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    1. Incorporating Renewables into The Electric Grid: Expanding Opportunities for Smart Markets and Energy Storage | Energy Storage Association

      Incorporating Renewables into The Electric Grid: Expanding Opportunities for Smart Markets and Energy Storage | Energy Storage Association

      The cost of renewable energy has been quickly dropping and renewable energy generation has been rapidly growing in the United States, spurred by state and federal policies and technological advances. Moreover, projections going forward suggest ever increasing penetration of renewables into the electricity grid. The two most rapidly growing renewable energy sources, wind and solar, provide variable energy output that depends on the time of day, location, season, weather, and other factors. Integrating high levels of these renewables onto the grid will require a reimagining of the management of the grid. It will increase the demand for grid management services, opening up a new set of important opportunities for promising technologies and approaches. This report examines economic and technical considerations related to increasing integration of variable renewable energy resources onto the existing electric grid, which highlight the importance of emerging technologies and approaches in smart markets and energy storage that can help smooth this transition. Smart markets use new communications technologies to develop integrated approaches allowing for electricity demand to respond during times of high value. Energy storage technologies allow the temporary storage of electricity so it can be released during times of high value. The key report findings are ...

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    2. Energy Storage Association Applauds FERC Efforts to Remove Market Barriers to Energy Storage Systems

      Energy Storage Association Applauds FERC Efforts to Remove Market Barriers to Energy Storage Systems

      Washington, D.C. – June 8, 2016 – The Energy Storage Association (ESA) applauds the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for advancing their formal inquiry into market participation and barriers to entry for safe and reliable energy storage systems. By improving grid flexibility, reliability and efficiency, energy storage has already proven how valuable it is in the regional electricity markets under FERC jurisdiction. The Commission is taking a thorough and judicious approach to expanding the types of markets storage can participate in and the valuable services it can provide.

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    3. Investment Tax Credit Legislation Introduced in Congress

      Investment Tax Credit Legislation Introduced in Congress

      Last Thursday, ESA worked with Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA-17) to introduce the Energy Storage Act of 2016, legislation that seeks to amend the tax code to expand the Investment Tax Credit to include all types of advanced energy storage systems. The bipartisan bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Mark Takano (D-CA-41), Tom Reed (R-NY-23) and Christopher Gibson (R-NY-19) as well, and has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee for further consideration.

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    4. Aliso Canyon: SCE Announces Energy Storage RFO/RFP

      Aliso Canyon: SCE Announces Energy Storage RFO/RFP

      On May 27th, SCE launched the 2016 Aliso Canyon Energy Storage Request for Offers ("2016 ACES RFO") and the 2016 Aliso Canyon Design, Build, and Transfer Request for Proposals ("2016 DBT RFP"). SCE is launching these activities in response to Resolution E-4791, issued to address electrical reliability risks due to the moratorium on injections into the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility. SCE plans to buy at least 16.3 MW of fully-deliverable transmission or distribution connected capacity. SCE doesn't plan to solicit customer-connected storage in this particular RFO. 

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    5. FERC Seeking Smoother Path to Add Storage to Grid

      FERC Seeking Smoother Path to Add Storage to Grid

      By Esther Whieldon, Politico - The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Cheryl LaFleur has some advice for the nascent energy storage industry: Figure out your perfect world, then recommend the rules that will get us there. FERC is working on updating its rules to account for emerging technologies such as storage that will be necessary to support the growing amount of renewables such as wind and solar. The commission has asked for public comment by June 6 on how it should adjust market rules to accommodate newer electricity storage technologies such as large-scale batteries or thermal storage, and earlier this month convened a technical conference to examine how to make it easier for wind, solar and storage providers to connect to the grid.

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    6. Energy Storage System Performance Protocol Now Available

      Energy Storage System Performance Protocol Now Available

      Over four years ago, through the efforts of an Energy Storage Performance Protocol Working Group - which is open to anyone in the industry interested in participating - work was initiated to develop a protocol to measure and express energy storage system performance.  That initial effort filled a significant gap and culminated in the publication of a protocol in late 2012. This effort has continued, under the leadership of the Energy Storage Systems Program within the Department of Energy, through enhancements to the protocol in June 2014 and now in April 2016. 

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    7. Smart Grid News chooses Win Inertia as a Smart Grid Company to Watch for 2016 | Energy Storage Association

      Smart Grid News chooses Win Inertia as a Smart Grid Company to Watch for 2016 | Energy Storage Association

      Seville, Spain, 27 April 2016 – After reviewing an overwhelming number of applications, Smart Grid News has chosen Win Inertia as one of 15 Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2016 (link). This award is given annually to select organizations in recognition of their dedication to innovation and effecting positive change in the energy industry.     

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    8. White House Speaker Brings Insights to Final Day of Energy Storage Conference

      White House Speaker Brings Insights to Final Day of Energy Storage Conference

      Charlotte, NC – April 27, 2016 – The final day of the Energy Storage Association (ESA) 26th Annual Conference and Expo kicked off with a keynote address from Richard Duke, Deputy Director, White House Office of Energy and Climate Change. Duke discussed climate and energy policy following the Paris accord, and how storage can play a role in the U.S.’s energy future. “When you step back and think about this power sector transformation in the U.S., in context with the global picture coming out of Paris, we really are at a global inflection point on energy markets and associated technologies like storage,” said Richard Duke. “The U.S. needs to make sure to continue to drive this conversation, both diplomatically and domestically, in terms of innovation, and I have confidence that all of you here will help us do that.”

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    9. Energy Storage Association Honors New York State PUC Chair Audrey Zibelman and Customized Energy Solutions at 26th Annual Conference and Expo

      Energy Storage Association Honors New York State PUC Chair Audrey Zibelman and Customized Energy Solutions at 26th Annual Conference and Expo

      Charlotte, NC – April 26, 2016 – At the Energy Storage Association (ESA) 26th Annual Conference and Expo, the industry honored Audrey Zibelman, Chair of the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC), and Customized Energy Solutions (CES), for their leadership in defining and creating the industry’s successful future. “The future of energy storage is being shaped by the work of Audrey Zibelman and the unique market insight and analysis that Customized Energy Solutions delivers. On behalf of all of our member companies, we are pleased to recognize them and their contributions to the energy storage industry’s significant growth,” said Matt Roberts. Honored for her expansive career creating and evolving energy markets, and her current work on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV) strategy, Zibelman, received ESA’s Phil Symons Energy Storage Award. She accepted the award via video link from New York.

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    10. Fastest Growing Energy Storage Conference Begins with Unparalleled Executive Insights

      Fastest Growing Energy Storage Conference Begins with Unparalleled Executive Insights

      Charlotte, NC – April 25, 2016 – With significant growth in the industry, energy storage professionals traveled to Charlotte, NC today to attend the Energy Storage Association (ESA)  26th Annual Conference and Expo. As the industry’s fastest growing event, the ESA conference - #ESACon16 - is bringing together senior leadership from utilities, suppliers, project developers, financiers, and customers for three days of world-class speakers and workshops covering energy storage technology, policy, trends and market growth. “Much like the energy storage industry as a whole, our annual conference has also continued to grow year after year, and 2016 is no different. We’ve seen more than 50 percent increase in attendance over our successful 2015 show,” said Matt Roberts, Executive Director of ESA. “With expanding value for multiple grid applications, larger utility procurements and plummeting system costs, the global market for energy storage is set to nearly double in the year ahead.” 

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    11. ESA Commends Senate on Passing the Energy Policy Modernization Act, Bipartisan Agreement on Importance of Energy Storage

      ESA Commends Senate on Passing the Energy Policy Modernization Act, Bipartisan Agreement on Importance of Energy Storage

      Washington, D.C. – April 20, 2016 – Today, the Energy Storage Association (ESA) released the following statement, attributable to Matt Roberts, Executive Director of ESA. “The Energy Storage Association and industry partners commend the United States Senate for prioritizing energy storage innovation in the Energy Policy Modernization Act. We are pleased to see continuing bipartisan agreement that energy storage is an essential asset that paves the path to an affordable, reliable, and clean electric system. We thank Chairman Murkowski, Ranking Member Cantwell, and their colleagues for their steadfast efforts to pass this bill.”

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    12. Energy Storage Industry Convenes on Social Media to Announce that “#StorageIsHere”

      Energy Storage Industry Convenes on Social Media to Announce that “#StorageIsHere”

      Washington, D.C. – March 29, 2016 – During the week of March 28 - April 1, the Energy Storage Association (ESA) and their partner organizations, member companies and energy industry allies, will be flooding social media channels with #StorageIsHere. This campaign will bring energy storage installation pictures, case studies, press releases, blog posts and multimedia content to Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to raise awareness about the thousands of successful energy storage projects and installations across the globe.

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    13. Solving renewable energy challenges with the Internet of Things

      Solving renewable energy challenges with the Internet of Things

      Since the 1940s, Steffes Corporation has grown from a small North Dakota manufacturing company to a global designer of energy solutions with more than 300 employees. Specializing in electric thermal storage (ETS) technologies, the company has built a reputation for creating extremely energy-efficient heating products. Historically, most of the focus in the energy industry has been on reducing energy consumption when market prices or demand is high to reduce costs and balance utility load. Such solutions are designed to solve an energy deficit. However, what happens when energy sources spike suddenly and produce more than the grid can handle?

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    14. Grid-Interactive Water Heaters for Energy Storage

      Grid-Interactive Water Heaters for Energy Storage

      The US electric grid system is composed of four primary components: (1) large central- ized power plants; (2) a backbone, high-voltage transmission network; (3) a “stepped down” subtransmission leg, and (4) distribution, the final leg that delivers electricity to end-users. The twentieth-century grid model was “Generation follows Load (or Demand)” and during most years in the latter half of the last century, generation resources were significantly overbuilt—first, in order to meet the unrelenting growth of electricity demand; and second, to meet the pinnacle of yearly peak demand (usually in the summer, and which often lasted only hours, not days or weeks).

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    15. GE to Evaluate Renewable Integration and Energy Storage Possibilities in India

      GE to Evaluate Renewable Integration and Energy Storage Possibilities in India

      SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — March 2, 2016 — Last year, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and President Obama outlined numerous trade and investment initiatives with India at the U.S.-India Business Council Summit. Included in the plans was an initiative to invest nearly $2 billion for priority renewable energy projects in the country. Building off of this momentum, today, GE (NYSE: GE) announced that its Energy Consulting business has been chosen by IL&FS Energy Development Company Limited (IL&FS Energy) to examine the feasibility of integrated wind, solar and energy storage projects at its sites in Ramagiri (Andhra Pradesh) and Nana Layja (Gujarat), India.

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    16. Energy Storage Association and USTDA to Host International Trade Delegations at 26th Annual Conference and Expo

      Energy Storage Association and USTDA to Host International Trade Delegations at 26th Annual Conference and Expo

      Washington, D.C. – March 8, 2016 - The Energy Storage Association (ESA) and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) will host multiple international delegations through a Reverse Trade Mission to meet with U.S. manufacturers and providers of energy storage solutions at the ESA 26th Annual Conference and Expo in Charlotte, NC, from April 25-27. The delegations include public sector officials and high-level corporate representatives from South Africa, Brazil, Colombia, India, the Philippines, Turkey, and Vietnam. These countries are planning to make significant investments in energy storage solutions in order to provide affordable, reliable power to consumers and to integrate renewable energy onto their grids. The delegates seek to implement energy storage projects, purchase energy storage solutions and learn more about financing mechanisms and policies that support energy storage deployment. 

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    17. US Energy Storage Market Grew 243% in 2015, Largest Year on Record

      US Energy Storage Market Grew 243% in 2015, Largest Year on Record

      The U.S. energy storage market just had both its best quarter and best year of all time. According to the GTM Research/Energy Storage Association’s U.S. Energy Storage Monitor 2015 Year in Review, the U.S. deployed 112 megawatts of energy storage capacity in the fourth quarter of 2015, bringing the annual total to 221 megawatts. This represents 161 megawatt-hours for the year. The 112 megawatts deployed in the fourth quarter 2015 represented more than the total of all storage deployments in 2013 and 2014 combined. Propelled by that historic quarter, the U.S. energy storage market grew 243 percent over 2014’s 65 megawatts (86 megawatt-hours).

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    18. Energy Storage Association Executive Director Comments on President Obama’s Visit to Leading Battery Manufacturer Saft

      Energy Storage Association Executive Director Comments on President Obama’s Visit to Leading Battery Manufacturer Saft

      Washington, D.C. – Feb. 26, 2016 – Today, President Barack Obama gave remarks following a tour of Saft’s high-tech battery manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, FL.  The Energy Storage Association’s (ESA) Executive Director, Matt Roberts, was invited by the White House in support of the energy storage industry and the Administration’s efforts to promote storage technologies. “The Administration has been an active partner in the growth of the clean technology manufacturing sector and we greatly appreciate their support for the energy storage industry,” said Matt Roberts, Executive Director of ESA. “Energy storage is changing how we generate, distribute, and use energy every day. By supporting the expansion of the energy storage industry, the Administration has helped to ensure that we continue to strengthen our grid infrastructure, and create a more resilient and flexible electric system for the benefit of American businesses and consumers.”

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    19. The Recovery Act Made The Largest Single Investment In Clean Energy In History, Driving The Deployment Of Clean Energy, Promoting Energy Efficiency, And Supporting Manufacturing

      The Recovery Act Made The Largest Single Investment In Clean Energy In History, Driving The Deployment Of Clean Energy, Promoting Energy Efficiency, And Supporting Manufacturing

      Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act), President Obama made the largest single investment in clean energy in history, providing more than $90 billion in strategic clean energy investments and tax incentives to promote job creation and the deployment of low-carbon technologies, and leveraging approximately $150 billion in private and other non-federal capital for clean energy investments.

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    20. Honda Leads Members Calling For Renewable Energy Storage Investment Credits

      Honda Leads Members Calling For Renewable Energy Storage Investment Credits

      Renewable energy allows American families and businesses to generate their own clean energy, and advances in energy storage will allow our nation to better harness this energy. However, one critical tax law may slow that process down. That is why U.S. Rep. Mike Honda (D-Silicon Valley, Calif.) was joined by a dozen of his colleagues, in a letter calling on Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to allow those storage innovations the same tax credit that is available for clean energy generation.

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    21. Fastest Growing Energy Storage Conference Set for April 25-27 in Charlotte, NC

      Fastest Growing Energy Storage Conference Set for April 25-27 in Charlotte, NC

      Washington – Feb. 12, 2016 – More than 2,000 energy storage professionals are expected to attend the Energy Storage Association’s (ESA) 26th Annual Conference and Expo in Charlotte, NC, from April 25-27. The industry’s fastest growing event, the ESA Conference - #ESACon16 - will bring together senior leadership from utilities, suppliers, project developers, financiers, and customers for three days of world-class speakers and workshops covering energy storage technology, policy, trends and market growth. The expo will also showcase energy storage innovations and services on its expansive trade show floor. 

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    22. Parker Ships Record 113 Megawatts of Power Conversion Systems for Energy Storage During 2015

      Parker Ships Record 113 Megawatts of Power Conversion Systems for Energy Storage During 2015

      The Energy Grid Tie Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, realized shipments of energy storage power conversion systems (PCS) totaling 113 megawatts, bringing cumulative worldwide deployment to over 225 megawatts. The first megawatt-class system went on line in 2008. While the majority of the systems are connected to lithium ion batteries, many successfully linked flow batteries to the grid.

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