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IPCC Report Recognizes Risks of Bioenergy (Editorials & Asides)
IPCC,
Date: 2022-04-14
"Recently, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its final new report in a three-part series, prepared over years by hundreds of the world's leading scientists. It sends a very clear and final warning that we must rapidly cut emissions to avert climate disaster. It also emphasizes that using bioenergy -- especially the burning of trees -- is a VERY risky way to do this, and may not even work at all.

"The biggest takeaway from this report is that the IPCC has SIGNIFICANTLY reduced the amount of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) it thinks is necessary to achieve net zero. The IPCC assumes that, in the future, bioenergy will be used with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). But it recognizes that even then the climate benefits of BECCS are disputed, and that the environmental risks are clearer than ever. Because of this, it drastically reduces the role of BECCS in its net zero scenarios, predicting that BECCS will remove only 2.5 billion tpy of emissions compared with its previous predictions of up to 16 billion tpy. The report supports this decision with statements such as: 'BECCS] may not prove as effective as expected, and its large-scale deployment may result in ecological and social impacts, suggesting it may not be a viable carbon removal strategy in the next 10-20 years.' It also states that '[l]ife-cycle emissions impacts from bioenergy are subject to large uncertainties and could be incompatible with net zero emissions in some contexts.' This all builds off of the second report in the series in which it recognized more risks of bioenergy than ever before.

"It also recognizes the risks of bioenergy more than ever before. Both this report and the one the IPCC released in March highlight the major risks bioenergy can pose to nature (e.g., desertification, land degradation, biodiversity), food production, and water availability. In 2021, evidence mounted showing the significant impacts of biomass on global biodiversity. For example, information on logging in Estonia's protected areas became so concerning that the Estonian government banned logging in these areas for more than two years. Further, new satellite image analysis shows that logging of forests in the US Southeast has exceeded their growth (contrary to biomass industry claims) and decreased their carbon stocks.

"In its moderated language, which must be signed off by all governments, this is IPCC code for a clear warning that, while its models include BECCS, they are just that -- models. They are not meant to describe reality and do not reflect the significant environmental and climate risks posed by this technology.

"But while the IPCC urges governments to immediately cut emissions, protect forests, and use BECCS only in a very minimal way (if at all), the UK Government plans to do the exact opposite by increasing reliance on large-scale burning of trees for electricity to meet its climate goals. Its 2050 Net Zero Strategy, published in autumn 2021, states that it plans to rely on a significant level of BECCS over the coming decades, which is impossible without destroying global forests or carpeting the UK countryside with bioenergy crops (or both). And the UK is already the world's subsidizer of biomass energy.

"We already know the impacts of both approaches. Drax power station recently published an annual report showing it burns over 8 million tpy of wood. Drax is part of a growing global wood pellet industry driving the destruction of some of the world's most precious forests. And the EU has tried the 'grow fields full of crops for fuel approach,' which actually increased greenhouse gases because it displaced food production, causing deforestation and climate damage elsewhere.

"The best chance for the UK Government to heed the IPCC's warnings? Its new Biomass Strategy -- due out later this year -- must recognize that bioenergy is NOT zero carbon and that it has serious environmental and social impacts. It must stop handing over £2.7 million per day in subsidies to bioenergy generators -- and to refuse to grant new biomass subsidies, instead redirecting these funds to technologies that will actually cut emissions (e.g., wind, solar, home insulation to help lower people's energy bills)." (Source: Natural Resources Defense Council, Elly Pepper, 14 April, 2022) Contact: NRDC, www.nrdc.org; IPCC

More Low-Carbon Energy News NRDC news,  IPCC news,  Bioenergy news,  Biomass news,  BESS news,  CCS news,  GHG news,  Deforestation news,  Wood Pellet news,  


BayWa r.e. Snares UK Solar+Storage Project (Int'l., M&A)
BayWa r.e.
Date: 2022-04-08
BayWa r.e. is reporting the acquisition of the develop rights to the fully-consented Driffield solar+storage project near Kingston-upon-Hull in Yorkshire, England, from Knaresborough-based Harmony Energy.

The project, which combines 45 MWp PV solar energy production site with 30 MW battery storage using the same grid connection an innovative co-located storage, is one of the UK's first co-locations for PV and battery energy solar storage (BESS) with shared grid export capacity.

The project is slated to break ground before the year end for commissioning and start-up in mid 2023. When fully operational the project will generate 45 GWh per year of renewable energy -- sufficient power for approximately 11,400 family homes.

In conjunction with this news, BayWa r.e. has signed a new operations and maintenance contract for storage sites, in partnership with Ingenious. The two locations, Bourne Park South Storage and Slepe Farm Storage, both in Dorset, are also innovative BESS sites. (Source: BayWa, Website PR, 7 April, 2022) Contact: BayWar r.e. UK, Stefan Tait, Head of Energy Storage and Hydrogen, www.baywa-re.com; Harmony Energy, +44 0 1423 799 109 , info@harmonyenergy.co.uk, www.harmonyenergy.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa r.e.,  Solar+Storage,  BESS,  Energy Storage,  


Greenbacker Snares NY Battery Storage, Solar Projects (M&A)
Greenbacker,Borrego
Date: 2022-03-11
NYC-based Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company reports the purchase of a portfolio of two standalone lithium-ion operational battery energy storage system (BESS) sites and two solar portfolios of up to seven projects each, all pre-operational, from San Diego-based developer Borrego.

The front-of-the-meter storage assets are both in New York and have a combined power/capacity of 10MW/40MWh, with scheduled delivery date of H1 2023. They will participate in New York State's BESS Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) programme which credits operators for electricity they discharge into the grid. The state has a target of 6GW of energy storage deployed by 2030. (Source: Greenbacker, Mar., 2022) Contact: Borrego, Brendan Neagle, EVP Project Finance , www.borregoenergy.com; Greenbacker Renewable Energy, Charles Wheeler, CEO, (646) 720-9463, generalenquires@greenbackerreneableenergy.com, www.greenbackerrenewableenergy.com, www.greenbackercapital.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbacker,  Borrego,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  BESS,  


Ameresco Secures $262Mn Credit Facility Increase

Date: 2022-03-09
Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco Inc. , reports it has entered into an amendment and restatement to the company’s current senior secured credit facility with a group of lenders led by Bank of America. This amendment and restatement resulted in a $262 million increase, bringing Ameresco’s credit facility total to $495 million.

Ameresco plans to use the facility to fund various near and long-term growth objectives, including support of Ameresco’s design-build agreement with Southern California Edison’s 537 megawatt (MW) large distribution battery energy storage systems (BESS) and longer-term goals such as growth of Ameresco’s energy asset portfolio, potential acquisition opportunities and general corporate purposes. (Source: Ameresco Inc., Website PR, 7 Mar., 2022) Contact: Ameresco: Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, news@ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com


Eni Acquires 400MWh Texas Solar+Storage Project (M&A)
Eni New Energy, BayWa r.e.
Date: 2022-03-04
Italian energy giant Eni New Energy (US) is reporting the purchase of BayWa r.e.'s, 200MW/400MWh "Guajillo" battery energy storage system (BESS) project in Texas.

The project, which is slated to go into operation before the end of 2023, will share interconnection to the ERCOT grid with the Corazon I solar farm, a 266MWdc/200MWac facility which came online in August 2021.

Electricity and renewable energy credits (RECs) from the solar plant are being sold to retail energy provider Direct Energy through a long-term PPA and also trades in the ERCOT wholesale market. Baywa r.e. will manage Guajillo and Corazon I through its operations services arm. (Source: Eni, PR, Mar., 2022) Contact: Baywa r.e., Fred Robinson, CEP Solar Projects, www.baywa-re.com; Eni New Energy, www.eni.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa r.e.,  Eni New Energy,  Solar,  BESS ,  


Aypa Power Acquiring 100MW BESS Project in Virginia (Ind. Report)
Aypa Power, Clackstone, NRStor
Date: 2022-03-04
Blackstone portfolio company Aypa Power LLC -- fka NRStor C&I -- is reporting an agreement to purchase Charlottesville, Virginia-based East Point Energy's 100MW Yadkins battery energy storage (BESS) project in Chesapeake, Virginia. Torninto, Ontario-based Aypa is a battery-storage focused investment company, and has built a 10GW pipeline in North America since entering the sector in 2018.

The Virginia Clean Economy Act calls for the Old Dminion State to reach 100 pct clean energy by 2050 and targets 3.1 GW of energy storage to be deployed by utilities by 2035. (Source: AYPA, Website PR, Mar., 2022) Contact: AYPA Power LLC, www.aypa.com; East Point Energy, 434-465-6210, www.eastpointenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aypa Power,  Clackstone,  NRStor,  BESS,  Energy Storage,  East Point Energy,  


Greenbacker Snares NY Battery Storage, Solar Projects (M&A)
Greenbacker Renewable Energy,orrego
Date: 2022-03-04
NYC-based Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company reports the purchase of a portfolio of two standalone lithium-ion operational battery energy storage system (BESS) sites and two solar portfolios of up to seven projects, all pre-operational, from San Diego-based developer Borrego.

The front-of-the-meter storage assets are both in New York and have a combined power/capacity of 10MW/40MWh, with scheduled delivery date of H1 2023. They will participate in New York State's BESS Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) programme which credits operators for electricity they discharge into the grid. The state has a target of 6GW of energy storage deployed by 2030. (Source: Greenbacker, Mar., 2022)Contact: Borrego, Brendan Neagle, EVP Project Finance , www.borregoenergy.com; Greenbacker Renewable Energy, Charles Wheeler, CEO,(646) 720-9463, generalenquires@greenbackerreneableenergy.com, www.greenbackerrenewableenergy.com, www.greenbackercapital.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbacker,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  BESS,  Borrego,  


Eni New Energy Acquires 400MWh Texas BESS Project (M&A)
Eni New Energy, BayWa r.e.
Date: 2022-03-04
Italian energy giant Eni New Energy (US) is reporting the purchase of BayWa r.e.'s, 200MW/400MWh "Guajillo" battery energy storage system (BESS) project in Texas.

The project, which is slated to go into operation before the end of 2023, will share interconnection to the ERCOT grid with the Corazon I solar farm, a 266MWdc/200MWac facility which came online in August 2021. Electric power and renewable energy credits (RECs) from the solar plant are being sold to retail energy provider Direct Energy through a long-term PPA and also traded in the ERCOT wholesale market. Baywa r.e. will manage operations of Guajillo and Corazon I through its operations services arm. (Source: Eni , PR, Mar., 2022) Contact: Baywa r.e. Solar Projects, Fred Robinson , CEO, www.baywa-re.com; Eni New Energy, www.eni.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa r.e.,  Eni New Energy,  Solar,  BESS,  


Powin Surpasses 1GWh of Energy Storage Managed (Ind. Report)
Powin
Date: 2022-02-21
Tualatin, Oregon-based battery energy storage specialist Powin LLC reports it has surpassed 1 GWh of energy storage systems managed under long-term service agreements across 23 projects. In 2021, Powin added 839 MWh of energy storage systems under management.

The Powin Services Stack includes: End to End Support; Deep, Real-Time System Visibility; Health & Performance Reporting; Exceptional Responsiveness; Best In Class Guarantees and Hands-on Training, according to the Powin release.

As a global leader in the design and manufacture of safe and scalable battery energy storage solutions, Powin supplies the software and hardware to the growing volume of next generation energy storage projects that will transform the grid, enable high levels of renewable generation and put conventional generators out of business. (Source: Powin PR, 17 Feb., 2022) Contact: Powin Energy, Geoff Brown, CEO, 503-598-6659, contact@powin.com, www.powin.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Powin,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  BESS,  


Vistra Plans Major Battery Storage Project Expansion (Ind. Report)
Vistra Energy
Date: 2022-01-26
Texas-headquartered integrated utility and power generation company Vistra Energy is reporting plans to add another 350MW/1,400MWh battery energy storage capacity to nearly double the Moss Landing Energy Storage Facility existing 400MW/1,600MWh in Monterey Bay, California.

The existing facility is 400MW/1,600MWh and was brought online in two phases, with the most recent 100MW/400MWh Phase II commissioned in August 2021. Phase I's 300MW/1,200MWh of batteries went online at the end of 2020, although in September they were temporarily taken offline after overheating in some battery modules had been detected. Phase II remained operational at that time.

For the project, Vistra has worked with battery module and rack provider LG Energy Solution, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) partner Burns & McDonnell and system integrator Fluence. Construction could begin in May this year for completion by June, 2023, according to the release.

Vistra is the largest competitive residential electricity provider and largest competitive power generator in the U.S. with a diverse generation portfolio of approximately 39,000 MW. (Source: Vistra Energy, PR, Website, 25 Jan., 2022) Contact: Vistra Energy, Curtis Morgan, CEO, Jim Burke, COO, www.vistraenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vistra Energy,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  BESS,  


NYSERDA Trialing Zinc8 Battery Storage in NYC (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA
Date: 2022-01-24
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) reports is is trialing a 100kW/1.5MWh zinc-based battery energy storage system (BESS) from Vancouver, Canada-headquartered startup Zinc8 to be installed at a 32-building housing development in Queens, New York.

The project, which is intended to demonstrate the technologies economics and reliability of the technology can store and discharge over 15 hours, will be combined with an onsite CHP system. NYSERDA is contributing roughly $500,000 to the project which is expected to come in at close to $2 million. (Source: NYSERDA, Website PR, Jan., 2022) Contact: NYSERDA, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Zinc8 Energy Solutions, 604.558.1406, partners@zinc8energy.com, www.zinc8energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery Energy Storage,  NYSERDA,  Zinc8,  


Burns & McDonnell Nails TX Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
Burns & McDonnell
Date: 2022-01-24
In the Shoe Me State, Kansas City-based international engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm Burns & McDonnell reports the completion and commissioning of three projects, each of 10MW/20MWh output totaling 60MWh of battery energy storage systems (BESS) in West Texas.

The three projects which incorporate Emerson's Ovation brand software automation controls platform technology, join a growing installed base of utility-scale, front-of-the-meter battery energy storage in the Lone Star State -- one of the US' two hottest markets for the technology, alongside California, according to the Burns & McDonnell release. (Source: Burns & McDonnell, Website PR 20, Jan., 2022) Contact: Burns & McDonnell, www.burnsmcd.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Burns & McDonnell news,  Energy Storage news,  Emerson Energy Software news,  


Fluence Energy Tapped for Taipower Solar BESS (Int'l. Ind. Report)
Fluence Energy
Date: 2022-01-03
Fluence Energy, an energy storage products and services, and digital applications for renewables and energy storage specialist, reports it has been selected by Taipei, Taiwan-based solar specialist and renewable energy IPP, Ina Energy Corp., a subsidiary of the PJ Asset Management Group, to deliver a 6MW / 6MWh battery-based energy storage system (BESS) in Taoyuan, Taiwan.

Fluence will cooperate with the Taiwan-based TECO Group and its subsidiary YATEC to offer Automatic Frequency Control (AFC) services to the state-owned utility company Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) (Source: Fluence Energy, Website PR, 20 Dec., 2021) Contact: Fluence Energy, Samuel Chong VP, Treasurer & Head of Investor Relations, (872) 301-2501, www.fluenceenergy.com; Ina Energy Corp, www.inaenergy.com.tw; www.taipower.co.tw: Ina Energy Corp., www.inaenergy.com.tw

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fluence Energy,  BESS,  Energy STorage ,  


Enphase Energy Inc. Completes ClipperCreek Acquisition (M&A)
Enphase Energy,ClipperCreek
Date: 2022-01-03
Freemnont, California-based microinverter-based solar and battery systems specialist Enphase Energy, Inc. is reporting completion of its previously reported acquisition of previously announced acquisition of Auburn, California-based ClipperCreek. ClipperCreek offers electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions for residential and commercial customers in the U.S. and has sold more than 110,000 Level 2 AC charging stations since 2006.

Enphase Energy Inc. supplies microinverter-based solar and battery systems that enable people to harness the sun to make, use, save, and sell their own power and and control it all with a smart mobile app. The company revolutionized the solar industry with its microinverter-based technology and builds all-in-one solar, battery, and software solutions. Enphase has shipped more than 39 million microinverters, and over 1.7 million Enphase-based systems have been deployed in more than 130 countries. (Source: Enphase Energy, Inc., PR, Website 3 Dec., 2022) Contact: Enphase Energy Inc., Badri Kothandaraman, CEO, Karen Sagot, IR, ir@enphaseenergy.com, www.enphaseenergy.com; Clipper Creek, www.clippercreek.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enphase Energy news,  Battery Energy Storage news,  BESS news,  


AFFECT Energy Efficiency, BESS Funding Announced (Funding)
Federal Energy Management Program
Date: 2021-12-01
In Washington, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) is reporting the selection of federal agency projects to receive a combined total of $13 million in Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) funding. The grants, which are expected to lead to more than $737 million when leveraged with energy performance contracts from private industry, include the following:
  • U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) -- USCG will implement the agency's first microgrid control system (MCS) coupled with solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery energy storage system (BESS) resilience energy conservation measures (ECMs), to provide 10 days of off-grid operation during a power disruption event.

  • Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic -- The project will provide a comprehensive approach to enhancing its climate change adaptation-resilience posture and energy efficiency across eight NIWC Atlantic sites located in South Carolina, Virginia, and Louisiana. NIWC will deploy solar PV and an MCS to enable renewable back-up generation while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

  • Internal Revenue Service -- Internal Revenue Service is pursuing a near-net zero, comprehensive energy efficiency and resilience project that will empower up to 30 days of off-grid operation in the event of utility power disruption, amplify energy efficiency to substantially reduce baseload energy use and corresponding GHG emissions, and deploy solar PV coupled with an MCS, BESS.

  • Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst -- A large-scale, wholistic energy efficiency and climate change adaption-resilience project will deploy 40 MW of solar PV combined with a 12-MWh BESS and two unique MCSs alongside a wide range of key energy efficiency and resilience ECMs.

  • DoE, Office of Science -- A new project will bundle comprehensive traditional energy efficiency ECMs and resilience technologies such as lighting, water fixtures, simple HVAC controls, solar PV, BESS, and pumped water storage to reduce energy use and GHG emissions.

  • U.S. DoD, Pentagon -- Project will implement improvements to energy and water efficiency, as well as resilience to climate change-attributed severe weather events, via a comprehensive list of ECMs that will reduce baseload energy and water use and GHG emissions while adding renewable energy technologies. The project will achieve a net GHG reduction cost-effectively via combined reductions in baseload electricity (49 pct), water (8 pct), and sewer costs (40 pct).

  • Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall -- The project will deploy an advanced, hybrid geothermal heat recovery chiller system coupled with energy efficiency and resilience ECMs to simultaneously reduce GHG emissions and address climate change adaptation-resiliency.

  • Eglin Air Force Base -- Within this integrated, comprehensive energy efficiency and resilience project, Eglin Air Force Base will implement various resilience ECMs including solar PV, an MCS coupled with a BESS, and natural gas generators while replacing aging chillers that serve critical loads such as data centers.

  • Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest -- A new project to integrate a cybersecurity-compliant MCS and 150-kW/600-kWh BESS with a total of 1.1 MW of solar PV to augment climate change adaptation-resilience, increase energy efficiency, and reduce GHG emissions, while allowing for full, continuous mission-critical operability of essential facilities and systems in the case of power disruption events.

  • GSA Region 4, Valdosta and Brunswick -- The project will deploy and demonstrate an advanced solar PV technology utilizing bifacial modules at two federal sites in Georgia, directly reducing GHG emissions and assisting GSA in meeting its internal agency commitment of achieving 100% renewable electricity by 2025. The project will also build out capabilities for these sites to consider implementing complementary resilience ECMs such as a MCS or BESS in the future. It will also validate an advanced, bifacial module solar PV technology, which if successful could be replicated and scaled throughout not only GSA Region 4 and the Southeast, but also more broadly across all GSA Regions nationwide.

  • GSA Region 7 -- This project will implement resilience ECMs including an MCS and BESS to boost climate change adaptation-resiliency, reduce GHG emissions by 47 pct, and provide the means to demonstrate GEB concepts such as advanced energy load-shifting and management, and demand response at sites in Laredo and Houston, Texas.

  • Joint Base Langley-Eustis -- This project will augment the capacity of a BESS to 1MW/4MWh, which will be coupled with a recommissioned energy management control system, cybersecurity-compliant MCS, and 1-MW solar PV array to meet the U.S. Air Forces' resilience requirements for energy performance contracts, allowing the base to shed noncritical energy loads and support mission-critical operations should climate change-induced severe weather such as hurricanes or other external forces result in an extended power disruption event.

    The project will also allow the joint base to reduce GHG emissions, improve energy efficiency, and provide peak shaving, demand response, energy time-of-use-shifting, dynamic frequency, and voltage regulation to reduce overall base electricity demand and energy costs.

  • Federal Aviation Administration -- A novel project to directly address federal building energy efficiency and load management, in coordination with their serving utility, to bundle electric vehicle supply equipment with a range of other energy efficiency and resilience ECMs including ground-mounted solar PV, LED lighting, HVAC upgrades, and variable frequency drives.

    The project will reduce GHG emissions by 89 pct by coupling electrification of buildings and transportation, which are key priorities of the Administration's decarbonization goals. (Source: US DOE Federal Energy Management Program, PR 1 Dec., 2021) Contact: US DOE, Federal Energy Management Program, www.energy.gov/eere/femp/2021-assisting-federal-facilities-energy-conservation-technologies-affect-federal-agency

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Federal Energy Management Program,  Energy Efficiency,  BESS,  Energy Storage,  


  • Ameresco Inks SCE Battery Energy Storage Contract (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco,Southern California Edison
    Date: 2021-11-03
    Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency, storage and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc., reports it has contracted with Southern California Edison (SCE) to design and build three grid scale battery energy storage systems (BESSs) in the San Joaquin Valley, Rancho Cucamonga and nearby communities and the Long Beach area.

    The substation energy storage systems, which are expected to be operational in August, 2022, will be built to address the emergency reliability risks to electric power shortages due to extended drought, wildfire, and heatwaves. The systems equate to 537.5 MW with a four-hour duration, for a total of 2,150 MWh. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: Ameresco, Britta MacIntosh, Senior VP, Ameresco Western Region, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com/energy-efficiency; Southern California Edison, William Walsh, VP Energy Procurement and Management, www.sce.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Ameresco,  SCE,  


    Ameresco, Trent Univ. Renew Energy Efficiency EPC (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2021-10-25
    Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco is reporting it will partner with Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario , on an energy performance contract (EPC) for various energy efficiency upgrades including the installation of a 2.5MW/5 MWh battery energy storage system BESS, the replacement of aging switchgear components and the implementation of a carport canopy photo-voltaic (PV) and electric vehicle (EV) charging station. The PV and EV charging station will complement the newly installed BESS and reduce the University's greenhouse gas emissions.

    The University’s renewed EPC with Ameresco builds on previous energy saving projects such as converting the campus lighting to LEDs, implementing smart ventilation systems and using solar energy to power the university's new zero-carbon Forensics Crime Scene Facility. (Source: Ameresco, Website PR, 19 Oct., 2021)Contact: Ameresco, Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com , www.ameresco.com/energy-efficiency

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Amersco,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Ameresco Contracts for SCE Energy Storage Systems (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco,Southern California Edison
    Date: 2021-10-22
    Framingham, Massachusetts-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco reports it has contracted with Southern California Edison (SCE) to design and build three grid-scale battery energy storage systems (BESSs) at existing SCE substation parcels in the San Joaquin Valley, Rancho Cucamonga and nearby communities and Long Beach, California. The projects will utilize a turnkey engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance (EPCM) contracting mechanism.

    The substation energy storage systems, which will address the emergency reliability risks identified in the Governor's Emergency Proclamation aimed at utilizing clean energy resources to address electric power shortages due to extended drought, wildfire, and heatwaves, equate to 537.5 MW with a four-hour duration, for a total of 2,150 MWh. (Source: Ameresco, Website PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: Ameresco, Britta MacIntosh, Senior VP, Ameresco Western Region, Southern California Edison, William Walsh, VP Energy Procurement and Management, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com/energy-efficiency,www.sce.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Edison,  Ameresco,  Energy STorage ,  


    Ameresco, USCG Partner on Solar+Storage System (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2021-10-18
    Framingham, Mass.-headquartered renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy storage specialist Ameresco is reporting a $43 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) at the service's Training Center (TRACEN) Petaluma, in California.

    Under the contract, Ameresco will install a microgrid, integrating existing distributed backup generators with a new 5 MW solar array and an 11.6MWh BESS to power the entire site in the event of a loss of utility power.

    Once completed, Training Center Petaluma will realize a cost savings of more than $1.2 million in the first year alone. The project will also reduce the site's annual electricity and propane consumption by 8.7M kWh and 50.8 kgal, respectively.

    The project will be the USCG's first Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) project and the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) largest solar renewable energy project integrated within the USCG's first fully functional, renewable energy-powered microgrid. The project is expected to get underway this month for completion by Fall 2023. (Source: Ameresco, Website PR, 12 Oct., 2021) Contact: Ameresco, Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com , www.ameresco.com/energy-efficiency

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Solar,  Solr+Storage,  Energy Storage,  


    AEP Seeks Solar, Wind+Battery Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
    AEP Energy
    Date: 2021-10-06
    Columbus, Ohio-headquartered wholesale energy supplier AEP Energy Partners (AEPEP) is seeking proposals for off-take from new solar, off-take from new/re-powered wind facilities and build-own-transfer of stand-alone Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) located in the PJM service region to support the company's growing retail and wholesale load.

    AEPEP is seeking renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPAs) of 10, 12 or 15 years for solar, wind facilities -- including incremental power from re-powering -- and BESS that begin operation between 2022 and 2024.

    Complete RFP details are available HERE. (Source: AEP, Website Release, 4 Oct., 2021) Contact: AEP, Ben Duckworth, (614) 583-7453, beduckworth@aepes.com, www.aeponsitepartners.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BESS,  AEP Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    Energy Storage Specialist Fluence Energy Files IPO (Ind. Report)
    Fluence Energy
    Date: 2021-09-29
    Arlington, Virginia-headquartered global Clean energy storage specialist Fluence Energy Inc. report it has filed for initial public offering (IPO) and plans to list on Nasdaq under the ticker 'FLNC. Details of shares to be offered or at what price have net been revealed.

    Fluence was formed in 2017 as a Siemens-AES Corporation JV.

    JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley are lead underwriters in a syndicate of 16 banks. Proceeds will be used for debt reduction, working capital and other general corporate purposes. The company had a net loss of $74.8 million in the nine months to June 30, and revenue of $430.4 million, according to its filing documents. (Source: Fluence Energy Inc., PR, 28 Sept., 2021) Contact: Fluence Energy Inc., Brett Galura, CEO, (571) 274-9404, www.fluenceenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Fluence,  Energy Storage,  BESS,  


    CS Energy Expands Solar, Energy Storage Business (Ind. Report)
    CS Energy
    Date: 2021-08-06
    Edison, New Jersey-headquartered CS Energy, an integrated energy firm that designs and builds optimized projects in the solar, storage, and emerging energy industries, reports its total installation base in the U.S. Southwest has grown to 29 MW of solar power and 40 MWh of energy storage.

    With three new distributed energy projects currently under construction in Florida, the company's total national energy storage installation base will reach over 200 MWh. In Hamilton and Alachua Counties, two of these distributed energy projects are standalone battery energy storage systems (BESS) of 5.5 MWh and 11.5 MWh in capacity. Installed for one of the largest utilities in the US, these strategically placed energy storage systems are part of a technology pilot program and will be used to address growing peak demand and reduce congestion on the distribution grid. The third project is a 1 MW solar carport coupled with 23 MWh of energy storage. All three projects will utilize Doosan GridTech's digital energy management solution (EMS).

    CS Energy, which completed this 14 MW solar power generation project in Virginia in late 2020, is a leading engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) energy firm that designs and builds optimized projects in solar, energy storage, and emerging energy industries. (Source: CS Energy, PR, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: CS Energy, Eric Millard, CCO, D. Scott Bianchi,732 860 4660, www.csenergy.com

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    Siemens, Fluence to Construct German 100MW/200MWh BESS (Int'l.)
    Siemens, Fluence
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Siemens Smart Infrastructure is reporting a letter of intent with Nordostbayern (Future Energy North-East Bayern) for construction of a turnkey 100MW / 200MWh large-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) in the town of Wunsiedel, northern Bavaria, Germany.

    Subject to financing, energy storage technology and services provider Fluence, which was formed in 2017 as a Siemens-AES Corporation JV, will provide the lithium-ion battery system. Siemens will handle project management including the building of medium-voltage switchgear equipment and facilitating connection to the local high-voltage grid.

    Siemens broke ground earlier this month on an 8.75MW green hydrogen electrolyser plant at the Town of Wunsiedel's local "energy park". The plant's proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser will be connected to a 6MW battery storage system that Siemens supplied and installed in 2017. The green hydrogen project is scheduled to go into operation in summer 2022, according to the release. (Source: Siemens Smart Infrastructure, PR, Energy Storage, 20 July, 2021) Contact: Siemens Smart Infrastructure, www.linkedin.com/showcase/siemensinfrastructure, www.new.siemens.com/global/en/company/topic-areas/smart-infrastructure.html

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    Recurrent Energy Amps Up Battery Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
    Recurrent Energy,Canadian Solar
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Guelph, Ontario-based Recurrent Energy, LLC, a utility-scale solar and storage project developer and wholly-owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc.(CSI), reports it has expanded its U.S. energy storage footprint with several battery energy storage systems (BESS) contracted to be built in California in 2021 and 2022. These projects span retrofits as-a-service, solar plus storage PPAs, and stand-alone storage tolling agreements.

    With a pipeline of around 11 GWh of battery storage projects across the U.S., of which 2.3 GWh are in late-stage development, Recurrent Energy has been actively developing both PV solar plus energy storage and standalone storage projects since 2014. In collaboration with Recurrent Energy's project development team, Canadian Solar's majority-owned CSI solar subsidiary delivers competitive, highly bankable and fully-integrated battery storage solutions to support the recent acceleration in demand. Canadian Solar's global project development business -- Global Energy Group -- continues to expand and focus on energy storage, with a combined total pipeline of more than 5,328 MW / 16,875 MWh, according to the release. (Source: Recurrent Energy, PR, 22 June, 2021) Contact: Canadian Solar Inc. , Isabel Zhang, Investor Relations, investor@canadiansolar.com, www.canadiansolar.com; Recurrent Energy, www.recurrentenergy.com

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    Honeywell Launches Battery Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
    Honeywell
    Date: 2021-06-21
    Honeywell is reporting the launch of its first Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) Platform, which integrates Honeywell asset monitoring, distributed energy resource management, supervisory control, and analytics functionality to enable organizations to forecast and optimize their overall energy use.

    According to Honeywell, its BESS Platform leverages best practices for energy management such as energy arbitrage and demand management to deliver flexibility and control of when energy is purchased and used. The BESS platform, which can be used for a wide range of commercial and industrial companies, independent power producers, and utilities, improves grid stability and sustainability while decreasing supply costs and the need for non-renewable power sources such as gas turbines and diesel generators. (Source: Honeywell, PR, June, 2021)Contact: Honeywell, www.honeywell.com

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    Maldives Seeking 40 MW/40 MWh of Battery Energy Storage (Int'l.)
    Maldives
    Date: 2021-06-11
    The Maldives Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, and Technology is seeking bids from engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) contractors to install battery energy storage systems (BESS) of 40 MW/40 MWh capacity on 11 islands.

    The installations sought in this tender will be supported by a $23 million concessional loan to the Government of Maldives, allocated from the World Bank Clean Technology Fund.

    The BESS installations will support high renewable energy penetration for island grids and ensure efficient operation of the existing diesel generators needed in the solar-diesel hybrid generation mix.

    The island nation of 516,000 +- residents aims to be a low-carbon economy and to meet 30 pct of its daytime electricity requirements with renewable energy by 2023. It is also targeting carbon neutrality by 2030. Renewable energy presently accounts for only 4 pct of the national energy mix.

    As previously reported, the Asian Development Bank approved a concessional loan worth $7.74 million and a project grant worth $2.73 million to advance the Maldives' existing Preparing Outer Islands for Sustainable Energy Development. (Source: Maldives Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Technology, Website, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Maldives Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Technology, www.environment.gov.mv/v2/en; World Bank Clean Technology Fund, www.fiftrustee.worldbank.org/en/about/unit/dfi/fiftrustee/fund-detail/ctf

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    AMP Energy Invests $2Bn In Aussie Renewable Energy Hub (Int'l.)
    Amp Energy
    Date: 2021-05-17
    Mississauga, Ontario-based global clean energy developer Amp Energy (Amp) reports it has invested over $2 billion in establishing the 1.3 GW Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia (REHSA).

    The REHSA facility will integrate large-scale wind, at least three solar PV, Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) assets and incorporate the Spencer Gulf Hydrogen Energy Ecoplex. The PV projects will total 1,360 MW with BESS capacity of up to 540MW across the portfolio. Overall, the projects will create sufficient electricity to power 230,000 homes annually. Amp also plans to generate hydrogen for domestic and export markets from the Spencer facility to ports in Asia. (Source: AMP Energy, PR, Website, 15 May, 2021) Contact: AMP Energy, 905-271-7800, www.amp.energy

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    Mitsubishi, Powin Partner on Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Mitsubishi Power Americas, Powin
    Date: 2021-05-05
    Lake Mary, Florida-based Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc. reports it and battery energy storage specialist Powin, LLC have received an order from Southern Power for two utility-scale lithium iron phosphate battery energy storage system (BESS) projects totaling 640 MWh.

    The BESS projects are among the first collocated solar and storage projects in California and represent some of the largest retrofits of solar and storage in North America to date. They are designed for a 20-year life cycle and four hours of energy storage duration. Southern Power's 205 MW Garland Solar Facility in Kern County will add 88 MW and 352 MWh of energy storage, and its 204 MW Tranquillity Solar Facility in Fresno County, California, will add 72 MW and 288 MWh. Both projects are scheduled to come online in 2021.

    The energy storage projects will be owned in partnership with AIP Management and Global Atlantic Financial Group, both of which have existing ownership interests in the Garland and Tranquillity solar facilities that went into commercial operation in 2016.

    Southern Power operates the solar projects and will be responsible for operating the energy storage projects upon completion. (Source: Mitsubishi Power Americas, Website PR, 4 May., 2021) Contact: Mitsubishi Power Americas, Paul Browning, Pres., CEO, (407) 688-6100, www.power.mhi.com/regions/amer; Powin LLC, www.powin.com; Southern Power, www.southerncompany.com

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    Siemens Gamesa Confirms 448MW French Offshore Wind Order (Int'l.)
    Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2021-02-22
    Reporting from Madrid, Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa is confirming a firm order from a consortium of EDF Renewables, Enbridge and Wpd for 64 units of its SWT-7.0-154 direct drive offshore wind turbines for the 448MW Courseulles-sur-Mer (Calvados) offshore wind project 10km off the Bessin coast in northern France.

    The total project cost is expected to come in at roughly €2 billion. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PR, Website, Various Trade Pub, 22 Feb., 2022) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Andreas Nauen, CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com;EDF Renewables, Sandi Briner, 858-521-3525, www.edf-re.com; wdp Europe GmbH, Christian Schnibbe Head of Marketing & PR, +49 (421) 16866-10, +49 (421) 16866-10 -- fax, c.schnibbe@wpd.de, info@wdp.de, www.wpd.de

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    Siemens Gamesa Confirms 448MW French Offshore Wind Order (Int'l.)
    Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2021-02-22
    Reporting from Madrid, wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa is confirming a firm order from a consortium of EDF Renewables, Enbridge and Wpd for 64 units of its SWT-7.0-154 direct drive offshore wind turbines for the 448MW Courseulles-sur-Mer (Calvados) offshore wind project 10km off the Bessin coast in northern France.

    The total project cost is expected to come in at roughly €2 billion. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PR, Website, Various Trade Pub, 22 Feb., 2022) Contact: Siemens Gamesa, Roberto Sabalza, CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com

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    AES Commissions California Energy Storage Facility (Ind. Report)
    AES Corporation, Fluence
    Date: 2021-01-29
    The AES Corporation is reporting the commissioning of one of the world's largest stand alone battery energy storage systems (BESS) at the AES Alamitos Energy Center in California. The system will provide up to 400 MWh of energy to Southern California Edison (SCE) under a 20-year PPA.

    The installation incorporates Fluence Advancion 5 batteries -- Fluence is a Siemens-- AES JV and a leading energy storage and technology provider.

    AES presently manages projects that are operational, under construction and under development, including the operation of approximately 2.5 GW of renewable energy projects and has a contracted 2.6 GW pipeline nationwide. (Source: AES, PR, Website, Saur, 28 Jan., 2021) Contact: AES, Andres Gluski, Pres., CEO, www.aes.com; sPower, Ryan Creamer, CEO, Naomi Keller, VP Marketing, (801) 679-3514, nkeller@sPower.com, www.sPower.com; Fluence Energy, Fluence Battery Storage System, Brett Galura, CEO, (571) 274-9404, www.fluenceenergy.com; Southern California Edison, William Walsh, VP Energy Procurement and Management, www.sce.com

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    Ormat Snares Texas Energy Storage Asset (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Ormat Technologies, Viridity Energy Solutions
    Date: 2020-12-21
    Ormat Technologies Inc, an Israeli geothermal firm, is reporting acquisition of a shovel-ready energy storage asset in Upton County, Texas, from Con Edison Development.

    Ormat's (ORA) Philadelphia-based wholly owned subsidiary Viridity Energy Solutions Inc will design, build, own and operate a 25 MW battery energy storage system (BESS) project at the site and Ormat is targeting commercial operation of the BESS by the end of 2021. The company stated that the BESS facility will provide ancillary services and energy optimization to the wholesale markets managed by the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). (Source: Ormat,PR, NASDAQ, 20 Dec., 2020) Contact: Ormat Technologies, www.ormat.com; Viridity Energy Solutions, 484-534-2222, www.viridityenergy.com

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    SunSource Touts 6-MW Indian Floating Solar+Storage Project (Int'l.)
    SunSource Energy
    Date: 2020-12-07
    Uttar Pradesh, India-based distributed solar energy firm SunSource Energy Pvt Ltd reports it will develop a 4 MW, grid-connected floating solar photovoltaic power project including 2 MW battery storage system (BESS) in Andaman and Nicobar islands. When fully operational, the project would be one of India's largest floating plus storage projects and would enter into a 25-year PPA with the Electricity Department of the Andaman and Nicobar administration.

    SunSource is a private equity firm backed by State Bank of India and UK's Department for International Development. (Source: SunSource Energy, ET, Nov., 2020) Contact: SunSource Energy, +91 81300 33213, www.sunsource-energy.com

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    SWGT Closes on £12Mn UK Battery Storage Project (Int'l.)
    Still Waters Green Technology
    Date: 2020-11-27
    In the UK, London-headquartered independent battery energy storage system (BESS) asset manager Still Waters Green Technology (SWGT) has announced the £12 million non-recourse Phase One Financial Close with Santander (Bank) UK, of a 30MW utility-scale, subsidy-free BESS asset in Swindon.

    It is the first project finance funding structure that has adopted a multi debt tranche approach to the tiered risk profile of the BESS revenue model.

    This project supports the growth of renewable energy sources by providing up to 65GWh of annual import and export capacity to the National Grid during its Phase One development -- critical to meeting the UK's carbon emission reduction target and Net-Zero ambition. (Source: Still Waters Green Technology, PR, Website, Business Leader, 26 Nov., 2020) Contact: Still Waters Green Technology, Olivia He, CEO, +44 (0) 207 519 6865, info@swgt.co.uk, www.swgt.co.uk

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    Storz Power, Lumin Tout Home Battery System (Ind. Report)
    Storz Power, Lumin
    Date: 2020-10-21
    Charlottesville, Virginia-based energy storage and smart automation specialist Storz Power is reporting a strategic alliance with Scottsdale, Arizona's LUMIN®, maker of the leading energy management platform in the U.S. and Caribbean. The pairing enhances Storz Power's AI+Smart Access by providing grid-responsive load shedding technology, automating off-grid back up operation.

    Storz Power specializes in AI+ enabled energy storage and IOT technologies for the renewable industry. Connecting all things energy with real time automation at any level for a smarter, more robust and efficient deployment. Storz Power ESS and BESS are also compliant with the ADR 2.0 Alliance for all current and future distributed grid, utility and micro grid level controllable assets needing to be deployed.

    The LUMIN® platform helps home and building owners automatically make decisions about their energy use based on a myriad of factors including; solar production, battery state of charge, battery output power, electricity pricing, and grid requirements. (Source: LUMIN, PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: StorzPower, Everett Brewer, CEO, www.Storzpower.com ; LUMIN, Val Newcomb. VP Marketing, (434) 806-1159, val.newcomb@luminsmart.com, www.luminsmart.com

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    DNV GL Partner in Offshore Wind Coordination Project (Int'l.)
    DNV GL,National Grid ESO
    Date: 2020-10-19
    DNV GL, the world's largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has been appointed by National Grid ESO as a lead partner in the Offshore Wind Coordination project in Great Britain.

    The project will analyze a coordinated approach for offshore grid development and shape the future national strategy of Great Britain's offshore grid through feeding into the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy's (UKBESS) Offshore transmission network review. The UK regulator OFGEM is also participating in the project.

    The project will review and recommend ways to improve how offshore wind farms are connected to the onshore transmission network. To that end, DNV GL will assess: technology availability (HVDC equipment); analyze technical and regulatory barriers and solutions; study implications on power system security and stability; develop offshore and onshore grid designs and; conduct societal cost-benefit analysis of the offshore grid.

    As offshore infrastructure is anticipated to be shared among multiple projects, it is projected that a harmonized development approach will result in optimal utilization of infrastructure, higher integration of offshore wind energy, reduction of carbon emissions and consumer bills, and provision of operational benefits to the onshore grid. Offshore wind continues to be a key electricity source for the UK government and supports its commitment for the country to be net zero by 2050. (Source: DNV GL. National Grid ESO, Oct., 2020) Contact: DNV GL, www.dnvgl.com; National Grid ESO, www.natopnalgrideso.com

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    TVA Plans 5GW BESS Near Knoxville (Ind. Report)
    TVA
    Date: 2020-09-23
    The not-for-profit Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is reporting plans to deploy a stationary 40MWh, Vonore Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) grid-connected battery storage facility at an industrial complex near the city of Knoxville. The facility is expected to be operational in 2022, and will serve industrial customers of Loudon Utilities Board, a power company in East Tennessee which is one of the Authority's local partners. (Source: TVA, Website PR, 21 Sept., 2020) Contact: Loudon Utilities Board , Ty Ross, GM, 865-458-2091, www.loudenutilities.org: TVA

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    Genex Power, Powerlink Ink Battery Energy Storage Agreement (Int'l.)
    Genex Power
    Date: 2020-09-23
    In the Land Down Under, New South Wales-based Genex Power is reporting an investigation license and tenure agreement with Powerlink Queensland that will see Genex develop a standalone, commercial-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) project at Bouldercombe in North Queensland.

    The project will have an initial capacity of 50 to 75 MWh which will connect into the 132 kilovolts (kV) bays of the existing Powerlink 275kV/132kV Bouldercombe substation.

    Genex has selected its preferred battery supplier and integrator for the project and will start the grid connection process with Powerlink and work with its preferred supplier to complete connection studies. The project is expected to be fully operational in the first half of 2022, according to the company release. (Source: Genex Power, PR, Contact: Genex Power, James Harding , CEO, +612 9048 8850, Info@genexpower.com.au, www.genexpower.com.au

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    EOS Energy Storage Inks Texas BESS Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
    EOS Energy Storage, International Electric Power
    Date: 2020-09-04
    Edison, New Jersey-headquartered zinc hybrid cathode battery energy storage systems specialist EOS Energy Storage is reporting an agreement to supply systems to Pittsburgh-based International Electric Power LLC for projects in Texas. Delivery is expected to begin in Q3, 2021. Financial details were not released.

    Under the agreement, EOS will supply 1 GWh of standalone BESS technology to IEP for grid-connected projects with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). (Source: EOS Energy Storage, Website, Sept., 2020) Contact: EOS Energy Storage, 732.225.8400, www.eosenergy.com; International Electric Power LLC, 412-567-1500, www.iepwr.com

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    Capital Dynamics, Tenaska Plan Calif. BESS Projects (Ind Report)
    Clean Energy Infrastructure
    Date: 2020-08-21
    Zug, Switzerland based asset management firm Capital Dynamics subsidiary Clean Energy Infrastructure reports it and Omaha-headquartered Tenaska will develop nine battery energy storage systems (BESS) with approximately 2,000 MW of capacity in the Cal-ISO market to "help integrate" renewable energy.

    Presently, Clean Energy Infrastructure and Tenaska jointly own two solar facilities in California's Imperial Valley area and are developing additional solar projects. (Source: Capital Dynamics, Website Press Release, , 18 Aug., 2020) Contact: Capital Dynamics, Benoit Allehaut, +41 41 748 84 44, 212 798 3400 – NYC Office, www.capdyn.com; Tenaska, Jerry Crouse, CEO,(402) 691-9700, info@tenaskacapital.com, www.tenaskacapital.com

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    PG&E, Tesla Calif. BESS Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    PG&E, Tesla
    Date: 2020-08-05
    In the Golden State, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and Tesla are reporting construction is underway on a massive lithium-ion battery storage system (BESS) at PG&E's electric substation in Moss Landing in Monterey County, Calif. Upon completion, the facility will be one of the largest utility-owned, lithium-ion energy storage systems in the world.

    The system will incorporate 256 Tesla Megapack battery units on 33 concrete slabs. Transformers and switch gears will be installed along with the Megapacks to connect energy stored in the batteries with the 115-kilovolt electric transmission system.

    When fully operational in Q2, 2021, the BESS will have the capacity to store and dispatch up to 730 MWh of energy to the electrical grid at a maximum rate of 182.5 MW for up to four hours during high demand periods . (Source: PG&E, Tesla, Aug., 2020) Contact: PG&E, www.pg&e.com; Tesla Powerwall, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerwall

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    PG&E, Tesla Calif. BESS Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Pacific Gas and Electric, Tesla
    Date: 2020-08-03
    In the Golden State, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and Tesla are reporting construction is underway on a massive lithium-ion battery storage system (BESS) at PG&E’s electric substation in Moss Landing in Monterey County, Calif. Once operational, the Moss Landing substation will be one of the largest utility-owned, lithium-ion energy storage systems in the world.

    The system will incorporate 256 Tesla Megapack battery units on 33 concrete slabs. Transformers and switch gears will be installed along with the Megapacks to connect energy stored in the batteries with the 115-kilovolt electric transmission system.

    When fully operational in Q2, 2021, the BESS will have the capacity to store and dispatch up to 730 MWh of energy to the electrical grid at a maximum rate of 182.5 MW for up to four hours during high demand periods . (Source: PG&E, Tesla, Aug., 2020)Contact: PG&E, www.pge.com

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    Australia Hosts World's Largest BESS (Editorials & Asides)
    Hornsdale Wind Farm
    Date: 2020-08-03
    The world's largest operating battery storage system (BESS) is the Hornsdale Power Reserve at the Hornsdale Wind Farm in South Australia. The installation, which was commissioned in late 2017, uses Tesla lithium-ion batteries and has a capacity of 150-megawatt/193.5 megawatt-hours. (Source: Hornsadel Power Reserve, Website, 2020) Contact: Hornsdale Power Reserve, www.hornsdalepowerreserve.com.au

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    Aussie Wind Farm Hosts World's Largest BESS (Editorials & Asides)
    Hornsdale
    Date: 2020-08-03
    The world's largest operating battery storage system (BESS) is the Hornsdale Power Reserve at the Hornsdale Wind Farm in South Australia.

    The installation, which was commissioned in late 2017, uses Tesla lithium-ion batteries and has a capacity of 150-megawatt/193.5 megawatt-hours. (Source: Hornsadel Power Reserve; Website, 2020) Contact: Hornsdale Power Reserve, www.hornsdalepowerreserve.com.au

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    CleanSpark Reports Southern Cal. Microgrid Contract (Ind. Report)
    CleanSpark
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Salt Lake City-based CleanSpark, Inc. is reporting receipt of a contract a contract to provide controls and storage for a commercial microgrid located in Southern California. This microgrid project is designed to provide economic optimization and cost avoidance, as well as energy resiliency for the facility. CleanSpark's patented mPulse controls platform will manage a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) paired with photovoltaic rooftop solar panels.

    CleanSpark offers software and intelligent controls for microgrid and distributed energy resource management systems and innovative strategy and design services. (Source: CleanSpark Inc., PR, 29 July, 2020) Contact: CleanSpark Inc., Zach Bradford, CEO, Investor Relations, (801)-244-4405, info@cleanspark.com, www.cleanspark.com

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    Energy Storage Key in W. Australia Renewables Package (Int'l. Report)
    Energy Storage
    Date: 2020-07-27
    In the Land Down Under, the Government of Western Australia State is touting the launch of a $66.3 million Regional Infrastructure Stimulus package focused on clean energy, efficiency and energy storage technologies and projects that will create jobs, reduce energy costs and improve Western Australia's renewable energy footprint.

    The Regional Infrastructure Stimulus package includes an additional 50 standalone power systems, the installation of nine Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) in nine regional communities, and infrastructure upgrades in remote Aboriginal communities.

    Each BESS project will require three months to deliver and reduce generation costs by up to $322,000 per year.

    The Recovery Plan will help drive Western Australia State's economic and social recovery following the devastating impacts of COVID-19, according to the release. (Source: Gov. Western Australia, Mirage, 26 July, 2020) Contact: Gov. of Western Australia, Energy Minister, Bill Johnston, www.wa.gov.au › government › people › bill-johnston

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    PacifiCorp Issues 2020 All-Source Request for Proposals (Ind. Report)
    Pacificorp
    Date: 2020-07-15
    Berkshire Hathaway Energy subsidiary PacifiCorp reports receipt of regulatory approval for its 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to conduct an all-source RFP in 2020 (2020AS RFP). The 2019 IRP preferred portfolio includes 1,823 MW of new proxy solar resources co-located with 595 MW of new proxy battery energy storage system (BESS) capacity and 1,920 MW of new proxy wind resources by the end of 2023. Note, these figures for solar and wind exclude resource capacity to meet assumed customer preference targets that were included in the 2019 IRP preferred portfolio.

    PacifiCorp is seeking proposals for competitively priced resources capable of interconnecting with or delivering to PacifiCorp's transmission system in its east or west balancing authority areas (PACE and PACW, respectively). The 2020AS RFP will consider both build-transfer and power purchase agreement bids that can achieve commercial operation by December 31, 2024. In addition, PacifiCorp will accept bids from long-lead time pumped storage hydro resources requiring longer lead time to develop and construct that places the project completion beyond December 31, 2024. The company will not be submitting any self-build (benchmark) resources in the 2020AS RFP.

    PacifiCorp Transmission has replaced its existing "serial queue" interconnection study process with a "first-ready, first-served, cluster" interconnection study approach as approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on May 12, 2020 and set forth in its Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT). The 2020AS RFP conforms to PacifiCorp Transmission interconnection queue reform including its transition interconnection cluster study process and schedule. As such, potential bidders should review and clearly understand PacifiCorp Transmission's interconnection queue reform process, specifically the transition cluster study process, eligibility criteria, and timeline which plays an important role in the 2020AS RFP. (Source: PacifiCorp, Website, July, 2020) Contact: PacifiCorp, www.pacificorp.com

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    ITHPP Touts Energy Storage Test Bench (Ind. Report)
    ITHPP
    Date: 2020-06-17
    French energy storage system devices specialist ITHPP is touting a test bench which will produce / simulate an overcurrent (according to customer specifications) to be applied to protection devices in order to determine its behavior and its ability to protect equipment and people. This test bench is designed to assess very high energy / high power protective devices operating at several hundred volts and thousands of amps, such as electric vehicle batteries (EV) and other direct current (DC) applications such as battery energy storage system (BESS) and for distributed energy resources (DER).

    The ITHPP test bench is specifically sized to replicate the effects of short-circuit in high DC for electrical vehicles and battery energy storage systems (BESS). The test bench operates on several types of current/voltage waveforms. The discharged parameter is modular and a human-machine interface system allows precise indications of the discharge parameters according to the settings. The bench is equipped with a shielded, non-flammable test chamber and includes a smoke evacuation system to eliminate risks linked to a faulty system under test. (Source: ITHPP, PR, Website, June, 2020) Contact: ITHPP, +33 (0 )5 65 33 43 30, www.ithpp-alcen.com

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    Neoen to Construct 30MW BESS in Finland (Int'l. Report)
    Neoen
    Date: 2020-06-12
    The Paris-based independent renewable energy asset producer Neoen reports it will construct Yllikkala Power Reserve One , a 30MW / 30MWh grid-connected battery energy storage system (BESS) in Finland to help integrate the growing capacity of local wind energy.

    Yllikkala Power Reserve One will help grid operator Fingrid by supplying fast-acting frequency regulation services to Finland's national electricity system.

    The plant will be sited in the south-east of Finland, near the city of Lappeenranta. Finland is targeting carbon neutrality at a national level by 2035. (Source: Neoen, Energy Storage, 10 June, 2020) Contact: Neoen, www.neoen.com

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    ADB Loans $100Mn for Mongolian Battery Energy Storage Project (Int'l)
    Asian Development Bank
    Date: 2020-04-27
    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports approval of a $100 million loan to help supply renewable energy to coal dependent Mongolia by installing its first large-scale advanced battery energy storage system (BESS).

    The project will install 125 mw of advanced BESS, making it among the largest battery storage systems globally. The system will include a battery energy management system enabling it to be charged entirely by renewable electricity. The project is expected to come in at $114.95 million, of which $3 million is co-financed by a grant from ADB's High-Level Technology Fund, financed by the Government of Japan. The Mongolian government will provide $11.95 million toward the cost of the project, which is due for completion in September 2024. (Source: Asian Dev. Bank, April, 2020)Contact: Asia Development Bank, Takehiko Nakao, Pres. +63 2 632 4444, www.adb.org

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