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    1. Soccer meets storage? Nissan, Eaton team up with Manchester City

      Soccer meets storage? Nissan, Eaton team up with Manchester City

      Home energy storage soon no longer will be the preserve of energy geeks and green consumers if a new sponsorship deal signed by power company Eaton and football club Manchester (Man) City has the desired effect. Announced this week, the sponsorship deal will see Eaton market its home energy storage unit — developed using second-life batteries from Nissan electric vehicles — to fans of the football club. Fans will receive targeted content about energy storage across Man City channels over the coming weeks, including via the club's website, app and at "certain moments" during games. Die-hard fans also will be able to purchase a limited-edition Man City-branded storage unit for their homes.

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      Mentions: Nissan Eaton
    2. 3 reasons to get charged up about energy storage

      3 reasons to get charged up about energy storage

      In the world of electricity, few topics are generating more headlines this year than energy storage. Market watcher Navigant Research figures more than 1,420 projects are under way across the power grid, with a new installation trumpeted almost every week. "Overall, the global energy storage industry is poised to continue to grow quickly over the next several years," Navigant analyst Ian McClenny noted in a recent update about the market. "With emerging infrastructure becoming increasingly integrated, dynamic and complex, flexible resources like storage will provide added value to existing and new power-generating assets."

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      Mentions: CA Australia HI
    3. The Compelling Case for Creating a Nation of Microgrids

      The Compelling Case for Creating a Nation of Microgrids

      We so take the electricity infrastructure for granted that we fail to recognize it as a potent public policy tool for economic revitalization. Of all large infrastructures in the United States, nothing is more poised for transformative change, with a host of long- and short-term benefits, as today’s electricity delivery system — not roads, not information technology, not oil, coal and natural gas, not entertainment, not retail, not housing construction, not healthcare.

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    4. The Nuts and Bolts of Aggregated Energy Storage

      The Nuts and Bolts of Aggregated Energy Storage

      Early Setember, Energy storage developer Stem aggregated a fleet of behind-the-meter (BTM) energy storage systems and successfully bid into the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) real-time energy market as participants in PG&E’s new supply-side pilot. This accomplishment marks the first occurrence of aggregated, customer-sited storage participating in California’s real-time energy market, marking a major milestone in the evolution of distributed energy resources (DERs) and their role in the electricity grid of the future.

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      Mentions: CA
    5. Why New Hampshire Could Be the Next State to Take on Microgrids

      Why New Hampshire Could Be the Next State to Take on Microgrids

      New Hampshire soon may be charting a course toward electric grid modernization — and microgrids — if it follows the advice in a 10-year energy strategy issued by the state Office of Energy & Planning. The advisory agency recently recommended that the Public Utilities Commission investigate grid modernization, in keeping with similar action in Massachusetts and New York. The states are looking at how to make the grid more storm-resilient, economic and efficient with microgrids, distributed energy, smart meters and other approaches that foster local energy.

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      Mentions: DoE MD MA
    6. Meet the New 'Operating System for Energy'

      Meet the New 'Operating System for Energy'

      Ryan Wartena, CEO and founder of Growing Energy Labs, could have decided to create a new, inexpensive battery for energy storage, based on his experience working at the U.S. Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C., where he learned how to make micro batteries.  When he started GELI, his partner was working at Harvard University, and Wartena was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His ultimate goal was to boost the use of energy storage so that “we can run the world on renewable energy,” he said.

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    7. How Tesla and GE Envision the Future of Energy

      How Tesla and GE Envision the Future of Energy

      In the late 19th century War of the Currents — direct versus alternating, that is — Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla were on opposite sides of energy innovation. More than a century later, Jeff Immelt, General Electric’s ninth chairman (at left) since Edison himself; and Elon Musk, who pays tribute to the Serbian-American inventor with his electric car company Tesla Motors; were a similar study in contrast at the World Energy Innovation Forum, held this week at Tesla’s factory in Fremont, Calif.

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      Mentions: U.S. GE SolarCity
    8. Why a Combo of Grid-Tied Solar and Battery Storage Benefits All

      Why a Combo of Grid-Tied Solar and Battery Storage Benefits All

      Rocky Mountain Institute's recent report, "The Economics of Grid Defection," explored the potential for solar-plus-battery systems to reach economic parity with the electric grid. That analysis reached a striking conclusion: solar-plus-battery systems could become cost competitive with purchasing electricity from your utility in several areas around the country much faster, and for more customers than traditionally thought. The implication is that customers could choose to become their own power provider. In fact, a March Morgan Stanley report strongly reinforced that possibility.

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    9. How 10 Innovative Companies are Giving Energy Storage a Jolt

      How 10 Innovative Companies are Giving Energy Storage a Jolt

      Technological and market forces have converged to make energy storage one of the most exciting — and potentially game-changing — opportunities for commercial and industrial facility managers, grid operators, homeowners and investors. Forward-thinking utilities, battery suppliers, power inverter producers, system integrators and public-sector supporters are driving a massive expansion of energy storage solutions aimed at enabling the grid of the future — or even a grid-less future.

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      Mentions: CA Japan PA
    10. Why a Small German Village Bet Big on Renewables

      Why a Small German Village Bet Big on Renewables

      Regardless of debate about the success of Germany's renewables revolution, there is no denying that a small town in the corner of rural eastern Germany, 40 miles south of Berlin, may be one of the best examples of decentralized self-sufficiency. Feldheim (population 150), in the cash-strapped state of Brandenburg, was a communist collective farm back when Germany still was divided into East and West. Now it is a model renewable energy village putting into practice Germany's vision of a renewably powered future.

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    11. SolarCity and Tesla Shine Spotlight on Solar-Battery Systems

      SolarCity and Tesla Shine Spotlight on Solar-Battery Systems

      When SolarCity and Tesla announced last month that they are teaming up to offer battery backup for residential solar PV systems, they generated much excitement and a disproportionate amount of press. From Greentech Media to the New York Times, stories abound about how the union of these two companies heralds the next stage in the evolution of distributed energy resources.

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      Mentions: MD Stem NY
    12. Batteries Included: The 'Grid of the Future' Takes Shape

      Batteries Included: The 'Grid of the Future' Takes Shape

      The end of October marked the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, whose electrical system aftermath continues to drive calls for an updated and more resilient energy infrastructure nationwide. Earlier in August, the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force released its full strategy, chock full of references to “smarter” and “more flexible” energy infrastructure. Recent reports and initiatives from NREL and the Department of Homeland Security echoed those sentiments.

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    13. Can microgrids save outmoded utilities (good overview article)

      Can microgrids save outmoded utilities (good overview article)

      Whether through physical decline, natural catastrophe or misguided malice, our grid is subject to increasing threats that can and will lead to more frequent failure.  Meanwhile, our centralized architecture largely based on hub-and-spoke generation and transmission only adds to the brittleness of the system.  One solution ... is the use of microgrids

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      Mentions: CA U.S. Germany
    14. Johnson Controls Hits Record Growth: Building Efficiency, Batteries

      Johnson Controls Hits Record Growth: Building Efficiency, Batteries
      Sales will expand by about 10 percent next year in its Building Efficiency unit, spurred by accelerating spending on retrofits and efficiency upgrades. Likely to expand faster still is the Power Solutions unit, where revenues will rise by around 12 percent, stoked in part by rising demand for batteries for hybrids and electric vehicles.
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