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    • May 23, 2016 - 16:20

      Portland General Electric Issues Request for Information on Energy Storage

      On June 10, 2015 the Oregon Legislature signed House Bill (HB) 2193 into law. The law requires PGE to submit one or more proposals to the commission for developing at least 5 MWh of energy storage by January 1, 2020. A cross-functional team within PGE was soon formed to develop and deliver a diversified portfolio of energy storage resources for compliance with HB 2193 while aiming to establish PGE as a leader in the integration of energy storage. 

    • May 19, 2016 - 11:32

      Energy Storage System Performance Protocol Now Available

      Over four years ago, through the efforts of an Energy Storage Performance Protocol Working Group - which is open to anyone in the industry interested in participating - work was initiated to develop a protocol to measure and express energy storage system performance.  That initial effort filled a significant gap and culminated in the publication of a protocol in late 2012. This effort has continued, under the leadership of the Energy Storage Systems Program within the Department of Energy, through enhancements to the protocol in June 2014 and now in April 2016. 

    • May 13, 2016 - 16:06

      Behind-the-Meter Battery Acquisition: Engie Takes Majority Stake in Green Charge

      Green Charge Networks, one of the country’s pioneers in behind-the-meter batteries, has just been taken over by France’s Engie. The energy giant, formerly known as GDF Suez, announced Tuesday that it has acquired an 80 percent stake in the Santa Clara, Calif.-based startup, and plans to put its building energy storage and battery-solar expertise to work for its commercial, industrial and public energy services customers.

    • May 10, 2016 - 10:38

      S&C Completes One of the Largest Energy Storage Systems in Ohio

      CHICAGO, May 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- S&C Electric Company, a global leader in energy storage integration, has completed one of the largest energy storage systems in Ohio. The 7-MW system located in Minster, Ohio, was built in conjunction with Half Moon Ventures (HMV) and the local municipal utility, the Village of Minster. A ribbon cutting ceremony is being held on site at the Minster Solar + Storage Facility, May 6 at 1 p.m. EDT, to officially present this project to the residents of Minster.

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    • May 24, 2016 - 10:26

      RES Responds for UK Storage

      National Grid and RES have signed a four-year contract to develop the first battery energy storage systems to provide a dynamic frequency response in sub-second timescales in the UK. RES aims to provide 20MW of frequency response from battery storage, which will aid National Grid in performing system balancing. The partners said the battery storage systems will be fully operational within 18 months.

    • May 24, 2016 - 09:35

      EGP Ramps Up Push into California Energy Storage Market

      “When it comes to centralised storage, to serve the grid, we’re looking with big interest at what California is doing,” Antonio Cammisecra, head of global renewables development at EGP, tells Recharge. California has mandated that the state’s three large investor-owned utilities add 1.3GW of storage to the grid by the end of the decade, setting in motion what is widely viewed as the world’s most exciting storage market. “We’re following the [requests for proposal] and we intend to participate,” Cammisecra says.

    • May 23, 2016 - 13:54

      California PUC Proposes Long-Overdue Reform on SGIP Subsidy

      Last week, California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker issued a proposed decision (PDF) that would make long-overdue reforms to California's Self-Generation Incentive Program. The SGIP is a crucial but less-than-ideally-structured and questionably administered renewables subsidy. The $77 million per year program provides a generous subsidy to distributed energy resources such as CHP, wind, advanced energy storage and fuel cells. It was intended "to provide incentives for any distributed generation resources that the commission determines will support the state's goals for reductions of emission of greenhouse gases."

    • May 23, 2016 - 12:57

      EDF Energies Nouvelles Commissions the Largest Solar Plant in Israel

      French renewable energy group EDF Energies Nouvelles commissioned a 50.1 MW PV power plant in the Negev desert, Israel. The company now operates 11 solar power facilities in the country, with the total installed capacity of 160 MW. EDF’s new Zmorot solar power plant is the largest among its PV projects in Israel. It is also the largest in the country to date, according to the local media. The PV facility in the Negev desert is comprised of 200,000 solar panels supplied by the EDF’s subsidiary Photowatt and installed across the area of 60 hectares. According to the developer, Zmorot PV plant generates enough electricity to cover the annual power needs of around 30,000 households. The generated power will be sold to Israel Electric Corporation for the next 20 years.

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