Energy Storage in the News

October 22, 2019

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Approves First Compliance Filings on Energy Storage Rule

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the first two orders implementing Order 841, which aims to break down market barriers to electricity storage. FERC found that the tariffs for SPP and PJM generally satisfy Order 841’s directive allowing electric storage resources to de-rate their capacity to meet minimum run-time requirements, but the commission also found that neither market includes minimum run-time requirements for resource adequacy and capacity in its tariff. So FERC directed the two market operators to submit tariff provisions reflecting their rules and practices regarding resource adequacy minimum run-time requirements and capacity minimum run-time requirements for all resource types.

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Energy Storage in the News

October 22, 2019

NextEra Is on a Roll

The largest wind and solar developer continues to grow, with projects paired with storage as it reaches 5.3 GW of contracted solar projects. And it’s making good money at the same time. In its third-quarter results, NextEra’s presence in the solar market is bigger than ever. Development subsidiary NextEra Energy Resources added 747 MW of solar contracts and 341 MW of battery storage to its backlog, almost all of which is in the post-2020 time frame.

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Energy Storage in the News

October 22, 2019

Energy Storage Fire Safety Codes to go Into Effect in New York Next Month

Supporting New York’s state goals of reaching 3,000MW of energy storage by 2030 – equivalent to 40% of today’s electric demand – codes for the safe installation of energy storage systems will go into effect on a permanent basis after 1 November. The issue of fire safety in relation to the deployment of stationary energy storage systems in New York, particularly in the US state’s densely populated urban areas, has been considered to have held back what has otherwise been a hugely fertile state for clean energy.

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Energy Storage in the News

October 21, 2019

The Biggest U.S. Battery Is 16 Years Old

The biggest battery in America has been quietly at work for almost 16 years in a far more remote corner of America: a warehouse in central Alaska. The 46-megawatt battery, in Fairbanks, uses a chemistry that’s largely gone the way of fax machines. It’s old enough that its operators can’t find replacement parts for some components. But it still works, keeping the lights on in the city of 32,000 near the Arctic Circle, preventing 59 blackouts last year alone.

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Energy Storage in the News

October 21, 2019

Is Energy Storage Finally Ready To Tackle the Wind Sector's Biggest Challenge?

Now that wind energy has gone mainstream, the big challenge is how to squeeze the most kilowatts out of a wind turbine. The task is more complicated than simply increasing the size and efficiency of the turbine. People—and businesses—need electricity when they need it, but the wind blows when it will. The result can be an undersupply of wind energy during peak demand periods and an oversupply at other times, especially at night. However, more economical energy storage technology is coming online, and it’s having a powerful impact on both the wind and solar energy markets.

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Energy Storage in the News

October 21, 2019

City of Santa Barbara, CEC to Help Residents Prepare for Power Outages at Home Energy Storage Workshop

Community Environmental Council (CEC) and the City of Santa Barbara will present a free Home Energy Storage Workshop to help Santa Barbara homeowners understand the ins and outs of pairing solar power with battery storage. Led by CEC, the free workshop will provide the community an opportunity to gather and discuss power backup options in the face of imminent widespread “public safety power shutoffs.”

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Energy Storage in the News

October 21, 2019

ACCIONA Buys Solar + Storage on a National Scale

In a deal spanning 20 projects, seven states, two power markets and more solar than the entire state of Florida has installed to date, ACCIONA has agreed to a deal with Tenaska to acquire 3 GW of utility-scale solar and 1 GW of co-located solar and energy storage. Specially, ACCIONA envisions commissioning eight projects by the end of 2023, adding around 1.5 GW of peak capacity to its North American renewable energy portfolio.

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Energy Storage in the News

October 21, 2019

UK Firm Announces Plans for First 'Liquid to Gas' Cryogenic Battery

British battery pioneers plan to build Europe’s largest energy storage project using a cryogenic battery that can store renewable energy for weeks rather than hours. The device will be built on the site of an old fossil fuel plant in the north of England to power up to 50,000 homes for up to five hours. Unlike traditional lithium-ion batteries, which typically store electricity for a few hours, the “cryobattery” will be able to store energy for months.

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October 18, 2019

New York City Trades Gas Plants for the World's Largest Battery

The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a 316 MW / 2528 MWh (that’s 8 hours!) energy storage facility to “provide peak capacity, energy, and ancillary services in New York City while enhancing grid reliability”. Ravenwood Development (owners of the current gas plants at the site) plans to build out the project in three phases – 129 MW, 98 MW and then 89 MW – with the first phase complete by March 2021. If they deploy all 2.5 GWh of energy storage, they will demolish 16 existing gas peaker plants, only two of which are currently running.

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Energy Storage in the News

October 18, 2019

FERC OKs PJM, SPP Storage Plans, Sets Separate Proceedings for Minimum Run-Time Requirements

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Thursday gave its first two approvals to grid operator plans to implement its energy storage order. PJM Interconnection will implement most of its plan by Dec. 3, while participating in a separate proceeding to evaluate the fairness of its 10-hour duration requirements for storage to participate in its market. Southwest Power Pool will implement its plan in nine months, as FERC regulators approved extra time for the grid operator to implement a new settlement management system.

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