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    • December 6, 2018 - 11:51

      U.S. Energy Storage Project Pipeline Doubles in 2018, Nears 33 GW

      BOSTON, Mass and WASHINTON D.C. (December 6, 2018) The pipeline for energy storage projects in the U.S. has doubled this year, ballooning to 32.9 gigawatts, according to the latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Energy Storage Association (ESA). While not all of the projects will come to fruition, this is a clear signpost that developers are bullish on energy storage.

    • November 26, 2018 - 09:45

      CEO Statement on Broad Coalition’s Support for Including Storage as an Eligible Technology in ITC

      Today the Energy Storage Association (ESA), along with a broad-based coalition comprised of other energy trade and advocacy groups, strongly urges congressional leadership to clarify eligibility of energy storage for the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) before the end of the year in a move that that would level the playing field across all energy technologies and bolster an industry that supports over 90,000 U.S. jobs and counting.

    • November 14, 2018 - 09:15

      CEO Statement on NARUC Resolution on Modeling Energy Storage and Other Flexible Resources

      The Energy Storage Association (ESA) commends the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) on its unanimous adoption of a Resolution this week on Modeling Energy Storage and Other Flexible Resources. Thirty-one jurisdictions across the nation utilize integrated resource planning and modeling to determine the most cost-effective options to meet the needs of the U.S. electric grid, and this week’s Resolution codifies the state regulators’ collective intent that these modeling frameworks are important for a complete evaluation of energy storage and other flexible resources.

      Energy storage is an enabling technology. It enables utilities and third-party providers to be increasingly responsive to evolving customer needs, grid operators to optimize new and existing resource deployments, and regulators to keep the lights on in a cost-effective manner. We appreciate the leadership of the NARUC community, and look forward to a continued partnership with regulators and other stakeholders as we strive for a better world through a more resilient, efficient, sustainable, and affordable electric grid.

    • October 25, 2018 - 14:03

      AECOM, Lockheed Martin Together Build Energy Storage System at Fort Carson

      In August, AECOM announced it started construction of a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) at Fort Carson Army base in Colorado using Lockheed Martin’s GridStar® Lithium energy storage system. The 4.25 MW/8.5 MWh BESS is part of an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to reduce Fort Carson’s energy costs and increase its energy resilience. Though there are some existing energy storage systems at military bases, this unit will be the largest stand-alone commercially contracted battery at an army base. The large, revenue-generating storage system operates behind Fort Carson’s electric utility meter. It reduces electrical demand during peak intervals, thereby increasing power grid resilience.

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    • December 3, 2018 - 14:05

      Project of the Year: REV Connect

      Let's be clear: Anything that can take the torturous rigidity out of utility procurements deserves an award. New York's Reforming the Energy Vision has been around a few years, and the state's efforts to reshape the utility sector are beginning to pay off. Plenty of states have followed suit, but New York's REV is a holistic reimagining of energy resources and the business models underpin the sector. While REV aims to bring about wholesale changes, one initiative within it is speeding the development of new resources and solutions while helping remake utility procurement processes.

    • December 3, 2018 - 04:00

      Greensmith Energy Delivers Enhanced Energy Management Software Platform GEMS 6

      The technology group Wärtsilä today announced the release of GEMS 6 (Greensmith Energy Management System, version 6), the latest generation of its award-winning software platform proven across grid-scale deployments globally. With this latest release, GEMS continues to be the most advanced energy management solution available today, deployed across more than 70 grid-scale systems in nine countries, integrated with a multitude of thermal and renewable generation assets as well as load and weather forecasting data. “Greensmith Energy is proud to announce the latest innovation in our product portfolio with the release of GEMS 6,” said John Jung, President and CEO of Greensmith Energy. “With this industry-leading energy management platform, we will enable our utility and IPP customers to integrate and optimize all of their energy resources to improve resiliency and flexibility during a time of tremendous transition – paving a viable way towards a 100 percent renewable energy future.”

    • December 3, 2018 - 00:00

      Milwaukee Eyes its Own Rooftop Solar Mandate with a California Clone

      Eyeing the success of the recently-passed California solar mandate, Milwaukee Common Council Member Tony Zielinski has proposed legislation that would require all new residential units in the city to include solar arrays, starting in 2019. Zielinski told Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) that the idea for his proposal came while he was reading about California’s rooftop solar mandate. “I think this is just one step in a series of steps that we need to undertake to help improve our environment and gradually reduce our reliance on fuels,” Zielinski said while appearing on WPR. ” There’s a whole myriad of other initiatives… I think we need to add more. I just think that this is one step and there’ll be additional steps down the road as well.”

    • November 29, 2018 - 11:13

      Battery Boosters Pushing Congress to Give Industry a Tax Credit

      Renewable-energy advocates are pushing Congress to create a tax credit for power-storage systems, a move that may help unlock new opportunities for wind and solar nationwide. A storage tax credit would boost the grid’s resiliency and reliability, they say, key buzzwords in the Trump administration’s campaign to save struggling nuclear and coal-fired power plants. But so far, congressional Republicans aren’t biting.

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