crisis.”

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    7. Wärtsilä to Provide Full Energy Storage Solution for One of the Largest Power Hybrid Projects at an Off-Grid Mine in Mali

      Wärtsilä to Provide Full Energy Storage Solution for One of the Largest Power Hybrid Projects at an Off-Grid Mine in Mali

      The technology group Wärtsilä will optimise the energy system of the Fekola Mine, located in a remote region in southwest Mali. This is needed to improve the mine’s operations, reduce fuel consumption, and lessen the carbon emissions. Wärtsilä has been contracted to design and engineer a cutting-edge 17MW/15MWh energy storage system based on the company’s GEMS energy management solution. 

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    8. Convergent Announces the Completion of 21 MWh of Energy Storage Projects at Two Shell Facilities

      Convergent Announces the Completion of 21 MWh of Energy Storage Projects at Two Shell Facilities

      Convergent Energy + Power (Convergent), a leading independent developer of energy storage solutions in North America, today announced that the 21 MWh of industrial battery storage systems under construction at two Shell Canada Products facilities in Ontario are now operational. Convergent is the largest operator of energy storage solutions in Ontario with over 40 MW in service. The energy storage projects are a joint venture between Convergent and Shell New Energies, designed to reduce the consumption of energy for the facilities by one-third of typical demand while increasing the reliability and long-term sustainability of the grid. 

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    9. NREL Names FAST Prize Concept Stage Winners

      NREL Names FAST Prize Concept Stage Winners

      Nine pumped-storage hydropower concepts today were named winners of the latest stage in the FAST Commissioning for Pumped-Storage Hydropower prize competition. The FAST Prize—which stands for “Furthering Advancements to Shorten Time”—is part of the American-Made Challenges series, designed to accelerate the commissioning times of pumped-storage hydro projects from 10 years to five, while reducing both cost and risk.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Argonne
    10. GE Renewable Energy to Implement DC-Coupled Solar and Battery Energy Storage Hybrid System in Upstate New York

      GE Renewable Energy to Implement DC-Coupled Solar and Battery Energy Storage Hybrid System in Upstate New York

      GE Renewable Energy today said is has reached an agreement with Helios Energy to deliver two energy storage systems to be integrated with solar arrays for the Lenox Solar / Energy Storage project in Lenox, NY. The hybrid system will be installed in upstate New York at the end of 2019 and is expected to reach commercial operation in the second quarter of 2020.

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    11. Storage ITC Bill Gains Key Industry Backers

      Storage ITC Bill Gains Key Industry Backers

      Legislation recently introduced in the U.S. House that would expand the federal solar investment tax credit to energy storage technologies has gained the backing of major trade groups representing the solar, hydropower, and wind sectors. The Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act (H.R. 2096), introduced on April 4 by Reps. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), and Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), would amend Section 48 and 25D of the Internal Revenue Code to add all forms of energy storage of more than 5 kWh, including batteries, compressed air, pumped hydropower, hydrogen storage (including hydrolysis), thermal energy storage, regenerative fuel cells, flywheels, capacitors, superconducting magnets, and others.

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    12. Off-Grid Microgrid: Solar + Batteries + Thermal Generation

      Off-Grid Microgrid: Solar + Batteries + Thermal Generation

      Today’s microgrid installations showcase a variety of configurations and control systems. Commercial and industrial sites are finding innovative ways to power their operations, particularly those in remote locations off the traditional grid. Glasgow, Scotland-based Aggreko recently signed a deal with Gold Fields Australia to deploy a solar-plus-batteries-plus-thermal-generation off-grid microgrid, designed to save fuel, reduce emissions, and boost power reliability.

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    13. Innovative Microgrid Will Power Finnish Distribution Center - Power magazine

      Innovative Microgrid Will Power Finnish Distribution Center - Power magazine

      A distribution center in Finland is installing what is being called the country’s largest industrial microgrid, a system that will use 100% renewable energy coupled with energy storage. The system is being built by Schneider Electric in Järvenpää and is expected to come online in 2019. It will be used by Lidl, a grocery store chain based in Germany. The microgrid is designed to cut the center’s energy costs in half and also serves the region’s electric grid via its battery storage system. The system also heats the facility—it recovers heat from the distribution center’s refrigeration equipment—and supplies hot water to about 500 nearby homes. 

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    14. Enel and EnergyNest Explore Thermal Energy Storage Opportunities

      Enel and EnergyNest Explore Thermal Energy Storage Opportunities

      Among innovative technology providers developing a thermal energy storage system, Norway-based cleantech company EnergyNest is currently one of the partners selected by multinational energy provider Enel for the analysis of the benefits and impacts of the integration of its technology in one of Enel’s numerous power generation assets. According to EnergyNest, impressive economic and climate-relevant figures could be achieved by the company’s latest thermal energy storage technology when integrated in full-scale: annual CO2 reduction of up to 45,000 tons, 14 million liters of fuel oil saved per year and project payback in less than three years.

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    15. Greensmith Energy Unveils Standardized Energy Storage Solution

      Greensmith Energy Unveils Standardized Energy Storage Solution

      The technology group Wärtsilä has released a new solution, GridSolv, the company’s first standardized energy storage solution. GridSolv is an advanced energy storage solution that is designed to offer maximum flexibility and speed of deployment. This innovative and standardized architecture supports both standalone energy storage deployments as well as integrated hybrids with thermal or renewable generation assets. Coming in three sizes, the GridSolv solution is typically housed in an ISO 40-foot container and contains: batteries, power distribution, safety, fire suppression, and air conditioning systems.

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    16. Six Forces Disrupting the Power Sector

      Six Forces Disrupting the Power Sector

      Another key marker of disruption, according to Ghosh, is the rapid—“rapid being the code word here”—advancement of technology. Since 2007, the cost of wind and solar power has fallen dramatically as capacity factors have soared, contributing to their quick uptake across all markets, including as offshore and distributed sources, he said. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), variable renewable energy penetration is approaching a 20% to 30% share in many markets, and the wider industry is already seeing repercussions. In Germany, for example, conventional thermal plants—and particularly coal plants—have adopted equipment, software, and operational modifications to be more flexible in order to achieve higher ramp rates, more starts and stops, and much lower minimum generation.

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    17. Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) Announces Name Change to Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy

      Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) Announces Name Change to Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy

      Brooklyn, NY: Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) announced a new name and logo today during a live, virtual event held before hundreds of supporters across the country. Under the new name, Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE), the organization will continue to build on over 10 years of success working to advance women across the renewable energy spectrum.

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    18. Greensmith Energy Selected by American Electric Power to Expand Use of Existing Energy Storage System

      Greensmith Energy Selected by American Electric Power to Expand Use of Existing Energy Storage System

      HERNDON, Va.–Greensmith Energy, one of the largest providers of energy storage software and integration services, announced today that American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) has selected Greensmith as the software provider for a 2 megawatt/14 megawatt hour energy storage system in West Virginia. For the last five years, this battery system has been used as backup system for AEP’s distribution network in the region. Leveraging Greensmith’s industry-leading software, AEP will expand the use of this system into a revenue generating asset—performing Frequency Regulation in the PJM market.

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    19. Duke Energy Renewables Control Center Crosses 3,500-megawatt ...

      Duke Energy Renewables Control Center Crosses 3,500-megawatt ...

      CHARLOTTE – Duke Energy Renewables today announced its control center now serves more than 3,500 megawatts of wind and solar energy plants across the U.S. since it opened in its new location in 2015. As a result of this rapid growth, the center is further enhancing its cyber security and other capabilities. “The expanded Renewable Control Center (RCC) is at the heart of our growing renewable operations across the U.S.,” said Rob Caldwell, president, Duke Energy Renewables & Distributed Energy Technology. “The enhanced RCC increases our ability to safely and reliably operate wind and solar plants across the country and maximizes the performance of our assets and those of our third-party customers.”

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    20. Caterpillar Launches Cat® Microgrid Technology Suite, Integrating Renewable Energy Sources with Traditional Power ...

      Caterpillar Launches Cat® Microgrid Technology Suite, Integrating Renewable Energy Sources with Traditional Power ...

      PEORIA, Ill., May 3, 2016 – Caterpillar Inc. today announced the launch of Cat® Microgrid technology, an innovative suite of power systems that adds environmentally friendly solar panels, state-of-the-art energy storage, and advanced monitoring and control systems to Caterpillar’s traditional line of reliable power generation equipment, including Cat generator sets, switchgear, uninterruptible power supplies and automatic transfer switches. Ideal for a broad range of applications such as telecommunications towers, industrial facilities, mining installations, and remote villages, islands and rural communities, the Cat Microgrid technology suite is designed to reduce fuel expenses, lower utility bills, offset carbon emissions, and reduce the total cost of ownership while increasing energy efficiency in even the most challenging environments.

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