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    • August 28, 2015 - 12:49

      Energy Storage Association: Renewable Tax Breaks not Optimal, but Necessary

      Clean energy is not properly valued in the United States, meaning tax breaks and incentives are still necessary to push new technologies like rooftop solar and battery storage, according to the head of the Energy Storage Association. ESA Executive Director Matt Roberts told PV Tech that while he favors market forces over subsidies, the current valuations are sending incorrect signals and holding back cleaner technologies. Energy storage is increasingly a part of integrating renewable power, and California and Oregon have both enacted storage mandates while Massachusetts has launched a $10 million initiative to study the technology.

    • August 24, 2015 - 15:31

      Energy Storage Association Executive Director Details Priorities for Group, Value of Storage

      Matt Roberts, executive director of the Energy Storage Association, recently discussed a wide range of issues tied to energy storage and outlined some of the top policy issue priorities for the Washington, D.C.-based association. The ESA focuses on promoting the adoption of competitive and reliable energy storage systems for electric service. Roberts made his remarks in an interview with the American Public Power Association.

    • August 20, 2015 - 17:26

      RES Selected to Construct Comanche Solar Project

      Renewable Energy Systems (RES), a leader in the development, engineering, and construction of wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects in the Americas, is pleased to announce it has been selected by the world's largest renewable energy developer, SunEdison, to construct the 156 megawatt (MWdc) Comanche Solar project located seven miles southeast of Pueblo, Colo. RES will install the plant's balance of systems.

    • August 20, 2015 - 08:00

      GE Signs Its Largest Battery Energy Storage Deal to Date

      Continuing its mission to deliver comprehensive energy storage solutions, GE today announced it will provide Coachella Energy Storage Partners (CESP) with a 30-MW battery energy storage system as part of CESP’s supply contract with the Imperial Irrigation District (IID). Representing GE’s largest energy storage project to date, the plant will be located in California’s Imperial Valley, approximately 100 miles east of San Diego. The facility will aid grid flexibility and increase reliability on the IID network by providing solar ramping, frequency regulation, power balancing and black start capability for an adjacent gas turbine.

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    • September 1, 2015 - 23:02

      Battery Storage Will Be As Common As Broadband In 10 Years, Says Simon Hackett

      “The future of the energy storage and handling sector is increasingly about the deployment of smart and dynamic control mechanisms to manage energy flows,” Simon Hackett, chairman of Redflow says. “Here’s the analogy: Redflow makes hard drives, and what I am designing here is a high availability file server for them to be put into. What you will get early next year is battery system that can be easily configured and also easily scaled up later, and managed with a web browser.”

    • September 1, 2015 - 02:08

      Hansen Leads ZBB into New Era, New Name: EnSync Energy Systems

      After a year as president, Brad Hansen has taken the helm of energy storage and power management systems company ZBB Energy Corp., which has a new name, EnSync Energy Systems. The company has been working in recent years to make its battery technology more efficient, and more importantly, to take its knowledge of power management systems to batteries and renewable energy to work together to keep a building powered when the wind isn't blowing or the sun stops shining.

    • August 31, 2015 - 22:01

      Greensmith Gets $12.3 Million to Expand in Storage, Led by AEP

      Greensmith Energy Management Systems LLC, a U.S.-based developer of power storage systems and software, raised $12.3 million to expand its operations as demand for the technology swells. The Series C funding round was led by a $5 million strategic investment from American Electric Power Co., Reston, Virginia-based Greensmith said in a statement Monday. The backing from a major utility company is an endorsement of Greensmith’s technology, as well as a sign of power companies’ growing interest in storage systems, Chief Executive Officer John Jung said in an interview.

    • August 31, 2015 - 17:42

      Three Dynamics are Shaping the Growth of Renewable Energy

      Three significant dynamics are changing the renewable-energy market and the integration of that power into the existing grids, said DNV GL Wholesale Advisory Service, Head of Section Olof Bystrom. He elaborated on the dynamics at the recent AWEA Windpower 2015 Conference along with a survey conducted by his firm. The dynamics, actually developing trends and ideas, were distilled from a global survey of about 1,600 participants in 71 countries affiliated with the power industry.

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