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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. CEO Statement on Proposal to Make Storage Projects Eligible for Solar Investment Tax Credit

      CEO Statement on Proposal to Make Storage Projects Eligible for Solar Investment Tax Credit

      ESA sincerely thanks Senator Scott and Senator Bennet for their letter to Secretary Mnuchin last Thursday requesting clarification on the eligibility of energy storage in the IRC Section 48 investment tax credit, when storage is added to an existing ITC-eligible technology. Timely issuance of proposed regulations is an important step to stabilize the investment environment, which will accelerate the industry’s work to build a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable electricity grid. That’s why ESA sent its own letter to Assistant Secretary Kautter earlier this month requesting the same, and has been working closely with our colleagues at the Solar Energy Industries Association to communicate the importance of this clarification on storage eligibility. We are pleased that Sen. Scott and Sen. Bennet also see the importance of this issue, and we ask Secretary Mnuchin and Assistant Secretary Kautter to act on their bipartisan request.

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    11. CEO Statement on California Governor Brown SB100 Bill Signing

      CEO Statement on California Governor Brown SB100 Bill Signing

      The Energy Storage Association (ESA) applauds Governor Brown for signing into law today SB100 – legislation that will position California definitively as a leader in the nation to move to 100% zero-carbon electricity by 2045. The innovation of California within the energy sector is welcomed by the storage industry as we stand on the precipice of realizing our own goal of 35 GW of new storage deployed by 2025. Together, our collective visions of the future will result in a better world through a more resilient, efficient, sustainable, and affordable electricity grid.

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    12. CEO Statement on Massachusetts Governor Baker H4756 Bill Signing

      CEO Statement on Massachusetts Governor Baker H4756 Bill Signing

      The Energy Storage Association (ESA) applauds Governor Baker for signing into law the bipartisan, innovative energy policies reflected in Massachusetts Bill H4756, which will advance the Commonwealth’s clean energy goals and enhance grid resilience. Through his leadership on storage, Gov. Baker has demonstrated his commitment to making the Commonwealth a leader among states like California, New York, and New Jersey in breaking down the hurdles to cost-effective energy storage deployment.

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    13. Enabling Energy Storage to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      Enabling Energy Storage to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      Energy storage is an enabling technology. At its most simple, energy storage enables electricity to be saved for use at a later time, when and where it is most needed. This creates efficiencies and capabilities for the electric grid—including the ability to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Increasing storage deployment will enable new and broader opportunities for a cleaner supply mix, as well as enable the better use of existing generation. In addition, storage increases the capacity of the grid to integrate more clean and distributed energy resources.

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    14. CEO Statement on Massachusetts Conference Committee Bill H4756

      CEO Statement on Massachusetts Conference Committee Bill H4756

      The Energy Storage Association (ESA) applauds the bipartisan, innovative energy policies reflected in Massachusetts Conference Committee Bill H4756. The leadership exhibited by the Massachusetts House and Senate this legislative session – especially by members of the conference committee – will advance the Commonwealth’s clean energy goals and enhance grid resilience. We especially appreciate the leadership of Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy Committee Chairs Rep. Tom Golden and Sen. Mike Barrett for facilitating a productive conference committee.

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    15. Spotlight on Storage: NYPA, Brenmiller Energy and Purchase College Launch Demonstration Project for Innovative Thermal Energy Storage Technology

      Spotlight on Storage: NYPA, Brenmiller Energy and Purchase College Launch Demonstration Project for Innovative Thermal Energy Storage Technology

       

      Spotlight on Storage: NYPA, Brenmiller Energy and Purchase College Launch Demonstration Project for Innovative Thermal Energy Storage Technology JUNE 21, 2018 - 10:14SPOTLIGHT ON STORAGE Posted by Marissa Gillett, VP of External Relations 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. In today’s inaugural posting for the new Energy Storage Association (ESA) blog, Spotlight on Storage, we turn to a recently unveiled collaboration between ESA member companies New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Brenmiller Energy, who partnered on an innovative thermal energy storage project at Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY). The joint R&D project between NYPA and Brenmiller will investigate thermal energy storage as a means to increase the efficiency of a standard combined heat and power system. At no cost to the College, a new system will be installed specifically to support the gym, replacing the aging district heating loop from the College’s central heating plant, which is projected to save the State University of New York about $100,000 per year.

       

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    16. ESA CEO Statement on Massachusetts Senate Bill 2545 – An Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future

      ESA CEO Statement on Massachusetts Senate Bill 2545 – An Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future

      The Energy Storage Association (ESA) is encouraged by the inclusion of energy storage in legislation passed by the Massachusetts Senate last night. Establishing a separate energy storage target, as Senate Bill 2545 would require, would ensure that the Commonwealth maintains a leadership position next to California, New York, New Jersey, and Arizona in the drive to realizing the vision of 35 GW of energy storage by 2025. Moreover, along with complementary policies already in place, an energy storage target will help the Commonwealth to realize the immense ratepayer savings and increased grid resilience that energy storage resources can provide.

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    17. Energy Storage Association Adds EVgo EVP Julie Blunden to its 2018 – 2019 Board of Directors

      Energy Storage Association Adds EVgo EVP Julie Blunden to its 2018 – 2019 Board of Directors

      WASHINGTON, D.C., June 7, 2018 –The Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade association for the U.S. energy storage industry, announced today that Julie Blunden is the newest addition to its board of directors. Pursuant to ESA’s by-laws, Blunden was appointed to serve as a director for the remainder of the 2018 – 2019 term by the current board chair after a position became vacant in May.

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    18. U.S. Residential Energy Storage Market Hits New Highs in Q1 2018

      U.S. Residential Energy Storage Market Hits New Highs in Q1 2018

      BOSTON, Mass. and WASHINGTON D.C. (Jun 6, 2018) -- Deployments of home energy storage systems reached record heights in the first quarter of 2018. According to the latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor report from GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association (ESA), 36 megawatt-hours of grid-connected residential energy storage systems were deployed in the first three months of this year, which is equivalent to the amount of residential storage deployed in the previous three quarters combined.

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    19. ESA CEO Statement on Colorado Energy Storage Legislation

      ESA CEO Statement on Colorado Energy Storage Legislation

      The Energy Storage Association (ESA) is encouraged by Friday’s announcement that Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed legislation that will advance energy storage deployments in the state. The bill begins an important process to integrate energy storage into long-term electric system planning, which will provide economic and environmental benefits to Colorado’s ratepayers for years to come.

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    20. Broad Energy Coalition Condemns Action to Subsidize Failing Coal, Nuclear Plants

      Broad Energy Coalition Condemns Action to Subsidize Failing Coal, Nuclear Plants

      Proposed action to bail out nuclear, coal plants is misguided, would hurt consumers. WASHINGTON June 1, 2018 - A diverse group of energy industry associations including energy efficiency and storage, natural gas, oil, solar and wind issued the following statement condemning the Administration’s draft plan to bail out coal and nuclear plants across the country. Todd Snitchler, American Petroleum Institute Market Development Group Director (API): “The Administration’s draft plan to provide government assistance to those coal and nuclear power plants that are struggling to be profitable under the guise of national security would be unprecedented and misguided. 

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    21. ESA CEO Statement on Massachusetts H. 1747 Advancement

      ESA CEO Statement on Massachusetts H. 1747 Advancement

      “The Energy Storage Association (ESA) applauds the ongoing efforts by the Baker-Polito Administration and the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy to meet the clean energy goals of the Commonwealth using energy storage. Yesterday’s decision by the Massachusetts Legislature to advance an updated version of House Bill 1747, including the Clean Peak Standard (CPS), reflects a commitment to innovative and cost-effective approaches to reducing emissions from electric service.

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    22. ESA CEO Statement on New Jersey Energy Storage Legislation

      ESA CEO Statement on New Jersey Energy Storage Legislation

      The Energy Storage Association (ESA) applauds New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) for signing legislation that sets a new goal for increasing energy storage that will deliver significant economic, environmental and societal benefits to the state. Gov. Murphy joins leaders from California, New York, Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona who are enacting policies to encourage energy storage today. 

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    23. Energy Storage Association Elects 2018-19 Board Members

      Energy Storage Association Elects 2018-19 Board Members

      The Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade association for the U.S. energy storage industry, announced today the results of its board and officer elections. Each year, ESA holds open elections among its members, and the resulting Board of Directors also holds elections to select executive committee officers. The 2018-2019 ballot included seven candidates for five open board positions and voting concluded at the Meeting of the Members during the ESA’s 28th Annual Energy Storage Conference and Expo in Boston.

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