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January 23, 2020

APS Sets course for 100 Percent Clean Energy Future

Today marks a historic milestone in the 134-year history of Arizona’s largest electricity provider as Arizona Public Service (NYSE: PNW) announces a goal to deliver 100 percent clean, carbon-free electricity to customers by 2050. The company has been on a trajectory of increasingly clean energy through solar power innovation, major investments in energy storage technology, carbon-free nuclear operations and advances in energy efficiency solutions. Now, the company’s destination for that path is set as the boldest clean-energy goal of all Arizona electric companies, as well as one of the most ambitious in the country.

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January 23, 2020

U.S. Energy Storage Association Hires Marc Chupka as VP of Research and Programs

The U.S. Energy Storage Association is pleased to announce the hiring of Marc Chupka as Vice President of Research and Programs. Marc has over 30 years of experience analyzing and advising on the market impacts of both domestic and international energy and environmental policy, including serving as the acting Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy and International Affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy and chief economist at the White House Office of Environmental Policy. For the past 18 years, Marc consulted on a broad range of energy issues for utilities, trade associations, and investors as a principal at The Brattle Group, most recently focusing on issues related to grid resilience, clean energy, and climate policy.

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January 22, 2020

Public Utilities: The New Buyers of Energy Storage

There’s no doubt that 2019 was a tipping point for announcements from investor-owned utilities about large-scale new energy storage and hybrid storage projects. We also witnessed dramatically increased project sizes and combination approaches, with stunning price decreases and shorter deployment schedules. Between 2016 and 2019, approximately 28 U.S. utilities proposed nearly eight gigawatts of storage. And some of the multi-hundred-megawatt procurement announcements by large investor-owned utilities like Nevada Energy, Arizona Public Service, Florida Power and Light, Hawaiian Electric Company, and Southern California Edison are indeed record-breaking.

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January 21, 2020

2020 Outlook: Renewables, Resilience and Reliability Needs Will Drive Storage

The storage industry will face its fair share of challenges, including increasing safety regulations, regulatory barriers and market uncertainty, experts say. Falling battery costs, increasing renewables on the grid and a focus on resilience and reliability will continue to drive growth in the energy storage sector in 2020.

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Energy Storage in the News

January 21, 2020

US Energy Storage Market May Grow 12X By End Of 2024 (Interview) - CleanTechnica

The recent Wood Mackenzie Q4 2019 US Energy Storage Monitor report contains a number of insights about energy storage trends that many people may enjoy reading about. Energy storage in the United States has been growing steadily over the last 5-10 years. In this interview, Dan Finn-Foley, head of energy storage research at Wood Mackenzie, discusses how the industry is growing.

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January 21, 2020

Proposed 2.2 GW Storage Project Plans to Use Navajo Coal Station Power-Lines

A proposal to build a 2.2 GW pumped hydro storage facility in Arizona moved one step closer to reality last week, after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) accepted its application for a preliminary permit. The $3.6 billion project would be built at a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation reservoir on the Colorado River, and rely on transmission infrastructure that was part of the retired Navajo Generating Station coal facility. It would deliver power to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

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January 21, 2020

New York Power Authority: New Energy Storage demonstration Project

The New York Power Authority announced a collaboration with a leading-edge energy storage company to develop a demonstration energy storage system, using new zinc-air energy storage technology, in New York. The project, selected as a winner through the NYPA Innovation Challenge, will have the ability to provide back-up power, help level grid demand, and move the state further toward a carbon-free electric grid supported by renewable energy resources. The new technology storage system will work toward the achievement of Cuomo’s aggressive energy storage goal of 3GW by 2030, and by supporting a commitment of 100% electricity from zero carbon emission sources by 2040.

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January 16, 2020

Xcel Energy to Build 7 Community Microgrids with Siemens and Fluence

Xcel Energy is seeking regulatory approval to move forward with seven microgrids, at a cost to the utility of $23.4 million, chosen from a community resilience solicitation that the Colorado utility issued in May. The microgrids will serve the Denver International Airport Automated Guideway Transit System; National Western Center; Denver Rescue Mission’s Lawrence Street Community Center; City of Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities; Town of Nederland Community Center; Summit County Middle School; and Alamosa Family Recreation Center. The petition for approval and cost recovery is before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (Proceeding 19A-0225E).

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January 16, 2020

US Battery Storage Prospects Lifted by Policy Progress, Cost Reduction

Battery storage deployment in the US is set for a rapid acceleration from 2020. That is one of the key takeaways from the latest S&P Global Platts Analytics’ US Power Storage Outlook, released to clients on December 18. In addition, while megawatt deployments in 2019 were at 2018 levels, the storage duration of battery storage assets increased in the past years, pointing to new usages. State policies and peaking capacity needs will remain the major drivers of near to medium-term battery deployments. Platts Analytics expects more than 13 GW of utility-scale battery storage to be commissioned by 2024 in the US.

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