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    1. JEA Shakes Up Solar Policies

      JEA Shakes Up Solar Policies

      JEA unanimously approved Tuesday policies to increase the authority's reliance on solar energy, to cut an incentive for homeowners to install solar panels and to create an incentive for homeowners to add storage batteries to their solar arrays. JEA will add up to 250 megawatts of solar power to its energy portfolio. It is budgeting up to $50 million to buy land for solar farms, which could be operational by late 2019. This addition of solar power, which dwarfs the 50 megawatts currently produced by JEA, would make Jacksonville the largest solar community in the United States per capita, based on projections of other cities' portfolios.

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    2. Panasonic, Xcel, NREL Team Up for 'Carbon Neutrality' at Development Near Denver Airport

      Panasonic, Xcel, NREL Team Up for 'Carbon Neutrality' at Development Near Denver Airport

      The Peña Station Next development near Denver International Airport already sports a solar panel-covered parking lot, a huge battery system and other smart technologies — and now it’s aiming for neutrality on carbon dioxide emissions. Several businesses — including Xcel Energy Inc., Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Co., developer LC Fulenwider Inc. and Denver International Airport — are joining with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to study how to turn the area into a “carbon-neutral energy district, they announced Friday.

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    3. IESO Seeks to Expand Market for Regulation, an Essential Grid-Balancing Service

      IESO Seeks to Expand Market for Regulation, an Essential Grid-Balancing Service

      TORONTO, June 22, 2016 - As part of its ongoing efforts to broaden participation in Ontario's energy markets, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) today released a Request for Information (RFI) related to the provision of regulation, an essential service that helps maintain the balance between supply and demand. Regulation is a contracted service that acts to match total system generation to total system load (plus transmission losses) on a second-by-second basis and helps to correct variations in power system frequency. When regulation is required, the IESO sends an automated signal to the regulation provider, instructing them to adjust the production (or consumption) of their facility to meet a new set point within a designated timeframe, often measured in seconds.

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    4. N.C. Hopes to Sell Utility Batteries and Storage Services, but Will It Use Them?

      N.C. Hopes to Sell Utility Batteries and Storage Services, but Will It Use Them?

      North Carolina has significant opportunity to promote energy storage manufacturing in the state. But, it will likely lag in actually putting storage and its services on the power grid. A panel of experts at the Energy Storage Association’s Annual Conference and Expo at the Charlotte Convention Center discussed what the state is doing now — and could do in the future — to build on the presence of companies in the industry to expand the energy hub already being developed in the Carolinas to include storage.

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    5. National Energy Conference Returns to Charlotte with Record Attendance

      National Energy Conference Returns to Charlotte with Record Attendance

      The Energy Storage Association’s Annual Conference and Expo kicked off in Charlotte Monday with more than 1,600 attendees — five times the number that attended when the same conference was here in 2010. Executive Director Matt Roberts told the crowd at the first plenary session Monday evening that the growth in the conference mirrors the growth in the industry itself. He said there were more battery installations so far this year than in all of 2013 and 2014.

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    6. Alevo Group to Build Energy Storage Facility in Georgetown

      Alevo Group to Build Energy Storage Facility in Georgetown

      Georgetown’s electric utility is about to get a very large battery, essentially, with the construction of a 10-megawatt energy storage facility. Alevo Group, a Swiss energy storage company, is partnering with Nevada-based Ormat Technologies Inc. and Georgetown Utility Systems, Georgetown’s publicly owned electric utility, to add the storage facility to the city’s electric grid. The project will be located at the Rabbit Hill Energy Storage Project facility in Georgetown, just north of Austin in Williamson County.

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    7. Xcel Wants to Test Battery Storage for Solar Power in Denver Area

      Xcel Wants to Test Battery Storage for Solar Power in Denver Area

      Xcel Energy Inc. is asking state regulators to approve a test of adding massive batteries to its system to store renewable energy and send the power to customers when they need it. Xcel is proposing to add the batteries to its grid system for commercial customers at the planned Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Co. development near Denver International Airport. The second test would support residential customers in the Stapleton neighborhood in Denver that has a lot of solar power panels on the homes.

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    8. Duke Energy Looks to Create Business Opportunity From Storage Backup and Microgrids

      Duke Energy Looks to Create Business Opportunity From Storage Backup and Microgrids

      Duke Energy is running a pilot in Charlotte that could lead to its utilities selling microgrid and storage services routinely to large customers to provide automatic backup to protect against power disruptions. The company has developed software and systems at its McAlpine Station solar and battery-storage test site that creates a microgrid to supply power to Charlotte Fire Station 24, McAlpine's neighbor on Pineville-Matthews Road.

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    9. Alevo Making Battery Components in Concord as it Nears Production Line Completion

      Alevo Making Battery Components in Concord as it Nears Production Line Completion

      While much of its production equipment remains to be installed, Alevo Energy has started manufacturing parts for its signature utility-scale batteries at its 3.5-million square-foot plant in Concord. Last week, Alevo geared up the production line for the anodes — the negative pole of the battery cells, says Chief Marketing Officer Scott Schotter. The production line is in about a third of the plant’s 600,000-square-foot basement, along with testing and other equipment. The cathode-production line, which is still being installed, will take roughly another third at the other side of the basement. That is to prevent any cross contamination of the chemicals used in the manufacturing of the two electrodes.

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    10. Black & Veatch Partners with Tesla on Commercial Battery Storage

      Black & Veatch Partners with Tesla on Commercial Battery Storage

      Rick Azer, director of development for smart integrated infrastructure for Black & Veatch, said the Overland Park company is helping Tesla think bigger. Azer said Black & Veatch is providing design, engineering and construction services for large-scale application of the energy storage technology Musk showcased. Azer said the company is finding applications for the battery technology that would be useful for commercial- and utility-scale clients.

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    11. Hawaii Energy Park Strikes Deal with Sandia National Laboratories to Test Energy Storage

      Hawaii Energy Park Strikes Deal with Sandia National Laboratories to Test Energy Storage

      The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority, which manages the 870-acre energy and ocean technology park on the Big Island, has struck a deal with Sandia National Laboratories to work on energy storage projects. NELHA said Tuesday that it will work closely to coordinate and share information with the New Mexico-based federal agency, which develops science-based technologies that support national security.

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    12. Johnson Controls Pursues 2018 Production of Start-Stop Battery System That Nabs Energy From Braking

      Johnson Controls Pursues 2018 Production of Start-Stop Battery System That Nabs Energy From Braking

      Johnson Controls Inc., in partnership with Toshiba Corp., recently unveiled a start-stop battery technology for automobiles that captures energy from a braking car. The company projects the system to be in production in 2018, Bloomberg News reports. The technology would significantly lower the cost of electric power for cars, one of the factors limiting mass-production of the vehicles, which use gas engines that shut off when the car is idle, at a stoplight for instance, but restart automatically when the gas pedal is pushed.

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    13. Oregon Startup Envisions a 20-year Battery

      Oregon Startup Envisions a 20-year Battery

      A Corvallis cleantech firm will team with researchers at Oregon State University on technology that could extend the life of certain battery cores to 20 years. NRGindependence secured $150,000 in commercialization funding from Oregon BEST to collaborate with Alex Yokochi, an OSU assistant professor of chemical engineering, to advance the technology of rechargeable "reduction-oxidation" or redox batteries. NRGindepdendence, a research firm that concentrates on various aspects of energy storage, developed a system that chemically coats a battery's carbon core to significantly reduce degradation. The technology could triple the life of redox flow battery cores by some estimates.

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    14. Amish Company Gets One of First Contracts for Alevo Battery Plant in Concord, NC

      Amish Company Gets One of First Contracts for Alevo Battery Plant in Concord, NC

      Alevo Group's plans for a $1 billion electric-grid management campus at a former Concord cigarette factory is spreading its good economic news as far away as Amish country. Superb Industries Inc. of Sugarcreek, Ohio, has a contract from Alevo to make battery components that calls for 5 million parts in 2015. Eventually, the deal is to produce 100 million parts by 2019 that will be used in the electric-grid batteries to be made in the former Philip Morris USA plant in Cabarrus County.

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    15. Kauai Utility's $55M Energy Storage Project Gets State Approval

      Kauai Utility's $55M Energy Storage Project Gets State Approval

      The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative's plan for its $55 million to $65 million pumped hydropower storage project on the island's west side has received unanimous approval of the Hawaii state Board of Land and Natural Resources. The approval gives KIUC access to the Puu Lua Reservoir and state land to conduct feasibility work, including engineering and geotechnical studies.

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    16. RES Americas to Build Big Battery Storage Projects in Chicago

      RES Americas to Build Big Battery Storage Projects in Chicago

      Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc., better known as RES Americas, said Tuesday it will build two of the largest commercial-sized energy storage projects in North America. RES, a wind farm developer based in Broomfield, said the two projects will be built outside of Chicago, and once completed in 2015, will be capable of storing a total of 19.8 megawatts of power to support the local Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) electricity grid.

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    17. Inside Saft's High-Tech Jacksonville Factory

      Inside Saft's High-Tech Jacksonville Factory

      Jacksonville was supposed to just be a manufacturing plant. That's how it started, at least. But then Saft America came into Jacksonville and found the city so welcoming, it moved its headquarters here. Thomas Alcide, CEO of Saft America, told the Business Journal that's when its presence in Jacksonville really took hold. The company opened its doors to the media on Thursday for the first time since coming here, giving a rare look into the state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing facility.

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    18. CMU Named an Affiliate of DOE's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research

      CMU Named an Affiliate of DOE's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research

      Carnegie Mellon University has received affiliate status with the Joint Center for Energy Storage, an energy innovation hub sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The goal of the JCESR hub is to produce energy storage units over the next five years that have five times the storage capacity of current units at one-fifth the cost, according to CMU.

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    19. Alevo Says the Concord Battery System Plant Will be the First of Several Planned

      Alevo Says the Concord Battery System Plant Will be the First of Several Planned

      Alevo Inc. says it will spend "hundreds of millions" of dollars and employ 2,500 in Concord as it makes huge battery systems that are used to store electrical energy and release it when needed, the Charlotte Business Journal has learned. Julian Tanner, London-based spokesman for Alevo, also says the Concord operation, which will be developed at the former Philip Morris cigarette plant on U.S. Highway 29, will be the "initial" facility of several the company has planned.

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