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    • November 6, 2017 - 10:00

      Energy Storage Association Maps Out Path Forward for a Disruption-Proof, Resilient Grid: 35 GW of Energy Storage by 2025

      Washington, D.C., November 6, 2017 - The Energy Storage Association (ESA) today released its “35x25: A Vision for Energy Storage” white paper, which maps a clear and actionable pathway to reaching 35 gigawatts (GW) of new energy storage systems installed in the U.S. by 2025. Created in conjunction with Navigant Research, the white paper outlines the market drivers that are powering rapid storage industry growth and explains the value of a disruption-proof grid. It also quantifies the considerable benefits of widespread energy storage deployment, such as $4 billion in cumulative operational grid savings and the potential for more than 167,000 new jobs. The report charts 35 GW of new installations across all energy storage technologies from 2017 to 2025.

    • November 1, 2017 - 12:37

      Bennet Leads Effort to Ensure Federal Funding Can Be Used to Rebuild More Resilient and Clean Energy Systems After Disasters

      Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), along with Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM), today introduced legislation to ensure federal disaster funding can be used to build more resilient, efficient, clean, and low-cost energy systems. The bill targets critical infrastructure and directs the Department of Energy’s national labs to provide assistance in rebuilding efforts. The introduction comes on the heels of today’s U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing addressing the federal response to this year’s hurricanes. 

    • October 25, 2017 - 14:47

      Sens. Coons, Moran, Reps. Poe, Thompson introduce bipartisan, bicameral legislation to level the playing field for clean energy

      Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act would give clean energy projects access to a tax advantage currently available only to oil, gas, and coal projects

      October 25, 2017

      WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX-02) and Mike Thompson (D-CA-05) re-introduced bipartisan legislation to level the energy playing field by giving investors in a range of clean energy projects access to a decades-old corporate structure whose tax advantage is currently available only to investors in fossil fuel-based energy projects. The Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act is a straightforward, powerful modification of the federal tax code that could unleash significant private capital by helping an emerging class of energy-generation and renewable fuel companies to form master limited partnerships, which combine the funding advantages of corporations and the tax advantages of partnerships. 

    • 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."

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    • November 16, 2017 - 11:54

      Doosan Gridtech Selects SMA Inverters for 20 MW Battery Storage Project

      Inverter manufacturer SMA America LLC, subsidiary of German SMA Solar Technology AG, announced, that 13 SMA Sunny Central Storage inverters are being used in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) Beacon Energy Storage System, a 20 MW battery storage project at the »Beacon Solar Plant« in the Mojave Desert. The project will be owned and operated by LADWP to expand its energy storage portfolio, which already has 1,296 MW of energy storage capacity.

    • November 16, 2017 - 10:54

      Proposed Enhancements to Energy Price Formation

      Since its inception, PJM Interconnection’s wholesale energy market has driven efficient resource entry and exit, successfully managed the retirement of a significant number of coal resources and their replacement primarily by natural gas resources, and maintained a reliable grid. The PJM market has also proven adaptable to changes in the industry as market rules have evolved to meet new needs.Changes in fuel and technology combined with a slow-down in demand growth are influencing the markets and have revealed an opportunity to enhance energy market pricing so that prices accurately reflect the true incremental cost of serving load and minimize the need to recover those costs through out-of-market uplift payments.

    • November 16, 2017 - 09:06

      Panel Eyes Room for Both Gas Peakers, Battery Storage in Power Markets

      The power industry is seeing a heightened need for peaking-capacity resources as capacity from retiring power plants is lost and higher levels of renewable generation is integrated. This potentially sets up a battle for market share between natural gas-fired generators that are currently the dominant source of peaking capacity and battery energy storage systems that have seen significant cost declines in recent years, an industry panel said Tuesday.

    • November 15, 2017 - 08:55

      RES Completed Construction of the Penitente Solar Project

      BROOMFIELD, Colo., Nov. 14, 2017 -- Renewable Energy Systems (RES), a leader in the development, construction, and operation of solar, energy storage, wind, and transmission projects across the globe, is pleased to announce that it has completed construction of the Penitente Solar Project, a 3 MW installation in Saguache County providing power to the San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative (SLVREC).  RES developed, constructed, and will operate and maintain the distributed solar photovoltaic system in South Central Colorado. AEP OnSite Partners owns the solar installation and provides the output to SLVREC through a long-term contract. SLVREC is the second-oldest electric cooperative in Colorado and is headquartered in Monte Vista, CO.

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