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    1. Broad Interest in Nukes, Especially SMRs, at National Clean Energy Week

      Broad Interest in Nukes, Especially SMRs, at National Clean Energy Week

      National Clean Energy Week was conceived in June by the Coalition of Responsible Energy Solutions. During July and August the organizers attracted partners, sponsors and speakers. They developed a week-long agenda and located venues for the expo, symposium and panels. Festivities began with a welcome reception for invited guests at Google’s Washington, D.C. office on Sept. 25. Tuesday’s NCEW symposium included talks by Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke; briefs from four members of Congress, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.); roundtable discussions and talks by clean energy technology leaders.

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    2. Renewable Energy Presents No Threat to Grid, Despite Trump Aides Claim

      Renewable Energy Presents No Threat to Grid, Despite Trump Aides Claim

      In 1986, President Ronald Reagan famously removed solar panels from the White House roof, capping a misguided energy policy that severely slashed investment in renewable energy. Thirty-one years later, President Trump has committed a more consequential mistake by rejecting the Paris climate accord. But the story of how solar energy survived and thrived after Reagan holds an encouraging lesson for us.

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    3. The Mutually Beneficial Relationship Between Long Tail Solar and Energy Storage

      The Mutually Beneficial Relationship Between Long Tail Solar and Energy Storage

      The energy storage market will expand dramatically in the coming years from an annual installation size of 6 gigawatts in 2017 to more than 40 by 2021. In addition, an IMS Research report predicts that the market for storing energy from solar panels will go from $200 million in 2012 to nearly $19 billion by the end of this year. This is especially impactful for residential solar, which has seen consistent growth in the past few years and will continue to grow for the foreseeable future.

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      Mentions: U.S.
    4. "Virtual Batteries" Could Lead to Cheaper, Cleaner Power

      "Virtual Batteries" Could Lead to Cheaper, Cleaner Power

       

      Power producers usually keep turbines spinning at a few offline plants, so they can ramp up production if demand spikes. Or they maintain coal-fueled backup generators that can be fired up quickly. But these approaches are either costly, polluting, or both. In theory, the grid could employ a battery to keep supply and demand in balance, but existing battery technologies offer no cost savings over power production. In a new paper, however, MIT researchers argue that “smart appliances” in homes and offices, such as thermostats that can be adjusted remotely and electric cars that plug into the grid, could, collectively, act as a massive battery, offering a lower-cost, lower-emission alternative to backup power generation in the grid.

       

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      Mentions: MIT
    5. How Does Energy Storage Help Customers and the Grid? Let Us Count the Ways, All 89 of Them

      How Does Energy Storage Help Customers and the Grid? Let Us Count the Ways, All 89 of Them

       

      Energy storage is a game changer. Ultimately, it could free the electric power system from matching generation and consumption on a minute-by-minute basis, saving electricity until it’s needed. Policymakers, utilities, and customers are beginning to recognize its value. Doug Little, chair of the Arizona Corporation Commission, summed up the potential of behind-the-meter (BTM) storage this way: “Energy storage technology is really the ‘secret sauce’ for the future of residential rooftop solar.” At AEE, we agree, but add that it could be the secret sauce for numerous other applications – on both sides of the meter. That makes energy storage a key  technology for modernizing the energy grid and leading to an advanced energy future.

       

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      Mentions: Arizona
    6. Year in Review: Top 10 Utility Commission Actions of 2016

      Year in Review: Top 10 Utility Commission Actions of 2016

       In September, we published a post on the top 10 utility commission issues of 2016 so far, but action on utility regulations has continued in the months since. In this year-end post, we look at 10 key actions taken by state public utility commissions (PUCs) in 2016. These actions affected everything from rate design for distributed energy resources to data access to grid modernization. More broadly, they all point the way toward a modern electric power system for the 21st century, even if getting there is by fits and starts.

       

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      Mentions: CA IN PA
    7. Massachusetts Storage Procurement Goals the Next Step in Advancing Grid Modernization

      Massachusetts Storage Procurement Goals the Next Step in Advancing Grid Modernization

      This week, Governor Baker of Massachusetts signed a comprehensive energy bill that will make the Bay State the third in the country to adopt energy storage procurement goals – a momentous day for the advancement of energy storage on the East Coast. Massachusetts has long been a driving force in cleantech and grid modernization, and with the passage of H.4568 the state will continue its trajectory as a leading supporter of innovative energy technology. This legislation empowers the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), led by the dynamic and tactful Commissioner Judith Judson, “to set appropriate targets for electric companies to procure viable and cost-effective energy storage systems to be achieved by January 1, 2020.” This is a strong signal to businesses and investors that Massachusetts is well-positioned to serve as a hub for the global energy storage industry and provides a greater degree of market and regulatory certainty in this growing industry.

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      Mentions: DoE MA
    8. West Seti Project: Opportunities and Challenges

      West Seti Project: Opportunities and Challenges

      The Investment Board Nepal (IBN) approved China’s CWE Investment Corporation, a subsidiary of Three Gorges Company on April 2015. The CWE Corp will form a joint venture with Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) for the development of West Seti Project. The hydro-project is storage-based with a capacity of 750 MW and costs $1.6 billion. This will be the biggest foreign investment project in Nepal’s history. The West Seti project was envisioned more than couple of decades ago with the first feasibility study conducted in 1987. There were multiple companies showing interest in the project since then. During the early years, Snowy Mountain Engineering Corporation (SMEC) signed an agreement with the government of Nepal, however the license was revoked at the later date. Government then formed another company, West Seti Hydro Limited, and conducted environmental impact assessment and resettlement action plan in 1997 and later revised in 2007.

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      Mentions: India China
    9. MIT Researchers Create Citywide Building Energy Model for Boston

      MIT Researchers Create Citywide Building Energy Model for Boston

      City governments in the age of climate change often find themselves in a predicament: It’s hard to create a more energy-efficient city without detailed information about how — and when — buildings consume electricity and heating fuel. The City of Boston now has a powerful new tool for planning its energy future, thanks to pioneering work done by researchers at the MIT Sustainable Design Lab (SDL) and the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, in collaboration with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA).

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Saudi Arabia
    10. The U.S. Electricity System in 15 Maps

      The U.S. Electricity System in 15 Maps

      Electricity in the United States is going through massive changes: the generation mix is shifting rapidly, regulatory and industry models are evolving, and policy is playing an ever important role. All of these changes can be hard to conceptualize, particularly when trying to make sense of how multiple factors interact with each other. No one map can display everything about our grid, but geography is key to understanding the diversity of resource mixes, regulatory regimes, and policies across the country.

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      Mentions: CA PA NV
    11. Three Technologies that will Keep Energy Costs in Check

      Three Technologies that will Keep Energy Costs in Check

      Utilities rely on “peaker plants” during these record-setting heat waves to avoid blackouts. Such plants are more expensive and often more polluting to operate, and utilities pass the higher costs straight on to their customers. Fortunately, this energy equation is changing. Innovative pricing and smart energy systems are gradually taking hold across the United States, already allowing homes and businesses to save energy and cut costs.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. TX
    12. Trending Topics: Electricity Grid Integration in the West

      Trending Topics: Electricity Grid Integration in the West

      The electricity system in the Western Interconnection is in the midst of unprecedented change. State and federal regulations that directly and indirectly require decreases in coal-fired generation and increases in the utilization of renewable energy resources, storage, demand response, and energy efficiency are projected to generate significant near- and long-term environmental benefits.

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    13. Energy Storage is Critical Issue at Utility Industry's Conference in New Orleans

      Energy Storage is Critical Issue at Utility Industry's Conference in New Orleans

      Earlier this week, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) held their Annual Convention, which brought together leaders from the utility industry for three days in New Orleans. With energy executives from around the world in attendance, attention was squarely focused on the dynamic role of utilities and the evolving electrical grid, and how new assets like energy storage and renewable energy are increasingly augmenting grid operations.

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    14. Are We Measuring Energy Use All Wrong?

      Are We Measuring Energy Use All Wrong?

      We measure energy use with a commodity-based approach -- monitoring electrons, therms and gallons. But is there a better way to gauge the efficiency of the economy? In this week's show, we'll talk with energy economist Skip Laitner about why measuring usable energy is better for understanding economic productivity. And we'll ask: how do we apply it to the real world?

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    15. How New York's Microgrid Prize Is Testing New Energy, Market Relationships

      How New York's Microgrid Prize Is Testing New Energy, Market Relationships

      In New York, utility Consolidated Edison has won approval to replace an estimated $1 billion in substation upgrades with about $150 million in targeted demand response and energy efficiency programs and another $50 million in grid-scale battery systems, providing an early template of how distributed resources can work in lieu of utility assets. But the state's REV proceeding envisions a much broader platform for third-party energy resource integration, based around the concept of distributed system platform providers (DSPPs).

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      Mentions: CA DoE U.S.
    16. Important Electric Grid Recommendations from the U.S. Department of Energy's New Report

      Important Electric Grid Recommendations from the U.S. Department of Energy's New Report

      The Department of Energy (DOE) recently released its first installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) - a comprehensive report examining how the United States can modernize energy infrastructure to promote economic competitiveness, energy security, and environmental responsibility. This installment contains many good findings and recommendations pertaining to electric grid modernization relevant to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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    17. Major Steps Toward a 21st Century Electricity System in New York, California

      Major Steps Toward a 21st Century Electricity System in New York, California

      Now well into 2015, momentum is building around the country to create a 21st Century electricity system. Progress is being made on the regulatory front and with implementation, as various states move to modernize their grids, update their regulatory frameworks, and address the challenges and opportunities that come with wider deployment of distributed energy resources (DER), electric vehicles, renewable energy, and broadly speaking, a smarter grid. New York and California are two states that are leading the way.

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    18. These States Are Early Leaders in U.S. Energy Storage Market

      These States Are Early Leaders in U.S. Energy Storage Market

      Energy storage is a small market undergoing fierce growth. The U.S. installed 61.9 megawatts of energy storage in 2014 and GTM Research is forecasting 220 megawatts to be installed in 2015. But, like the U.S. solar industry, energy storage projects are clustered in states with incentives or in regions where markets are able to place a value on storage. So it's no surprise that Califonia, Hawaii, and New York assume early leadership in energy storage by virtue of incentives, mandates, and markets, according to the inaugural GTM Research and Energy Storage Association U.S. Energy Storage Monitor report.

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    19. The High Cost of Solar Financing

      The High Cost of Solar Financing

      Russell Sprole with Stem Inc., an advanced energy storage company that combines storage hardware with predictive analytics software for use with C&I customers, discussed unlocking solar financing for storage projects. As Sprole pointed out, storage and solar don’t qualify for the same tax incentives, and in some cases, seeking financing for a combined solar plus storage project can lead to a lowered credit rate requirement for PACE financing and, in some cases, a net ITC benefit.

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    20. Laying the Bricks for New York's Path Forward: The Latest Development in New York’s REV Plan

      Laying the Bricks for New York's Path Forward: The Latest Development in New York’s REV Plan

      Last Thursday, New York’s Public Service Commission (PSC) issued a landmark order that signaled that the State’s push to revolutionize its electric power sector is gaining steam. The order is part of an ambitious initiative known as “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV), a regulatory proceeding that began in April 2014. The REV initiative is the Empire State’s response to a confluence of factors – including increasing competitiveness of renewable energy technologies, aging grid infrastructure, extreme weather events, and system reliability and resiliency needs – that are putting pressure on New York’s electricity system to change.

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      Mentions: U.S. MIT MA
    21. Desert Sunlight, Another 550MW Solar Farm From First Solar, Now Fully Operational

      Desert Sunlight, Another 550MW Solar Farm From First Solar, Now Fully Operational

      Late last year, the 550-megawatt capacity Topaz Solar project achieved full commercial operation. And now Topaz has to share the crown with First Solar's 550-megawatt Desert Sunlight project in Riverside, California. Desert Sunlight is co-owned by NextEra Energy Resources, GE Energy Financial Services, and Sumitomo Corporation of America, and is constructed on land managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management. In 2011, the U.S. DOE issued loan guarantees of $1.46 million for Desert Sunlight.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. GE
    22. Center for the New Energy Economy Looks Back at the 2014 State Legislative Sessions

      Center for the New Energy Economy Looks Back at the 2014 State Legislative Sessions

      Each year, the Center for the New Energy Economy publishes an overview of legislative trends in the advanced energy sector from state legislatures across the country. In looking at 2014, the Center found a total of 437 bills that made it into law in a variety of categories relevant to advanced energy. The Center's Advanced Energy Legislative Tracker (AELTracker.org) is a great tool for finding and tracking progress on energy legislation across the country - links in this report will go directly to bills within the tracker.

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    23. Power-to-Gas Enables Massive Energy Storage

      Power-to-Gas Enables Massive Energy Storage

      Power-to-Gas (PtG) enables the natural gas pipeline network to be used for energy storage, resolving many of the integration issues that plague intermittent renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. It is well known that finding a solution for scalable energy storage is critical in the pursuit of achieving a renewable energy future. While batteries, pumped-hydro, flywheels and other technologies have their merits, none are able to offer seasonal deep storage at the terawatt scale. Power-to-Gas is an elegant innovation that simply takes excess renewable electricity to create renewable hydrogen and methane for injection into natural gas pipelines or use in transportation.

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    24. How Groundbreaking Is the DOE's New $53M Solar Energy Investment?

      How Groundbreaking Is the DOE's New $53M Solar Energy Investment?

      Ernest Moniz is an all-of-the above kind of energy secretary. He's a supporter of advanced nuclear, natural gas, carbon sequestration and all kinds of renewables -- and has the diverse funding at the Department of Energy to show for it. But there's one tech that he's been giving a lot of special attention: solar.

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