Energy Storage

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    Utility leaders hail clean energy tax incentives as House sends historic climate bill to Biden’s desk

    The bill's 15% minimum corporate tax could ding some investor-owned utilities, however.

    By Aug. 15, 2022
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    Solar-plus-storage: 3 reasons why they’re better together

    Adding storage to your commercial on-site solar power asset is a numbers game. When you save on your overall electricity bill, you definitely come out ahead.

    Aug. 15, 2022
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    Solar + storage breaks out in 2021 with installed hybrid systems surpassing standalone storage: LBNL

    Hybrid photovoltaics and storage make up about 42%, or 285 GW, of interconnection queues, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers said in a report Wednesday.

    By Aug. 11, 2022
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    US on track to be a 27 GW annual storage market by 2031: Wood Mackenzie

    While long-term growth looks strong, Wood Mackenzie expects a slowdown this year and in 2023 because of disruptions caused by the Department of Commerce’s solar panel antidumping investigation.

    By Elizabeth McCarthy • Aug. 9, 2022
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    Senate passes Inflation Reduction Act with $369B in energy and climate spending

    The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Friday on the bill, which includes major tax credit provisions to spur emissions-free energy, electric vehicles, nuclear power and clean hydrogen, among other things.

    By Aug. 8, 2022
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    DOE offers $26M for projects showing how grid can run on all renewables, storage

    The Department of Energy aims to show how inverter-based resources can provide key grid services like voltage support and frequency stability.

    By Aug. 4, 2022
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    US storage providers increasingly use price arbitrage strategies to maximize income: EIA

    Grid-scale storage arbitrage reflects an expanded market for storage providers, with the strategy playing the biggest role in California.

    By Elizabeth McCarthy • Aug. 3, 2022
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    NextEra’s ‘game-changing’ Real Zero emissions goal spurs questions about hydrogen, demand-side management

    NextEra, the world’s biggest IOU by market cap, wants a “real” reduction of all carbon emissions by FPL, its regulated subsidiary, with solar, batteries and green hydrogen, but it will go without much help from the demand side.

    By Aug. 3, 2022
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    Energy storage strategies for island power

    Islands boost grid resiliency with smart, actionable strategies for energy storage success. Holistic planning, system optimization, and future-proofing systems for extreme weather can maximize BESS revenue and ROI.

    By Greg Weyl, VP of Business Development, and Nadja Gocek, Strategic Director of Energy Storage at DEPCOM Power • Aug. 1, 2022
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    With Manchin’s support, Democrats unveil bill with $369B in energy, climate spending

    The legislation invests in hydrogen, nuclear and renewable energy, fossil fuel and energy storage technologies, according to West Virginia Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin.

    By July 28, 2022
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    New Bloom Energy fuel cell factory expected to produce over 1 GW a year amid rising reliability threats

    The $200 million facility will help Bloom meet the growing demand for its fuel cells to provide power during outages and periods of intense demand on the grid.

    By Elizabeth McCarthy • July 26, 2022
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    DOE announces $2.5B loan to GM, LG Energy JV to support EV growth as US battery manufacturing heats up

    The conditional loan commitment to General Motors and LG-backed Ultium Cells builds on a trend of automakers partnering to manufacture EV batteries.

    By July 26, 2022
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    A first look at the technology pushing battery storage forward

    At Sungrow we are discovering new energy storage technology, allowing battery power to become a greater part of the grid.

    July 25, 2022
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    Tesla energy storage deployments fall 11% in Q2 amid supply chain challenges

    The drop in energy storage deployments year over year is mainly due to semiconductor-related challenges, according to the company.

    By July 21, 2022
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    Intense heat pushing Texas grid to the brink highlights need for long-duration storage, experts say

    A range of energy storage technologies is necessary to protect against grid instability across the U.S., with public and private funding as well as new tools offering much promise, panelists at an Our Energy Policy webinar said.

    By Elizabeth McCarthy • July 19, 2022
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    Pending copper shortfall threatens energy transition, greenhouse gas reduction goals: S&P Global

    Even assuming record levels of mining and recycling, there won’t be enough copper to meet the needs of electric vehicles and other components of the energy transition, according to a report released Thursday.

    By July 15, 2022
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    Offshore wind developer Equinor to acquire battery company East Point Energy

    Wind developer Equinor, based in Norway, says the acquisition will allow it to “build a portfolio of battery storage assets in the U.S.”

    By July 14, 2022
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    California ISO moves to enhance reliability, economic prospects for utility-scale energy storage

    One proposed revision would protect the federal tax credit for batteries co-located with solar plants to keep them from being charged by the grid. Another aims to help storage projects replace local gas plants.

    By Elizabeth McCarthy • July 12, 2022
  • US energy storage capacity tripled in 2021: EIA

    The increase in storage capacity was accompanied by changes in how the batteries are used, with applications shifting away from traditional ancillary services.

    By July 12, 2022
  • Battery prices to rise for first time since 2010, slowing EV adoption: BNEF

    The costs to build and operate new onshore wind and solar resources have also risen in the past year but overall remain cheaper than those costs for fossil fuel resources, according to BloombergNEF.

    By July 11, 2022
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    PG&E, Tesla launch program to use customers' Powerwall batteries to tackle California reliability concerns

    A pilot program to turn Tesla’s distributed energy storage systems into a virtual power plant as part of a state program to address reliability concerns may be hampered by its short life, warns a storage advocate.

    By Elizabeth McCarthy • June 29, 2022
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    Energy sector job growth outpaces overall US economy, with strength in transportation, renewables: DOE

    The number of jobs in the U.S. energy sector grew 4% in 2021, outpacing 2.8% growth in overall domestic employment, according to the agency.

    By June 28, 2022
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    The next chapter for solar-plus-storage

    At a time when supply chain constraints are resulting in overall higher costs and setbacks for energy storage projects, every bit of efficiency and profit that can be gained becomes extremely important.

    By Andy Tang, Vice President, Energy Storage & Optimisation, Wärtsilä • June 27, 2022
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    Energy storage soars despite international and national supply challenges: report

    The domestic dispute over imported solar panels with alleged Chinese parts slowed large solar projects that were paired with storage but may have less of an impact next year, Wood Mackenzie analysts say.

    By Elizabeth McCarthy • June 22, 2022
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    'All hands on deck' for the energy storage industry

    A greater sense of urgency is needed to support markets for energy storage, a proven technology that provides the transformational pathway to wean ourselves off fossil fuels, the author writes.

    By Kelly Sarber • June 21, 2022