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    1. Electricity Storage Could be the Next Technology that Changes Life on Earth

      Electricity Storage Could be the Next Technology that Changes Life on Earth

      Electricity storage is a bridge technology that can take Texas from a system of large, centralized, fossil fuel and renewable power plants, to a future of cleaner, decentralized renewable energy. And it is a crucial bridge, as Texas attempts to keep the lights on amid this technology transition.

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    2. Oncor's Plan to Backup Texas Power Gives Jolt to Energy Storage Industry

      Oncor's Plan to Backup Texas Power Gives Jolt to Energy Storage Industry

      High-speed flywheels, turbines that run off compressed air stored in caverns, super-sized versions of a cellphone battery ...In the sixth-floor ballroom of a downtown Austin hotel earlier this month, power executives from around the country filed in as companies pitched a stream of technologies to store electricity. It sounded promising. Reduce the grid’s notorious inefficiency and provide backup for weather-susceptible wind and solar farms. But the same spiel had been kicking around for decades. And the expense was huge when compared with all that cheap coal and natural gas waiting underground.

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    3. Oncor Proposes Giant Leap for Grid, Batteries

      Oncor Proposes Giant Leap for Grid, Batteries

      Oncor, which runs Texas’ largest power line network, is willing to bet battery technology is ready for wide-scale deployment across the grid. In a move that stands to radically shift the dynamics of the industry, Oncor is set to announce Monday that it is prepared to invest more than $2 billion to store electricity in thousands of batteries across North and West Texas beginning in 2018. Utility-scale batteries have been a holy grail within the energy sector for years. With enough storage space, surplus electricity can be generated at night, when plants usually sit idle, to be used the next day, when demand is highest. Power outages would become less frequent. Wind and solar power, susceptible to weather conditions, could be built on a larger scale. 

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    4. Oncor Bets on a Better Grid

      Oncor Bets on a Better Grid

      Oncor the disrupter? Regulated utilities aren’t known for shaking things up. But Oncor Electric Delivery Co. could challenge the conventional thinking. It has already wrecked some traditional notions. While its parent wallows in bankruptcy, Oncor’s bonds are trading above par, and it just borrowed money at an interest rate of 2.15 percent. Oncor has no crisis, regardless of the issues at Energy Future Holdings. Now the Dallas company is experimenting with storage batteries and micro-grids, and aiming to build transmission lines in other states. It may be years before the efforts produce results, but simply chasing such goals sets Oncor apart. And it could set up a clash of titans someday.

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    5. Tesla Close to Naming at Least Two Battery 'Gigafactory' Sites

      Tesla Close to Naming at Least Two Battery 'Gigafactory' Sites

      Tesla Motors Inc.’s Elon Musk is close to naming sites in at least two U.S. states for a planned battery “gigafactory” and will break ground at each to ensure one is ready to supply lithium-ion packs when needed. Tesla, planning to add a mass-market electric car in about three years, said in February that it would build the world’s largest battery plant and is assessing sites in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. Lower-cost battery packs are needed to ensure Tesla’s proposed less-expensive model gets to market on time, Musk said. Tesla’s home state of California isn’t a candidate due to timing issues for regulatory reviews.

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