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    • January 7, 2015 - 12:00

      Secretary Moniz Announces $125 Million OPEN Solicitation for Transformational Energy Projects

      U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced today at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars that the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) is issuing its third open funding opportunity announcement, OPEN 2015, for up to $125 million. OPEN 2015 will support energy research and development projects from America’s top innovators for disruptive new technologies in transportation and stationary applications.

    • January 5, 2015 - 16:00

      Energy Storage for Renewables Integration: A Burgeoning Market

      Wind and solar PV markets continue to expand, particularly in high-growth markets such as Japan, the United States, Germany, and Italy.  By 2018, according to Navigant Research forecasts, 282.16 gigawatts (GW) of wind power are expected to be in operation globally, along with 184.21 non-distributed solar GW of solar, up from 32.1 GW of wind and 63.2 GW of solar in 2014.  This will represent a nearly 5-fold increase in intermittent resources  although these assets currently represent a small fraction of total global generation capacity, which is approximately 5,314 GW, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

    • January 2, 2015 - 10:00

      SNL Energy with ESA Executive Director Matt Roberts

      Energy storage ended 2014 on a high note with attention being given to the resource in the major energy-using states of Texas and California, while Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. announced that it is building two major grid-scale storage projects near Chicago. SNL Energy recently interviewed Matt Roberts, executive director of the Energy Storage Association, about his sector's banner year and his hopes for future expansion of the resource.

    • December 23, 2014 - 11:00

      Energy Department Releases Strategic Plan for Energy Storage Safety

      Dr. Imre Gyuk - Energy Storage Program Manager, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability

      I am pleased to announce that we have just released the Energy Storage Safety Strategic Plan, a roadmap for grid energy storage safety that addresses the range of grid-scale, utility, community, and residential energy storage technologies being deployed across the Nation. With electrical energy storage becoming increasingly widespread, more technologies with the ability to improve the efficiency and reliability of the electric grid are being introduced into the marketplace. Recognizing the importance of addressing safety, OE worked with industry and other stakeholders to develop a Plan that highlights safety validation techniques, incident preparedness, safety codes, standards, and regulations.

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    • January 29, 2015 - 09:59

      The Shift Toward a Decentralized, Distributed Electric Grid Is Already Underway

      In a new white paper, Evolution of the Grid Edge: Pathways to Transformation, GTM Research identifies three pathways that different states will follow in their transition to the emerging grid-edge and distributed electricity system. To get there, they will follow one of three pathways: "The Advanced Energy Consumer," "The Innovative Regulator," and the "Proactive Energy Provider." The white paper describes each pathway in detail and forecasts the U.S. states in which each of the pathways is likely to take hold. Utilities can use the analysis to assist with future resource planning and distribution investment strategies, as well as to learn from markets undergoing early transformations. Solution providers can use the paper to better understand the nuances within each market adoption pathway.

    • January 28, 2015 - 17:45

      Energy Storage: Multi-Technology and Intelligent System Design Hold the Key to the Future

      While the future of energy storage lies in a multiple-technology approach that consolidates the strengths of different storage options into hybrid systems, the current energy storage debate is focusing too heavily on the advantages and disadvantages of individual storage technologies. This hypothesis will form the central argument of the keynote speech to be delivered by Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché, at the Energy Storage Europe Conference held in Düsseldorf, Germany, from March 9–11.

    • January 28, 2015 - 15:14

      Green Jobs: Yingli, Plug Power, Smart Wires, Onzo, SunShare, Alevo, CalCom

      Alevo Group named Jeff Gates as director of sales and field operations. Gates will lead Alevo’s energy storage deployment and operations, following a fourteen-year stint at Duke Energy, where he most recently focused on the energy storage sector and helped develop the 36-megawatt storage system at Duke's Notrees wind farm in Texas.

    • January 28, 2015 - 11:14

      Sask First Nations See Turbines, Battery Storage as Solution for Remote Communities

      A California-based utility recently put a 100-megawatt peaker plant up for bid. This is the type of plant that can ramp electricity production up quickly to meet demand — almost always using natural gas. This time, however, the winner was a battery storage project.

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