ESA News

  • Solar PV and Energy Storage Free Assessments for MA Manufacturers

    The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is providing free assessments to a limited number of manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts interested in understanding the financial benefits of installing energy storage systems or solar photovoltaic systems combined with energy storage systems. 

  • Update on Energy Storage in the USA

    What is the state of play for energy storage right now?   The energy storage industry is growing leaps and bounds, and opportunities for energy storage deployment are quickly opening across the country and around the world. Today, in the United States, we seem to be revising our projection estimates each quarter, anticipating even more deployments as markets and regulations are recognizing the value of energy storage systems. According to the US Energy Storage Monitor, deployment grew by more than 256 percent in 2015, and 2016 is on pace to be another record setting year in the U.S. alone. Markets across the globe are adopting cost-effective, reliable energy storage as well, with more than 2 gigawatts (GW) of new systems announced this year.

  • ESA Applauds Bold Leadership by FERC on Pathways to Accelerate Energy System Deployment and Participation

    Washington, D.C. – November 17, 2016 – The Energy Storage Association and its members applaud the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announcement today in Docket RM16-23 which proposes that all ISO/RTO create market structures that ensure energy storage can participate and be compensated in wholesale markets. This pivotal opportunity opens a pathway for accelerating energy storage deployment as a generation, transmission, and grid services asset, and FERC guidance would recognize the unique dynamic performance of storage systems in both valuation and market operations.

  • 2017: The Grid Abides, and Storage Accelerates

    Every four years in this nation we strive to maintain our composure and civil discourse as Americans go to the polls and elect our new political leaders, and last week’s election was undoubtedly historic.  Regardless of whom you supported, each election brings with it equal parts anxiety and anticipation, and now that votes have been counted and the victor revealed our attention turns to what lies ahead and the future that new leadership brings.

  • FERC Should Take Action to Increase System Reliability, Performance in MISO

    Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) filed a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeking a prompt response to regulatory and market barriers that exist within the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO). At issue is a state-of-the-art 20MW battery energy storage system that was installed at the company’s Harding Street Station outside Indianapolis that has been operational since May of 2016. This system and the challenges faced highlight difficulties faced by energy storage projects around the country.

  • ESA’s Mass. Working Group Kicks Off with MA DOER Cmsr. Judson in Boston

    The Energy Storage Association is continuing to expand our efforts to directly shape the future of energy storage in different states through engagement on the ground. ESA and our members worked closely with legislators in the MA State House to develop the bill passed in August that paves the way for new energy storage ownership models and potential procurement goals for the state. 

  • Navy and CA Energy Commission Formalize Energy Partnership

    Two days ago, the Department of the Navy and the California Energy Commission met to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that continues their collaboration as DON installations in the state transition to renewable and alternative energy sources to comply with energy goals set by the Secretary of the Navy. 

  • SCE Launches 2016 Energy Storage & Distribution Deferral RFO

    SCE is pleased to announce it will host a Market Awareness Webinar for the 2016 Energy Storage and Distribution Deferral Request for Offers ("2016 ES&DD RFO") on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 9:00am to 11:00am PPT. This informational conference will provide an overview of the 2016 ES&DD RFO, including information on the two tracks of the RFO:

  • RES’ First UK Large-Scale Battery Project Completed at PV Plant

    As published in Energy Storage News

    Renewable Energy Systems (RES) has completed work on its first utility-scale battery-based energy storage system in the UK, at a solar farm owned by British Solar Renewables (BSR).

    The project will demonstrate various ways in which energy storage can benefit the local electricity distribution network operator (DNO), Western Power Distribution, which commissioned RES to build the system under a “fully-wrapped” engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) deal in January.

  • ESA Applauds FERC Initiative on Pathways to Accelerate Multiple-Use Storage Deployment

    Washington, D.C. – October 3, 2016 – The Energy Storage Association commends the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) decision to host a Technical Conference on methods to compensate energy storage systems for the multiple values they provide in wholesale markets. While FERC has previously ruled that energy storage can participate in competitive generator markets and that storage can receive cost-based recovery as a transmission asset, there is not currently a mechanism for storage to maximize grid flexibility by undertaking both functions simultaneously. On Friday, FERC opened Docket No. AD16-25 on Utilization in the Organized Markets of Electric Storage Resources as Transmission Assets Compensated Through Transmission Rates, for Grid Support Services Compensate in Other Ways, and for Multiple Services. The Technical Conference, scheduled for November 9, is an opportunity to accelerate the adoption of market rules that reward performance and provide remuneration for the multiple values that advanced energy storage systems deliver.