Energy Storage News

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  • April 8, 2019 - 13:05

    Eversource Battery Projects Advancing On Outer Cape, Vineyard

    The promise of energy storage in Massachusetts is beginning to materialize on the tip of Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. Eversource expects to start construction by year's end on two of the largest utility battery storage projects in the country and hopes to have both projects up and running by the end of 2020. A 25 megawatt, lithium-ion battery system, to be located in a Cape-style building in Provincetown, is being designed to provide backup power for customers.

  • April 5, 2019 - 21:16

    Fremont, CA, Fire Station Is First In US With Solar Microgrid

    Planners in Fremont, CA, appear to be the first to complete a solar microgrid system with battery backup for a fire station in the United States, seeking to be more hardened against wildfire, utility blackouts, hurricanes, or other threatening events.

  • April 5, 2019 - 14:06

    Bill to Extend Federal Solar Tax Credits to Energy Storage Introduced

    U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-Pennsylvania) has introduced a bill that would extend the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) to energy storage installations, anywhere from the home to grid level. The bill would move beyond current provisions that enable the ITC only for solar-paired battery systems.

  • April 4, 2019 - 14:34

    FERC Chairman Outlines Trends He Sees Shaping the Future of Storage

    Neil Chatterjee, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, believes there are five trends that will be critical in shaping the future of energy storage over the next decade.

  • April 4, 2019 - 13:56

    CEO Statement on ITC Legislation Introduced by Congressman Doyle

    “We commend Congressman Doyle for his leadership in the introduction of today’s legislation, which if enacted, would immediately boost investment in the energy storage industry and create even more economic opportunity,” said Energy Storage Association CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman.  “It is a simple and impactful clarification of the current investment tax credit that would ensure equitable access for standalone storage and send long-term investment signals to an industry that supports tens of thousands of jobs nationwide. We thank Congressman Doyle for addressing this critical issue for the resiliency, efficiency, sustainability and affordability of our electric system.”

  • April 3, 2019 - 13:48

    NYPA Initiative Targets Quicker Commercialization Path for Storage, EV Startups

    A new partnership led by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will focus on finding and assisting startup businesses focused on electric vehicle and energy storage technologies, aiming to help meet the state's Green New Deal goals, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D, announced yesterday. Dubbed the "NYPA Innovation Challenge," the partnership between the utility and New York University Tandon's Urban Future Lab will launch in May with an application deadline in June and winners announced a month later. The challenge will support NYPA's $250 million EVolveNY electric vehicle adoption initiative, as well as New York's goal to add 3 GW of battery storage by 2030.

  • April 3, 2019 - 13:48

    FERC Asks Grid Operators for More Detail on Storage Participation

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday asked regional grid operators for more information on how they will implement a major order on energy storage issued last year. FERC asked each grid operator to detail various aspects of energy storage market participation, including size requirements, state of charge management and how storage resources can participate as both buyers and sellers in wholesale markets. The requests come as FERC considers rehearing requests on its landmark February 2018 energy storage directive, Order 841. Grid operators have 30 days to file responses.

  • April 3, 2019 - 12:33

    Michigan's Upper Peninsula Is Full of Closed Mines. Technology May Give Them New Life

    Michigan Technological University is studying whether communities could transform abandoned mines into valuable energy storage. University researchers are partnering with the Marquette County city of Negaunee, population 4,500, on a pilot project that could help mining communities turn liabilities into assets. The prospect is particularly intriguing in the Upper Peninsula, home to hundreds of abandoned metal mines and cripplingly high electricity rates.

  • April 3, 2019 - 10:46

    APS's Battery Addition Extravaganza

    What goes great with a gigawatt of renewable energy? That’s easy, battery storage for backup and flexibility. That’s also exactly what’s happening in Arizona, as Arizona Public Service (APS) announced a request for proposals (RFP) to bring hundreds of MW in capacity of energy storage to both new and existing solar facilities. APS’s Chino Valley (19 MW) and Red Rock (40 MW) solar projects will be getting, presumably, lithium-ion batteries; APS anticipates both of these projects to be completed by 2021. The two projects are also the final step of APS’ February announcement that the company would be developing 200 MW of battery storage to be paired with existing solar facilities.

  • April 2, 2019 - 19:01

    Poisonous Mushroom Compound Could Help Flow Batteries

    A group of chemists working to improve the flow battery has found inspiration in an unusual place: the forest floor. A research group at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, described how his group has adapted a compound made by mushrooms to improve the stability of flow batteries.