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    • June 24, 2015 - 17:00

      Alstom and Saft’s Innovative Energy Storage Goes Live at EDF’s Concept Grid

      The Alstom-Saft consortium has successfully commissioned its smart battery energy storage system (BESS) at the EDF's Concept Grid Lab. The project is led by Electricité de France (EDF), a French electric utility company. The objective is to test battery storage in real conditions, thanks to its Concept Grid platform, for the purpose of frequency regulation in mainland France, stabilising the grid and preventing blackouts. Concept Grid, located on EDF’s research site at Les Renardières, south of Paris (Seine-et-Marne region), is a real distribution network that is designed to support, test and anticipate the development of electrical systems towards smarter grids. 

    • June 19, 2015 - 08:50

      Parker Hannifin Selected by Alevo to Support North America's Largest Energy Storage Deployment

      Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, announced today that it has been selected by Alevo Group, the Energy Service Provider, for the supply of systems to transfer energy from Alevo's GridBank(TM) battery modules to the utility grid.

    • June 11, 2015 - 14:30

      FERC Accepts PJM Interconnection Performance Capacity Proposal, Opens Market Opportunities to Energy Storage

      We are pleased to report that FERC has accepted PJM’s Capacity Performance proposal, meaning that for the first time, energy storage can participate in the capacity market. Storage resources that commit to providing energy, reserves or frequency regulation during system emergencies (i.e., historically defined as 30 hours/year) will receive guaranteed payments.  However, an inability to perform as promised will result in significant penalties.  Conversely, over-performing could result in credits.

    • June 11, 2015 - 11:11

      Energy Storage is Critical Issue at Utility Industry’s Conference in New Orleans

      Earlier this week, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) held their Annual Convention, which brought together leaders from the utility industry for three days in New Orleans. With energy executives from around the world in attendance, attention was squarely focused on the dynamic role of utilities and the evolving electrical grid, and how new assets like energy storage and renewable energy are increasingly augmenting grid operations. 

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ESA Storage News

    • June 29, 2015 - 12:05

      Should Utilities Own Distributed Battery Storage?

      Price declines in residential solar and battery systems like Tesla’s Powerwall mean solar-plus-battery systems will soon be found in homes and businesses at the grid’s edge around the country. But what role will utilities play in the fast-approaching storage shift? While energy efficiency, demand response, and solar are still cheapest, storage prices have fallen 80 percent in five years, meaning utilities may soon have to consider batteries as an equal grid resource.

    • June 29, 2015 - 08:57

      SunEdison and TerraForm Power Announce Closing of 521-MW Atlantic Power Acquisition and Concurrent Formation of Operating Asset Warehouse Facility

      SunEdison, Inc., the world's largest renewable energy development company, and TerraForm Power, Inc., an owner and operator of clean energy power plants, today announced the closing of the acquisition of Atlantic Power's 521-megawatt (MW) portfolio of operating wind power plants.

    • June 26, 2015 - 20:26

      French Islands To Get Battery Storage

      France is soliciting bids from private companies to provide up to 50 megawatts of battery storage for its islands and offshore territories in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, and for Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea. More than 3,000,000 live on these islands. The [RFP’s] objective, says the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, is to “deploy solar energy which is particularly adapted to island electrical systems.” Combining innovative storage technology solutions with PV, the installations will limit the consumption of electricity when demand is high, it added.

    • June 26, 2015 - 15:52

      From Pilots to Markets, the Open Standard for Grid-Edge Controls Is Emerging

      At this week’s Grid Edge Live conference, we’ve heard a lot of discussion about the need for technology that can standardize how distributed solar, smart inverters, energy storage, microgrids and other edge-of-network energy systems interact with the grid at large. Think of concepts like an operating system for the distributed energy landscape, or an internet of things for the grid edge, as we’ve seen it framed in two panel sessions so far.

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