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Duke's Mesteno Windpower Project in Texas Now On Line (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy Renewables
Date: 2020-01-08
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, reports its 200-MW) Mesteno Windpower project in Starr County, Texas began commercial operation on Dec. 31, 2019. It is Duke Energy's fourth wind generation facility in Starr County and its eleventh in Texas.

The project's output will be sold into the ERCOT market and Duke Energy Renewables has entered into a long-term hedge agreement covering the majority of the expected wind energy production. The 200-MW Mesteño wind facility will generate sufficient power for about 60,000 average homes.

Duke Energy Renewables, a non-regulated unit of Duke Energy, operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., with a total electric capacity of 3,000 MW. Duke Renewables also operates energy storage and microgrid projects. (Source: Duke Energy News Center, 6 Jan., 2020) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres., www.duke-energy.com/renewable

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy Renewables,  Wind,  


Noresco Inks Navy Infrastructure, Efficiency Contract (Ind Report)
Noresco
Date: 2019-12-16
Westborough, Mass.-based energy services firm Noresco is reporting receipt of a 21-year, $169.3 million task order to update and maintain infrastructure at the U.S. Navy's submarine base in Groton, Conn. to help the service branch achieve its energy efficiency goals.

The firm-fixed-price task order covers construction, refurbishment, maintenance and operation of infrastructure such as energy control systems, microgrids, heat and steam distribution systems and light fixtures and energy efficiency at Naval Submarine Base New London.

Noresco offers a range of services encompassing energy infrastructure modernization, sustainability consulting and program development to support customers in the public and private sectors. (Source: US DOD, GovConWire, 16 Dec., 2019) Contact: Noresco, (508) 614 1000, (508) 836 9988 [ fax, www.noresco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Noresco,  Energy Efficiency,  


WA State Woody Biomass Power Projects Funded (Funding Report)
San Juan Islands Conservation District
Date: 2019-11-13
San Juan Islands Conservation District in Washington State is reporting receipt of $181,882 in grant matching funding from the Washington Department of Commerce Forest Products Financial Assistance Program for wood energy projects. On Nov. 5, the agency funded four proposed projects that provide heat, power, engineered fuel products and/or significant energy efficiency improvements.

This proposal includes a technology assessment, site analysis and conceptual design of an advanced wood energy microgrid gasifier system to generate heat and power for community facilities on Orcas.

The Forest Products Financial Assistance Program emphasizes projects that use woody biomass from forestry management activities and wood products manufacturing. to develop appropriate energy and biochar technologies to process woody biomass. Under the program, energy produced by a funded biomass plant would be around 2.6 million kilowatt-hours per year. . (Source: San Juan Islands Conservation District, Islands Weekly, 12 Nov., 2019) Contact: San Juan Islands Conservation District, www.sanjuanislandscd.org; Washington Department of Commerce Forest Products Financial Assistance Program, www.commerce.wa.gov/growing-the-economy/energy/forest-products-financial-assistance

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  


CleanSpark Wins Costa Rican Energy Software Contract (Ind. Report)
CleanSpark
Date: 2019-10-30
Salt Lake City-based CleanSpark, Inc., a microgrid company with advanced engineering, software and controls for innovative distributed energy resource management systems, is reporting receipt of a $627,000 contract to provide software controls and energy storage to Energias Limpias De CentroAmerica (ELCA) as part of their Energy as a Service (EaaS) project to support an industrial manufacturing facility in San Jose, Costa Rica.

CleanSpark will integrate a scalable 1110-kWh of battery storage paired with a 480-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system, all driven by CleanSpark's mPulse controls software platform. The mPulse software will provide economic dispatch controls to maximize performance, as well as resiliency operations to back-up critical energy loads in the event of a utility disruption. The project is expected to be integrated and commissioned in the first quarter of 2020. In addition to the base contract, ELCA is entering into a Software as a Service (SaaS) agreement with CleanSpark for continued support of the system.

CleanSpark provides advanced energy software and control technology that enables a plug-and-play enterprise solution to modern energy challenges. Services consist of intelligent energy monitoring and controls, microgrid design and engineering, microgrid consulting services and turn-key microgrid implementation services. CleanSpark's software allows energy users to obtain resiliency and economic optimization. Our software can be widely implemented across commercial, industrial, military, agricultural and municipal deployment. (Source: CleanSpark Inc., PR, 30 Oct., 2019) Contact: CleanSpark, (801) 224-4405, info@cleanspark.com, www.cleanspark.com

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


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,  


Mass. House OKs Community Climate Resiliency Funding (Funding)
Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Date: 2019-07-31
In Boston, the Massachusetts House of Representatives reports the unanimous passage of legislation investing $1.3 billion to help Bay State communities fund infrastructure projects aimed at fighting climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The legislation establishes a $1 billion, 10-year grant "GreenWorks" program to fund clean energy, energy efficiency, and climate change resiliency measures that cut greenhouse gas emissions, fortify infrastructure and reduce municipal costs. The legislation also invests $325 million in other municipal green projects including:

  • $100 million for investments in municipal microgrid energy systems;
  • $125 million for electric vehicles in municipal or regional transit authority fleets;
  • $20 million for the hiring of sustainability coordinators to develop and manage municipal projects resulting for the GreenWorks program;
  • $50 million to establish the Green Resiliency Fund to offer low-interest loans for municipalities when pursuing GreenWorks projects; and
  • $30 million for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources' MOR-EV electric vehicle rebate program.

    The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs will administer the program, which is funded through the issuance of bonds. The bill was forwarded to the Senate for approval. (Source: Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Wicked Local Beverly, 29 July, 2019) Contact: Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, www.mass.gov/orgs/executive-office-of-energy-and-environmental-affairs

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Mass GreenWorks,  


  • DOE SBIR Touts Sm. Business Innovation Research Funding (Funding)
    DOE SBIR
    Date: 2019-07-31
    American small businesses received a near-$44 million boost from the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, according to an SBIR release. Five buildings-focused, Phase II Release 2 grants awarded approximately $5 million to five small businesses. The projects, which are making advancements in building envelopes, building energy efficiency and modeling, and lighting, have already demonstrated a level of commercial feasibility for further innovations in the second phase of research. The five projects:
  • Innovations in Opaque Building Envelope Performance -- Lightweight and Thermally Insulating Nanowood -- (Inventwood LLC., College Park, Maryland) Inventwood LLC is using delignified wood to create a new, bio-derived cellulose thermal insulation material that could be used in window frames, exterior insulating cladding, or prefabricated panels for new building construction or retrofit applications.

  • Transparent Conductive Anodes for Solid-State Lighting -- Printed Anodes and Internal Light Extraction Layers on Flexible Glass to Create Cost-Effective High-Efficacy Bendable OLED Lighting Panels -- (OLEDWorks LLC, Rochester, New York) OLEDWorks LLC will further develop and commercialize a highly energy-efficient lighting product in the form of uniquely thin and beautiful curved sheets of light to accelerate organic light-emitting diode (OLED) market growth.

  • High Performance Substrate Embedded Microgrids for High-Efficiency, Flexible Organic Light-Emitting Diodes -- (Electroninks Inc, Austin, Texas) -- Electroninks Inc. is developing an alternative, transparent conductor for optical-electronic applications like touch sensors, displays, and OLEDs that significantly outperforms today's indium, tin, and oxygen (ITO) conductors.

  • Building Energy Modeling -- Portfolio-Level Energy-Efficiency Simulation (PLES) -- (Maalka, Brooklyn, New York) Maalka is extending its customizable framework for energy efficiency program development and management. The framework leverages the increasing availability of building energy data and DOE's open-source data standards and platforms and energy analysis tools (EnergyPlus, OpenStudio). The project targets the large and growing energy-efficiency program market of cities, utilities, larger owners, and energy service customers with a focus on supporting a move from individual energy conservation measures to packages and deep retrofits.

  • CAD-Integrated Web-Based Performance Simulation -- (Ladybug Tools LLC, Fairfax, Virginia) -- Ladybug Tools will use DOE's open-source EnergyPlus and Radiance tools, as well as OpenStudio's new elastic cloud capabilities, to deliver a greater range of analysis services (and subsequent revenue streams) for architects. Phase I of this project involved creating a working radiance-based daylighting simulation service; Phase II work will focus on energy simulation. (Source: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Small Business Innovation Research, PR, July, 2019) Contact: SBIR, EERE.SBIR@ee.doe.gov, www.energy.gov/science/sbir/small-business-innovation-research-and-small-business-technology-transfer

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE SBIR,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


  • MP Power Seeks Indian Grid-Scale Energy Storage Bids (Int'l Report)
    MP Power Management
    Date: 2019-06-12
    Reporting from Mumbai, MP Power Management Company, the Madhya Pradesh state government's holding firm for three power distribution companies , is calling for expressions of interest from domestic and global players for the establishment of 500 MW with 8 hours of continuous discharge of grid-scale energy storage service, microgrid and a storage manufacturing facility in the state. The tender call notes the energy storage options could be in the form of chemical batteries (lithium ion, advanced lead acid, sodium sulphur, flow batteries), pumped storage hydro, compressed air energy storage, flywheels or other forms of storage.

    Out of Madhya Pradesh's total installed power capacity of 19,796 MW as of January 2019, 3,827 MW are from renewable energy sources. (Source: MP Power Management Co. Ltd., livemint, 11 June, 2019)Contact: MP Power Management Co. Ltd., +91-761-2661111, 2661106, 2661107, www.mppmcl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MP Power Management,  Energy Storage,  


    AMS, 38 Degrees North Report Solar, Storage Partnership (Ind. Report)
    AMS
    Date: 2019-05-15
    San Francisco-based energy management services provider AMS reports it is establishing a solar and storage energy partnership with 38 Degrees North and the $2 billion John Hancock Infrastructure Fund. The partnership acquired an initial set of four battery and solar facilities in California with rights to additional projects in 2019 and 2020.

    AMS's financial performance contract addresses customer concerns with traditional solar PPAs by providing a higher degree of certainty that savings will be delivered for the customer. AMS's AI software platform continuously optimizes solar systems, batteries, and retail energy rates to actively respond to evolving energy market conditions and achieve the lowest energy costs over the life of the system. (Source: AMS, PR, 13 May, 2019) Contact: AMS, Susan Kennedy, CEO , www.advmicrogrid.com; 38 Degrees, www.38degreesn.com

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


    Eaton Scores Int'l. Industrial Energy Efficiency Award (Int'l)
    Eaton
    Date: 2019-04-15
    UK-headquartered power management specialist Eaton reports it has won the Hannover Messe Industrial Energy Efficiency Award for its microgrid system installed at its Wadeville headquarters and manufacturing facility in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    The Wadeville microgrid installation includes the first-ever deployment of Eaton's xStorage energy storage system in Africa. This innovative solution strengthens the energy supply for Eaton's Wadeville site, thereby reducing demand on the national grid and on regional infrastructure.

    The newly-created Industrial Energy Efficiency Award is dedicated to identifying and awarding prizes to outstanding industrial processes and applications based on their energy efficiency, targeting providers as well as users of energy-efficient solutions for production processes. (Source: Eaton, Creamer Media, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Eaton, +44 (0) 1206 593 12, 8Eaton's xStorage, www.eaton.com/gb/en-gb/products/energy-storage.html?wtredirect=www.eaton.com/xstorage

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eaton,  Microgrid,  Energy Effic iency,  


    Four States Top Energy Democracy Ratings (Ind. Report)
    Institute for Local Self-Reliance
    Date: 2019-03-22
    The Minnesota-headquartered not-for-profit Institute for Local Self-Reliance's second annual Community Power Scorecard reports it has ranked Massachusetts, California, New York and Illinois as the top states for energy democracy. The ranking is based on the states' commitment to boosting community-level renewable energy.

    The rankings are based on the organization's analysis of nine policies that promote citizen's use of renewable energy and other distributed resources. Policies recommended in the report card are customer-friendly net metering policies and simplified utility interconnection rules for distributed energy producers. The report authors also want to see an emphasis on energy efficiency, more community renewable energy, feed-in tariffs, energy supply diversity and financing programs, such on-bill financing and property assessed clean energy (PACE).

    The report card didn't consider cap-and-trade programs or renewable portfolio standards but focused on how state policies encourage consumers and businesses to generate their own power or participate in community solar programs. (Source: Institute for Local Self-Reliance, MicroGrid Knowledge, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Institute for Local Self-Reliance, 612-276-3456, info@ilsr.org, www.ilsr.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  Community Energy,  Institute for Local Self-Reliance,  


    NY Offers $15.5Mn for Value Stack Energy Storage Projects (Funding)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In the Empire State, the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) is reporting the availability of as much as $15.5 million in funding for commercial projects that show the benefits of value stacking -- capturing several different revenue streams from one project -- distributed energy storage for retail electric customers and the grid.

    The solicitation seeks real-world commercial projects that offer approaches to value stacking that are scalable and are replicable. The projects may provide value to retail electric customers, distributed generation, utilities, and the New York State Independent System Operator. Funding will be available for feasibility studies and proposals.

    The projects must support New York State's goals for Reforming the Energy Vision policies, renewable generation and greenhouse gas reduction. More specifically, NYSERDA seeks proposals that: reduce the intermittency of solar and wind energy; avoid or delay the need for new electric system infrastructure; increase system efficiency and resiliency; reduce the requirement for fossil fuel plants to meet periods of peak electric demand; or compliment demand response and energy efficiency measures within buildings. The RFP is available on NYSERDA's website. (Source: NYSERDA, Microgrid Knowledge, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Storage,  


    Providence Promoting Climate Justice, Carbon Neutrality (Ind. Report)
    Providence Office of Sustainability
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In Rhode Island, the City of Providence Office of Sustainability is projecting that the city of 180,000 residents will see 9 feet of sea-level rise by 2100 and the city's climate will equal south Florida's average temperature of 80.3 degrees F.

    To deal with that eventuality, the city has developed a Climate Justice Plan that pledges to make the city carbon neutral by 2050. To meet that goalthe city plans to slash building emissions which alone account for 71 pct of emissions in Providence. To reduce electricity use, the plan proposes a wholesale switch to renewable energy by 2050. This includes expanding rooftop solar installations, local microgrids, battery backup, and regional renewable energy power-purchase agreements. Emissions from heating will be reduced with enhanced energy-efficiency standards, green building codes, and the phasing out natural-gas use, according to the plan.

    The Climate Justice Plan guarantees "social equity" to ensure that all of the city's business and residential regions benefit equally from climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts and programs. .The plan was developed with input from the city's Racial and Environmental Justice Committee, a collaboration between the city, the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, and Groundwork Rhode Island.

    The Climate Justice Plan proposes cleaning up the port by reducing emissions from vessels and eliminating the import and storage of hazardous and polluting material by 2040. A fee on fossil fuels shipped to the port and emissions produced there would be spent on environmental justice needs and climate-change adaptation along the waterfront.

    Download Climate Justice Plan details HERE. (Source: Providence Office of Sustainability, ecoRI, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: Providence Office of Sustainability, 401-680-5000, www.providenceri.gov/sustainability

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Tesla Touts Microgrids, Solar Energy Storage for Greek islands (Int'l)
    Tesla
    Date: 2019-01-18
    Tesla reports it has made a proposal to the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy to modernize the electric grid of several remote Greek islands in the Mediterranean sea with microgrids, renewable energy and powerpack energy storage systems to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels.

    In its proposal, Tesla cited the completion of a similar project on the island of Ta'u in American Samoa. In 2016, Tesla deployed a 1.4 MW solar array and a 6 MWh energy storage system with 60 Tesla Powerpacks. The company has also deployed similar systems in Samoa, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and others. See our July 27, 2018 edition for details of the Samoan project.

    Tesla reportedly suggested a pilot project to demonstrate their microgrid system on the island of Limnos. (Source: Tesla, Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy, elektrec, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy, www.gtp.gr/MinistryfortheEnvironmentEnergyClimatechange; Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Microgrid,  Tesla Powerpack,  Energy Storage,  


    WBCSD Launches New Energy Solutions Project (Int'l Report)
    World Business Council for Sustainable Development
    Date: 2018-12-17
    The Swiss-headquartered World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is reporting the December 10th launch of its newest project, New Energy Solutions.

    By facilitating cross-sectoral collaboration, the project aims to scale up pre-commercial and/or proven low-carbon technologies that are being deployed too slowly across the transportation and other energy sectors.

    The New Energy Solutions project aims to help commercial and industrial companies from all sectors make headway with proven technologies and low-carbon fuels, the uptake of green bonds for renewable fuels and projects, corporate renewable power purchase agreements, and low-carbon microgrids for commercial and industrial customers.

    Together, project members are identifying and implementing technologies, fuels and solutions that help companies transition to low-carbon energy sources in line with the Paris Agreement. (Source: World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Climate Home, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: WBCSD, Maria Mendiluce, Managing Director, www.wbcsd.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Business Council for Sustainable Development,  


    US-Israel Clean Energy Projects to Receive BIRD Funding (Int'l)
    BIRD
    Date: 2018-12-05
    The U.S. DOE, the Israel Energy Ministry and the Innovation Authority are reporting the selection of seven American-Israeli clean energy projects to receive $6 million in funding under the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy program. Founded in 2009, BIRD Energy is part of the BIRD Foundation, formed by US and Israeli governments in 1977 to generate mutually beneficial cooperation between companies in both countries. Since its establishment, BIRD Energy has granted $34 million in funding to 43 joint projects. Projects currently valued at $12.4 million and set to benefit from BIRD Energy's latest investment include solar, microgrid, energy storage and energy efficiency.

    Projects qualifying for funding must include one American and one Israeli company, or a company from one of the countries paired with a university or research institution from the other. Projects must involve energy innovation and be of mutual interest to both countries. Under the program, selected partnerships must contribute at least 50 pct to project costs. BIRD funding is repaid as royalties should the project enjoy commercial success. (Source: BIRD, JPost, 2 Dec., 2018) Contact: BIRD Foundation, Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, Executive Director, +972 3 698 8300, (650) 752-6485, www.birdf.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BIRD,  Renewable Energy,  Clean Energy,  


    Ameresco Inks San Antonio AFB Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco,Mission Solar Energy
    Date: 2018-10-24
    Framingham, Mass.-headquartered renewables and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco is reporting receipt of a self-funding Energy Savings Performance Contract that includes ongoing operations and maintenance (O&M) services, from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Energy for the implementation of a $133.5 million energy resilient infrastructure project at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) in Texas.

    Under the terms of the contract, Ameresco will provide solar, energy efficiency and reliability upgrades to 900 buildings across five military installations. The company will build a microgrid integrating 20 MW of new onsite energy photovoltaic (PV) assets, 4 MW of gas fired backup generation and 4 MW/8 MWh of battery energy storage.

    Under the ESPC contract, more than 14.7 million square feet of buildings will receive; energy and water conservation upgrades designed to cut building energy consumption by 24 pct annually; HVAC management control systems; over 2 million gallons of thermal energy storage; more than 140,000 new LED lighting systems and building envelope improvements. To support energy assurance, Ameresco will install new onsite distributed energy assets capable of islanding from the electric utility, including a combined heat and power (CHP) system comprised of nine microturbines for a total capacity of 585 kW, 4-MW of natural gas-fired standby generation and an 11.7-MW groundmount solar PV array at the Security Hill Landfill at Lackland Air Force Base and over 5 MW of roof-mount PV at Fort Sam Houston.

    Ameresco selected San Antonio-based Mission Solar Energy to manufacture and provide over 54,200,370 W of "Buy-American" compliant solar modules to be used in the project. The ESPC is guaranteed to provide $8.7 million in annual energy savings to JBSA. (Source: Ameresco, Solar Power, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ameresco, Nicole A. Bulgarino, Exec. VP GM Federal Solutions, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com; U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Energy, www.dla.mil/Energy/Contact

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Amerseco,  Solar,  Mission Solar Energy,  


    Ameresco, USAF Ink $143Mn Energy Conserv. Contract (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2018-10-03
    Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has secured a 22-year, $143 million contract to support energy conservation efforts within Joint Base San Antonio in Texas.

    The U.S. Air Force (USAF) Civil Engineer Center said Friday the contract covers the installation of 20 MW of renewable energy systems within JBSA's fence line and modernization of energy security through microgrid control technologies. The company will also modernize heating, ventilation, air conditioning energy management control systems and additional HVAC thermal energy storage, among other things, at 900 buildings across the military installation.

    The work is expected to reduce energy consumption in JBSA facilities by 24 pct. (Source: Ameresco, GovCon Wire, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ameresco, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Consumption,  Energy Conservation,  Renewable Energy,  


    Aggreko Launches Wind Energy Services Offering (Ind. Report)
    Aggreko,Younicos
    Date: 2018-09-26
    Clasgow, Scotland-based Aggreko, a provider of modular, mobile power and heating and cooling, reports it has combined its mobile, modular power solutions into a one-stop option that includes energy storage for the wind industry. Wind farm developers and operators can choose from a complete suite of Aggreko temporary power solutions, including energy storage systems from its microgrid and battery energy storage division, Younicos.

    Aggreko helped commission the first offshore wind farm in the United States in 2016. Younicos holds the record for integrating the largest battery resource with a wind farm (Notrees in Texas), and has incorporated energy storage into high wind penetration grids from Alaska to Northern Europe. Aggreko provides temporary power, load banks and other necessary equipment to wind farms for commissioning, and now includes plug-and-play containerized batteries with intelligent Younicos Y.Q software. (Source: Rental Equipment Register, Aggreko, 24 Sept., 2018) Contact: Aggreko, www.plc.aggreko.com; Younicos, www.younicos.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Energy Storage,  Younicos,  


    Juwi to Install Australian Solar-plus-Storage System (Int'l)
    Juwi AG
    Date: 2018-09-19
    Worrstadt, Germany-based renewable energy developer Juwi AG reports it has inked an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Australia's University of Queensland for the execution of a hybrid solar-plus-storage project at a marine research station on Heron Island, the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.

    The high penetration solar, battery hybrid power solution consists of a 500-kW rooftop installation and a 0.6-MWh vanadium flow battery, integrated with diesel generators that use a microgrid control system. Operations are scheduled to start in mid-2019. (Source: Juwi AG, 18 Sept., 2018) Contact: Juwi AG, Dave Manning, Global Head of Hybrid Energy, Christian Hinsch, Communications, +49 (0) 6732. 96 57-1201, +49 (0) 172. 67 949 12, hinsch@juwi.de, www.juwi.de; Australia University of Queensland, //www.uq.edu.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Juwi AG,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    ARENA Funds Aussie Renewable Hydrogen Project (Int'l. Funding)
    Australian Renewable Energy Agency
    Date: 2018-08-01
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) reports it is adding $1.5 million (Aus.) ($1.1 million) to fund the country's first green hydrogen innovation hub to trial the production, storage and use of renewable hydrogen to energize a commercial-scale microgrid at Jandakot, Western Australia.

    The facility will produce Green hydrogen from on-site solar using electrolysis, fueling a range of gas appliances and blending hydrogen into the natural gas pipeline. The $3.3 million ($2.5 million) development project will also evaluate the potential for renewable hydrogen to be exported at a larger scale.

    Japan is seen as a potential market for Australian renewable hydrogen. (Source: ARENA, MarEx, 31 July, 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, http://arena.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Australian Renewable Energy Agency,  


    Tesla Deploys Microgrid Powerpacks in Samoa (Ind. Report)
    Tesla Powerpack
    Date: 2018-07-27
    In 2016, Tesla deployed a 1.4 MW solar array and a 6 MWh energy storage system incorporating 60 Tesla Powerpacks on the island of Ta’u in American Samoa where Tesla back in 2016.

    Now Tesla has deployed two more Powerpack projects at the Fiaga Power Station and the Faleolo International Airport on the main island for a total of 13.5 MWh of energy storage capacity. The project reportedly cost $8.8 million and was supported by development partners, including the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Government of Japan, Government of Australia, Government of New Zealand and the European Union. (Source: Tesla, electrk, 25 July, 2018) Contact: Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack

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


    Carnegie Refocusing on Wave Energy (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Carnegie Clean Energy
    Date: 2018-06-29
    June 28 (Renewables Now) - In the Land Down Under, renewable energy specialist Carnegie Clean Energy Ltd reports it will sell its solar and microgrid business, Energy Made Clean (EMC), to Sydney-based investment house Tag Pacific Ltd for a 32 pct stake in the purchaser.

    The planned transaction will create an ASX-listed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and build, own, operate (BOO) business active in the off-grid and fringe-of-grid solar, battery and microgrid markets. This enlarged entity, which will take the name of Tag's unit MPower. The new entity is expected to begin operations on July 1, 2018.

    Carnegie intends to focus on commercialization of its CETO wave energy technology while maintaining ownership of the Garden Island Microgrid and its current 50 pct stake in the 10-MW Northam solar farm. (Source: Carnegie Clean Energy , Various Media, June, 2018) Contact: Carnegie Clean Energy, Michael Ottaviano, CEO, www.carnegiece.com; Tag Pacific Ltd., www.tagpac.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MPower,  Carnegie Clean Energy,  Wave Energy,  Wave Power ,  


    Capstone Microturbine Customers Realize Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    Capstone Turbine
    Date: 2018-06-22
    Van Nuys, California-based microturbine energy systems specialist Capstone Turbine Corporation is reporting that Capstone end-use customers saved an estimated $194 million in annual energy costs and 314,000 tons of carbon last fiscal year.

    Capstone's high efficiency combined heat and power (CHP) Signature Series product line-up is making significant progress in the CHP market, which is specifically focused on growing the energy efficiency market. In fiscal 2018, the energy efficiency market vertical accounted for 47 pct of product revenues, followed by the natural resource at 38 pct and renewable energy at 9 pct. The critical power and microgrid market verticals combined for 6 pct of annual product sales, according to the company release. (Source: Capstone Turbine Corporation, PR, 21 June, 2018) Contact: Capstone Turbine, www.capstoneturbine.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Capstone Turbine,  Microturbine,  


    SDG&E 83.5 MW Calif. Energy Storage Projects Approved (Ind. Report)
    San Diego Gas & Electric
    Date: 2018-06-08
    Following up on our March 7th coverage, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) reports the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved the utility's addition of 83.5 MW of energy storage facilities. The utility will now contract the for the installation of lithium-ion battery storage facilities in San Diego and south Orange counties.

    A 30-MW/120-MWh storage system will be constructed in San Diego by Renewable Energy Systems (RES) America, while Advanced Microgrid Solutions will construct a 4-MW/16-MWh lithium-ion battery in San Juan Capistrano. Both facilities are expected to be online by December 2019.

    The CPUC approval includes a 40-MW/160-MW energy storage project in Fallbrook, proposed by Fluence, and a 6.5-MW/26-MWh facility in Escondido, to be installed by Powin Energy. For the fifth storage project, Enel Green Power will complete a 3-MW/12-MWh facility in Poway by December 2021. (Source: San Diego Gas & Electric , Renewables, 7 June, 2018) Contact: San Diego Gas & Electric, www.sdge.com; California PUC, www.cpuc.ca.gov

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    Primus Power Confirms Chinese Energy Storage Installation (Ind. Report)
    Primus Power,Goldwind
    Date: 2018-04-02
    San Francisco-based stationary energy storage specialist Primus Power is reporting installation of its new long-life sustainable battery energy storage system at the Beijing campus of Etechwin, the microgrid subsidiary of Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Goldwind.

    Primus' EnergyPod2, a second generation long-duration, fade-free flow battery system with five hour discharge and 20-year life span delivers a total cost of ownership up to 50 pct less than conventional lithium-ion battery systems, the company says. (Source: Primus Power, Xinhua, 2 April, 2018) Contact: Primus Power, Tom Stepien, CEO, (510) 342-7600, www.primuspower.com; Goldwind, Etechwin, www.goldwindglobal.com

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    Lockheed Martin Energy Seeks Flow Battery Partners (Ind. Report)
    Lockheed Martin Energy
    Date: 2018-01-19
    Lockheed Martin Energy reports it is seeking development and manufacturing partners in the solar industry as it readies its long-duration flow battery at the end of the year. The company has an established lithium-ion business.

    The company says it sees wind and solar shifting, T&D deferral and microgrids as the primary applications for long-duration energy storage. Accordingly, the company is initially targeting wind and solar as well as hybrid systems developers and manufacturers.

    Lockheed Martin has prototypes up and running at its Massachusetts facility and is planning a commercial launch of the product in late 2018. (Source: Lockheed Martin Energy, PR, PV Tech, 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: Lockheed Martin Energy, John Battaglini, Dir. Bus. Dev., www.lockheedmartin.com/us/what-we-do/energy.html

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    Greensmith GEM Technology to Support Azores' Microgrid (Int'l)
    Greensmith Energy
    Date: 2018-01-12
    Energy Business Review is reporting that Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila-owned energy storage integrator Greensmith Energy will supply an energy management system for the Graciosa Hybrid Renewable Power Plant microgrid power facility on the Azores Islands, Portugal.

    The Graciosa Hybrid Renewable Power Plant will combine solar and wind generation, together with energy storage using lithium-ion batteries supplied by Leclanche.

    GEMS embodies intelligent energy applications that focus on monitoring and operating energy storage power plants and hybrid power plants formed by energy storage, thermal generation, wind and solar.

    When fully operational, the system will enable 1 MW of solar and 4.5 MW of wind power to be supplied to the local electricity grid, reducing the islands' reliance on imported fossil fuels and significantly reducing GHG emissions. (Source: Greensmith Energy, Energy Business Review, 8 Jan., 2018)Contact: Wartsila, Risto Paldanius, Dir. Energy Storage, +358 40 584 2767 risto.paldanius@wartsila.com, www.wartsila.com; Greensmith Energy, John Jung, President and CEO, Mallory Sass, Marketing, (408) 966-5950, msass@greensmithenergy.com, www.greensmithenergy.com

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    HSGS Wins USAF Solar Energy Storage, Microgrid Contract (Ind. Report)
    Hannah Solar Government Services
    Date: 2017-12-01
    Charleston, S.C.-based veteran-owned Hannah Solar Government Services (HSGS) is reporting receipt of a contract to design, engineer, and construct a microgrid system including a 740 kW DC ground mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system and battery energy storage system for the U.S. Air Force on their remote Wake Island base in the Pacific. The project is expected to get underway in 2018.

    Project funding is from the Department of Defense (DoD) Energy Conservation Investment Program (ECIP). Typically, projects funded under the ECIP are designed to implement energy cost savings and energy resiliency projects at DoD installations. A microgrid provides a more resilient source of energy for remote locations such as Wake Island.

    (Source: Hannah Solar Government Services, PR, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Hannah Solar Government Services, (843)-718-1866, info@HSGS.Solar, www.hsgs.solar

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    Utilities Select Sunverge for Residential Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Sunverge,Navigant Research
    Date: 2017-12-01
    San Francisco-headquartered Sunverge Energy reports it has sealed deals with three major electric utilities in Arizona, Florida and Vermont, expanding the utility customer base for its intelligent storage systems and Virtual Power Plant (VPP) platform. The utilities have all purchased Sunverge systems as part of next-generation demand response (DR) or resiliency programs.

    The Sunverge platform can predict load and solar generation orchestrate between energy storage systems and smart devices in the home. The goal is an optimized ecosystem of networked distributed energy resources that work in concert to minimize electricity demand, maximize savings against time-varying rates and provide demand response and other grid services.

    Navigant Research forecasts that installed DER capacity in the US, including distributed generation (DG), energy storage, microgrids, EVs, and demand response (DR) will exceed 288 GW in 2024, thirteen times current DER capacity. Navigant estimates US utilities will spend $503.6 million on DER management technologies by 2020, up from $96.4 million in 2016. (Source: Sunverge Energy, PR, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Sunverge, Martin Milani, CEO, www.sunverge.com

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    Missourian Delivers Solar Power to Ravaged Puerto Rico (Ind. Report)
    Solar
    Date: 2017-11-29
    P.J. Wilson, the former director of Renew Missouri, is touting the launch of Solar for Puerto Rico. The project aims to provide solar generated electricity to about 55,000 homes that may not be reconnected to the electric grid for at least a year, as a result of recent hurricane damage.

    With the help of local residents, Wilson is distributing solar panels, batteries and Bluetooth speakers to poor and rural communities and hopes to develop a solar-powered microgrid as a localized backup power system. Solar for Puerto Rico is funded through a mix of crowdfunding efforts and organizations including The Solar Foundation, which is connected to the Clinton Foundation. (Source: St.Louis Public Radio, 26 Nov., 2017)

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    Ontario Plans Grid Flexibility & Renewables Microgrids (Ind. Report)
    Ontario
    Date: 2017-11-27
    In its recently issued 2017 Long Term Energy Plan the Province of Ontario reports it plans to focus on creating an innovative, lower-cost, more flexible electric system, opening the door to growth of renewable energy microgrids.

    Since 2003, the province has invested $70 billion in its electricity system and has boosted energy efficiency, demand response and renewable energy.

    The province is reforming its wholesale electricity markets to help spur innovation and competition. The reformed market will use competitive auctions to secure supply needs. Generators, demand response providers, importers and emerging new technologies could all vie to fill the need, with the most cost-effective resources winning out.

    Download the full 217 Ontario Energy Plan HERE. (Source: Province of Ontario, MicroGrid Knowledge, 22 Nov., 2017)

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    Duke Announces Indiana Nat. Guard Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2017-11-06
    Charlotte, North Carolina-headquartered Duke Energy reports it is planning to install battery storage equipment and solar panels that will operate as a microgrid at the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury training operation in Johnson County, Ind. The company will also install battery storage equipment at a substation in Nabb, Ind., in Clark County, subject to regulatory approvals.

    Duke Energy has deployed approximately 40 mw of energy storage capacity, representing 15 national projects demonstrating 10 different grid applications and functions and eight different battery chemistries. Duke Energy is Indiana's largest electric power supplier. (Source: Duke Energy, 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: Duke Energy Indiana, www.duke-energy.com/home

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    sonnen Pledges Solar Power Microgrids to Puerto Rico (Int'l)
    sonnen Inc.,Pura Energia
    Date: 2017-10-04
    German energy storage specialist sonnen Inc., the global leader in installed and working residential energy storage systems since 2010 and creator of the "sonnenCommunity," is reporting its Puerto Rico Energy Security Initiative (PRESI) will help bring energy security to hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico.

    sonnen Inc., which has had functional energy storage units in Puerto Rico since early 2016, will supply a microgrid and solar array as well as a team of engineers and technicians to help lead the microgrid campaign from system design through final installation. The entire operation is contingent upon establishing a stronger line of communication with Pura Energia, a Puerto Rican solar installer. (Source: sonnen, Inc., PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: sonnen Inc., Blake Richetta, US Snr. VP, www.sonnen-batterie.com; Pura Energia, (787) 245-8660, www.puraenergiapr.com

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    Installed Energy Storage for Microgrids Revenue Tops $22Bn by 2026, says Navigant Report (Ind. Report)
    Navigant
    Date: 2017-10-04
    Energy Storage for Microgrids, a new report from Boulder Colorado-based Navigant Research examines the global market for energy storage for microgrids (ESMG) and provides an analysis of trends and market dynamics, with forecasts for capacity and revenue that extend through 2026.

    The report says interest in energy storage-enabled microgrids is growing alongside an increase in solar PV and wind deployments. Although not required for microgrids to operate, energy storage systems have emerged as an increasingly valuable component of distributed energy networks because of their ability to effectively integrate renewable generation. According to the report, a cumulative 14,850.7 MW of new ESMG capacity is expected to be installed, generating approximately $22.3 billion in revenue throughout the next 10 years,

    The report identifies the key market drivers and barriers within the global ESMG market and analyzes specific trends and market dynamics for individual world regions. The report also examines the major technology issues related to ESSs for microgrids.

    An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download HERE. (Source: Navigant Research, PR, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: Navigant Research, Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456, lindsay.funicello.paul@navigant.com, www.navigantresearch.com, www.navigant.com

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    PrimusPower, OSIsoft Tout Energy Storage Partnership (Ind. Report)
    OSIsoft,PrimusPower
    Date: 2017-09-11
    Stationary energy storage systems specialist Primus Power reports it is partnering with San Leandro, California-based OSIsoft, LLC to integrate the PI System in the EnergyPod 2. The PI System is used by over 1,000 leading utilities, 95 percent of the largest oil and gas companies and increasingly in energy storage. With a five-hour duration and lab-certified 20-year life, PrimusPower's EnergyPod 2 delivers a total cost of ownership up to 50 pct less than conventional lithium-ion battery systems, according to a release.

    Primus Power's flow batteries are shipping to U.S. and international commercial/industrial, data center, microgrid, utility, and military customers. With technical innovations protected by 34 patents in 9 countries/regions, the Company's EnergyPod 2 systems offer reliability, modularity, and energy density at an industry-leading total cost of ownership, according to the company. (Source: Primus Power Corporation, PR, 11 Sept. 2017) Contact: Primus Power Corp., Janey Ward, (510) 342 -7648, Janey.Ward@primuspower.com, www.primuspower.com; OSIsoft, www.osisoft.com

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    BEC Cutting Westlakes Science & Tech. Park Carbon Footprint (Int'l)
    Britain's Energy Coast
    Date: 2017-09-08
    In Cumbria, UK, Britain's Energy Coast (BEC) reports the appointment of the Bolton-based construction firm Forrest as a new energy contractor and partner at BEC's Westlakes Science and Technology Park, near Whitehaven. The appointment is intended to bring low carbon power generation and export capabilities to Westlakes in a bid to cut its carbon footprint.

    Forrest, based in Bolton, will be developing a plan based on smart-microgrids and energy technologies for the two-square-mile site. It will also explore the energy efficiency of the existing property portfolio, asset and maintenance plans and future developments will be taken into consideration for a fully integrated solution. It is thought their plan could use distributed energy, building management systems, solar PV, electric vehicles, district heating, and energy efficiency measures.

    Britain's Energy Coast (BEC) owns, operates, develops and regenerates high quality property assets and uses the profits to facilitate programmes that improve the area and support low carbon goals. (Source: BEC, Cumbria Life, 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: Britain's Energy Coast, Michael Pemberton, CEO, +44 1946 595200, http://britainsenergycoast.co.uk; Forrest, +44 1942 841122, www.forrest.co.uk

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    Duke Completes 17MW Naval Station Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy Indiana
    Date: 2017-05-31
    Duke Energy is reporting the completion of a new 17 MW solar power plant at the Crane Naval Support Activity (NSA) base in Crane, 40 miles south of Bloomington, Indiana. The installation incorporates 76,000 solar panels on 145 acres.

    Duke Energy built, and will own, operate and maintain the solar facility. To accommodate the new project and to compensate the base for use of its secure land, Duke will also upgrade NSA Crane's electrical infrastructure and conduct a microgrid feasibility study to see if such an arrangement could enhance base security in the future. (Source: Duke Energy Indiana, PV Mag., May 22, 2017) Contact: Duke Energy Indiana, Doug Esamann, Pres., www.duke-energy.com/indiana; Crane Naval Support Activity, www.cnic.navy.mil/CRANE

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    S&C Completes Ameren Illinois Microgrid Project (Ind. Report)
    S&C Electric,Ameren
    Date: 2017-05-29
    S&C Electric Company reports it has provided the intelligent automation and control systems at Ameren's Technology Applications Center (TAC) near the University of Illinois campus,for Ameren Corporation's microgrid facility in Champaign, Illinois. The Ameren microgrid provides multiple sources of distributed generation -- solar, wind, natural gas and battery storage -- as well as advanced automation to support the TAC and a 1 MW residential load.

    The Ameren microgrid is the first system in the U.S. to utilize S&C's PureWave® SMS-250 Storage Management System, which provides 500 kWhrs of lithium-ion battery energy storage for the microgrid system. The SMS-250 stores energy from both the utility and the facility's generation sources; provides the voltage signal for the microgrid; enables renewable integration and smoothing; and controls the microgrid frequency and power quality. The project also uses a mix of new distributed generation sources including a 100 kW wind turbine, a 125 kW solar array, and two 500kW kW natural gas generators. (Source: S&C Electric Company, PR, 23 May, 2017) Contact: S&C Electric, David Chiesa, Business Development, www.sandc.com; Ameren, www.ameren.com/illinois

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    Eastman Kodak Joins Li-Ion Battery Consortium (Ind. Report)
    Eastman Kodak
    Date: 2017-05-22
    From the Eastman Business Park in Rochester, New York, Eastman Kodak Co. reports it has joined a global consortium of energy storage industry leaders to support the advancement of lithium-ion batteries. The consortium is investigating and considering the construction of a 15 GWh battery manufacturing plant in Australia. Eastman Kodak will provide coated anode and cathode electrodes and cell manufacturing for the project should it proceed.

    The Eastman Business Park is opening a new battery cell assembly facility in July that will add new capability to the existing Kodak Pilot Commercialization Center. The new facility will provide a full set of resources for energy storage inventors, entrepreneurs and commercial developers. When fully operational, the facility will produce 250,000 car batteries, 1 million home battery units or support 300 microgrids to power small towns. (Source: Eastman Kodak, Messenger Post Media , 16 May, 2017) Contact: Eastman Kodak, Dolores Kruchten, Pres., www.eastmanbusinesspark.com

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    SDG&E Inks Energy Storage Contracts (Ind. Report)
    San Diego Gas & Electric
    Date: 2017-04-28
    In the Golden State, Sempra Energy subsidiary San Diego Gas & Electric Co. is reporting the signing of contracts for new lithium-ion battery storage facilities totaling 83.5 MW capacity and capable of store four hours of energy. The projects are expected to come on line between late 2019 and late 2021. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

    The contracted facilities include:

  • AES Energy Storage plans to build a 40-MW storage facility, augmenting 37.5 MW of storage in Escondido and El Cajon, California; aesenergystorage.com

  • Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. plans to construct a 30-MW facility in San Diego's Miramar neighborhood; www.res-group.com

  • Three storage projects will be owned by third parties including Powin Energy, Enel Green Power North America, and Advanced Microgrid Solutions. The projects will be located in Escondido, Poway and San Juan Capistrano.

  • Advanced Microgrid Solutions is building the 4-MW facility in San Juan Capistrano to compensate for the shutdown of the region's nuclear plant at San Onofre. www.advmicrogrid.com

    The contracts are subject to California Public Utilities Commission approvals. (Source: San Diego Gas & Electric, San Diego Bus. Journal, 23 April, 2017) Contact: SDG&E, www.sdge.com

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  • Macquarie Closes Battery Storage Project Financing (Ind. Report)
    Macquarie Capital,Advanced Microgrid Solutions
    Date: 2017-03-29
    NYC-headquartered Macquarie Capital, the corporate advisory, capital markets and principal investing arm of Macquarie Group, is reporting the the closing of the first non-recourse project financing of battery-based energy storage systems with CIT Bank.

    The financing backs a 50MW fleet of behind-the-meter battery storage systems located in certain grid-constrained pockets of the West Los Angeles Basin service territory of Southern California Edison (SCE) that Macquarie Capital acquired from Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) in August 2016.

    The fleet of energy storage systems, which will be located at various large-load commercial, industrial and government host sites in Los Angeles and Orange counties, will be used for utility grid services including flexible and reserve capacity, solar integration and voltage management in addition to retail energy services such as demand management, back up generation and enhanced power quality. (Source: Macquarie Capital, PR, 27 Mar., 2017) Contact: Macquarie Capital, Michael Silverton, (212) 231-0494, www.macquarie.com; Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Susan Kennedy, CEO, (415) 638-6146, info@advmicrogrid.com, http://advmicrogrid.com.

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    Schneider Electric to Help USMC Base Reach Net-Zero Energy Resiliency (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2017-03-15
    Andover, Mass.-based energy management and efficiency specialist Schneider Electric reports receipt of a contract from Exelon Corp. subsidiary Constellation to support the development of smart controls as part of an energy savings performance contract at the U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) in Albany, Georgia.

    Schneider supplied controls will be used to cut energy consumption, increase energy security and meet energy demand from renewable sources. These controls will manage the base's distributed energy resources (DER) as well as optimize energy efficiency and "Net-Zero" resiliency. Schneider Electric will also provide cybersecurity, ongoing system maintenance and energy optimization services. Other Schneider services will enable remote monitoring, visualization and reporting of energy loads,with the flexibility of generation control to achieve "Net-Zero" energy consumption. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 14 Mar., 2017) Contact: Schneider Electric, Mark Feasel, VP, Electric Utility Segment, Smart Grid & Microgrid , www.schneider-electric.com/microgrid, http://www.schneider-electric.us/en; Constellation, www.constellation.com

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    Primus Touting Flow Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Primus Power
    Date: 2017-02-24
    Hayward, California-headquartered flow-battery energy storage specialist Primus Power is reporting production of EnergyPod 2, its second generation long duration, fade-free flow battery. With a five-hour duration and lab-certified 20-year life, the EnergyPod 2 delivers a total cost of ownership up to 50 pct less than leading conventional lithium-ion battery systems, according to the company.

    Primus Power's flow batteries are being used by U.S. and international commercial/industrial, data center, microgrid, utility, and military customers. With technical innovations protected by 34 patents in 9 countries/regions, the EnergyPod systems offer exceptional reliability, modularity, and energy density at an industry-leading levelized cost of storage, according to Primus. (Source: PrimusPower, 21 Feb., 2017) Contact: Primus Power, www.primuspower.com

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    Denver Microgrid, Energy Storage Partnership Touted (Ind. Report)
    Panasonic, Xcel Energy, Younicos
    Date: 2017-02-20
    Panasonic, Xcel Energy, and Younicos Energy have formed a public/private partnership with the city and county to promote a microgrid centered around the Pena Station NEXT, a 382-acre transportation hub located near Denver International Airport. The Xcel Energy feeder for Pena Station NEXT presently has 20 pct solar penetration and is expected to have 30 pct solar penetration by the time the microgrid project is completed in the first half of 2017.

    The project will feature a 1.6 MW carport solar system, a 259 kW rooftop solar array using Panasonic HIT solar panels, and a Younicos 2 MW/2 MWh lithium ion battery system with inverter and controls. The battery storage component will be integrated into the company's Y.Cube system. The battery energy storage system will feature: solar energy grid integration via solar smoothing ramp control and solar time shifting; grid peak demand reduction; energy arbitrage; frequency regulation; and backup power for Panasonic's network operations center. (Source: Solar Love, CleanTechnica, 16 Feb., 2017) Contact: Younicos Energy, James P. McDougall, +49 174 908 8188, www.younicos.com; Xcel Energy, (612) 215-5300, www.xcelenergy.com; Panasonic, www.panasonic.com

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    Oncor Selects Greensmith Energy Software (Ind. Report)
    Greensmith Energy,Oncor Electric Delivery
    Date: 2017-02-10
    Herndon, Virginia-headquartered energy storage and software specialist Greensmith Energy reports it has been selected by Dallas-based Oncor Electric Delivery (Oncor) as the software provider for its microgrid facility in Dallas, Texas.

    Oncor's advanced microgrid consists of: a carport PV array, ground mount PV array, microturbine, diesel generators, gas reciprocating generator and battery storage unit. Greensmith's software integrates all of Oncor's microgrid assets and orchestrates performance of a variety of grid applications supporting power quality and energy availability.

    As energy storage systems are fully networked into a variety of distributed energy resources, including solar and other forms of local generation such as diesel, GEMS becomes the backbone of an intelligent distributed energy resource management system (DERMS). Linked together, storage and distributed energy resources can address both supply and demand needs, as well as, supply select grid services.

    Oncor is the Lone Star State's largest transmission and distribution utility serving more than 10 million Texans in 402 cities and 91 counties statewide.(Source: Greensmith, PR, Power, 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: Greensmith, Mallory Sass, Marketing, (408) 966-5950, msass@greensmithenergy.com, www.greensmithenergy.com; Oncor Electric Delivery, www.oncor.com

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    ABB Announces Alaskan Flywheel-Battery Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    ABB MIcrogrid,Chugach Electric Association
    Date: 2017-02-06
    ABB Microgrid reports it will provide an innovative small-scale microgrid system to the Chugach Electric Association in Anchorage, Alaska. The system combines battery and flywheel based storage technologies designed to test scalability and improve power stability. the project aims to enable the integration of more renewables, including wind power from a 17 MW wind farm which will work in concert with the ABB storage solution.

    ABB's modular and containerized microgrid solution PowerStore™ will blend the complementary capabilities of flywheel and battery storage. The flywheel will facilitate the integration of fluctuating wind power and the battery will be used for long-term storage. The battery has a capacity of 500 kilowatt hours with a maximum performance of 2 MW.

    ABB's Microgrid Plus control system will monitor the hybrid storage solution and ensure proper load sharing between the two storage mediums. It is also equipped for remote service and maintenance. (Source: ABB, PR, 3 Feb., 2017) Contact: ABB, Massimo Danieli, Managing Director ABB Grid Automation, www.abb.com; Chugach Electric, Paul Risse, Snr. VP, (907) 563-7494, www.chugachelectric.com

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