Energy Storage in the News

July 23, 2020

Victory for wholesale energy storage, but does Order 841 allow FERC to assault net metering?

Energy Storage Association CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman said in a statement, “This is an enormous step for energy storage, with the affirmation that energy storage connected at the distribution level must have the option to access wholesale markets. As our electric system becomes more modernized and distributed, we are seeing the regulatory frameworks at both the wholesale and retail levels adjust to that reality.”

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Energy Storage in the News

July 23, 2020

Largest US battery resource connects to CAISO grid, signaling next phase in California's storage growth

Jason Burwen, vice president of policy at the Energy Storage Association, said in a statement that the announcement reflects the relentless movement of energy storage into mainstream electric system operations. 

“It’s also important to note that this project is a standalone battery storage system. While there can be benefits to integrating storage directly with generation as a ‘hybrid resource,’ the LS Power storage system in CAISO is a reminder that effective grid operations can utilize the flexibility of storage as a standalone asset,” Burwen said. 

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Energy Storage in the News

July 23, 2020

Long-Term Value of Grid Storage Is All About Capacity, Study Finds

The use of storage as a transmission asset is currently being debated in venues including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said Jason Burwen, vice president for policy at the U.S. Energy Storage Association.

“Transmission and distribution planning have generally not been conducted with a strong ethic of competition or a sense that you can provide things other than conventional wires infrastructure,” Burwen said.

Much of the biggest battery development is happening in states where utilities are required to purchase resource adequacy. Their solicitations weigh the costs and benefits of batteries versus renewables and gas for delivering capacity at peak times, and award bankable, long-term contracts.

“It’s important to consider that the way things are paid for matters just as much as whether they’re paid for,” Burwen said.

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Energy Storage in the News

July 23, 2020

Enel plans to deploy 1 GW storage capacity across renewable portfolio through 2022

Enel Green Power plans to deploy 1 GW of battery storage capacity across its new and existing renewables project in the U.S. over the next two years, the company announced Tuesday. Enel just began constructing its first utility-scale hybrid project in North America, a 146 MW photovoltaic facility co-located with a 50 MW/75 MWh battery in Texas, scheduled to be operational by summer 2021.

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Energy Storage in the News

July 23, 2020

IREC launches project to tackle storage interconnection challenges | Utility Dive

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) is launching a project aiming to resolve regulatory and technical barriers to connecting storage projects on the distribution grid, by simplifying the interconnection process for solar-plus-storage and standalone storage projects.

“The interconnection rules and processes were designed before distributed storage was widely available,” Jason Burwen, vice president of policy for ESA, told Utility Dive in an email.

“Also, rules around interconnecting to the grid are different in every state, which adds to the confusion. The toolkit is expected to provide some relief to this problem,” according to Burwen.

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Energy Storage in the News

July 23, 2020

The U.S. Energy Storage Association Announces Keynote Speaker Lineup for Virtual #ESACon20

The U.S. Energy Storage Association  (ESA), the national trade association for the American energy storage industry, will welcome a host of distinguished keynote speakers for the ESA Energy Storage Annual Conference & Expo (#ESACon20). The virtual event takes place from August 24 to 27 and brings together the broad electricity sector under the theme of “Electrification and Resilience: We’re All in This Together.”

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Under Secretary Mark W. Menezes will kick off the conference with the opening keynote on August 24. Under Secretary Menezes’ address will focus on America’s leadership and innovation in energy storage and the Department’s recent launch of the Energy Storage Grand Challenge. In addition, DOE is hosting a Learning Lab exploring the Energy Storage Grand Challenge In-Depth on Wednesday, August 26 at 2:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM PDT.

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Energy Storage in the News

July 23, 2020

Value of storage goes up with share of renewables but costs declines still vital, new study finds

The value of energy storage increases with growing shares of renewable energy on the grid, but the availability and cost of storage will determine how successful decarbonisation with renewables can be. That’s one of the key takeaways of a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment (ACEE), supported by General Electric (GE). 

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Energy Storage in the News

July 23, 2020

What Joe Biden's Clean Energy Platform Means for the Storage Industry

Decarbonized power by 2035 would drive growth in the storage market. But critical issues, including fair access to markets, remain unmentioned.

“We’re pleased to see storage recognized at this level as essential infrastructure to transition to a clean electric power system,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the U.S. Energy Storage Association.

ESA supports assistance for domestic storage manufacturing, Speakes-Backman said. But she cautioned that the form of that support matters, as recent history demonstrates.

“We’ve seen from the Section 301 tariffs imposed with only several weeks’ notice in September 2019 that sudden, punitive rules regarding this focus can be detrimental, rather than supportive,” she said. “Growing a domestic storage supply chain will be most likely to succeed if it is pulled by market demand, which investment tax credits can drive.”

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July 23, 2020

Switch and Capital Dynamics Break Ground on Massive Solar and Battery Storage Developments, Advancing Rob Roy’s Gigawatt Nevada

Switch, a Leadership Circle Member of ESA, and the developers of the worlds most advanced data centers, has announced the largest expansion of solar footprint and battery storage in Nevada. We are pleased to share this clean energy economy growth and particularly pleased that a major end-user like Switch and its partners are pushing development in the energy storage space.

Along with its partners Capital Dynamics, Tesla and Con Edison, Switch has initiated three massive solar plus battery storage groundbreakings of Gigawatt 1®. These developments further Switch Founder and CEO Rob Roy’s Gigawatt Nevada solar energy and battery storage vision and represent the largest expansion of both in Nevada. It also includes the largest behind-the-meter solar plus battery project in the world. Rob Roy’s Gigawatt Nevada now has four solar with battery storage projects in the state creating nearly 1 gigawatt of energy solutions.

These projects result in an investment of $1.3 billion from Switch and its partners and will create over 1,000 jobs in Nevada.

With these new groundbreakings in Clark and Storey counties, plus the original Townsite development, Gigawatt 1 will now generate a total of 555 MW of solar power and create 800 MW hours of battery storage. Additionally, the Storey County location will be the largest behind-the-meter solar project in the world producing 127MW and will include a 240 MW hour battery storage system.

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Energy Storage in the News

July 18, 2020

Energy Storage Annual Conference and Expo Will Be Held Digitally

In what is certainly a tribute to, and vote of confidence for, the growing strength of utility-scale storage, three organizations, the U.S. Energy Storage Association (a national trade association for the U.S. energy storage industry), the Edison Electric Institute (the national association for investor-owned utilities) and the Electric Power Research Institute (an independent, non-profit organization focusing on utility research, created by Congress) have joined forces to host the Energy Storage Annual Conference and Expo, a virtual event taking place August 24 to 27.

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