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Saint Jean Carbon Updates Process Research Ortech Acquisition Progress (Ind. Report, M&A)
Saint Jean Carbon
Date: 2019-09-13
Oakville, Ontario-based carbon science and green energy storage specialist Saint Jean Carbon Inc. reports its recently announced acquisition of Process Research Ortech Inc. is advancing and expected to close by October 15th.

. Saint Jean is a publicly traded carbon science company, with specific interests in energy storage and green energy creation and green re-creation, with holdings in graphite mining claims in Quebec, Canada. (Source: Saint Jean Carbon Inc., PR, Global Newswire, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: Saint John Carbon, Paul Ogilvie, CEO and Director, (905) 844-1200, info@saintjeancarbon.com, www.saintjeancarbon.com; Process Research Ortech, www.processortech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Saint Jean Carbon,  


AEP Accelerates CO2 Emissions Reduction Target (Ind. Report)
American Electric Power
Date: 2019-09-11
In the Buckeye State, Columbus-based American Electric Power (AEP) reports it is cutting carbon dioxide emissions faster than anticipated and has revised its 2030 reduction target to 70 pct from 2000 levels. The company's previous target was a 60 pct reduction from 2000 levels by 2030. The company will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 80 pct from 2000 levels by 2050, according to a release.

To that end, AEP will further invest in renewable generation and transmission and distribution technologies to enhance efficiency, and expanded demand response and energy efficiency programs. AEP's resource plans include adding more than 8,600 megawatts (MW) of new wind and solar generation to serve the company's regulated utility customers by 2030. Between 2019 and 2023, the company plans to invest approximately $2.2 billion in contracted renewables and renewables integrated with energy storage and approximately $25 billion over the next 5 years in its transmission and distribution systems.

To date, AEP has cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 59 pct since 2000. (Source: AEP, PR, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: AEP Clean Energy Strategy, www.aep.com/investors/ESG .

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Electric Power,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions ,  


8minute, AllianzGI Announce U.S. Solar Transaction (M&A)
8minute Solar Energy
Date: 2019-09-11
Los Angeles-based solar and solar energy storage developer 8minute Solar Energy is reporting the sale of equity interests in the 67 mw-dc Lotus Solar Farm in Madera County, California to Allianz Global Investors. (AllianzGI). The acquisition is AllianzGI's first U.S. solar project purchase.

The 375 acre solar farm will generate sufficient energy for more than 12,000 local homes and businesses once complete in May 2020. Signal Energy is providing the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) services for the Lotus project.

Allianz Global Investors is a global investment management firm with offices in over 20 locations worldwide.The company manages more the €500 billion in assets on behalf of institutional and retail clients. It is owned by global financial services group, Allianz SE. (Source: 8minute Solar Energy, PR, Business Wire, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: 8minute Solar Energy, www.8minute.com; Allianz, www.allianzgi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News 8minute Solar Energy,  Solar,  


Democrats Table Community Energy Savings Act of 2019 (Reg & Leg)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-09-06
In Washington, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and democratic Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Tina Smith are touting the introduction of the Community Energy Savings Program Act of 2019.

The legislation is designed to address and intended to help homeowners lower household energy costs and mitigate climate change chaos. The Act, if passed into law, would provide low-interest financing for residential energy efficiency, renewable energy or energy storage upgrades -- reducing wasted energy and carbon pollution. These energy efficiency projects also help create good-paying jobs through the manufacturing and installation of materials used in energy efficiency upgrades.

A summary of the Community Energy Savings Program is HERE. (Source: KTVZ, 7 Sept., 2019) Contact: Office of Sen. Jeff Merkley, (503) 326-3386, Fax - (503) 326-2900, www.merkley.senate.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  


Vectren's RFP Responses Dominated by Renewables (Ind. Report)
Vectren
Date: 2019-08-26
Evansville, Indiana-based Vectren reports its "all-source" request for proposals (RFP) to supply up to 700 MW of power has received approximately 100 proposals for various means of energy generating capacity. The RFP was issued in consideration of the company's intention to close its coal-fired A.B. Brown plant in Posey County and most of its F.C. Culley plant in Warrick County by 2023.

According to the company's website, solar and wind generation dominated the proposals. Other proposals included combining solar power with energy storage technology. The utility originally sought to replace the coal-burning plants with an 850-MW natural gas-fueled combined cycle but the proposal was nixed by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission which suggested Vectren consider various combinations of less expensive alternatives such as renewable energy sources. (Source: Vectren Website, Evansville Courier & Press Published , 23 Aug., 20190 Contact: Vectron, 800-227-1376, www.vectren.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vectren,  Renewable Energy,  


Corvus to Intro Battery Power in Carnival Cruise Ships (Ind. Report)
Corvus Energy
Date: 2019-08-26
Cruise ship operator Carnival Corporation, the world's largest leisure travel company, is reporting its German brand AIDA Cruises has inked an agreement with marine battery and energy storage specialist Corvus Energy for the installation of lithium-ion battery storage systems onboard the AIDA Cruises fleet in 2020. The aim is to test stored battery power for emission-free ship operation for an extended period as well as to meet onboard energy needs.

Norwegian-Canadian company Corvus Energy is a pioneer in the development of maritime energy storage systems. The introduction of battery power to ships is the latest in a series of innovations that supports Carnival's "green cruising" strategy, which includes the introduction of new technologies, approaches and investments in sustainability.

In total, Carnival Corporation has 10 next-generation "green" cruise ships on order and is pioneering the use of ship-board Advanced Air Quality Systems "scrubbers" , the CO2-free production of liquefied gas from renewable sources through its "Power-to-Gas" project, and the use of LNG fuels. (Source: Carnival Corp., PR, 26 Aug., 2019)Contact: Corvus Energy, Andrew Morden, Pres. & CEO, Sean Puchalski, VP Strategic Marketing, (604) 227-0280 ext. 123, spuchalski@corvus-energy.com, www.corvus-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Corvus Energy,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Habitat Energy Awarded UK Battery Energy Storage Deal (Int'l Report)
Habitat Energy
Date: 2019-08-23
Oxford, UK based start-up Habitat Energy reports it has been selected operate a 40-MW battery storage facility, which is currently under construction in the UK on behalf of clean energy asset investor Arlington Energy. Habitat will provide optimization services for the installation through its algorithmic trading platform and facilitate its marketing.

The system will be registered as a balancing mechanism (BM) unit and will be one of the UK's largest such systems when it comes online in October.

The company is also involved in a 50-MW Oxford battery project with Pivot Power, which is planned for completion in 2020. (Source: Habitat Energy, Various Media, 20 Aug, 2019) Contact: Habitat Energy, Dr. Andrew Leurs, CEO, +44 (0)1865 261 470, www.habitat.energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Habitat Energy ,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  


Australian ReNu Energy Offloading Solar Assets (Int'l, M&A)
CleanPeak Energy
Date: 2019-08-21
In the Land Down Under, Milton, Queensland-based renewable energy specialist ReNu Energy Limited reports it is selling its solar assets and business to Sydney-based CleanPeak Energy for $5.775 million, less net debt. ReNu Energy is reportedly planning to refocus on the biogas sector.

CleanPeak Energy is a specialist distributed energy company, focused on deploying renewable assets, energy storage systems and gas fired generation. (Source: ReNu Energy, ShareCafe, 20 Aug., 2019) Contact: ReNu Energy Limited, +61 7 3721 7599, service@renuenergy.com.au, www.renuenergy.com.au CleanPeak Energy, +61 2 9437 4065, www.cleanpeakenergy.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  CleanPeak Energy,  


Gresham House Acquires 5MW Energy Storage Project (M&A. Int'l)
Gresham House Energy Storage Fund
Date: 2019-08-21
In the UK, London-headquartered Gresham House Energy Storage Fund is reporting a £3.5 million investment in a 5-MW symmetrical battery-only energy storage project based in Wolverhampton. The 5MW project, acquired from a vehicle owned by Gresham House DevCo and Noriker Power, increases the fund's total capacity of operational utility-scale battery storage projects to 75MW, according to a statement.

Gresham House notes it expects to acquire its next utility-scale battery storage asset, of 49MW capacity, by the end of the year when the developers have completed its construction and brought it online. Two further utility-scale battery storage assets, of 50MW capacity each, are expected to commence construction imminently, the company added. (Source: Gresham House New Energy, IPE, 20 Aug., 2019) Contact: Gresham House New Energy, Ben Guest, +44(0) 20 3837 6270, info@greshamhouse.com, www.newenergy.greshamhouse.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


NEC Announces New England Energy Storage Projects (Ind Report)
NEC Energy Solutions
Date: 2019-08-21
Westborough, Massachusetts-based NEC Energy Solutions reports it is partnering with New England municipalities to install six energy storage systems totaling more then 20MW in the communities of Madison, Ashburnham, Templeton, Wakefield, Middleton and Taunton.

For the projects, NEC will supply its GSS Grid Storage and AEROS platforms to monitor and operate the energy storage plant in near real-time, a development which will help the utilities to improve demand response capabilities during peak periods. Three of the projects including Ashburnham, Templeton and Wakefield are partnering with the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company as part of the company's peak load forecasting and remote dispatch programme.

The projects are receiving funding from the Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) programme and the state Department of Energy Resources. (Source: NEC Energy Solutions, Smart Energy, 20 Aug., 2019)Contact: NEC Energy Solutions, Steve Fludder, CEO, Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261, rlin@neces.com, www.neces.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Utility-Scale Energy Storage,  NEC Energy Solutions,  Energy Storage,  


GlidePath Snares 149MW Texas Wind Portfolio (Ind. Report, M&A)
GlidePath Power Solutions,Exelon Generation
Date: 2019-08-21
Elmhurst, Illinois-based renewable energy and energy storage specialist GlidePath Power Solutions LLC is reporting acquisition of eight Texas wind projects totaling 149 MW from Exelon Generation. The company plans to add on-site energy storage capacity to each project at a later date.

All the acquired projects are north of Amarillo and sell into the Southwest Power Pool (SPP).

GlidePath has a 1GW battery storage development portfolio, including a 10MW /10MWh project in Texas announced in April this year. (Source: GlidePath Power Solutions LLC, Energy Storage, 20 Aug., 2019) Contact: GlidePath Power Solutions LLC, Chris McKissack, CEO, www. glidepath.net; Exelon Generation, www.exeloncorp.com/company/our-generation-fleet

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Exelon Generation,  


Norwegian Startup Plans $4.5Bn Nordic Battery Hub (Int'l. Report)
Freyr AS
Date: 2019-08-19
Norwegian startup battery specialist Freyr AS is reporting plans to construct Europe's first battery gigafactories in the municipality of Rana in northern Norway at an initial cost of 40 billion-krone ($4.5 billion).

The company also plans to construct a 600-MW wind farm which is projected to cut the gigafactory's energy costs by 24 pct.

Freyr is presently in a fund raising and permitting mode and has received a €7.25 million ($8.1 million) investment from EIT InnoEnergy. The company aims to raise as much as €25 million in additional funding within the next 12 months. Subject to funding and permitting success, production would start in 2023. (Source: Freyr AS, Bloomberg, Aug., 2019) Contact: Freyr AS, info@freyrbattery.com, www.freyrbattery.no

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Energy Vault Scores $110Mn Softbank Investment (Ind. Report)
Energy Vault, Softbank
Date: 2019-08-16
Tokyo-based Softbank Group is reporting a $110 million investment in Switzerland-based energy storage specialist Energy Vault. Energy Vault, which launched in 2018, is presently partnered with Mexican materials company CEMEX and Tata Power Company in India.

According to Energy Vault, its technology enables renewable energy to be stored in 35-ton bricks and delivered as baseload power for less than the cost of fossil fuels at any time.

The global energy storage market is expected to reach 22.2 GW in 2023, from nearly 5 GW at the end of 2018, according to a GlobalData report. . (Source: Softbank, greentechlead, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: Energy Vault, Robert Piconi, CEO, media@energyvault.ch, www.energyvault.ch SoftBank Group, www.softbank.jp/en

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Maui Electric Advances Molokai, Lanai Renewables Plans (Ind. Report)
Maui Electric Company
Date: 2019-08-16
In the Aloha State, Maui Electric reports its planned renewable energy push for Molokai and Lanai are moving forward. Pending Public Utilities Commission approval, expected later this year, the company's planned renewable energy procurements will be open to bids and could come online as early as 2022.

Estimated targets of the new renewable generation for Molokai are the equivalent of approximately 4 MW of solar or 3.6 MW of small wind, specified as turbines 100 kilowatts or less, and paired with energy storage.

On Lānai, the company is seeking renewable energy generation equivalent up to 9.5 MW of solar paired with energy storage on land owned by Pūlama Lānai.

The procurement efforts for Molokai and Lānai are part of the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) largest-ever renewable energy push for Maui County, Oahu and Hawaii Island. (Source: Maui Electric, HECO, PR, 9 Aug., 2019) Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News HECO,  Maui Electric,  Renewable Energy,  


FuelCell Energy Touts 9Mn MWh of Power Generation (Ind. Report)
FuelCell Energy
Date: 2019-08-14
Danbury, Conn.-based fuel cell power and energy storage specialist FuelCell Energy, Inc. reports more than 9 million MWh having been generated by SureSource™ fuel cell power plants globally since the first commercial installation.

SureSource™ fuel cells are a clean energy solution for the need for baseload power, as power is made continuously, positioning them as a perfect complement to the intermittent power sources of wind and solar.

The company's SureSource™ plants are currently installed and operating on three continents, with many owned by leading utility and industrial companies. Presently, ten U.S. states and Puerto Rico have classified stationary fuel cells in the highest tier of clean power generation due to the high efficiency and resultant low carbon emissions and negligible NOx and particulate matter typical of other combustion sources of baseload power. Fuel Cells are usually classified as carbon-neutral, or in some cases carbon negative, by regulatory authorities due to the renewable nature of the biogas fuel source. (Source: Fuel Cell Energy Inc., PR, Newswire, Street Insider, 5 Aug., 2019) Contact: Fuel Cell Energy, Jennifer Arasimowicz, Interim President, 203-825-6000, info@fce.com, www.fuelcellenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News FuelCell Energy,  Energy Storage,  


Caban Scores $1.9Mn for Energy Storage Software Expansion (Funding)
Caban Systems
Date: 2019-08-14
In the Golden State, Burlingame-based Caban Systems, a leader in the design and manufacture of software-enabled energy storage systems for the telecommunications industry, is reporting receipt of $1.9 million in grant funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC). The funds will be used to expand energy systems production capacity to meet growing customer demand in the state.

The California Public Utilities Commission reported that during 2017 storm outages, "Almost one million customers could not make 9-1-1 calls, more than 790,000 customers experienced loss of communication service, and more than 52,000 businesses experienced service interruptions." Even more recent wildfire-related power outages highlight California's immediate need to accelerate the adoption of energy storage platforms for critical infrastructure.

Grid-independent solutions like those offered by Caban can help both state and telecommunication operators provide reliable communications at all times. Caban System's Burlingame manufacturing line will produce a purpose-built, modular battery storage system that will provide reliable, redundant power sources for critical infrastructure systems across California. (Source: Caban Systems, PR, CISION, Yahoo, 13 Aug., 2019) Contact: Caban Systems, Alexandra Rasch, Founder & CEO , Jacqueline Castillo, (305) 989-2861, jacqueline@cabansystems.com, www.cabansystems.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage news,  Energy Storage Software news,  


Neoen's Aussie PV-Wind-Battery Hub Gets the Nod (Int'l. Report)
Neoen
Date: 2019-08-09
French renewables developer Neoen reports the South Australian governmentit has approved its planned 125 MW of wind generation, 150 MW solar PV generation and 130MW/400MWh of lithium-ion battery storage project that could also integrate up to 50 MW of on-site hydrogen production capability.

The solar project would incorporate 400,000‐500,000 solar panels mounted on single-axis trackers. The wind farm would utilize 26 turbines and 130 MW/400 MWh lithium-ion energy storage facility connected to the national grid. The energy storage facility will be located on a separate site and connected to the wind park and solar farm via underground transmission cables.

To date, Neoen has invested more than $1 billion in South Australia. (Source : Neoen Australia, PV Mag., 8 Aug., 2019) Contact: Neoen Australis, Garth Heron, Head of Development, +33 805 160 022, www.neoen.com

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ACT Offers Household Battery Storage Systems Grant Scheme (Int'l.)
Australia Capital Territory (ACT) Government
Date: 2019-08-09
In the Land Down Under, the Australia Capital Territory (ACT) Government is offering a new round of grants to four companies; ActewAGL, Evergen, Solahart and Solarhub, to deliver the next stage of the roll-out of the Next Generation Energy Storage program.

Under the program, households that have a battery system installed by one of the four providers will have the battery subsidized at a rate of $825 per kW, up to a maximum of 30kW. The average battery system will attract a total subsidy in the order of $4,000.

To qualify for a grant, households must be installing a new battery system that is both grid connected and coupled with a solar power system. An average battery storage system installation coupled with an existing solar installation would cost $8,000 to $10,000 and would increase to a range of $13,000 to $18,000 when combined with solar panels.

To date, the storage initiative has delivered more than 1,200 residential battery installations. (Source: ACT Government, One Step Off the Grid, 8 Aug., 2019).Contact: ACT Gov., www.act.gov.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Energy Storage,  Battery,  Solar Energy,  


Leclanche Touts St. Kitts-Nevis Solar Plus Storage Project (Int'l)
Leclanche
Date: 2019-08-09
In the Caribbean, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, the state-owned St. Kitts Electric Company (SKELEC) and the Swiss energy storage specialist Leclanche SA are touting the planned construction of a 35.6 MW solar energy plant and 44.2 MWh battery storage facility adjacent to the City of Basseterre on the island of St. Kitts. When fully operational, the system will provide between 25-30 pct of the island nation's electric power requirements.

Leclanche will serve as the prime engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the installation of both the solar photovoltaic (PV) system and battery energy storage system and will be responsible for the completed project's management, operations, maintenance and warranties. SKELEC and Leclanche have inked a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the facility's output.

Ground-breaking is slated for mid-October 2019 for completion and commissioning in September 2020. (Source: Leclanche, PR, 7 Aug., 2019) Contact: Leclanche Anil Srivastava, CEO, +41 (0) 24 424 65 00, Fax: +41 (0)24 424 65 20, info@leclanche.com, www.leclanche.com; St. Kitts Electric Company, 869-465-2000, www.skelec.kn

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Leclanche,  


Shell Considering Solar Power at Singapore Site (Int'l. Report)
Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2019-08-07
Reuters is reporting oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is considering the installation of solar panels to power its 500,000 bpd B Pulau Bukom refining subsidiary site in Singapore, a company spokeswoman told Reuters on Tuesday.

The possible switch to solar at this and other sites is in keeping with the company's plans to improve energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint. To that end, Shell has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Energy Market Authority of Singapore to jointly work on energy storage systems.

Globally, Shell is installing solar photovoltaic panels on the roofs of seven lubricant plants in China, India, Italy, Singapore and Switzerland. (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, Reuters, Aug., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell,  Solar,  


Dominion Announces Energy Storage Pilot Projects (Ind Report)
Dominion Energy Virginia
Date: 2019-08-07
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based utility holding company Dominion Energy Virginia is reporting four utility-scale battery storage pilot projects totaling 16 megawatts -- the largest projects of their kind in Virginia.

The four proposed Central Virginia-based lithium-ion projects will cost approximately $33 million to construct and will provide key information on distinct use cases for batteries on the energy grid. Pending SCC approval, the pilots would be evaluated over a five year period once operational as currently expected in December 2020. The projects include:

  • Two battery systems totaling 12 MW at the Scott Solar facility in Powhatan County that will demonstrate how batteries can store energy generated from solar panels during periods of high production and help optimize the power produced by the solar facility.

  • A 2-MW battery at a substation in Ashland will explore how batteries can improve reliability and save on equipment replacement costs by serving as an alternative to traditional grid management investments such as transformer upgrades, necessary to serve customers during times of high energy demand.

  • A 2-megawatt battery at a substation in New Kent County serving a 20-MW solar facility will show how batteries can help manage voltage and loading issues caused by reverse energy flow, to maintain grid stability.

    Dominion notes it expects to cut generating fleet CO2 emissions 80 pct by 2050 and reduce methane emissions from its gas assets 50 pct by 2030. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Mark D. Mitchell, vice president – generation construction www.dominionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy Virginia,  Battery Energy Storage,  


  • Georgia Power Launches Atlanta "Smart Neighbourhood" (Ind. Report)
    Georgia Power,Pulte Group
    Date: 2019-08-07
    The utility Georgia Power is touting the launch of a new "Smart Neighbourhood" in Atlanta.

    Each of the new community's 46 townhouses is equipped with solar panels, batteries and energy efficiency components such as heat pump water heaters (HPWH) connected to a neighborhood microgrid. The microgrid-linked townhouse resources will be managed and optimized with a "grid-interactive control system" developed by the US DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory, supported by the national Buildings Technology Office.

    The "Smart Home" technology in each of the town houses was developed by Atlanta-based home builder Pulte Group Inc. in partnership with with Georgia Power. Thermostats, security systems, appliances and other features can be controlled via the Pulte controls suite and through phone app and voice activation. According to Pulte, the energy optimization platform can schedule the use of appliances in coordination with the solar and battery and thus lower energy costs. (Source: US DOE, Pulte Group, Energy Storage, 6 Aug., 2019)Contact: Pulte Group Inc., www.pultegroupinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Georgia Power,  Energy Efficiency,  Smart Energy,  Smart Neighborhood,  


    Gore Street Energy Storage Fund Raises £30.9Mn (Int'l Report)
    Gore Street
    Date: 2019-08-05
    Gore Street Capital reports its Energy Storage Fund's latest fundraising campaign grossed approximately £30.9 million. The total raised included gross proceeds of £5.91 million by way of an initial placing and offer for subscription together with an additional £25 million commitment from the National Treasury Management Agency.

    The proceeds of the initial Issue are earmarked for invest in a diversified portfolio of utility-scale Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland energy storage projects, the company noted. (Source: Gore Street Capital, Aug., 2019) Contact: Gore Street Capital, Alex O'Cinneide, CEO, +44 20 3826 0290, www.gorestreetcap.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gore Street,  Energy Storage,  


    WFEC, NextEra Ink Major Renewables-Storage PPA (Ind. Report)
    Western Farmers Electric Cooperative,NextEra Energy
    Date: 2019-08-02
    Anadarko, Oklahoma-headquartered Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC) reports the inking of a PPA with NextEra Energy Resources for the largest combined wind, solar and energy storage project in the country.

    The combined wind, solar, and energy storage project is in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) electric grid region that includes Oklahoma and 13 other states in the central United States. It is also the largest co-located wind, solar, and energy storage project in the U.S.

    The deal acquires 250 MW of Skeleton Creek Wind; 250 MWs of Skeleton Creek Solar; and 200 MWs of Skeleton Creek Storage. The wind purchase will come online in 2019 with the other two slated for 2023, according to the release.

    WFEC's portfolio incorporates 521 MW of solar generation, 955 MW of wind generation, and 270 MW of hydroelectric generation. (Source: Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, Energy Insider, 31 July, 2019) Contact: Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, Gary Roulet, CEO, 405-247-3351, www.wfec.com; Contact: NextEra Energy, info@nextrenewables.com, www.nextrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Western Farmers Electric Cooperative,  NextEra Energy,  


    1414 Degrees Touts Thermal Energy Storage Tests (Int'l Report)
    1414 Degrees
    Date: 2019-08-02
    Following up on our 3rd June coverage, Australian clean-tech start-up 1414 Degrees is reporting a new project that will pair it with sustainable agriculture pioneer Nectar Farms to test "SmartFarm" applications of its thermal energy storage solution (TESS) that stores electricity as thermal energy by heating and melting containers full of silicon. The technology is as much as 10 times less expensive than lithium battery energy storage, according to a company release.

    Since listing on the ASX in 2018, 1414 Degrees has signed up to a $3.2 million pilot project to install a GAS-TESS unit at an SA Water wastewater treatment plant in Glenelg, to store energy by burning gases produced in the treatment process and generate heat and electricity for the plant.

    The company also reports being approached by energy management specialist Ampcontrol and renewables developer BE Power to assess TESS technology for a range of joint projects across Australia. (Source: 1414 Degrees, ReNew Economy, 1 Aug., 2019) Contact: 1414 Degrees, Dr Kevin Moriarty, Exec. Chairman, +61 8 8357 8273, www.1414degrees.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Thermal Energy Storage,  1414 Degree,  


    NYPA Announces Battery Energy Storage Demo (Ind. Report)
    NYPA
    Date: 2019-08-02
    The New York Power Authority (NYPA) reports approval and authorization of a $22.6 million, 20-MW, one-hour lithium-ion battery storage demonstration facility to be constructed next to an existing electricity transmission substation in Chateaugay, New York.

    According to a NYPA release, the facility will be NYPA's first large-scale energy storage project and part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's renewable energy and energy storage mandates targeting 3000 MW of Energy Storage in NYS by 2030.

    NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the U.S., operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. (Source: NYPA, NNY 360, 1 Aug., 2019) Contact: NYPA, Gil C. Quiniones, CEO , Pres., www.nypa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYPA,  Energy Storage,  Battery Energy Storage,  Lithium-Ion,  


    Tesla Powerwall, Powerpack Q2 Installations Up 81 pct (Ind. Report)
    Tesla
    Date: 2019-07-31
    Tesla is reporting the deployment of its Powerwall and Powerpack energy storage systems grew by 81 pct to 415 MWh during Q2 compared to Q1 this year. Powerwalls are now installed in over 50,000 sites, Tesla said.

    The company generated $368.2 million in revenues from its energy generation, i.e. solar and storage, business during the most recent quarter, up from $324.6 million during Q1, according to a release. (Source: Tesla, 30 July, 2019) Contact: Tesla Powerwall, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerwall

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Energy Storage,  Tesla Powerwall,  


    ENGIE Touts Mass. Community Solar, Storage Project (Ind Report)
    ENGIE
    Date: 2019-07-31
    ENGIE Storage reports it will supply and operate a "turnkey" 19 MW/38 MWh portfolio of six energy storage sites that will contribute to the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target Program and participate in ISO-New England wholesale markets.

    The combined solar and storage portfolio, developed and operated by NYC-based private equity firm Syncarpha Capital, LLC, is the first utility-scale solar plus storage offering to benefit from ENGIE's new integrated development, supply and services offering for wholesale market participation.

    ENGIE Storage will provide a turn-key GridSynergy® hardware and software solution and operate the storage system for 20 years and will pay fees in exchange for the rights to operate the solar and energy storage system in the ISO-NE wholesale capacity, reserves, and frequency regulation markets.

    ENGIE Storage's GridSynergy software platform will seamlessly ensure Investment Tax Credit and SMART program compliance while bidding and operating the energy storage systems in ISO-NE wholesale markets. Under its long-term service and operation contracts for the sites, ENGIE Storage is, in essence, guaranteeing SMART program revenues. The arrangement virtually eliminates storage project operational risk at the six battery storage sites.

    Syncarpha designs and builds on-site solar systems for municipalities, utilities, and businesses -- as well as developing community shared solar solutions for consumers and commercial customers. The company currently owns and/or operates solar assets in nine different states. (Source: ENGIE, 26 July, 2019) Contact: Syncarpha Capital, LLC, Cliff Chapman, CEO, www.syncarpha.com, www.syncarpha.solar: Engie Storage, Christopher Tilley, CEO, www.engie.com, www.engie-na.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE,  Engie,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  


    Stora Enso Investing in Hard Carbon Lignin Pilot (Int'l.)
    Stora Enso
    Date: 2019-07-29
    Helsinki-headquartered Finnish pulp and paper manufacturer Stora Enso reports it is investing €10 million to build a pilot facility to produce bio-based carbon materials based on lignin at its Sunila Mill in Finland.

    The investment in making carbon materials for energy storage further strengthens Stora Enso's opportunities to replace fossil-based and mined raw materials as well as to connect sustainable materials to ongoing technology innovations, according to Stora Enso.

    With the new investment, Stora Enso will pilot the processing of lignin -- the main building block of trees -- into a hard carbon intermediate for electrode materials. This lignin will be converted into hard carbon anode materials for lithium-ion batteries with properties similar to graphite. Construction of the pilot facility is slated to get underway before the year end for completion by early 2021.

    Stora Enso has been producing lignin industrially at its 50,000 tpy Sunila Mill in Finland since 2015.(Source: Stora Enso, Green Car Congress, 28 July, 2019)Contact: Stora Enso, Patricia Oddshammar, Head of bio-composites, Juan Carlos Bueno, EVP, +55 11 3065 5223, www.storaenso.com

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    S. Power, esVolta Partner on Solar Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Southern Power, esVolta
    Date: 2019-07-29
    Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, is reporting a partnership with Aliso Viejo, California-headquartered utility-scale energy storage project specialist esVolta LP to develop four energy storage facilities totaling over 86 MW / 345 MWh in Southern California Edison (SoCal) service territory. Southern Power has closed on the investment in one of the four projects, with the other three subject to completion.

    esVolta LP is a leading developer, owner and manager of utility-scale energy storage projects across North America. The company's portfolio of operational plus contracted projects totals over 400 MWhs of capacity. The company is supported by a long-term capital commitment from Blue Sky Alternative Investments LLC, and a strategic procurement arrangement with Powin Energy Corporation, according to the company. (Source: esVolta LP, Southern Company, PV Mag, Contact: esVolta, Randolph Mann, President, www.linkedin.com/in/randolph-mann-570b562b, (949) 330 6300, info@esvolta.com, www.esvolta.com; Southern Power, Buzz Miller, Pres., CEO, (404) 506-5000, www.southerncompany.com

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    Stora Enso Investing in Lignin for Energy Storage Pilot (Int'l.)
    Stora Enso
    Date: 2019-07-29
    Helsinki-headquartered Finnish pulp and paper manufacturer Stora Enso reports it is investing €10 million to build a pilot facility to produce bio-based carbon materials based on lignin for energy storage applications

    With the new investment, Stora Enso will pilot the processing of lignin -- the main building block of trees -- into a hard carbon intermediate for electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries with properties similar to graphite. Construction of the pilot facility is slated to get underway before the year end for completion by early 2021. Stora Enso has been producing lignin industrially at its 50,000 tpy Sunila Mill in Finland since 2015.(Source: Stora Enso, Green Car Congress, 28 July, 2019)Contact: Stora Enso, Patricia Oddshammar, Head of bio-composites, Juan Carlos Bueno, EVP, +55 11 3065 5223, www.storaenso.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stora Enso news,  Lignin news,  Energy Storage news,  


    RedT, Avalon Battery Corp. Planning Merger (Ind. Report)
    Avalon Battery, RedT
    Date: 2019-07-26
    London, UK-based energy storage specialist RedT Energy is reporting its proposed merger with Fremont, California-based Avalon Battery Corp will create the world's largest flow storage company. The two firms, which specialize in vanadium redox flow storage, have signed a non-binding MoU, with any deal subject to shareholder approval.

    The plan is to raise £24 million in new funds for the merged larger firm from new and existing, as well as institutional investors. (Source: RedT, the energyst, 25 July, 2019) Contact: RedT Energy, Scott McGregor, CEO, +44 (0) 207 061 6233, www.redtenergy.com; Avalon Battery, Larry Zulch, CEO, connect@avalonbattery.com, www.avalonbattery.com

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    BioSolar Completes Li-ion Battery Prototype Tests (Ind Report)
    BioSolar
    Date: 2019-07-24
    In the Golden State, Santa Clarita-based energy storage technology and materials specialist BioSolar, Inc. is reporting the completion of testing and analysis of key performance metrics related to power and energy capabilities for the first production run of its commercial grade prototype lithium-ion batteries.

    The company tests aim to demonstrate that its technology can improve and exceed performance objectives for next generation power tools.

    BioSolar and its cell manufacturing partner are now working to identify the necessary cell design adjustments and plan to prepare and test additional commercial grade 21700 cells until all performance objectives have been met. (Source: Biocoler, PR, GlobeNewswire, 23 July, 2019) Contact: BioSolar, David Lee, CEO, (661) 251-0001, Fax : (661) 251-0003, ir@biosolar.com, www.biosolar.com

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    SUNY Poly Awarded $1.5Mn for AlGaN HEMTs R&D (Funding, R&D)
    State University of New York Polytechnic Institute
    Date: 2019-07-24
    State University of New York (SUNY) Polytechnic Institute reports its interim VP of research advancement & graduate studies Dr. Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik and associate professor of nanoengineering Dr. Woongje Sung have been selected to receive $1.5m in federal funding from the US DOE Vehicle Technology Office (VTO) for the development of 1200V silicon carbide (SiC) metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs) and for reliability studies on aluminium gallium nitride (AlGaN)-based high-electron-mobility transistors (HEMTs), which are superior switch components than their silicon-based counterparts in areas such as cost, performance and reliability.

    The SUNY Poly researchers aim to demonstrate a highly reliable wide-bandgap (WBG) aluminum gallium nitride/gallium nitride (AlGaN/GaN) HEMT-based power device with extremely high levels of performance.

    Shahedipour-Sandvik and Sung also received $255,000 for the Development of More Energy Efficient Semiconductor Materials and $250,000 for the Development of High Voltage Power Devices on Silicon Carbide in addition to a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. (Source: SUNY Poly, PR, JSemiconductor Today, uly, 2019) Contact: SUNY Poly, Dr. Grace Wang, Pres. (Interim), 315-792-7400, president@sunypoly.edu, www.sunypoly.edu/faculty-and-staff/grace-wang, www.sunypoly.edu

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    inteGRIDy Solutions for Energy Efficient Buildings (Ind Report)
    inteGRIDy
    Date: 2019-07-24
    Researchers from the EU-funded inteGRIDy -- Integrated Smart GRID Cross-Functional Solutions for Optimized Synergetic Energy Distribution, Utilization Storage Technologies -- project report they've developed a cloud-based platform to reduce energy use in buildings and battery energy storage systems.

    Launched in 2017, inteGRIDy is running 10 pilot schemes in 8 European countries focused on electricity demand response, enhancing the operation of the distribution grid and energy storage.

    Download one of the 10 projects -- A Demonstration of an Integrated Battery Energy Storage System in Residential and Commercial Buildings -- HERE. (Source: Cordis News, July, 2019) Contact: inteGRIDy, www.integridy.eu

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    Georgia Power IRP Includes Increased Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Georgia Power
    Date: 2019-07-22
    Georgia power is reporting its 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) has been approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission.

    The IRP includes 80 megawatts of energy storage and 72 percent more renewable generation by 2024, all supported by batteries. The plan also adds 2,260 MW of new solar, wind and biomass energy to the company's energy mix. The plan also includes energy efficiency targets 15 pct higher than previous IRPs while adding new energy-saving initiatives for residential and commercial customers. Further, through an income-qualified initiative, the program will provide greater financial assistance to households which are historically underrepresented in energy efficiency programs. (Source: Georgia Power, Com. Property Exec., July, 2019)Contact: Georgia Power, Wilson Mallard, Renewable Energy Development Dir., (404) 506-6526, www.georgiapower.com

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    HECO Announces Major Renewable Energy Push (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric Companies
    Date: 2019-07-19
    In the Aloha State, the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) is reporting that the acquisition of a variety of clean energy technologies over the next five years will enable the Companies to continue providing reliable service after the closure of the largest fossil fuel plant on Oahu and retirement of Mauis oldest oil-fired plant.

    Upon approval by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) anticipated this summer, this second phase of renewable energy procurement will be open to bids and the first projects would come online in 2022.

    Estimated targets of new renewable generation of various technologies are the equivalent of 594 MW of solar for Oahu; 135 MW for Maui and 32 to 203 MW for Hawaii Island, depending on whether other renewable energy projects become available. Proposals for Molokai and Lanai will be sought later this summer. The approximately 900 MW of new renewables to be sought -- generating about 2 million mWh annually -- would be among the largest single procurement effort ever undertaken by a U.S. utility.

    In addition to variable renewable generation, with or without energy storage, this second phase will be open to standalone storage and grid services that help system operators manage reliability of modern electric grids with diverse, dynamic inputs and outputs. These draft proposals are the result of extensive consultation led by the PUC with participation of the Hawaiian Electric Companies, the Consumer Advocate, and other stakeholders.

    For Oahu, new projects are needed to replace the 180-MW coal-fired AES Hawaii plant in Campbell Industrial Park due to close by September 2022. For Maui, the generation and storage is needed for the planned retirement of the 38-MW Kahului Power Plant by the end of 2024. For Hawaii Island, additional renewable generation is sought even assuming the Puna Geothermal Venture plant returns to service and the Hu Honua biomass plant comes online as planned.

    View HECO's largest-ever renewable energy plan HERE. (Source: Hawaiian Electric Companies, PR , 17 July, 2019) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, Jim Alberts, VP Business Dev. and Strategic Planning, (808) 543-7780, Peter Rosegg, (808) 543.7780, Peter.Rosegg@HawaiianElectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

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    Georgia Power Plan Boosts Renewables, Energy Storage (Ind Report)
    Georgia Power
    Date: 2019-07-19
    Kallanish Energy reports Georgia state regulators have approved Georgia Power's plan to expand renewable energy generation and develop up to 80 MW of energy storage, while closing 5 coal-fired units at 2 power plants. Georgia Power will also invest in five hydropower projects and retire three other hydro dams under the 20-year plan. The plan calls for 2,260 MW of new capacity from wind, solar and biomass, increasing those resources to 22 pct of its overall generation capacity, increasing to 5,380 MW -- 72 pct -- by 2024.

    Southern Company-owned Georgia Power notes that 25 pct of its power production is presently coal fired down from 52 pct in 2005. Natural gas produces 45 pct of power, up from 27 pct in 2005. (Source: Georgia Power, Kallanish, 18 July, 2019) Contact: Georgia Power, Allen Reaves, VP, Senior Production Officer, Wilson Mallard, Renewable Energy Development Dir., (404) 506-6526, www.georgiapower.com

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    Sunrun Scores Aggregated Home Solar, Storage Contract (Ind. Report)
    Sunrun,East Bay Community Energy
    Date: 2019-07-19
    In Alameda County, Oakland, California-based energy aggregator East Bay Community Energy (BCB) reports it has approved a 10-year contract under which it will pay San Francisco-based solar installer Sunrun for 500 KW of solar capacity from residential solar-plus-storage, starting in 2022.

    The contract marks a second win for Sunrun's theory of using aggregated residential energy assets for grid services. The company won its first virtual power plant contract in February to supply ISO New England with 20 MW by 2022.

    Whereas the 20-MW battery will literally replace the peaker turbines, the Sunrun deal will provide 2 MWh of energy storage -- 500 KW with 4-hour duration -- throughout the service territory, primarily in West Oakland where the company will install the equipment on low-income single-family and multifamily homes.

    Sunrun draws on funds from California's Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing program and works with building owners to deliver solar at no cost to tenants. (Source: Sunrun, gtm, 18 July, 2019) Contact: EBCE, Nick Chaset, CEO, www.ebce.org; SunRun, Lynn Jurich, CEO, Patrick Jobin, VP, Finance & Investor Relations, (415) 510-4986, investors@sunrun.com, www.sunrun.com

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    KeyBank, Dividend Finance Partner on Residential Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Key Bank,Dividend Finance
    Date: 2019-07-19
    Cleveland-headquartered regional banker KeyBank and Dividend Finance, a San Francisco-based national provider of solar and home improvement financing solutions, are reporting a new partnership to finance residential solar and energy storage systems.

    Although previously limited to commercial projects, KeyBank's partnership with Dividend will now allow homeowners to invest in solar energy and create potential long-term savings by cutting energy costs. The KeyBank-Dividend Finace partners services will be offered in 35 states. (Source: KeyCorp-KeyBank PR, July, 2019) Contact: KeyCorp-KeyBank,, Chris Manderfield, Head of Product Management, www.key.com; Dividend Finance LLC, (415) 805.7000, www.dividendfinance.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy,  Dividend Finance Storage,  Solar,  KeyBank,  


    Highview Power Contracts with Tenaska Power Services for US Cryogenic Energy
    Highview Power
    Date: 2019-07-17
    In the U.K., London-headquartered cryogenic energy storage system specialist Highview Power reports it has contracted with Texas-based energy management firm Tenaska Power Services Co. to identify, model, optimize and provide energy management services for up to four giga-scale cryogenic energy storage plants in the U.S. over two years. The initial project is expected to be developed in the ERCOT market.

    At giga-scale, Highview Power's long-duration energy storage systems paired with renewables are equivalent in performance to thermal and nuclear baseload power. Highview Power's CRYOBattery™ is currently the only long-duration energy storage solution that is locatable and offers multiple gigawatt-hours of storage, representing weeks' worth of storage, rather than hours or days. (Source: Highview Power, PR, 16 July, 2019) Contact: Highview Power, Javier Cavada, Pres., CEO, +44 (0) 203 350 1000, info@highviewpower.com, www.highviewpower.com; Tenaska Power Services, www.tenaska.com

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    Ceres Power, Doosan Partnering on Fuel Cell Systems (Ind. Report)
    Ceres Power,Doosan
    Date: 2019-07-17
    UK-headquartered Ceres Power, a developer of low-cost, next-generation fuel cell technology, and Seoul-headquartered Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Corporation are reporting they will jointly develop solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) distributed power systems initially targeted at the Korean commercial building market. To that end, Doosan will license Ceres' proprietary SteelCell SOFC technology to develop a low carbon 5-20kW power system.

    The South Korean government recently announced initiatives to promote increased use of renewable generation and hydrogen technology and is targeting fuel cell manufacture for power generation to reach an output of 15 GW by 2040, up from 300 MW today, according to a release.

    Doosan is adding Solid Oxide technology to its existing portfolio of fuel cell technologies. In 2018 the company's existing stationary fuel cell business exceeded $850 million , including licensing, technology transfer and engineering services. (Source: Ceres Power, Green Car Congress, 16 July, 2019) Contact: Ceres Power, +44 (0)1403273463, www.cerespower.com; Doosan, www.doosanheavy.com/en

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    Absaroka Montana Pumped Hydro Project Secures Funding (Funding)
    Absaroka Energy
    Date: 2019-07-17
    Bozeman, Montana-based Absaroka Energy reports it has secured financing for a planned 400 MW pumped hydro project near Martinsdale, Montana, through an equity investment from Denmark's Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).

    The $1 billion closed loop Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Hydro project, which previously secured construction and operation permits from FERC, is designed to help integrate more renewable energy onto the Pacific Northwest electrical grid and could start work in 2020. GE Renewable Energy will supply the pump and turbine equipment for the project. (Source: Absaroka Energy, AP, Utility Dive, 15 July, 2019) Contact: Absaroka Energy, Carl Borgquist President and CEO, Eli Bailey, VP Bus. Dev., 406-585-3006, www.absarokaenergy.com

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    ECP Snares Energy Storage Specialist Convergent (M&A)
    Energy Capital Partners,Convergent
    Date: 2019-07-12
    Private equity firm Energy Capital Partners (ECP) and energy storage development business Convergent Energy + Power are reporting ECP's acquisition of New York-based Convergent.

    Convergent develops, owns and operates large-scale energy storage for industrial customers and utilities. The company self-fund its projects, raising $70 million to do so. Convergent also took the title for largest commercial and industrial storage project, with a 10-megawatt/20-megawatt-hour system in Ontario, Canada.

    ECP acquired Convergent as part of its Fund IV. The company has been investing in a range of energy companies, including gas generator Calpine and residential solar company Sunnova. Financial details of the acquisition have not been revealed. (Source: Energy Capital Partners , Website, 10 July, 2019) (Contact: Energy Capital Partners, Andrew Gilbert, info@ecpartners.com, www.ecpartners.com; Convergent, Johannes Rittershausen, (917) 508-0190, jrittershausen@convergentep.com, www.convergentep.com

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    Albany Adds $55Mn to Long Island Energy Storage Push (Funding)
    NYSERDA,PSEG-LI
    Date: 2019-07-08
    In the Empire State, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo having previously committing $400 million for energy-storage technologies, the Governor has added $55 million over the next five years in support of cutting-edge energy-storage efforts specifically on Long Island.

    The funding -- essentially, a collaboration between the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and PSEG-LI -- is intended to promote the deployment of "solar-plus-storage" technologies while also supporting the governor's comprehensive energy plan which includes statewide storage of 3,000 MW -- enough to power 40 pct of statewide residences -- by 2030.

    The first $15 million tranche is now available to residential and commercial customers who install standalone energy-storage systems or systems paired with solar power technologies.

    For commercial customers, the funds will support new grid-connected energy-storage systems holding up to 5 MW. Eligible energy-storage systems include chemical, thermal or mechanical systems, to be compensated under a PSEG-LI tariff or load-relief program, according to the release. (Source: NYSERDA, 8 July, 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov, https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo; PSEG-LI, www.psegliny.com

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    Wind, Solar Expected to Generate Half of World's Electricity by 2050, says BloombergNEF Report (Ind. Report)
    BloombergNEF
    Date: 2019-07-03
    According to a new report from BloombergNEF, solar, wind, and battery energy storage will enable the power sector to "meet its share of emission cuts required under the Paris climate agreement, at least until 2030" by which time the demand for electric power will increase 62 pct. The world will get about half of its electricity from solar, wind, and battery storage by 2050, the report notes. By 2050, solar and wind will supply almost one half of the world's electricity, with hydro, nuclear and other renewable energy resources providing another 21 pct with geothermal, tidal, hydrogen and others filling the balance, according to BNEF. (Source: BloombergNEF, Utilities, 23 June, 2019)

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    California Community Wind, Solar Projects Approved (Ind Report)
    East Bay Community Energy
    Date: 2019-07-03
    In the Golden State, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), a community choice energy provider, reports approval of two power purchase agreements (PPAs) totaling 157.5 MW from new wind and solar facilities, along with 30 MW of battery energy storage, to be built in Alameda and Fresno counties in California. The approved contracts include:
  • the Summit Wind Project -- a 20-year agreement to purchase 57.5 MW of wind from the Altamont Winds LLC project, near Livermore in Alameda County, from San Diego-based Salka LLC in partnership with a global private equity firm. The project will see the repowering a 569, 100 kW turbines with 23 modern turbines at a former Altamont Pass wind farm and is expected to be completed in late 2020.

  • Sonrisa Solar Park -- a 20-year agreement to purchase 100 MW of solar and 30 MW of energy storage from the Sonrisa Solar Park, located in Fresno County and owned/operated by EDP Renewables North America. Construction on the Sonrisa solar project will begin as early as December 2021. It is expected to be operational in 2022.

    As one of 19 community choice aggregation programs operating in California, EBCE will provide clean energy at competitive rates and will reinvest earnings back into the community. (Source: East Bay Community Energy, NA Windpower, 24 June, 2019) Contact: East Bay Community Energy, 833-699-3223, www.ebce.org

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  • Global Solar Energy Storage Market Surging (Ind. Report)
    Solar Energy STorage
    Date: 2019-07-01
    Energy market research firm Technavio is projecting the global solar energy storage market is expected grow by 24.32GW -- 63 pct -- between 2019 and 2023. The year-over year- growth for 2019 is estimated at 48.92 pct with the Asia Pacific region accounting for 44 pct of the growth. The APAC region led the market in 2018, followed by the Americas and EMEA, respectively (Source: Tachnavio, Smart Energy, 27 June, 2019)

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    SaltX, Steinmuller Ink Energy Storage Agreement (Int'l Report)
    SaltX
    Date: 2019-07-01
    Hagersten, Sweden-headquartered energy storage specialist SaltX Technology reports it is partnering with the German engineering firm Steinmuller Engineering GmbH to construct a pre-commercial pilot Thermal Energy Storage facility based on SalX's nanocoated salt.

    The partners are planning their first step during 2020, preferably on the German market. (Source: SaltX, 28 June, 2019)Contact: SaltX Technology Harald Bauer, CEO, +46 (0)708 108 034, harald.bauer@saltxtechnology.com, www.saltxtechnology.com; Steinmuller Engineering, +49 2261 789500, www.steinmueller.com/en/home.html

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    Iron Edison Picks Nuvation for Solar Energy Storage (Ind Report)
    Iron Edison
    Date: 2019-06-28
    Denver-based Lithium Iron and Nickel Iron battery specialist Iron Edison reports its selection of Sunnyvale California's Nuvation Energy's Low-Voltage Battery Management Systems for use in their lithium iron phosphate battery system for residential solar energy storage applications.

    Iron Edison lithium iron phosphate batteries can be used as drop-in replacements to lead-acid batteries in in existing systems or can be purchased as part of a turnkey energy storage solution. (Source: Nuvation Energy, PR, 26 June, 2019) Contact: Nuvation Energy , Micheal Worry, CEO, Joseph Xavier, Director of Marketing, (408) 228-5580, (519) 594-0072 - Ontario Canada Office, joseph.xavier@nuvation.com, www.nuvationenergy.com; Iron Edison, Brandon Williams, CEO, (720) 432-6433, info@ironedison.com, www.ironedison.com

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