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    • October 23, 2014 - 14:00

      NJ BPU Approves FY 2015 Renewable Electric Energy Storage Solicitation

      The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) recently approved a $3 million competitive solicitation aimed at encouraging the development of renewable electric storage projects. The solicitation invites proposals through December 8, 2014, 5:00 pm, from both the private and public sectors. Through New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program, applicants will submit proposals for financial incentives which will be evaluated on the basis of economics, readiness, technology and resiliency. 

    • October 14, 2014 - 13:00

      ESA to Host Texas Energy Storage Summit December 5, 2014 in Austin, TX

      The Energy Storage Association (ESA) is hosting the first ever Texas Energy Storage Summit, in Austin, TX on December 5, 2014.  This unique one-day summit brings together stakeholders from across Texas and around the country to meet for an informative and collaborative event that brings an in-depth focus on the opportunities and markets available in Texas and the ERCOT system. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with storage industry leaders, utilities, grid operations staff, customers and researchers, to gain a full understanding of this market opportunity and what lies ahead for storage in the state.

    • October 14, 2014 - 08:00

      EAC Approves 2014 Storage Plan Assessment Recommendations for DOE at September Meeting

      This report, approved at the September 2014 EAC meeting, summarizes a review of DOE’s energy storage program strategies and activities, and includes recommendations that the Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC) offers for the DOE’s consideration as it continues to develop and implement its energy storage program.

    • October 9, 2014 - 12:00

      Arizona Poised to Open New Market for Energy Storage

      Arizona has been known as a state with seemingly ubiquitous rooftop solar penetration and it may now be moving toward having energy storage deployed just as pervasively as those solar systems. A settlement that Arizona Public Service (APS) and the Residential Utility Consumer Office (RUCO) recently negotiated on purchasing new generation capacity will open up opportunities for energy storage, demand response, energy efficiency and renewables in the Grand Canyon State. 

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    • October 23, 2014 - 17:23

      Imergy Returns to the Scene With Low-Cost Flow Battery

      After a decade of development and some corporate rebranding, Imergy Power Systems has unveiled a next-generation vanadium flow battery the company claims will dramatically lower costs and boost performance over competing battery chemistries by using a recycled vanadium electrolyte. Demand for cost-effective energy storage has grown as intermittent renewables like solar and wind become cheaper and integrate onto the grid in higher volumes. Batteries also have applications in demand response, energy shifting and backup power.

    • October 23, 2014 - 14:20

      New Jersey Begins the Process of Deploying Grid-Scale Energy Storage

      Grid-scale energy storage is slowly moving from its pilot-program phase to its early commercialization phase. And the slow road to commercialization at U.S. utilities comes in the form of requests for quotation and solicitations like the one just issued by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, which approved a modest $3 million competitive solicitation "aimed at encouraging the development of renewable electric storage projects."

    • October 23, 2014 - 10:49

      Saft Megawatt Scale Li-ion Energy Storage Systems Will Support the World's Largest Solar PV-Diesel Hybrid Power Plant in South America

      Saft, world leader in the design, development and manufacture of high-tech batteries for industry, has been awarded a major contract to supply the megawatt scale lithium-ion (Li-ion) energy storage system (ESS) for the world’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) and diesel generation hybrid power project. The plant, which combines a 5 MW PV array with 16 MW diesel generation, is in Bolivia’s Pando department, on the border with Brazil and Peru. It is currently under construction by Isotron SAU, a subsidiary of Spain’s Isastur Group. The Pando project, which is Saft’s first major ESS contract in South America, confirms Saft’s long term plans for expansion in this region, following the establishment in 2010 of a local sales and technical support office in Brazil. The South American market offers significant opportunities for energy storage due to the growing importance of renewable energy, especially solar PV.

    • October 23, 2014 - 07:39

      The Value of Energy Storage and Renewable Integration

      If you look beyond the headlines, the smartest system operators and utilities procuring energy storage are not doing it primarily for renewable integration. They are using storage to meet their core mission of providing a reliable, cost effective power grid. In PJM, advanced storage is providing faster, more responsive reliability reserves, improving the performance of the power system as a whole, while reducing the cost for customers, and lowering emissions. The AES projects alone have saved more than $20 million for PJM customers, despite already having a robust, interconnected grid and a dynamic power market. These storage resources compete for each MW with traditional power plants of all fuel types, hydro, renewables, and in one of the most robust markets for demand response in the country. At the other end of the spectrum, storage also has benefits in smaller, isolated power systems.

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