Energy Storage in the News

November 13, 2020

ESA Applauds Maryland Public Service Commission for Approval of Multiple-Use Energy Storage Pilots

“The Maryland Public Service Commission took a significant step forward last week with the approval of 6 energy storage pilot projects that each demonstrate multiple uses and ownership models of energy storage,” said ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman. “ESA applauds Chairman Stanek and the Commission for their leadership in tackling fundamental challenges to the value of energy storage. Storage is an essential tool for Maryland to achieve its energy and climate goals, and these pilots will help inform the PSC and Maryland’s utilities about how to maximize the cost-effectiveness of energy storage deployment and gain more savings for ratepayers by increasing its utilization across multiple uses. ESA also appreciates the leadership of Delegate Marc Korman and Governor Larry Hogan in sponsoring and signing HB 650 (2019), which led to this important Order from the Commission.”

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Energy Storage in the News

November 13, 2020

Maryland PSC greenlights Exelon pilots to guide future of utility-scale storage in the state

The Public Service Commission of Maryland last week issued an order approving six energy storage pilot projects, proposed by Exelon subsidiaries Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco), and Delmarva Power & Light that regulators say will return data and experience that could form the foundation for the next phase of utility-scale storage in the state.

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Energy Storage in the News

November 05, 2020

100% solar, wind and batteries is just the start — the 'super' power they produce will change the world

The Utility Dive article is contributed by Tony Seba and Adam Dorr, co-founder and research fellow, respectively, at RethinkX.

Imagine having an energy system that generates three times more electricity we use today for a fraction of the cost (even free!) while generating no greenhouse gases or toxic waste. Imagine repatriating and growing energy-hungry industries, creating millions of jobs, trillions of dollars in societal wealth, and vastly improving our quality of life — while saving money. Incumbents would say it’s not possible. We have heard that before — but they’ve been proven wrong and we’ve been proven right.

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Energy Storage in the News

November 05, 2020

Analysts: Storage a Matter of Dollars and Sense

More developers are adding energy storage to their power generation plans as they recognize how the technology improves a project’s economics.

Solar and wind power project developers are recognizing the financial benefits that incorporating energy storage into their projects provides. Storage has become a major part of microgrid configurations, and commercial and industrial (C&I) enterprises are discovering it can improve the cost-effectiveness of their own installations. Continuing technology advancements bode well for growth in the sector as investments in storage become more attractive.

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Energy Storage in the News

November 05, 2020

GlidePath Partners with Renewance to Advance Battery Recycling for Energy Storage Systems

GlidePath announced that it has partnered with Renewance to advance battery recycling and repurposing efforts for the energy storage industry.

Renewance is an industrial battery life cycle management company and a winner of the Department of Energy Battery Recycling Prize. Renewance provides battery decommissioning, collection, re-use, and recycling services to the rapidly growing energy storage industry. Through this partnership, Glidepath will employ the Renewance Connect™ platform to manage its energy storage portfolio from top to bottom.

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Energy Storage in the News

November 05, 2020

SunPower raises guidance after solid Q3 driven by energy storage, new homes and new ways of selling solar

It took a pandemic, but the residential solar and storage industry has finally figured out how to lower customer acquisition costs. SunPower is seeing residential storage attach rates greater than 20% in California. Over the course of this strange year, American residential solar companies such as SunPower, Sunrun, Enphase and Tesla claimed they could weather the Covid storm with remote selling and new online strategies. It turns out they were right. SunPower just topped analyst estimates for third-quarter revenue and upped its guidance for 2020. 

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Energy Storage in the News

October 29, 2020

What’s in store for the US battery industry post-election?

“For any outcome of the presidential and congressional elections, it’s clear that support for energy storage is a bipartisan issue, even in these polarized times,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the ESA.

“We are confident that the policies introduced in the current administration (such as the stand-alone storage investment tax credit, the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act and DOE’s Energy Storage Grand Challenge) will press forward.

“Depending on election results, the approaches could differ on decarbonization of the electric and transportation sectors or on reliability and resilience. However, there will be a foundational requirement of affordability for citizens, and widespread deployment of energy storage is well positioned to support any scenario.

“Ultimately, we believe in our 100GW by 2030 vision and that the US renewable and clean energy sectors are expanding toward a more resilient, efficient, sustainable, and affordable electricity grid.”

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Energy Storage in the News

October 29, 2020

Connecticut Stakeholders Talk Storage, Order 2222

A webinar panel on Monday discussed how different energy storage technologies are coming to market in Connecticut and how FERC Order 2222 will complement Order 841. Excerpts from the article:

While it’s important to have federal policies, “the name of the game” is states setting targets, promoting incentives and including storage in their planning, Energy Storage Association CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman said.

“Incentives are sending the signals to companies like ENGIE and Key Capture to know that it’s OK to come and open up business in the state,” she said.

“There is a very methodical step from the regulatory perspective in including storage, and that’s why legislation is so important: It creates a bridge of incentives and targets so that businesses know that there is a path forward to make it worth investing in.”

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Energy Storage in the News

October 28, 2020

‘Energy storage is the first truly digital asset for the electric network’: Fluence, AMS Q&A

We have often heard that while batteries and other hardware may be the most visible and talked-about components of an energy storage system, it is often software that defines what that energy storage system can do.

The recent acquisition of Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) saw energy storage technology provider and system integrator Fluence take on a company with “one of the most powerful AI-enabled software engines available in the industry,” according to Fluence CTO Brett Galura.

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