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    • October 3, 2017 - 20:04

      #SubEnergy Examines Grid Reliability in its Sixth ‘Powering America’ Hearing

      WASHINGTON, DC – The Energy Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), today held a hearing entitled, “Part II: Powering America: Defining Reliability in a Transforming Electricity Industry.” Today’s hearing was the second portion of #SubEnergy’s two part review of electric reliability and grid resiliency, and marked the sixth hearing as part of the committee’s ‘Powering America’ series. Part one of the hearing was held on September 14, 2017. Members of the subcommittee heard from a diverse panel of witnesses from all areas of the electricity sector on electric reliability and grid resiliency. Marty Durbin, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at the American Petroleum Institute, spoke to the importance of natural gas in terms of grid reliability, commenting, “Collectively, the environmental advantages, reliability, and affordability of natural gas generation are unmatched by any other form of power generation. The natural gas industry stands ready to work with all stakeholders to ensure that our nation’s electric grid is reliable, safe, and resilient.” Paul Bailey, President and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, commented on the importance of the electric grid, “A reliable and resilient electric grid is essential for public health, public safety, a sound economy, and national security. It is obvious the nation’s electric grid is undergoing profound changes that could challenge grid reliability and resilience.” Maria G. Korsnick, President and CEO at the Nuclear Energy Institute, talked about nuclear power and its role in generating electricity nationwide, commenting, “Nuclear energy is the largest source of emissions-free electricity in the United States. Currently, 99 reactors in 30 states produce nearly 20 percent of our nation’s electricity and approximately 60 percent of our carbon-free electricity."

    • October 2, 2017 - 13:30

      ESA Statement on DOE Grid Resilience Pricing Rule NOPR

      Statement from the Energy Storage Association (ESA) regarding the Department of Energy Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (DOE NOPR).

      Although ESA was initially encouraged that the DOE Staff Report focused correctly on valuing resilience attributes in a technology-neutral manner, we are troubled by DOE’s rule proposed on Friday, which would undermine markets and unnecessarily increase costs for consumers. 

    • September 28, 2017 - 08:32

      CEO Statement on the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act

      “Thank you to Senator Heinrich and the bipartisan coalition of co-sponsors for introducing the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act of 2017 (S.1868). If enacted, this bill will unlock competitive access to investment for a more resilient, efficient, sustainable, and affordable electrical grid by expanding the investment tax credit (ITC) to include all types of advanced energy storage."

    • September 26, 2017 - 14:30

      CEO Statement on Advancing Grid Storage Act (AGSA)

      “We applaud the leadership of Senator Franken and Senator Heinrich for introducing the S. 1851 Advancing Grid Storage Act (AGSA) in Congress. AGSA will provide assistance to state and local governments, smaller utilities, public power districts, and rural cooperatives who seek to modernize their electric infrastructure with advanced energy storage systems, making them more efficient, sustainable, resilient and affordable, to the benefit of homes and businesses across the U.S.

      “Investing in 21st century grid infrastructure will generate significant benefits to all electricity users. Energy storage has proven to be a reliable solution for many of the challenges we face in modernizing our grid infrastructure. AGSA is an important next step in modernizing the grid for even more Americans, and will ensure the U.S. continues to lead the world in the advanced energy storage industry – bringing jobs and investment to communities across the country.”

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    • October 19, 2017 - 14:25

      Bipartisan Group of Former FERC Commissioners Rejects Energy Secretary's Bid to Help Coal Plants

      Eight former members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission  — including five former chairmen — have filed a letter with the commission opposing Perry’s proposal that would give coal and nuclear plants credit for resilience so that they would have a better chance of beating solar, wind and natural gas competitors.

    • October 19, 2017 - 09:24

      Washington Utilities Need to Consider Storage in Resource Planning, Regulators Say

      Regulators in Washington State on Wednesday issued a policy statement telling investor-owned utilities in the state they should include energy storage in their planning processes. The statement presents a framework aimed at guiding the state’s Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) in its ongoing rulemaking for integrated resource plans (IRPs) that regulated utilities file with the commission every two years.

    • October 18, 2017 - 15:15

      JEA Shakes Up Solar Policies

      JEA unanimously approved Tuesday policies to increase the authority's reliance on solar energy, to cut an incentive for homeowners to install solar panels and to create an incentive for homeowners to add storage batteries to their solar arrays. JEA will add up to 250 megawatts of solar power to its energy portfolio. It is budgeting up to $50 million to buy land for solar farms, which could be operational by late 2019. This addition of solar power, which dwarfs the 50 megawatts currently produced by JEA, would make Jacksonville the largest solar community in the United States per capita, based on projections of other cities' portfolios.

    • October 18, 2017 - 15:06

      IHI, Inc. Announces Fukushima Energy Storage Project

      CHICAGO, October 18, 2017- IHI, Inc. announced today a new 500kW, 2.5MWh energy storage project collocated with a larger facility developed by IHI Corporation, the parent organization of IHI, Inc. The energy storage system is expected to be operational by April 2018. The facility is intended to alleviate continued grid challenges in order to accelerate the implementation of renewable energy resources, such as photovoltaic (PV) generation systems. The overall project is designed to create an independently sustainable power system by utilizing a variety of installed technologies including on-site hydrogen generation, PV systems, and battery storage to reduce CO2 emissions while providing reliable power.

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