Energy Storage News

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  • June 5, 2018 - 15:41

    Industry Slams US Coal and Nuclear Subsidy Plans

    The Department of Energy (DoE) wants to "purchase or arrange the purchase of electric energy or electric generation capacity" for two years and delay coal and nuclear plant retirements, according to a memo made public on 1 June. But a coalition of energy industry associations, including AWEA, condemned the proposals, claiming it would "hurt consumers". It is unclear whether the president had signed off on the DoE’s latest 40-page document, authorising the bail out of coal and nuclear plants.

  • June 5, 2018 - 14:01

    Headlines: Highview Power Completes UK Plant to Test 'Liquid Air' Storage Technology

    A novel long-duration energy storage technology got one step closer to commercialization this week. U.K.-based Highview Power has completed a test plant for its liquid air energy storage technology. The company uses equipment developed for the conventional power and oil and gas industries to liquefy gas, store it in tanks and release it to spin turbines and produce electricity on demand.

  • June 5, 2018 - 11:34

    Colorado Integrates Storage into Utility Planning Process

    Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation on Friday to encourage the installation of energy storage in the state and to integrate storage procurement mechanisms into utilities' long-term planning processes. House Bill 18-1270, also known as the "Energy Storage Procurement Act," sets a deadline of Feb. 1, 2019, for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to develop procurement rules. Utilities will be able to file applications for rate-based projects by May 1, though they cannot exceed 15 MW.

  • June 5, 2018 - 10:52

    Grid Mod Policy Actions Sump 75%, with storage Playing a Central Role

    A sure measure of how much and how fast the U.S. power system is changing is that the number of policy actions addressing grid modernization jumped 75% from Q1 2017 to Q1 2018. This also reveals something more important about grid modernization. Grid modernization is everything from advance metering infrastructure (AMI) to rate design that would make the system "more resilient, responsive, and interactive," according to the Q1 2018 50 States of Grid Modernization. More broadly, it is the set of changes to the electric distribution system that will make the utility of the future possible.

  • June 4, 2018 - 23:23

    New Energy Storage Projects Will Support A Cleaner, More Reliable Power Grid

    SAN DIEGO, June 4, 2018 -- Energy storage is creating a cleaner, more reliable power grid in the San Diego region, and more storage is on the way. San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced today that five new energy storage projects totaling 83.5 megawatts (MW) and one demand response program equaling 4.5 MW have been approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The 83.5 MW of energy storage will help improve grid reliability and integrate more renewables, creating a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable future. The projects will add lithium-ion battery storage facilities in San Diego and south Orange counties.

  • June 4, 2018 - 09:35

    ESA CEO Statement on Colorado Energy Storage Legislation

    The Energy Storage Association (ESA) is encouraged by Friday’s announcement that Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed legislation that will advance energy storage deployments in the state. The bill begins an important process to integrate energy storage into long-term electric system planning, which will provide economic and environmental benefits to Colorado’s ratepayers for years to come.

  • June 2, 2018 - 15:25

    Energy Storage Could Be Residential Solar's Next Growth Product

    Residential solar installers are quietly starting to expand their offerings to include energy storage, which could be a much-needed revenue boost for the industry. Tesla's (NASDAQ:TSLA) Powerwall is the best-known energy storage device, but Sunrun (NASDAQ:RUN), SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR), and Vivint Solar (NYSE:VSLR) are entering the market as well, and they're seeing some signs of success early in 2018. What's great about energy storage for solar installers is that it's incremental revenue that leverages existing marketing and sales expenses. And it could help make solar more attractive to customers in states that have made it more difficult to justify solar economically.

  • June 1, 2018 - 00:00

    Broad Energy Coalition Condemns Action to Subsidize Failing Coal, Nuclear Plants

    Proposed action to bail out nuclear, coal plants is misguided, would hurt consumers.

    WASHINGTON June 1, 2018 - A diverse group of energy industry associations including energy efficiency and storage, natural gas, oil, solar and wind issued the following statement condemning the Administration’s draft plan to bail out coal and nuclear plants across the country. Todd Snitchler, American Petroleum Institute Market Development Group Director (API): “The Administration’s draft plan to provide government assistance to those coal and nuclear power plants that are struggling to be profitable under the guise of national security would be unprecedented and misguided.

  • May 31, 2018 - 18:31

    What About Wind-Plus-Storage? It's Not Like Solar-Plus-Storage at All; or is it?

    Energy storage is storming the U.S. power industry, driving changes from the bulk system level to the customer level. At the system level, February's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order 845 required bulk system operators to design new rules to integrate storage. April's Order 841 rewrote the rules on interconnection, opening new opportunities for storage.

  • May 30, 2018 - 20:14

    Arizona Is Getting Its First Standalone Battery Peaker

    The Salt River Project will build Arizona’s first standalone energy storage plant for peak power.

    The utility has contracted for a 20-year power-purchase agreement with AES, which will own and operate the 10-megawatt/40-megawatt-hour system provided by Fluence. The project will sit in Chandler, outside of Phoenix, to deliver peaking capacity to the metropolitan area.