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    1. Capacity Value of Energy Storage in PJM

      Capacity Value of Energy Storage in PJM

      Astrapé Consulting performed a capacity valuation of energy-limited resources (ELRs) using the Strategic Energy and Risk Valuation Model (SERVM) for the PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. The intent of this analysis was to determine the duration requirements for ELRs based on their ability to provide the same reliability benefits as conventional fully-dispatchable resources.

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    2. New study By Astrapé, Energy Storage Association, and National Resources Defense Council refutes PJM arguments in FERC 841 Order

      New study By Astrapé, Energy Storage Association, and National Resources Defense Council refutes PJM arguments in FERC 841 Order

      A new study released by Astrapé Consulting, funded by the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) and National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), concludes that Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) efforts to encourage more energy storage deployment is supported by sound data. The findings, which are specific to the PJM market, show that PJM’s proposal requiring a storage asset to run for 10 continuous hours in order to qualify its full output for the capacity market is unnecessary and unduly restrictive. The Astrapé study concludes that a shorter storage duration requirement correctly reflects its capacity value for the foreseeable future.

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    3. CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman's Statement on Georgia Public Service Commission's Long-Term Energy Plan

      CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman's Statement on Georgia Public Service Commission's Long-Term Energy Plan

      “We commend the Georgia Public Service Commission for its approval this week of an ambitious, long-term energy plan that includes includes 80 MW of battery storage for the state,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the U.S. Energy Storage Association. The commission’s strategy also calls for pilot programs to re-purpose used batteries to enable fast-charging of electric vehicles.

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    4. CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Nevada Energy’s Announced Energy Storage Additions

      CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Nevada Energy’s Announced Energy Storage Additions

      The U.S. Energy Storage Association congratulates NV Energy on its recent plan to deploy nearly 600 MW of energy storage by 2023. This exciting announcement builds upon a nationwide trend in energy storage market growth. We especially applaud NV Energy for partnering with third parties in this effort, sending a strong signal for businesses to invest in energy storage in Nevada.

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    5. ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Financing Our Energy Future Act

      ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Financing Our Energy Future Act

      The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) supports the efforts of Senators Coons and Moran and Representatives Thompson and Estes to introduce the bipartisan Financing Our Energy Future Act. Including energy storage as an eligible asset for master limited partnerships would allow energy infrastructure providers to build and acquire energy storage technologies at lower cost, accelerating the transition to a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable energy infrastructure. Coupled with the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act (S. 1142 / H.R. 2096), which ESA also endorses, the Financing our Energy Future Act will help establish a long-term tax framework to accelerate storage deployment.

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    6. U.S. Energy Storage Market Breaks Record for Megawatts Deployed in a Single Quarter, Growing 232% Year-Over-Year

      U.S. Energy Storage Market Breaks Record for Megawatts Deployed in a Single Quarter, Growing 232% Year-Over-Year

      The United States non-residential storage market had its strongest quarter ever in Q1 2019, according to the new U.S. Energy Storage Monitor from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the U.S. Energy Storage Association. Q1 2019 was also the second strongest quarter on record for the U.S. residential storage segment.

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    7. CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Energy Storage Project Law in Maryland

      CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Energy Storage Project Law in Maryland

      We commend Gov. Larry Hogan for signing the Energy Storage Pilot Project Act to advance energy storage in Maryland. Thanks to the leadership of State Sen. Brian Feldman, Chair of the Energy & Publilc Utilities Subcommittee of the Finance Committee, Del. Kumar Barve, Chair of the Environment & Transportation Committee, and Del. Marc Korman, Maryland will test regulatory ownership and deployment models to id entify savings and reliability benefits for ratepayers. This law exemplifies the bipartisan collaboration of Maryland policymakers and stakeholders, in coordination with the Public Service Commission.

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    8. CEO Statement on ITC Legislation Introduced by Congressman Doyle

      CEO Statement on ITC Legislation Introduced by Congressman Doyle

      “We commend Congressman Doyle for his leadership in the introduction of today’s legislation, which if enacted, would immediately boost investment in the energy storage industry and create even more economic opportunity,” said Energy Storage Association CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman.  “It is a simple and impactful clarification of the current investment tax credit that would ensure equitable access for standalone storage and send long-term investment signals to an industry that supports tens of thousands of jobs nationwide. We thank Congressman Doyle for addressing this critical issue for the resiliency, efficiency, sustainability and affordability of our electric system.”

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    9. ESA Calls for Robust Evaluation of Benefits in New Jersey Storage Study

      ESA Calls for Robust Evaluation of Benefits in New Jersey Storage Study

      ESA filed comments in response to a notice requesting comments by the Board of Public Utilities in support of the New Jersey energy storage cost benefit study called for by the 2018 Clean Energy Act. Staff is seeking comments in support of regulatory analysis and policy recommendations in the report. In our comments, ESA outlines the potential benefits of energy storage in New Jersey and provides guidance on which benefits should be included in the analysis; describes the current regulatory and market barriers to the deployment of energy storage systems in New Jersey; and includes a framework that allows for all storage technologies of all durations and types to support New Jersey’s ambitious clean energy and climate goals.

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    10. NEC Energy Solutions and Arizona Public Service Company to Host the Energy Storage Association’s Annual Conference and Expo

      NEC Energy Solutions and Arizona Public Service Company to Host the Energy Storage Association’s Annual Conference and Expo

      The Energy Storage Association is pleased to announce NEC Energy Solutions and Arizona Public Service (APS) as the conference and utility hosts, respectively, of the ESA’s Annual Energy Storage Conference & Expo on April 16 - 18 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. ESA is the leading national voice for companies that develop, integrate and deploy the energy storage technologies we rely on every day.

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    11. ESA CEO Statement on Release of 2019 U.S. Energy and Employment Report

      ESA CEO Statement on Release of 2019 U.S. Energy and Employment Report

      With today’s release of the 2019 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER), we are pleased to see evidence of what we already know to be true: an investment in the energy storage industry and an increase in deployments translates into direct job growth here in the United States. ESA and our member companies know that energy storage enables a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable electricity grid, and we are working every day to support U.S.-based job growth.

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    12. Sen. Heinrich, FERC Chairman Promote Storage as Vital for Clean Energy Economy

      Sen. Heinrich, FERC Chairman Promote Storage as Vital for Clean Energy Economy

      Federal and state officials stressed the importance of energy storage in the clean energy economy and the need for a supportive regulatory environment at the Energy Storage Association's annual Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. More than 200 energy storage industry stakeholders and leaders in attendance heard U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) announce plans to introduce bipartisan legislation to expand the Investment Tax Credit to include standalone energy storage. Keynote speaker Neil Chatterjee, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission , discussed regulations that open the markets for storage to compete on a level playing field with other technologies. Also at the event, ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman discussed the top energy storage trends that the industry must prepare for in 2019.

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    13. CEO Statement on the Minnesota Energy Storage Bill – Senate File 100

      CEO Statement on the Minnesota Energy Storage Bill – Senate File 100

      The Energy Storage Association (ESA) applauds the Minnesota Senate for unanimously passing Senate File 100 (SF 100) today. Thanks to the leadership of Senators Osmek, Rosen, Marty, Goggin and Dibble, SF 100 paves the way for the State of Minnesota to build a robust energy storage market, and a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable grid for all. The bill’s inclusion of an energy storage cost-benefit study will enable policymakers to determine the optimal deployment levels and applications of energy storage in the State of Minnesota. Important revisions to rules governing utility planning are also included in SF 100, which strikes a clear path toward leveling the playing field so that storage resources can fairly compete with other types of resources.

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    14. Energy Storage Incentive Programs

      Energy Storage Incentive Programs

      Energy storage is an increasingly cost-effective solution for electricity customers in a growing number of markets across the country, and this trend is expected to carry on as prices continue to fall. Yet regulatory frameworks and market rules in many parts of the country prevent customers from being able to provide or monetize the value their energy storage system can offer, impacting project investment decisions. Recent energy storage cost-benefit studies developed for Massachusetts, New York, and Nevada have revealed the potential value of energy storage systems to customers, utilities, and the electric system. Incentive programs can serve as a bridge on the path towards realizing this value, jumpstarting a state’s storage market while the necessary reforms are finalized to enable customers to secure financial compensation for the value their storage systems provide. The benefits in soft cost reduction of incentivizing the near-term deployment of megawatts can far exceed the costs of an incentive program.

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    15. CEO Statement on Colorado Public Utilities Commission Order on Energy Storage

      CEO Statement on Colorado Public Utilities Commission Order on Energy Storage

      ESA commends Chairman Ackermann and the Colorado Public Utilities Commission for adopting an Order yesterday that codifies the intent of the Colorado General Assembly reflected in last session’s ESA-endorsed Energy Storage Procurement Act (HB 18-1270). The final Commission decision adopts many of the recommendations ESA, along with our allies at CO SEIA, SEIA and the Western Resource Advocates put forward in the associated proceeding.

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    16. ESA Unveils Initial Assessment of Regional Grid Operator Compliance with FERC Order 841

      ESA Unveils Initial Assessment of Regional Grid Operator Compliance with FERC Order 841

      ESA announced today its initial assessment of filings made one week ago by regional grid operators attempting to comply with directives issued last February by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in its landmark Order 841. While all regional grid operators opened market products to energy storage to some degree, with the exception of the California Independent System Operator (CA ISO), all other filings either left out key compliance parameters or suggested limitations contrary to the intent of FERC Order 841.

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    17. CEO Statement on Broad Coalition’s Support for Including Storage as an Eligible Technology in ITC

      CEO Statement on Broad Coalition’s Support for Including Storage as an Eligible Technology in ITC

      Today the Energy Storage Association (ESA), along with a broad-based coalition comprised of other energy trade and advocacy groups, strongly urges congressional leadership to clarify eligibility of energy storage for the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) before the end of the year in a move that that would level the playing field across all energy technologies and bolster an industry that supports over 90,000 U.S. jobs and counting.

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    18. AECOM, Lockheed Martin Together Build Energy Storage System at Fort Carson

      AECOM, Lockheed Martin Together Build Energy Storage System at Fort Carson

      In August, AECOM announced it started construction of a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) at Fort Carson Army base in Colorado using Lockheed Martin’s GridStar® Lithium energy storage system. The 4.25 MW/8.5 MWh BESS is part of an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to reduce Fort Carson’s energy costs and increase its energy resilience. Though there are some existing energy storage systems at military bases, this unit will be the largest stand-alone commercially contracted battery at an army base. The large, revenue-generating storage system operates behind Fort Carson’s electric utility meter. It reduces electrical demand during peak intervals, thereby increasing power grid resilience.

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    19. Clean Energy Leaders Meet in Charlotte to Tout Capacity, Demand for Energy Storage

      Clean Energy Leaders Meet in Charlotte to Tout Capacity, Demand for Energy Storage

      North Carolina was a hotbed of energy storage activity in 2016. So much so that the national trade association - the Energy Storage Association (ESA) - held its annual conference in Charlotte and the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) convened its first Energy Storage Working Group. There was great promise to open the market to more energy storage in North Carolina. And now they’re back.

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    20. Energy Storage Technologies Expected to Boost mid-Atlantic Market as Clean, Renewable Energy Demand Increases

      Energy Storage Technologies Expected to Boost mid-Atlantic Market as Clean, Renewable Energy Demand Increases

      WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2018 -- More than 30 million Americans in the mid-Atlantic have started to see the benefits from energy storage systems operating in the region. As the country continues to expect resilient, reliable and cleaner energy, there is a need for energy storage to deliver value to the electric grid to support customers' demands. In addition, large and independent power producers have seen energy storage costs drop by up to 70 percent in the past few years according to the Energy Storage Association (ESA).

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    21. Leadership Circle Member RES Awarded $16.3M Solar & Energy Storage Project with CPS Energy

      Leadership Circle Member RES Awarded $16.3M Solar & Energy Storage Project with CPS Energy

      Primary tabsView(active tab)Edit Leadership Circle Member RES Awarded $16.3M Solar & Energy Storage Project with CPS Energy SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 - 16:07SPOTLIGHT ON STORAGE Posted by: Energy Storage Association About the ESA Blog Spotlight on Storage features commentary on new and innovative developments in the U.S. energy storage industry from ESA staff, members, and supporters. ESA is excited that our Leadership Circle member, Renewable Energy Systems (RES), was selected by San Antonio utility CPS Energy to build and install a $16.3 million solar and energy storage project. The station will be on the Southwest Research Institute’s (SwRI) 1,200-acre campus in San Antonio and is an important step for energy modernization in Texas. The CPS Energy solar and energy storage systems consist of 5 MWAC of distributed solar capacity co-located with a 10 MW/10 MWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) controlled by RESolve. This project combines distributed solar generation with strategically sized and configured electrochemical energy storage. In addition, the technologies are interconnected at distribution voltage on a common feeder.

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