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    1. Is The Best Analogy For The Energy Storage Business--Eeek!--Hard Drives?

      Is The Best Analogy For The Energy Storage Business--Eeek!--Hard Drives?

      The optimism in the energy storage industry is based on soaring demand, rapid technological advances, expanding capacity and, for some, what will likely be a scary competitive environment.First, the good news. Lithium ion battery packs over the last ten years have declined faster than the cost of solar, said John Carrington, CEO of Stem, which makes behind-the-meter storage systems for hotels and other commercial customers looking to shave peak power costs, during a hallway meeting at Finance West sponsored by the American Council of Renewable Energy this week.

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    2. Ceres Q&A With Nancy Pfund: 'The Progress We Are Making is Undeniable'

      Ceres Q&A With Nancy Pfund: 'The Progress We Are Making is Undeniable'

      DBL’s mission of investing for both financial and social returns is getting more relevant every day. Investors from pension funds to endowments to family offices, foundations and strategics increasingly have sustainability front and center in terms of their areas of focus. DBL has been a huge beneficiary of this trend, and its investments are helping to show the world that now is the time to create the 21st Century’s iconic corporations designed with 21st century needs like climate change in mind.

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    3. Energy Storage Teaches Utilities How To Hurry

      Energy Storage Teaches Utilities How To Hurry

      Accustomed to conservative planning that can stretch across decades, electric utilities are learning to install energy storage in a matter of months—not just to back up coming renewables, but also leaky gas facilities, shuttered nuclear plants, and because it’s a good idea anyway. California utilities are leading the way, prompted by progressive government policies and a few emergencies, like the unexpected shut downs of the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant and the Aliso Canyon natural-gas storage facility.

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    4. The Energy Storage Market Is About To Boom

      The Energy Storage Market Is About To Boom

      The signs point to the fact that the energy storage industry is poised for massive growth — not only are states across the country adopting policies to incorporate renewable energy, but utilities and consumers are investing in solar photovoltaic systems and the technology for cheaper, more efficient battery storage is finally coming to market.

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    5. Batteries Will Do To Energy What Cellphones Did To Telecom: Advanced Microgrid & Tesla

      Batteries Will Do To Energy What Cellphones Did To Telecom: Advanced Microgrid & Tesla

      The energy industry is poised for disruption, Susan Kennedy, CEO of Advanced Microgrid Solutions and former chief of staff for California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said, because it was built without battery storage in mind. “If you think about it, the entire grid from the ground up was designed around the concept that energy cannot be stored. And so the whole grid is going to change dramatically because of one thing: battery storage.”

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      Mentions: Tesla
    6. Imergy Continues To Forge Ahead In The Energy Storage Race

      Imergy Continues To Forge Ahead In The Energy Storage Race

      These days, all of the headlines on energy storage seem to be focused on Tesla’s lithium ion Powerwall storage systems, and indeed the company has made significant progress. But that doesn’t mean the storage race is over. Large companies like BYD (which plans at least one gigafactory of its own), Samsung (which sells batteries to BMW and other automotive companies) and LG Chem are moving ahead with their lithium ion products. And some of the smaller start-ups have made significant progress in advancing their storage technologies as well.

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    7. From "Drill, Baby, Drill" to "It's the Storage, Stupid": Have Batteries Come of Age?

      From "Drill, Baby, Drill" to "It's the Storage, Stupid": Have Batteries Come of Age?

      Last week Elon Musk introduced his Tesla Powerwall home and business energy storage unit to the public in an event that got less press than the release of a new iPhone. But the story is actually much bigger. Reliable energy storage combined with the continued growth of distributed solar energy generation, driven in part by SolarCity, could lead to a long-term renewable based power grid—the beginning of end of carbon based energy for electrical power generation. The other big energy use of oil is as a transportation fuel. But combine a robust renewable energy grid with Tesla Motors‘s autos, or next generation electric cars, perhaps designed by Apple, which will introduce its first vehicle by 2020, or driverless cars from Google, and a carbon-less energy future starts to look not only possible but commercially viable, and financially competitive with coal, oil and possibly even natural gas. Is it time to short big utilities?

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    8. Energy Storage: Powering The Future

      Energy Storage: Powering The Future

      Although the nation currently sits at a monumental place in its energy security, proactive steps must be taken to secure the energy sources for the future, including the continued development of renewable energy resources. These energy reserves will be an enormous step forward in both modernizing the grid and economizing the energy produced directly from green technologies.

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      Mentions: CA DoE U.S.
    9. With Reliability And Security At Stake, Microgrids Are Going Mainstream

      With Reliability And Security At Stake, Microgrids Are Going Mainstream

      In what is becoming a harbinger of things to come, a regulated utility has created self-styled electric grid to service its remote campus outside Dallas. While Oncor Electric is still sending electrons to its 7.5 million customers throughout Texas using high-voltage transmission lines, it decided to construct its own “microgrid” to bolster reliability.

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      Mentions: U.S. TX Schneider
    10. Promises, Promises ...And Energy Storage

      Promises, Promises ...And Energy Storage

      Matt Roberts is the Executive Director of the Energy Storage Association. I first came into contact with him and the ESA when I noted their survey anticipating 250% growth in the industry this year alone. When you have the overall economic growth rate slogging along at a rate of 2.2%/2.5% that triple digit growth rate really is eye-catching. The short of a long and interesting conversation is that energy storage devices are not your batteries of yesteryear or even yesterday. The strides are impressive. So impressive that Tesla and Solar City have already begun to install batteries for their commercial customers and soon batteries will be a part of their home installations as well. 

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      Mentions: DoE ESA
    11. 11 Energy Storage Project Developers To Watch

      11 Energy Storage Project Developers To Watch

      Competition in the young energy storage market is heating up nicely. SunEdison’s announcement today of its purchase of an energy storage startup is the latest example of that. This is a good time to look at who are the other developers in this market, which is driven by a federal rule and a state mandate. It will need more than that, including lower cost technology and project development and construction costs, to grow long-term.

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      Mentions: SunEdison
    12. The Storage Industry Learns From Solar: Third Party Financing A Growing Trend

      The Storage Industry Learns From Solar: Third Party Financing A Growing Trend

      ViZn is not alone in combining solar and storage projects. In its February earnings call Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk announced the impending release of a consumer lithium ion battery for home storage. And last fall, SolarCity SCTY +0.46% CTO Peter Rive announced at the Energy Storage North America conference that a combined PV/storage offering was in the works as a future standard product offering. Meanwhile, other companies like Solar Grid Storage and Intelligent Generation are offering their own solar/storage combinations with different business models. As costs of both solar and storage continue to fall, we will see many more announcements concerning the convergence of the two technologies.

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    13. America's Energy Future Requires A Demand Response

      America's Energy Future Requires A Demand Response

      Variable generation sources such as wind and solar have increased over the past 10 years, creating a greater challenge in balancing generation to load. The Bonneville Power Administration is also required to reserve generation (sometimes as much as 800 MW – more than the total output of most power plants) to deal with this variability. If instituted at a large scale, demand response could deal with that variability on its own.

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      Mentions: CA NV OR
    14. Stem Well-Positioned In On-Site Energy Storage Market

      Stem Well-Positioned In On-Site Energy Storage Market

      As the electric power grid continues to evolve and more distributed renewables come on line, the need for electricity storage will rapidly continue to grow. There are various types of energy storage, and each can contribute to the grid in numerous and different ways. These vary from fast-response grid stabilization applications (such as frequency regulation), to longer-term demand response (DR). Storage can be used to support localized grid requirements and to stabilize voltage.

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      Mentions: CA HI GE
    15. The Battery Revolution: A Technology Disruption, Economics and Grid Level Application Discussion with Eos Energy Storage

      The Battery Revolution: A Technology Disruption, Economics and Grid Level Application Discussion with Eos Energy Storage

      The folks over at Eos believe the future is now. They say that they can produce battery systems with the ability to reach costs as low as $160/kWh – storing power efficiently and inexpensively. Investors are now clamoring to get a piece of Eos. On Monday, the company announced that it had secured $15 million in financing from AltEnergy LLC, an energy technology and infrastructure focused investment firm, with plans to raise an additional $10 million with strategic investors, for total gross proceeds of $25 million.

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      Mentions: Ambri EOS
    16. Why Big Energy Companies Want To Invest In Energy Storage Startups

      Why Big Energy Companies Want To Invest In Energy Storage Startups

      Stem, a California energy storage service startup, has lined up Constellation Technology Ventures and Total Energy Ventures as investors and added $12 million to its previously announced $15 million Series B, the company said Wednesday. The addition of these two investors reflect the growing interest by big energy companies in the emerging energy storage market, where large battery systems are installed at homes or businesses to provide backup power or reduce the amount of electricity taken from the grid when electric rates are high.

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      Mentions: CA Japan France
    17. ViZn's Zinc Iron Redox Flow Battery: Another Storage Company In The Game

      ViZn's Zinc Iron Redox Flow Battery: Another Storage Company In The Game

      With Southern California Edison’s announcement this month concerning the purchase of 261 megawatts (MW) of storage, the energy storage industry got a big boost. Much of the technology awarded in this first go-round is lithium ion-based (AES was awarded 100 MW of the solicitation, while Stem received 85 MW). Lithium ion batteries are the winners today, to some degree because the technology has been deployed in electric vehicles for the past few years (owing largely to power density and weight advantages), but they may or may not win the laurel wreath for stationary storage applications in the years to come.

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    18. 4 Things You Should Know About Energy Storage

      4 Things You Should Know About Energy Storage

      We don’t fawn over battery technology like we do over shiny gadgets and smart apps, but know this: it’s set to play an important role in our attempt to use more low-carbon energy like solar and wind. Batteries and other energy storage equipment make it possible to store solar and wind electricity and use it whenever it’s needed, not just when it’s produced. That ability will help utilities to manage their power supply and demand. More interestingly, it will help businesses and homeowners to do the same as a growing number of them install solar panels on their roofs.

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      Mentions: CA PA VA
    19. The Future Promise And Challenge Of Applying Used EV Batteries As A Grid Storage Resource

      The Future Promise And Challenge Of Applying Used EV Batteries As A Grid Storage Resource

      A recent report out of the UCLA and UC Berkeley suggests that the potential for used electric vehicle (EV) batteries could be quite significant and that such batteries ‘could be a critical – and inexpensive – part of the solution’ in meeting the challenge to decarbonize our future power grid. The UCLA School of Law’s Emmit Institute on Climate Change  and the Environment and the UC Berkeley School of Law’s Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment convened a meeting in April to look into this issue.

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      Mentions: CA Japan U.S.
    20. My Microgrid's Bigger Than Yours

      My Microgrid's Bigger Than Yours

      The University of Texas (UT) at Austin claims to have the largest microgrid in the world, with a peak load of 62 MW of capacity, serving 150 buildings.  The combined heat and power (CHP) plant that serves as the anchor is rated at 135 MW. Leave it to Texas to make such a claim.  It’s not really accurate, but more importantly, it doesn’t really matter.  Bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to microgrids.

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