Energy Storage News

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  • July 25, 2017 - 16:22

    Local Resiliency with Solar+Storage Highlighted at Intersolar North America 2017

    As more communities seek to mitigate and manage the risks of natural disasters, extreme weather events, and other events impacting the power grid and critical infrastructure, the notion of improving local resiliency continues to gain attention. In addition to developing more robust disaster response plans, more communities are seeking to leverage solar photovoltaic (PV) systems paired with energy storage technologies (solar+storage) as a means to provide emergency back-up power systems, particularly to keep critical loads—e.g., hospitals, emergency response buildings and community shelters —online and operational during outages.

  • July 25, 2017 - 13:10

    'Saltwater Battery' Maker Aquion Energy Back From Dead Under New Ownership

    Aquion Energy, maker of energy storage batteries and whole systems based on a novel electrolyte with a chemical composition similar to saltwater, is back in business. The American company, which began production in 2014, went bust in March, offloading 80% of its workforce and sending its website offline. One British company, Solar PV Partners, which was selling Aquion Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI) batteries said Aquion had developed a “sustainable, clean and non-hazardous product”, also describing it as “cost-effective” and “scalable” compared to alternative storage technologies.

  • July 25, 2017 - 08:54

    Dynapower's Adam Knudsen to Serve on Governor Scott's Climate Action Commission

    SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., July 24, 2017 -- Dynapower, the leading independent supplier of energy storage solutions, is honored to announce that Adam Knudsen, President and Chip Palombini, Energy Storage Group manager, will be serving on Governor Phil Scott's Climate Action Commission. "We are very excited to have Adam Knudsen and the team at Dynapower be a part of the Commission's important work.  The company is on the cutting edge, leading the low carbon economy.  This is a Vermont-based manufacturing company building the foundation for the strong climate action-based economy Governor Scott envisions," said Peter Walke, deputy secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

  • July 24, 2017 - 10:44

    California Microgrid Dreaming Getting Real with Two Events in July

    The California microgrid market is expected to get a boost in July with two key events: release of a solicitation that will offer $44.7 million in microgrid grant money and the next meeting to map out a road forward on state policy. The fourth microgrid roadmap meeting is set for July 26 at the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel. Hosted by the California Energy Commission, the session will focus on key actions and next steps for the roadmap, a document the state intends to use to help overcome barriers to microgrid commercialization.

  • July 24, 2017 - 10:32

    Alectra and AMP Form Partnership to Develop C&I Energy Storage Projects

    Alectra Energy Solutions and AMP plan to form a strategic relationship to develop large-scale energy storage solutions for commercial and industrial and institutional customers in Ontario. The Canadian utility and storage provider plan to develop a portfolio of distributed on-site assets aimed at reducing power costs for C&I customers and enhancing resiliancy. 

  • July 24, 2017 - 10:26

    Hawaii's Push to 100% Renewable Energy Presents Opportunity for Solar Energy

    Hawaii has long been the U.S. leader in solar energy deployment, despite the fact that the state's renewable energy efforts rarely get national attention. Solar energy, in particular, makes sense in Hawaii because of the state's abundant sunshine and high electricity prices (otherwise utilities burn imported fossil fuels). Even energy storage is an area where Hawaii is charging ahead of most other states. But being a leader isn't enough. We now know that Hawaii will be the first state to take a real crack at being powered 100% renewable energy, something regulators have been pushing for some time. And utility Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE:HE) is finally on board with the plan. 

  • July 21, 2017 - 09:44

    New York Grapples With the Best Way to Promote Storage: Mandates or Market Reforms?

    New York State is in the midst of a philosophical debate over how best to promote storage. The state's efforts to reform the electricity market have focused heavily on renewables, and the storage industry has been waiting for a big development of its own. The legislature took matters into its own hands last month and passed a bill requiring the Public Service Commission to pick a storage target by 2018 that utilities need to fulfill by 2030. The Senate and the Assembly each approved their measures unanimously.

  • July 21, 2017 - 09:25

    Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Facility That Was Site of Massive Leak Can Reopen, State Says

    The Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility, where the largest methane leak in U.S. history forced thousands to flee their homes, can resume natural gas injections at a reduced capacity, state officials said Wednesday. The announcement follows months of inspections at the sprawling field above Porter Ranch and the implementation of new safety protocols that officials said will protect the public and stave off an energy shortage in Southern California.

  • July 20, 2017 - 14:49

    California Microgrid Dreaming Getting Real with Two Events in July

    The California microgrid market is expected to get a boost in July with two key events: release of a solicitation that will offer $44.7 million in microgrid grant money and the next meeting to map out a road forward on state policy. The fourth microgrid roadmap meeting is set for July 26 at the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel. Hosted by the California Energy Commission, the session will focus on key actions and next steps for the roadmap, a document the state intends to use to help overcome barriers to microgrid commercialization.

  • July 20, 2017 - 12:24

    Despite Failure to Pass Rebate Bill, California Energy Storage Has 'Bright Future'

    Despite a bill to create a rebate programme for energy storage systems purchased in California being dropped from a recent round of legislative decision-making, the state’s industry still has a “bright future”, commentators have said. Energy Storage Association vice president Matt Roberts and GTM Research analyst Brett Simon both told Energy-Storage.News this week that although Senate Bill 700 (SB 700) was taken off the voting agenda at a California Assembly meeting, where a ‘yes’ vote would’ve created a new policy pathway, California is set to continue its role as a leader in energy storage.

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