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    • January 18, 2017 - 15:16

      A Big Test for Big Batteries

      ESCONDIDO, Calif. — In Southern California in the fall of 2015, a giant natural gas leak not only caused one of the worst environmental disasters in the nation’s history, it also knocked out a critical fuel source for regional power plants.

      Energy regulators needed a quick fix.

    • December 30, 2016 - 11:28

      Massachusetts DOER to Set Energy Storage Targets

      On December 27, 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced that it is prudent for the Commonwealth to adopt an energy storage target for electric companies to procure viable and cost-effective energy storage systems to be achieved by January 1, 2020. The next step in the process is for DOER to adopt energy storage systems targets by July 1, 2017. To assist DOER in determining “the appropriate target scale, structure and mechanisms for the energy storage systems targets,” DOER has requested stakeholder input by January 27, 2017.

    • December 7, 2016 - 08:39

      Corporate Investments in Energy Storage Reach $660 Million in Q3 2016

      According to the latest edition of GTM Research and ESA’s U.S. Energy Storage Monitor, corporate investment in energy storage reached an all-time high in terms of quarterly investments in Q3. Disclosed venture funding and project finance totaled $660 million in the third quarter of the year, bringing the annual total to $812 million.

    • December 5, 2016 - 12:16

      How Made-In-America Battery Technology Can Help Make America Great Again

      The U.S. is facing a tremendous, once-in-a-generation economic opportunity to seize an emerging $450 billion global market over the next 25 years in advanced energy storage manufacturing. At a time when our nation’s economic recovery is paramount, we cannot allow other countries to cement their position as the suppliers of the advanced energy economy while the United States drives market demand.

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    • January 20, 2017 - 13:55

      Massachusetts Decided to Set an Energy Storage Target. What Should It Be?

      The Bay State could soon follow the Bay Area as a leading battery boomtown. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) decided, at the close of 2016, that it would set an energy storage target. Now it has six months to figure out what that number should be and how to implement it, following the timeline set by legislation last summer. Once complete, this will be only the third state-level target after California and Oregon.

    • January 20, 2017 - 13:48

      First Solar Proves That PV Plants Can Rival Frequency Response Services From Natural Gas Peakers

      Last summer, First Solar and California grid operator CAISO ran a set of tests to show that utility-scale solar PV, instead of being a disruptive influence on the power grid, could actually help stabilize it. Over a series of days in August, First Solar slightly curtailed power output at a 300-megawatt solar farm in California, enabled its array of inverters, and plugged into CAISO’s system. It then orchestrated the plant’s output to follow CAISO’s automatic generation control (AGC) signals, respond to its frequency regulation commands, and use inverters for voltage regulation, power factor regulation and reactive power control.

    • January 19, 2017 - 12:06

      Energy Storage Event Powers Up

      Last year’s 26th ESA Annual Conference and Expo drew more than 1,700 attendees and 130 speakers. The mix of workshops, keynote and education sessions, and site tours focusses on the role of energy storage and how it is reshaping the electric grid in North America and other parts of the world. This year’s conference will examine how evolving power markets, technologies and regulatory structures are impacting storage investment opportunities. A pre-conference workshop will focus on what is happening in power markets and what intermittent energy sources such as wind and solar mean for storage technologies and vendors supporting the industry.

    • January 19, 2017 - 12:05

      IRENA: Batteries For Energy Storage Could Reach 250GW by 2030

      The cost of lithium-ion batteries for energy storage declined 65% in five years between 2010 and 2015, while battery storage’s use for electricity could hit 250GW by 2030, from just 1GW today, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). “REThinking Energy 2017: Accelerating the global energy transformation” is the latest ‘flagship’ report from the agency, analysing policies, technologies and technical innovations, as well as deployment figures and markers for moving forward to decarbonise and decentralise world energy networks.

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