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    1. San Diego County Water Authority Enhances Solar With Battery Storage

      San Diego County Water Authority Enhances Solar With Battery Storage

      The San Diego County Water Authority is expecting to save approximately $100,000 per year with commercial-scale batteries installed at the agency’s solar-powered Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant near San Marcos. The energy storage system is designed to reduce operational costs at the facility by storing low-cost energy for use during high-demand periods when energy prices increase.

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      Mentions: CA Pub Util Comm
    2. Arizona Regulator Proposes Major Clean Energy Goals

      Arizona Regulator Proposes Major Clean Energy Goals

      An Arizona utility regulator has made a sweeping energy policy reform proposal, which includes a call for 80% of the state’s electricity generation to come from clean energy by 2050 along with the goal of having 3 GW of energy storage deployed by 2030. Introduced by Arizona Corporation Commissioner Andy Tobin, the plan would build on the state’s current 15% by 2025 renewable energy standard established by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) in 2006 and make Arizona home to some of the most aggressive clean energy and storage targets in the U.S.

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      Mentions: U.S. Siemens Arizona
    3. Duke Energy Plans Battery Storage Duo In North Carolina

      Duke Energy Plans Battery Storage Duo In North Carolina

      Duke Energy has announced plans to install what it claims will be North Carolina’s two largest battery energy storage systems – representing a $30 million total investment as part of the company’s Western Carolinas Modernization Plan. For many months, Duke Energy has been working on future energy needs in the region with stakeholders, including members of the Energy Innovation Task Force (EITF). The EITF is an ongoing collaborative effort with the City of Asheville and Buncombe County. One focus area of the group has been to take advantage of emerging technologies like energy storage to better serve the region.

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      Mentions: TX Duke Energy NC
    4. New York Offers Funding For Emerging Energy Storage Tech

      New York Offers Funding For Emerging Energy Storage Tech

      The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced that up to $6.3 million is now available for emerging energy storage technologies that have not yet been commercialized but could support renewable power sources in the state. NYSREDA says the funding is part of the state’s long-term investment in the energy storage sector and supports Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. 

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      Mentions: NY NYSERDA
    5. Tucson Electric Power Turns To Energy Storage

      Tucson Electric Power Turns To Energy Storage

      Tucson Electric Power (TEP), a utility that provides electricity to approximately 417,000 customers in southern Arizona, says it is enhancing the resiliency of the local electric grid with three large-scale energy storage facilities. According to the utility, a subsidiary of Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources recently completed construction of a 10 MW lithium nickel-manganese-cobalt energy storage system at a TEP substation near Interstate 10 and West Grant Road. The system is now helping to maintain reliable service for customers during periods of high energy demand by supporting stable voltage.

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      Mentions: Arizona FL
    6. N.Y. Energy Storage Jobs Surged 30% Over Four Years

      N.Y. Energy Storage Jobs Surged 30% Over Four Years

      Jobs in New York’s energy storage sector have grown to approximately 3,900 – a 30% increase from 2012 through 2015, according to a new report from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The agency says New York’s commitment to clean energy helped spur this strong growth, and storage will advance the state’s  50% by 2030 clean energy standard, as storage technology can save power generated from solar, wind, and combined heat and power (CHP) systems for later use.

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    7. Navigant Research Counts Nearly 1700 Microgrid Projects

      Navigant Research Counts Nearly 1700 Microgrid Projects

      Thanks, in large part, to the continued growth of energy storage and solar PV, Navigant Research has identified 1,681 microgrid projects that are proposed, under development or operating worldwide as of the fourth quarter of 2016. The latest edition of the firm’s Microgrid Deployment Tracker report says the microgrid projects represent 16,553 MW of capacity.

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      Mentions: Australia Asia India
    8. Con Edison Plans Virtual Power Plant With Residential Solar + Storage

      Con Edison Plans Virtual Power Plant With Residential Solar + Storage

      Beginning this summer, a utility and technology companies will partner on a “virtual power plant” pilot program to offer solar power systems with battery storage to more than 300 New York homeowners. The partners, Con Edison, SunPower Corp. and Sunverge Energy, say the program will integrate over 1.8 MW of solar power and about 1.8 MW, or 4 MWh, of battery storage. This partnership will represent one the largest residential distributed energy storage programs in the U.S., and it results from New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative, designed to harness and integrate renewables into the state’s power grid.

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    9. Grid Operators Increasingly Turn To Large-Scale Energy Storage

      Grid Operators Increasingly Turn To Large-Scale Energy Storage

      Grid operators around the world are beginning to recognize the value that large-scale energy storage systems (ESSs) can provide, and utility-scale energy storage will continue breaking into the mainstream electricity industry this year, according to a new report from Navigant Research. As this occurs, the market is projected to move away from research and development projects, pushing toward full commercial deployments. In fact, the report says global installed power capacity for energy storage for the grid and ancillary services (ESGAS) is expected to grow from 1.1 GW in 2016 to 21.6 GW in 2025.

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      Mentions: Asia
    10. Utility Execs Weigh In On Energy Storage And Solar

      Utility Execs Weigh In On Energy Storage And Solar

      Almost half (45%) of utility industry executives surveyed by Accenture worldwide, and 64% in Europe, reported that the traditional electricity distribution model is no longer fit-for-purpose. Unless the industry undergoes a digital, regulatory and business model transformation, utilities warn of increasing pressure on supply reliability and prices, according to Accenture’s Digitally Enabled Grid research, now in its third edition. The proliferation of distributed generation has been a key challenge for utilities. Accenture’s survey of 85 industry executives across 18 countries finds that more than half (56%) expect grid faults to increase by 2020 as a result of distributed renewable generation, such as residential solar photovoltaics. In addition, improving economics could make electricity storage another key disruptor, with 32% of executives expecting it to cause an increase in grid faults, up from 14% in 2013.

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      Mentions: Europe
    11. Stem Installs Grid-Connected Battery Storage System In Pilot With Hawaiian Electric

      Stem Installs Grid-Connected Battery Storage System In Pilot With Hawaiian Electric

      California-based Stem Inc. has installed a grid-connected 36 kW behind-the-meter battery storage system for Watanabe Floral in Honolulu. The installation is part of a $1.2 million pilot program supported by Energy Excelerator, a collaboration between the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research, Stem and Hawaiian Electric Co.

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      Mentions: HI Stem
    12. New UL Energy Storage Standard Aims For Better, Safer Renewable Power

      New UL Energy Storage Standard Aims For Better, Safer Renewable Power

      According to Lisa Salley, vice president and general manager for energy and power technology at Underwriters Laboratories (UL), about 20% of all energy generated today is from renewable sources, but only a fraction of that capacity is actually consumed. "Think about that challenge," Salley says. "Can you source more of your energy from renewables, and once you source it, can you store it?" Last June, UL published its UL9540 standard covering energy storage. Salley describes it as a comprehensive look at energy storage that covers charging, discharging, protection, control, communications between devices, fluids movement and other aspects.

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    13. PSI Hosting Webinar On Grid-Based Solar Energy Storage

      PSI Hosting Webinar On Grid-Based Solar Energy Storage

      The Principal Solar Institute (PSI) is hosting an hour-long webinar on Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. ET by Matt Roberts, executive director of the Energy Storage Association, on the the role of energy storage on the grid and how it augments the solar sector. PSI says the increased penetration of distributed generation is creating new challenges from intermittency. As a solution, energy storage technology has the potential to greatly benefit photovoltaic and solar thermal advancement, making it possible for renewables to become dispatchable, on-demand resources.

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      Mentions: ESA
    14. Con Edison To Meet Overload With Storage And Demand Management

      Con Edison To Meet Overload With Storage And Demand Management

      Push aside your stereotype about Con Edison as a slow-moving public utility Goliath, and meet an energy company determined to change how it operates. Con Ed, which serves the metropolitan New York area, is taking an innovative, cost-saving approach to delivering dependable power that offers a glimpse into the future of what I predict all major utility companies will be doing in the coming years.

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      Mentions: NY British Columbia
    15. Saft Providing Energy Storage System For Anahola PV Project In Hawaii

      Saft Providing Energy Storage System For Anahola PV Project In Hawaii

      Saft has been awarded a contract by Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) to provide a 6 MW/4.63 MWh battery-based energy storage system as part of the 12 MW solar project in Anahola, Hi. It is intended to provide frequency support, voltage regulation and energy reserve functions for the local grid. The KIUC is the only franchised provider of electric service to its consumers on the island of Kauai, which has a population of 65,000. The utility’s all-time peak load is 78 MW through 13 substations. It is building the new $50 million solar energy park in partnership with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and the Homestead Community Development Corp. in an effort to diversify its generating portfolio.

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      Mentions: HI ABB Saft
    16. Axion Power To Supply Solar Energy Storage Systems In New Jersey

      Axion Power To Supply Solar Energy Storage Systems In New Jersey

      Axion Power International Inc. has received a follow-on purchase order for four of its PowerCube energy storage systems from its partner, a New Jersey-based solar installer of commercial and residential systems. The $1.1 million purchase order includes lead-carbon batteries, racks, wiring, a data communication system and supporting services. Each of the PowerCubes will be tied to solar arrays that produce between 500 kW and 700 kW of power, and the PowerCubes will each provide 500 kW - up and down - for frequency regulation.

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      Mentions: NJ Axion PJM
    17. meeco and Villa Boost Maldives PV Storage Project To 4.76 MW

      meeco and Villa Boost Maldives PV Storage Project To 4.76 MW

      The Villa Group and the meeco Group have agreed to develop 4.76 MW of photovoltaic energy generation and storage capacity in the Maldive Islands off the east coast of Africa. The agreement boosts an existing agreement from 1.21 MW and will feature meeco's sun2live PV generation and storage system. Under the terms of the partnership, meeco will be responsible for the design and project engineering, procurement and construction for the project while Villa will provide project management services.

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      Mentions: Africa
    18. NREL Says Rival CSP Technologies Offer Comparable Promise

      NREL Says Rival CSP Technologies Offer Comparable Promise

      Parabolic troughs and dry-cooled towers deliver similar value for concentrating solar power (CSP) plants, despite different solar profiles, a new report by the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has found.  The report found that the value of delivered energy of dry-cooled tower and parabolic-trough CSP plants - integrated with thermal energy storage - is quite similar.

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      Mentions: CA DoE NREL
    19. Integrated Solar Power/Energy Storage Systems To Represent $2.8B Market In 2018

      Integrated Solar Power/Energy Storage Systems To Represent $2.8B Market In 2018

      The report, titled "Batteries Included: Gauging Near-Term Prospect for Solar/Energy Storage Systems," says grid-tied solar installations that feature an energy storage component (e.g., batteries) will total 675 MW in 2018. Off-grid applications, including telecom power, will total 36 MW ... while the off-grid market enjoys higher profit margins, the much larger addressable market for grid-tied battery-backup systems means they will dominate the integrated solar power/energy storage market

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      Mentions: Japan U.S. Germany
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