Energy Storage


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    CAISO board approves ‘transformational’ grid interconnection reforms

    The reforms aim to advance projects that are most likely to succeed, in part by prioritizing projects targeting areas in California with available transmission capacity.

    By June 14, 2024
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    Residential DERs could compensate for rise in peak energy demand by 2035: Deloitte

    Most utilities, however, will need to increase coordination with residential customers to maximize the potential of distributed energy resources, according to Deloitte.

    By Emma Penrod • June 12, 2024
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    Top 5 Stories from Utility Dive

    The U.S. clean energy transition is expected to accelerate in 2024 but faces question around transmission, financing, federal elections and other issues.

    By Utility Dive staff
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    DTE Energy to deploy 220 MW of battery storage at former coal plant

    The announcement follows an RFP for 120 MW of energy storage and tracks DTE’s longer-term push to more than double energy storage capacity by 2042.

    By Brian Martucci • June 11, 2024
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    Energy Capital Partners secures $6.7B to invest in clean energy industry

    The New Jersey-based private equity firm said its fifth flagship fund would invest in companies focused on power generation, decarbonization and renewable and storage assets.

    By Zoya Mirza • June 5, 2024
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    Thermal and compressed air storage cheaper than lithium-ion batteries for 8-plus hour durations: BNEF

    However, non-lithium-ion storage costs are unlikely to decline as rapidly as costs for lithium-ion batteries through the end of the decade, BNEF said.

    By Brian Martucci • June 4, 2024
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    Duke to offer expanded suite of clean energy options to Amazon, Google, other large customers

    The proposed framework — developed in collaboration with Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Nucor — includes “innovative financing” to support emerging technologies like advanced nuclear and long-duration storage in the Carolinas.

    By May 30, 2024
  • With storage interconnection requests up 540 GW since the IRA’s passage, DOE, others weigh solutions

    Most proposed storage projects never get built due to long interconnection delays and high grid upgrade costs, said Todd Olinsky-Paul, senior project director at Clean Energy States Alliance.

    By Brian Martucci • May 28, 2024
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    Batteries saved Texas consumers $683M during 2-day January freeze: Aurora Energy Research

    The Electric Reliability Council of Texas could utilize about 20 GW of battery energy storage in 2035, up from roughly 4 GW today, according to a report commissioned by battery developer Eolian.

    By May 24, 2024
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    Battery, critical mineral producers face inventory glut amid slowing EV demand

    The oversupply, however, is likely to be short-lived, with experts urging diversified sourcing and increased investments to avoid future shortfalls.

    By Kate Magill • May 23, 2024
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    Cells and modules not responsible for most battery energy storage system failures: study

    The report by the Electric Power Research Institute, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and battery software firm TWAICE found a 97% global drop in grid-scale battery failures between 2018 and 2023.

    By Brian Martucci • May 21, 2024
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    We need long-duration storage for a cleaner and reliable grid. Here’s how policymakers can help.

    States could require utilities to procure long-duration energy storage resources to help meet resource adequacy requirements.

    By Rich Glick • May 21, 2024
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    Residential solar + storage surged in California after NEM 3.0: LBNL

    Other trends include an increase in inflation-adjusted costs for storage attachments, decreases in average system size and notable market share growth among the state’s top installers.

    By Brian Martucci • May 20, 2024
  • Hybrid projects dominate Western solar proposals, reflecting higher curtailment rates: S&P Global

    Co-locating battery storage with new solar developments is “almost a requirement,” said Adam Wilson, senior energy research analyst at S&P Global Market Intelligence.

    By May 20, 2024
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    Stand out from the crowd: How solar installers can build trust with new customers

    Solar installers looking to develop a trustworthy reputation should adopt these innovative strategies.

    May 20, 2024
  • DTE seeks 120 MW of standalone energy storage in Michigan

    The utility plans to have almost 3 GW of energy storage online by 2042, more than doubling its current capacity.

    By May 14, 2024
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    Biden hikes tariffs on China-made EVs, batteries, solar cells

    The tariffs align with U.S. efforts to get ahead of China in clean energy and advanced technology manufacturing while also increasing supply chain control.

    By Kate Magill • May 14, 2024
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    Fluence pipeline jumps $2.9B from Q1 to Q2

    The company downplayed political risk ahead of the U.S. election in November, revealed plans to ship its first “domestic-content” batteries next year and debuted its most energy-dense Gridstack Pro offering yet.

    By Brian Martucci • May 13, 2024
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    New Pennsylvania PUC policy sparks debate over who can own energy storage assets

    PECO Energy and Duquesne Light urged the commission to allow utilities to own energy storage assets, while the Solar Energy Industries Association and others sought a path for third-party ownership.

    By Patrick Cooley • May 9, 2024
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    Clean energy, gas generation in PJM may take longer to come online than expected: report

    “Absent significant reforms or market innovations, most projects entering PJM’s queue today are unlikely to come online before 2030,” the report’s authors said.

    By May 9, 2024
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    DOE requests public input on challenges with scaling energy storage manufacturing

    A recent Department of Energy analysis indicates that up to 15 GW per year of manufacturing capacity will be needed by 2035 “to support mature technology deployment at scale for long duration energy storage.”

    By May 7, 2024
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    4-hour batteries best replacements for aging Maine peaker plants: study

    An analysis by Clean Energy States Alliance found 4-hour battery systems more economical than a new F-frame gas turbine when considering the social costs of carbon and local pollution.

    By Brian Martucci • May 3, 2024
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    CMBlu’s batteries competitive with Li-ion after 5 hours, but more data, experience needed: US head

    After taking over as president of Germany-based CMBlu Energy’s U.S. subsidiary in January, Giovanni Damato aims to prove the company’s organic flow technology for utility and commercial/industrial users.

    By Brian Martucci • April 30, 2024
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    15 questions to ask your energy storage or solar-plus-storage partner

    As utilities evaluate partners to meet growing demand—it is important to ask key questions that will help you select the right folks to support the energy transition.

    April 29, 2024
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    Another hot summer increases the urgency for energy storage

    Forecasts suggest this summer is likely to be just as hot or hotter, which means the demand for electricity will again be intense, and utilities will be looking for solutions.

    April 29, 2024
  • Energy storage for grid reliability can increase carbon emissions: University of Michigan study

    Energy storage is often pitched as a way to make renewables more reliable and reduce the use of planet-warming fuels, but researchers at the University of Michigan found that it can encourage the use of coal over gas.

    By Patrick Cooley • April 23, 2024