Energy Storage News

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  • November 9, 2017 - 11:42

    Battery Storage Holds Promise in the Commercial Market

    A study published Aug. 24 by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in partnership with Clean Energy Group (CEG) found that about 25 percent of all commercial customers in the United States could cost-effectively reduce their electric-utility bills through onsite battery storage. The white paper, "Identifying Potential Markets for Behind-the-Meter Battery Energy Storage: A Survey of U.S. Demand Charges" (PDF), reported that some of the most promising market opportunities are in locations outside of the "first-mover" states known for progressive clean-energy policies (such as California and New York). These other states with promising markets include Georgia, Kentucky, West Virginia, Alabama, Michigan, Iowa, New Mexico and Texas.

  • November 9, 2017 - 11:28

    Energy Storage Gets a Bigger Seat at the Utility Planning Table

    Utility Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) are beginning to catch up with the growth of energy storage. Utilities across the country from Duke Energy Carolinas to Southern California Edison have implemented energy storage projects for a variety of reasons, but until now few have included energy storage in their IRPs. Now, utilities in states ranging from Indiana and North Carolina to Arizona, New Mexico and Oregon have included energy storage in their long term planning processes.

  • November 9, 2017 - 11:26

    Heating and A/C Company Acquires Ice Energy Storage Company CALMAC

    Trane, a manufacturer of heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, has acquired CALMAC, a privately-held company specializing in cool energy technologies. One of CALMAC’s key technologies is its IceBank storage tanks that store energy as ice that can be used later to cool buildings. Trane will retain CALMAC’s employees and leadership and, like Trane, CALMAC will become part of the Ingersoll Rand portfolio of products.

  • November 7, 2017 - 14:18

    National Grid: 'Don't Put All Your Eggs in the Frequency Response Basket'

    A representative of National Grid, the UK’s transmission system operator (TSO), has said that energy storage will be “integral” to the network’s flexibility strategy – while urging developers not to rely solely on early frequency regulation contracts. Claire Spedding, head of business development at National Grid, spoke at an event last week to launch “Energy storage: the next wave”, a market report on the technology and industry around it in Britain. The report is published by Regen, a non-profit consultancy promoting renewables and energy efficiency.

  • November 7, 2017 - 01:38

    Can Puerto Rico Overcome a Colonial Past to Build a Greener Grid?

    On September 20, Hurricane Maria swept across Puerto Rico, destroying its electricity grid. The storm felled half of the cross-island transmission towers. Nine out of 10 back-alley power poles blew down. Every single customer on the island lost power. Amid the wreckage lies an opportunity for Puerto Rico to rebuild stronger and smarter. Tesla chief Elon Musk said his company power the island with solar and energy storage. “The Tesla team has done this for many smaller islands around the world, but there is no scalability limit, so it can be done for Puerto Rico too," he tweeted.

  • November 6, 2017 - 16:42

    Energy Storage Association Maps Out Path Forward for a Disruption-Proof, Resilient Grid: 35 GW of Energy Storage by 2025

    Washington, D.C., November 6, 2017 - The Energy Storage Association (ESA) today released its “35x25: A Vision for Energy Storage” white paper, which maps a clear and actionable pathway to reaching 35 gigawatts (GW) of new energy storage systems installed in the U.S. by 2025. Created in conjunction with Navigant Research, the white paper outlines the market drivers that are powering rapid storage industry growth and explains the value of a disruption-proof grid. It also quantifies the considerable benefits of widespread energy storage deployment, such as $4 billion in cumulative operational grid savings and the potential for more than 167,000 new jobs. The report charts 35 GW of new installations across all energy storage technologies from 2017 to 2025.

  • November 6, 2017 - 16:28

    US DOE's Perry Sees Storage as Potential 'Holy Grail', Sings Fossil Fuels' Praises

    Battery storage got an unexpected boost from US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Thursday, during a Washington appearance in which he also praised fossil fuels for saving lives, and continued to tout efforts to stave off the retirements of baseload generation. Perry, at a forum held by Axios, referenced battery storage as he emphasized the difficulties of predicting what the energy world will look like 10 years down the road.

  • November 6, 2017 - 00:00

    Getting The U.S. To 35 GW Of Energy Storage By 2025

    This morning, the Energy Storage Association released its whitepaper “35 X 25: A Vision For Energy Storage,” which lays out a plan for deploying 35 gigawatts (GW - a gigawatt equals 1,000 megawatts) of storage by 2025. The report – developed in collaboration with Navigant Research - outlines a number of developments that argue in favor of energy storage, including: a growing need for grid reliability and resiliency, especially as more critical networks like transportation, HVAC, manufacturing, and data become increasingly electrified and demanding on our aging infrastructure;

  • November 2, 2017 - 09:15

    Storage Group CEO Outlines Priorities, Benefits for Public Power

    In a recent interview with the American Public Power Association, Energy Storage Association CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman outlined her priorities and detailed some of the ways in which public power utilities can benefit from energy storage.  Speakes-Backman was named the ESA’s first CEO, effective July 1. Prior to joining ESA, Speakes-Backman was the senior vice president of policy and research at the Alliance to Save Energy. She has also served as a commissioner at the Maryland Public Service Commission.

  • November 2, 2017 - 09:14

    Bennet Leads Effort to Ensure Federal Funding Can Be Used to Rebuild More Resilient and Clean Energy Systems After Disasters

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), along with Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), today introduced legislation to ensure federal disaster funding can be used to build more resilient, efficient, clean, and low-cost energy systems. The bill targets critical infrastructure and directs the Department of Energy’s national labs to provide assistance in rebuilding efforts. The introduction comes on the heels of today’s U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing addressing the federal response to this year’s hurricanes.