Energy Storage News

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  • January 15, 2018 - 00:00

    The Promise and Challenge of Scaling Lithium Metal Batteries

    While lithium-ion batteries are undergoing an historic scale-up, researchers are also hard at work looking for what battery technology might come next. A big battery breakthrough could lead to electric cars that could drive longer on a single charge and are safer to operate. Better batteries for the grid could store more energy, enabling the deployment of more wind and solar. “There’s a worldwide race for these kinds of concepts,” said Paul Albertus, program director for ARPA-E, the Department of Energy program that focuses on early-stage, potentially big-impact energy research.

  • January 12, 2018 - 16:37

    AES and Siemens AG Merge into Fluence Energy

    As reported previously, AES Energy Storage and the energy storage team from Siemens recently merged, creating Fluence Energy, LLC. The new company is jointly owned by Siemens and the AES Corporation, combining the engineering, product development, implementation and services capabilities of both teams. It is now embarking on an “aggressive expansion” of the business, backed by the financial support of the two parent organizations. Fluence builds on more than a decade of grid-scale battery-based energy storage experience and the largest advanced battery-based energy storage fleet in the world with nearly 500 MW deployed or awarded across 15 countries.

  • January 12, 2018 - 09:50

    Colin Roy Appointed Chairman of Highview PowerLong Duration Energy Storage Leaders Also Announce Opening of New York Offices

    NEW YORK, Jan. 11, 2018 - Highview Power, a leader in true long duration energy storage solutions for utilities, announced today that prominent corporate financier Colin Roy has been appointed to be the company’s chairman. A pioneer of modern corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions practices in Europe, Roy brings to Highview over 20 years of executive leadership in multinational corporations and has successfully scaled up several businesses from scratch to market leading positions. Additionally, Highview is announcing the opening of its New York offices to meet the growing demand for long duration energy storage in the United States.

  • January 12, 2018 - 09:46

    The Next 5 Years in Energy Storage, According to 500 Energy Professionals

    Last month at Greentech Media's Energy Storage Summit, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel, Crowdsourced Market Insights: Role of Energy Storage in Creating the Grid of the Future. This panel employed a unique structure where our experts on stage were asked to interpret and weigh in as 500 attendees answered live polling questions on the top themes in the market. The results, with additional context from our research, are presented in a new research report, available for free here. Below, I summarize some key findings.

  • January 11, 2018 - 11:43

    Warren Buffet's Nevada Utility NV Energy to Consider Energy Storage in 330MW Renewables Push

    NV Energy, the main electric utility for the US state of Nevada, has tendered for more than 300MW of renewable energy in a Request for Proposals that also includes consideration of battery energy storage paired with renewables. Our sister site PV Tech reported mid-2017 that the utility exceeded Nevada’s state mandated target of 20% renewable energy in its generation mix during 2016 for the seventh year in a row. As of last March, NV had 8,726MW of owned and contracted generation capacity, of which 1,708MW is classified as “renewable and non-carbon generation capacity”.  NV yesterday issued the RfP for solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and biogas resources to add up to 330MW of new renewable energy projects. For the first time ever in one of its solicitations, NV also said that it will “consider adding supplemental battery energy storage systems that are integrated with the proposed renewable energy resource”. Proposals will be assessed for the value they provide to NV’s customers and in benefits conferred to the state of Nevada, as well as other factors.

  • January 11, 2018 - 08:34

    The Best News Yet for Energy Storage in New York

    Once New York Governor Andrew Cuomo endorsed energy storage as a component of his clean energy strategy, he went in big. Cuomo kicked off 2018 with a series of clean energy proposals, including a groundbreaking energy storage pledge: to deploy 1,500 megawatts by 2025 as the state works toward 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. The target came just a month after he signed a bill to create a storage deployment program.

  • January 10, 2018 - 11:18

    ESA Expands its Executive Team

    WASHINGTON D.C., January 10, 2018 – Energy Storage Association (ESA), the leading voice for member companies advancing energy storage, today announced Marissa Paslick Gillett is joining as vice president of external relations and Jason Burwen has taken on the role of vice president of policy. Gillett has extensive leadership experience in the energy sector, including her most recent position as the senior advisor to the chairman at the Maryland Public Service Commission. Burwen is being promoted from his previous position as director of policy. In their new roles, Gillett and Burwen will aid the organization in developing its strategic direction.

  • January 10, 2018 - 00:00

    Microgrids with Energy Storage Sought by US Military

    The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) issued a solicitation Tuesday seeking pre-proposals for multiple projects at military installations that will assess large-scale energy storage within microgrids. Applications are due March 8 by 2 p.m. ET. In describing its reason for pursuing microgrid technology, the defense department noted that major power outages are growing in number and severity in the United States. In addition, military bases are experiencing outages more often, and those outages last longer.

  • January 9, 2018 - 16:12

    Resilience Gets FERC-Level Attention. Good News for Microgrids.

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruled Monday that it will make energy resilience “a priority” — but not in the way U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry had requested. The commission rejected the energy secretary’s assertion that retirement of coal and nuclear plants threatens electric resilience. Instead FERC plans to look at broader challenges that may influence the reliable flow of energy in competitive wholesale markets, among them severe weather, physical and cyber attacks, accidents and fuel supply disruptions

  • January 9, 2018 - 11:30

    CEO's Statement on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Formal Action on the Department of Energy's (DOE) Proposed Rulemaking on Grid Resiliency Pricing

    Statement from Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association, regarding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) formal action on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) proposed rulemaking on grid resiliency pricing: "The actions taken yesterday are an encouraging sign that FERC is serious about ensuring resilience of the bulk power system. By building a robust record of fact from the system operating bodies responsible for reliability and resilience, and by taking the important first step of defining both, FERC is rightly assuring that any actions taken will be holistic and effective.