ESA News

  • 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.

  • Energy Storage Ontario to Rebrand as Energy Storage Canada

    Toronto, September 28, 2016 – Energy Storage Ontario (ESO) today announced it is rebranding to become Energy Storage Canada – a move that reflects the industry association’s expanded advocacy and engagement at the federal level on behalf of members. 

  • NYC Sets 100MWh by 2020 Energy Storage Deployment Target

    Today, the City of New York announced the first-ever Energy Storage deployment targets for a major city in the US (and perhaps the world), alongside an expansion of the city’s solar energy goals and objectives.

  • Energy Storage in Canada: Growing Leaps and Bounds

    This week, ESA was excited to host the first-ever Energy Storage in Canada Summit with our partners Energy Storage Ontario and the National Research Council of Canada. The event was completely sold out and provided a global gathering of utility leaders, grid operators, project developers and technology companies with a forum to collaborate and pave a path forward for storage deployment in Canada.

  • DOE Announces Final Rule for the Integrated Interagency Pre-Application Process on Electric Grid Transmission

    Acknowledging that our aging electric transmission grid is also the backbone of our Nation’s economy, more than three years ago President Obama directed the Energy Department to improve parts of the transmission permitting process to help expand how federal, state, local and tribal governments work to modernize the grid. After all, a strong transmission system improves reliability and can lower electricity costs.

  • Massachusetts Government Sees Billions in Savings from Energy Storage, Creating a More Flexible and Resilient Grid

    A new report released today by the Baker-Polito Administration in Massachusetts assesses the value that energy storage systems can provide to utilities, grid operators and ratepayers in the state. The study modeled the system-wide impact of deploying 1,766 megawatts of advanced energy storage in the Commonwealth, delivering more than $2.2 billion in system benefits and savings for Massachusetts ratepayers, and an additional $250 million in regional system benefits for New England. After reviewing the report, Matt Roberts, Executive Director of the Energy Storage Association, released the following statement:

  • STATE OF CHARGE: Massachusetts Energy Storage Initiative Study

    State of Charge was commissioned as part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s Energy Storage Initiative (ESI), an initial $10 million investment that recognizes the potential benefits of incorporating advanced storage technologies into Massachusetts energy portfolio. The ESI aims to achieve the benefits by pursuing a multi-pronged approach to establishing an energy storage market structure, building strategic partnerships and supporting storage projects at the electric wholesale system, utility distribution system, and customer side scale.

  • ESA Offers New York Ways to Improve DSIPs

    The Energy Storage Assn (ESA) made four recommendations it believes can increase the ability of utilities in New York to meet the goals set out in both the state's REV and recent Clean Energy Standard (CES), the association said in comments filed yesterday. The filing was in response to the PSC's request for views on the distributed system implementation plans (DSIP) under the REV initiative, and largely echoed comments made in the docket by the New York Battery & Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST), it added.

  • The Rise and Rise of US Storage

    Energy storage in the US is being propelled forward by falling costs and increasingly favourable markets and policy. But for the full value of storage to be realised, numerous regulatory and fiscal barriers must still be surmounted, writes Matt Roberts, executive director of the Energy Storage Association. This feature originally appeared in the eighth issue of PV Tech Power.