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    EV, battery projects lead clean energy manufacturing sector in March: E2

    Last month showed over $2 billion in investments promising at least 1,660 jobs across five states.

    By Joelle Anselmo • April 22, 2024
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    New England states seek federal funds for large-scale transmission, storage buildout

    The funding “would be transformational for the development of renewable energy and grid resiliency across the entire Northeast region,” said Massachusetts Director of Federal Funds and Infrastructure Quentin Palfrey.

    By April 19, 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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    Democratic bill mandates FERC interconnection reforms to bring new resources online faster

    The bill would help bring new power supply online to address surging demand growth and increasing grid reliability concerns, according to the R Street Institute’s Devin Hartman.

    By April 18, 2024
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    DOE cites cost, reliability concerns for new gas plants as it details how to meet surging power demand

    Rising electricity demand will require a “portfolio approach” of resources, including energy storage, hydropower, nuclear, grid-enhancing technologies and demand-side management, DOE said.

    By April 18, 2024
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    Tackling 3 key issues can help scale virtual power plants and spur a wave of benefits, analysts say

    Advanced operational software, communications standards and customer compensation are needed to scale VPP size and services, cut system and customer costs and enhance reliability, key VPP players agree.

    By April 17, 2024
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    Equinor jumps into ERCOT market with 110 MW of merchant battery projects

    The projects come as battery storage capacity in ERCOT could grow to 17,700 MW by mid-2025 from 6,300 MW in March, according to data from the grid operator.

    By April 16, 2024
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    Grid interconnection queues jumped 27%, to 2.6 TW, in 2023, led by solar, storage: DOE lab

    Solar, battery and wind projects make up 95% of the capacity in interconnection queues, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers said Wednesday.

    By April 11, 2024
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    Regulators: Don’t panic and rush to gas amid cries we’re out of power

    Proposing new gas plants to serve growing demand does not occur in isolation. It is a decision that implicitly rejects alternatives as either infeasible, expensive or unconsidered.

    By Mike O’Boyle and Eric Gimon • April 11, 2024
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    Battery manufacturing apprenticeships get a boost with new White House guidance

    The guidelines are helping to standardize training in the sector as it leans into career paths that do not require four-year degrees.

    By Kate Magill • April 10, 2024
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    Pennsylvania issues guidelines on using energy storage to boost distribution grid reliability

    FirstEnergy, PPL and other utilities can use battery storage — and potentially own it — as a “non-wires” alternative to bolster reliability under the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission decision.

    By Patrick Cooley • April 9, 2024
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    New York energy storage additions since 2018 approach 1 GW: report

    The state’s annual energy storage deployment report shows uneven progress toward its 2030 goal, but experts say falling costs could accelerate the buildout.

    By Brian Martucci • April 9, 2024
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    DOE taps 3 long-duration energy storage projects to receive $15M

    New Lab, Battery Council International and CleanTech Strategies will each receive about $5 million for projects that address key research and development barriers in the domestic energy storage industry.

    By April 9, 2024
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    Sunnova expands virtual power plant accessibility in 6 states and Puerto Rico

    The residential solar company’s announcement covers solar-and-storage customers in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island and Texas.

    By Brian Martucci • April 5, 2024
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    Hawaiian Electric offers new incentives to customers with rooftop solar and battery storage

    The company says it is streamlining programs for rooftop solar users to help the state meet its clean energy goals, but some customers could see smaller financial benefits.

    By Patrick Cooley • April 3, 2024
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    Goldman renewables spinoff MN8 Energy secures $325M investment

    MN8 has a solar fleet with a capacity of 3.2 GW, made up of more 875 projects in 28 states, and battery storage projects with a combined 270 MW of capacity.

    By Lamar Johnson • April 3, 2024
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    DOE to invest $22M to improve planning, permitting of renewable energy, storage projects

    The first round of funding, worth $10 million, will go to six state-based projects intended to provide training and technical resources to local governments evaluating large-scale renewable energy projects, DOE said.

    By Patrick Cooley • April 2, 2024
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    CAISO proposes $6.1B transmission plan, mainly for offshore wind

    The California Independent System Operator’s transmission plan — with $4.1 billion open for competition — would also support wind and solar imports from Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming.

    By Updated April 2, 2024
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    SPP capacity accreditation plan disadvantages clean power, threatens reliability, ACP, others say

    The American Clean Power Association and other groups urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject the Southwest Power Pool’s latest plan to reform its capacity accreditation process.

    By April 1, 2024
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    How energy storage insulates utilities against rising electricity costs

    Energy storage deployment in 2023 set a record globally and more than doubled in the U.S.

    April 1, 2024
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    Up to $300M more required for 2030 energy storage goal: New York road map

    New York state’s utility regulator and energy authority recently updated the state’s energy storage vision to account for higher financing and wholesale power pricing costs.

    By Brian Martucci • March 28, 2024
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    Efficiency, clean energy are options for meeting demand growth before gas generation: Energy Innovation

    Texas has met its 2.6% annual demand growth with wind and solar, highlighting how clean energy can handle rising electric use, per the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.

    By March 28, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    A new era of price-based demand response emerges, but utilities and regulators need proof of its potential

    New load flexibility from price-based demand response programs could be invaluable if reliability and cost-effectiveness is confirmed in real-world operating conditions, stakeholders agree.

    By March 27, 2024
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    Maine on track to meet energy storage goals, report finds

    With roughly 215 MW of standalone energy storage projects in the works, and more capacity coming from generation plus storage projects, the 300 MW by 2025 goal seems achievable, according to a state commission.

    By Patrick Cooley • March 26, 2024
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    US energy storage capacity rises 4.2 GW in Q4 2023, full-year additions up 90% over 2022

    Grid-scale battery installations drove the increase, with California and Texas accounting for 77% of total Q4 additions.

    By Brian Martucci • March 25, 2024
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    Microsoft, Google, Nucor partner on initiative to spur emerging 24/7 clean power technologies

    The Advanced Clean Electricity initiative aims for widespread commercial deployment of advanced nuclear, next-generation geothermal and long-duration storage by the early 2030s.

    By Brian Martucci • March 21, 2024