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  • January 20, 2017 - 13:55

    Massachusetts Decided to Set an Energy Storage Target. What Should It Be?

    The Bay State could soon follow the Bay Area as a leading battery boomtown. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) decided, at the close of 2016, that it would set an energy storage target. Now it has six months to figure out what that number should be and how to implement it, following the timeline set by legislation last summer. Once complete, this will be only the third state-level target after California and Oregon.

  • January 20, 2017 - 13:48

    First Solar Proves That PV Plants Can Rival Frequency Response Services From Natural Gas Peakers

    Last summer, First Solar and California grid operator CAISO ran a set of tests to show that utility-scale solar PV, instead of being a disruptive influence on the power grid, could actually help stabilize it. Over a series of days in August, First Solar slightly curtailed power output at a 300-megawatt solar farm in California, enabled its array of inverters, and plugged into CAISO’s system. It then orchestrated the plant’s output to follow CAISO’s automatic generation control (AGC) signals, respond to its frequency regulation commands, and use inverters for voltage regulation, power factor regulation and reactive power control.

  • January 19, 2017 - 12:06

    Energy Storage Event Powers Up

    Last year’s 26th ESA Annual Conference and Expo drew more than 1,700 attendees and 130 speakers. The mix of workshops, keynote and education sessions, and site tours focusses on the role of energy storage and how it is reshaping the electric grid in North America and other parts of the world. This year’s conference will examine how evolving power markets, technologies and regulatory structures are impacting storage investment opportunities. A pre-conference workshop will focus on what is happening in power markets and what intermittent energy sources such as wind and solar mean for storage technologies and vendors supporting the industry.

  • January 19, 2017 - 12:05

    IRENA: Batteries For Energy Storage Could Reach 250GW by 2030

    The cost of lithium-ion batteries for energy storage declined 65% in five years between 2010 and 2015, while battery storage’s use for electricity could hit 250GW by 2030, from just 1GW today, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). “REThinking Energy 2017: Accelerating the global energy transformation” is the latest ‘flagship’ report from the agency, analysing policies, technologies and technical innovations, as well as deployment figures and markers for moving forward to decarbonise and decentralise world energy networks.

  • January 19, 2017 - 12:02

    Anesco Acquires 40MW Storage

    Anesco has acquired four battery storage projects backed by capacity market contracts from London developer Green Hedge. Located in the East Midlands and West Sussex, the 10MW projects were among the first energy storage schemes to be allocated 15-year contracts in December’s capacity market auction.

  • January 19, 2017 - 11:52

    High Interest in India's First Utility-Scale Solar-Plus-Storage Tender

    India’s first grid-scale solar-plus-storage tender from Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has received very strong interest with a total of 13 developers submitting bids. The tender called for 5MW/2.5MWh battery enery storage systems to be added to two separate solar projects of 50MW each in the Kadapa Solar Park. A SECI document seen by Energy-Storage.News showed that the storage systems shall support the grid at rated power output for 30 minutes, with a minimum cycle life of 5,000 cycles and a response time of no more than one second.

  • January 19, 2017 - 08:42

    Contract for Solar and Storage System | Energy Storage Association

    CPS Energy invites the submission of proposals from experienced companies to engineer, design, procure, install, test and commission an approximately 5 MW AC utility-scale solar PV facility and a 10 MW / 10 MWh battery energy storage system to be co-located within CPS Energy’s service territory. Intent to bid forms must be submitted by January 27th and proposals are due March 3rd.   

  • January 18, 2017 - 16:09

    UK Battery Storage Pipeline Stands at 2.3GW, Report Finds

    The UK has a pipeline of 2.3GW of commercial and industrial (C&I) battery-based energy storage projects, with many developers already looking to ‘stack’ revenues through providing multiple services, a new report has found. Many of these developers are the same names that have been behind the rapid growth in utility-scale renewables that the country has seen over the past few years, including Anesco, Low Carbon and Green Hedge Energy, according to the UK Battery Storage Project Database, produced by the market research division of Energy-Storage.News’ publisher, Solar Media.    

  • January 18, 2017 - 16:08

    Alevo Ready to Ship its First Gridbank

    CONCORD — Alevo Group — an energy storage provider with a Concord facility —announced its first GridBank storage unit has been cleared for shipping and installation after completing an extensive factory acceptance testing at Parker Hannifin’s Energy Grid-Tie Division.

  • January 18, 2017 - 16:04

    Smart Grids and Energy Storage: Microgrid on a Blockchain Platform

    On sunny days, Martha Cameron’s electric meter runs backwards. There’s a simple reason for that. On the roof of her brownstone, a row house that was built about 1900 in the idyllic Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn, she has a solar installation. When the sun is shining brightly, she can’t use all the electricity from her 18 photovoltaic panels, so the excess power is transferred to the power grid. When Cameron installed her solar system in 2010, she was a pioneer. But she was soon joined by five other buildings with solar systems on her leafy street, which is lined with Norway maples and sycamores.