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    • February 16, 2017 - 14:11

      Energy Storage Comes to Washington: 3rd Annual Energy Storage Policy Forum

      On Wednesday, ESA hosted our 3rd Annual Energy Storage Policy Forum with nearly 200 energy policy and market development experts gathered at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The event brought together senior government leaders to collaborate with the energy storage industry and shape the future of energy and infrastructure policy in our nation’s capital and beyond.

    • February 16, 2017 - 09:52

      Energy Storage: Falling Costs, Major Gains

      As the energy transition charges forward, one technology holds the keys to both the rise of renewable power and the evolution of auto transport: Batteries and other energy storage technologies, assuming they continue to improve, will allow intermittent solar and wind to keep gaining market share while accelerating the shift away from oil-based transport. But can energy storage make economic sense, or will it only add to costs? Matt Roberts, executive director of the Energy Storage Association in Washington, tells EI New Energy that US energy storage costs have fallen “very substantially” in recent years and are “well where they need to be.” As a result of the economic gains and technological advances, energy storage is gaining serious attention from a far-reaching cast of characters including automaker Tesla, the Pentagon, French oil major Total, and President Donald Trump’s administration.

    • February 2, 2017 - 13:24

      NYISO Charts Course for an Integrated Grid

      Rensselaer, NY -- Continuing its work at the forefront of market design and commitment to making the electric grid smarter, greener and more efficient, the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) today released its Distributed Energy Resource Roadmap. With Distributed Energy Resources (DER) poised to transform New York’s wholesale electric system, the Roadmap offers routes to a future where consumers and emerging technologies support more optimized grid utilization.

    • January 27, 2017 - 13:29

      Greensmith Energy Delivers First Commissioned Aliso Canyon Energy Storage System—Sets Industry Record for Quickest Delivery

      Emeryville, CA., January 27, 2017—Greensmith Energy, the leader in energy storage solutions and software, announced the successful completion and grid-connect of the first 20 MW/80 MWh energy storage system at the AltaGas Pomona Energy Facility in Pomona, California. Working in close partnership with AltaGas, who selected the technology company in 2016, Greensmith set an industry record in the design, integration and installation of a state-of-the-art energy storage system in under four months – in response to the Aliso Canyon gas shortage. 

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    • February 17, 2017 - 18:20

      SCE Wins Prestigious Solar Grant From Department of Energy

      As part of its effort to encourage the growth of solar energy, Southern California Edison has received a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, a national program to better integrate more solar into the electrical grid. Results of the competitive process were announced in San Diego during the annual DistribuTECH conference. SCE was one of only 13 successful applicants.

    • February 17, 2017 - 17:14

      Tesla & Lg Chem Set To Dominate Massive US Battery Storage Market

      The US firm Tesla and South Korea’s LG Chem are tipped to dominate the US battery storage market, which is expected to be worth as much as $US50 billion by 2020. Analysts at investment bank Morgan Stanley suggest Tesla and LG Chem are best positioned to take big market shares in a market that it predicts will grow faster than most others expect. Morgan Stanley says the “addressable” battery storage market in the US is 85GWh, or around $US30 billion. But if regulators come on board and allow it to compete in deregulated power markets, then that forecast is nearly doubled to 140GWh or more than $US50 billion.

    • February 17, 2017 - 01:54

      Panasonic, Younicos, & Xcel Energy Form Denver Public/Private Microgrid Partnership

      Spurred by state mandated renewable energy goals, Panasonic, Xcel Energy, and Younicos have formed a public/private partnership with the city and county to promote a microgrid centered around the Peña Station NEXT, a 382-acre transportation hub located near Denver International Airport. The Xcel Energy feeder for Peña Station NEXT already has 20% solar penetration and is expected to have 30% solar penetration by the time the microgrid project is completed in the first half of 2017.

    • February 16, 2017 - 14:18

      Natural Gas Power Plant: Minnesota Senate says yes to Becker Power Plant

      ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature is moving to side-step utility regulators by approving a new Xcel Energy power plant in central Minnesota. The natural gas-fired plant in Becker will help offset losses from two coal-fired generators set to close in 2023 and 2026. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission sidelined Xcel's proposal in October because it wanted the utility company to study renewable energy options for the new plant. Minnesota's Senate passed the bill Thursday. Sen. Andrew Mathews of Milaca says the plant will solve long-standing power concerns in his community. Democratic lawmakers pushed back against the bill, saying Xcel energy will pass costs onto ratepayers in their communities.

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