Energy Storage News

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  • April 19, 2019 - 15:58

    Battery Storage Backers Energized by Prospect of New Tax Credit

    Battery and other energy storage companies are seeing their best shot in years at getting an investment tax credit that would kick their industry and renewable energy into higher gear. The Democratic-controlled House is considering the idea as it looks at how to take action on climate change. And in the Republican-controlled Senate, there’s a new campaign afoot for an energy storage investment tax credit, led by Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.).

  • April 19, 2019 - 15:48

    Microgrids at Ontario Technology Park to Offer Model for Energy Sharing

    Many tend to think of a microgrid as an enclosed campus with generation, energy storage and a resource management system, all islandable from the grid. But that thinking is limited. Microgrids also can involve small commercial communities, as planned by Canadian company Stantec, projects that right-size distributed energy resources so that an entire community benefits rather than just the host facility.

  • April 19, 2019 - 07:34

    Sterling Light Storage Units Mark Milestone

    The Sterling Municipal Light Department is marking a major milestone related to the department’s two energy storage systems. In March, SMLD celebrated over $1 million in avoided costs to the light department, thanks to the two systems. SMLD’s first energy storage system, a 2-megawatt, 3.9-megawatt-hour utility scale battery from NEC Energy Solutions, was the first of its kind in Massachusetts when it went online in December 2016. The project was designed to provide Sterling with up to 12 days of emergency backup power to critical public facilities during severe weather events, as well as lower utility costs by dispatching the battery during peak load periods.

  • April 18, 2019 - 20:24

    Leading Energy Companies Join Together to Put Safety First in Storage Systems

    Top energy companies - including GE Energy Storage, Panasonic, LG Chem Power and Duke Energy -- joined the Energy Storage Association today to make safety a priority when manufacturing and operating energy storage systems. ESA formally launched the Energy Storage Industry Corporate Responsibility Initiative and pledge at its Annual Energy Storage Conference & Expo in Phoenix. To date, 30 companies have signed the pledge, emphasizing their commitment to the well-being and safety of consumers. At the conference, ESA and the signatory companies launched a task force to develop best practices for potential operational hazard prevention, end-of-life recycling and responsible supply-chain practices.

  • April 18, 2019 - 17:05

    California's Record-Setting Virtual Power Plant

    In its first year of operation, a record-setting virtual power plant in California has delivered more than 2 gigawatt-hours to the grid. The VPP is part of massive grid modernization undertaken by Southern California Edison, which provides power to 15 million people across a 50,000-square-mile swath of the state. Designed and operated by AMS and owned by Macquarie Capital, the virtual power plant is tasked to reduce peak demand in the Los Angeles Basin by installing battery storage systems behind the meter at properties of SCE’s commercial customers. The project’s first phase (11 megawatts/60 megawatt-hours) went into operation last year.

  • April 17, 2019 - 17:19

    GE Renewable Energy Announces Solar + Storage System for Upstate New York

    GE Renewable Energy has reached an agreement with Helios Energy to deliver two energy storage systems to be integrated with solar arrays for the Lenox Solar/Energy Storage project in Lenox, New York. The hybrid system will be installed in upstate New York at the end of 2019 and is expected operational by the second quarter of 2020. The project will enable dispatchable renewable energy penetration into the grid, helping power New York state with reliable renewable energy.

  • April 17, 2019 - 13:00

    Sens. Moran, Klobuchar Introduce Bill to Help Rural Communities with Energy Storage

    U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced legislation to help rural communities and electricity cooperatives increase renewable energy storage and upgrade grids. The Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy (EASE) Act will provide access to relevant resources and expertise for these rural communities to implement energy storage and upgrade the grid.

  • April 16, 2019 - 18:17

    Green Mountain Power Aims for 100% Renewables by 2030 with up to 100 MW Storage

    Green Mountain Power (GMP), Vermont's largest utility, on Saturday announced a goal to reach 100% carbon-free resources by 2025 and 100% renewables by 2030. The utility's IRP identifies distributed energy resources as central to reaching that goal, including small-scale generation and storage facilities. GMP plans to add 50 MW to 100 MW of storage over the next 10 years in order to reach its renewable energy goals.

  • April 16, 2019 - 18:10

    A Brighter Future: Why Energy Storage Belongs in the Investment Tax Credit

    Renewable energy has come a long way in the last decade and that's good for all of us. But a successful clean energy market and smart power grid can only go as far as advances in energy storage can take us. With that in mind, U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., introduced legislation Thursday that would expand the investment tax credit (ITC) to include standalone energy storage investments. As it is now, only a small subset of energy storage projects co-located with solar are eligible.

  • April 16, 2019 - 17:53

    Interactive Map Pinpoints Energy Storage Installations Worldwide

    A digital map detailing more than 120 lead battery-powered energy storage projects has been unveiled by the Consortium for Battery Innovation. The map, published online for the Energy Storage Association’s annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona this week includes diverse case studies demonstrating successful lead battery energy storage installations from the United States, to Asia and Europe.