Energy Storage News

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  • January 3, 2017 - 16:16

    RES Announces Joint Development Agreement

    BROOMFIELD, Colo., Jan. 3, 2017-- Renewable Energy Systems (RES), a leader in the development, engineering, construction, and operations of wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects in the Americas, is pleased to announce a joint development agreement with Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power, to develop and construct approximately 3,000 megawatts (MW) of wind power across 10 projects located in various regions within the United States.  All projects are expected to achieve commercial operation between 2018 and 2020. The agreement structure with Southern Power is a new approach for RES, which has previously engaged in development partnerships on a very limited basis. However, the rapid growth of wind development across the Americas has presented opportunities to pursue creative operating relationships with strong partners. The RES-Southern Power partnership will leverage the advantages of both companies to bring substantial wind power capacity to market, and may provide a model for RES to collaborate with others.

  • January 3, 2017 - 16:08

    Massachusetts DOER Will Set Energy Storage Mandate Targets by July

    In August, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill that directed DOER to determine by year end whether or not energy storage targets would be prudent and cost-effective Massachusetts. The DOER released its determination on Dec. 27.  The decision of prudence was widely expected. Last fall, the DOER released an energy storage report, State of Charge, that outlined a roadmap for energy policy recommendations.

  • January 3, 2017 - 14:50

    PUC of Oregon - Implementing Energy Storage Program Guidelines pursuant to House Bill 2193

    We opened this docket to implement House Bill 2193 (HB 2193). This bill requires subject electric companies to submit proposals to develop energy storage systems and to procure any authorized projects by 2020. In this order we adopt guidelines for the electric companies to use in submitting proposals for authorization. We also adopt requirements relating to the system-wide storage potential evaluation required by HB 2193 and set minimum competitive bidding requirements for projects within this program.

  • January 3, 2017 - 13:00

    SCE awaits third energy storage unit approval - pv magazine USA (press release) (blog)

    Southern California Edison (SCE) is awaiting approval from the California PUC for the third unit within its 27 MW of lithium-ion storage plans. The utility filed in late December with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a Generator Interconnection Agreement with the third of the three, the PPA Grand Johanna LLC for a 2 MW/8MWh storage project called Grand Johanna.

  • January 3, 2017 - 12:02

    Ormat Enters the Growing Energy Storage and Demand Response Markets by Acquiring the Business of Viridity Energy

    RENO, Nev., Jan. 03, 2017 - Ormat Technologies, Inc. (“Ormat”)  today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the business and assets of Viridity Energy, Inc. (“Viridity”), a privately held Philadelphia-based company with nearly a decade of expertise and leadership in demand response, energy management and storage. The acquisition, which is expected to close early 2017, will mark Ormat’s entry into the growing energy storage and demand response markets, with an established North American presence.

  • January 3, 2017 - 10:03

    Battery Storage Poised to Expand Rapidly

    The summer of 2016 was one of dire warnings for Southern California energy consumers. A massive methane leak from the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility outside Los Angeles had drained the region's natural gas supply, and the word went out that gas shortages could disrupt the region's power deliveries by the summer of 2017. Amid fears of rolling blackouts across the nation's second-largest metro area and beyond, utilities like Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric latched on to a solution that for years had been quietly deployed, but needed an event like a looming gas shortage to be thrust into prime time.

  • December 29, 2016 - 21:39

    Battery-Powered in Escondido

    The nation's largest battery storage for energy is being constructed in Escondido — part of the shift away from fuel-burning power plants to cleaner energy, which can't be switched on when needed. San Diego Gas & Electric has contractors building the 30-megawatt lithium-ion array on the 1.5-acre Escondido lot that the company already owns. There's already a substation in that industrial park tucked into the southwest corner of where the SR-15 intersects Highway 78 (a second, 7.5-MW storage plant is being sited in El Cajon). The facility will contain 24 steel cabinets of lithium-ion batteries that can hold about 1.25 megawatts each.

  • December 29, 2016 - 10:00

    Registration is Now Open for #ESACon17!

    We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for ESA's 27th Annual Conference and Expo held April 18-20, 2017 in Denver, CO.  Join more than 2,000 attendees at the largest conference dedicated to energy storage in the world.

    • More than 850 companies, and attendees from 50+ countries • The biggest trade show in storage, more than 90,000 Square feet of exhibits, education, and networking • 12 tracks of content with 150+ expert speakers • Four hands-on, targeted workshops to advance your company and career • Site tours to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the National Wind Technology Center, and two energy storage/microgrid installations

  • December 29, 2016 - 09:07

    Tesla Powerpacks Provide Energy Storage For North Carolina Island

    Tesla Motors has made green-friendly power a reality on yet another island. The gorgeous Ocracoke Island in North Carolina’s Outer Banks is now home to 10 Tesla Powerpacks. The island will not have to completely depend on its old method of power – a 3MW diesel generator – as a new microgrid will work in tandem with the diesel system, and solar arrays will provide additional backup power. As we understand it, these are original 100 kWh Powerpacks, not the recently update Powerpack 2.0 offering that are rated at 200 kWh – with Gigafactory built inverters that begin shipping in September.

  • December 29, 2016 - 08:52

    FERC Issues License for Major Montana Energy Project

    The Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Hydro project located in Montana has been issued a 50-year license to construct and operate by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  Final design is to be completed in 2017 with construction anticipated to begin in 2018. "This is a tremendous milestone achieved by a world-class team including Barnard, SNC-Lavalin and GE Renewables," said Carl Borgquist, President of Absaroka Energy.  "I'm so proud of our team who have worked diligently together to accomplish this significant milestone on the journey to project completion."