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Greenko, Renew Power Win 1200MW Indian Solar-Storage Tender (Int'l)
Greenko Group,Solar Energy Corporation of India
Date: 2020-02-10
Greenko Group with 900 MW and Renew Power with 300 MW are reporting winning the New Delhi-headquartered Solar Energy Corporation of India's (SECI) tender for for 1200 MW, with 600 MW assured storage capacity. The tender includes pumped hydro and battery of about 3000 MW and renewable energy generation capacity.

The Indian Union Power Ministry has mandated at least 21 pct of all energy requirements be from renewable energy sources by 2021-22. (Source: Greenko Group, Hindu Business Line, 2 Feb., 2020) Contact: Solar Energy Corporation of India,,; Greenko Group, Anil Chalamalasetty, CEO, +91 40 40301000,,; ReNew Power Limited, Ms. Vaishali Nigam Sinha, Chief Sustainability Officer,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renew Power,  Solar Energy Corporation of India,  Greenko Group,  India Solar,  

Daybreak Proposes AZ Pumped-Hydro Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Daybreak Power
Date: 2020-01-20
In the Old Dominion State, Vienna-based gigawatt-scale energy storage projects developer Daybreak Power Inc. is reporting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has accepted the company's application for a preliminary permit for its proposed $3.6 billion, 2,200 MW Navajo Energy Storage Station at the retired Navajo Generating Station coal plant near Page, Arizona.

The Navajo Energy Storage Station (NESS) is a pumped storage hydropower facility that would use water from Lake Powell and a new reservoir on a plateau above the lake to create a gigantic battery. The facility would use solar and wind energy to pump water to the upper reservoir, then release it through turbines to generate 10 hours of renewable energy each day to power cities in California, Arizona and Nevada.

The NESS facility is Daybreak's second huge energy storage project, following its proposed 1,540 MW Next Generation Pumped Storage facility that would utilize water from Lake Mead and transmission infrastructure near Hoover Dam, according to the release. (Source: Daybreak Power,PR, Website, 17Jan., 2020) Contact: Daybreak Power, Jim Day, CEO, 703-624-4971,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pumped Hydro,  Daybreak Power,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  

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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Absaroka Energy,  Pumped Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  

Cemex Invests in Swiss Energy Storage Startup (Ind. Report)
Cemex,Energy Vault
Date: 2019-05-20
Mexican materials Cemex has invested in Californian startup Energy Vault, a firm that has found a way to store energy inside concrete blocks using a system inspired by pump-storage hydroelectric plants. Energy Vault’s solution uses the same fundamentals of physics and kinetic energy as pumped hydro but replaces the water with custom made cylindrical blocks. According to Energy Vault, the low-cost blocks, combined with a patented system design and some control software, has allowed Energy Vault to deliver all the benefits of a pumped hydro system but at a much lower price, starting size and without the need for hard to find topography.

The tie-up with Cemex will provide Energy Vault with a network to distribute its “storage towers”. Gonzalo Galindo, Cemex Venture’s chief executive, said: “Energy storage that enables power to be delivered for less than the cost of fossil fuels is critical as the world shifts away from its reliance on carbon-based fuels to renewable energy. (Source: CEMEX, Global Construction Review, 20 May, 2019) Contact: Energy Vault, Robert Piconi, CEO, 1.626.535.2726,,; CEMEX Ventures, CEMEX USA, Ignacio Madridejos, Pres., Megan Lawrence, (713) 722-1799,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Energy Vault,  Cemex,  

Global Energy Storage to Exceed $21Bn by 2024 (Ind. Report Available)
Energy Storage
Date: 2019-01-23
Globally fluctuation in electricity and demand for electricity in many sectors like industries, transportation, and residential use developed technology to store electrical energy so it can be used whenever needed. Energy storage allows a lower-cost generating source to generate electricity at a diverse point in time to be stored and then used to meet times of crest demand.

This report covers key growth drivers and scientific challenges for Energy Storage System market. The set of methods and technologies used to store various kinds of energy including pumped hydro, compressed air energy, flywheels, electrochemical, thermal and others. The report also examines end-users, regions and major energy storage industry players,

Get a sample report and details HERE (Source: OpenPr,, Jan., 2019) Contact: Researchoz, 518-621-2074,

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Chinese Utility Planning 6 GW of Pumped Hydro Energy Storage (Int'l)
State Grid Corporation of China
Date: 2019-01-18
In Beijing, China's State Grid Corporation of China reports it plans to invest $5.67 billion to construct five pumped-storage hydropower plants totaling 6 GW by 2026. The facilities are slated for the provinces of Jilin, Hebei, Shandong and Zhejiang, as well as in the Xinjiang region. The state-controlled utility adds that China intends to add some 40 GW of pumped storage capacity by 2020. (Source: State Grid Corporation of China, Various Media, Jan., 2019) Contact: State Grid Corporation of China,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pumped Hydro Energy Storage,  

Snowy Hydro Expanding Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Capacity (Int'l)
Snowy Hydro
Date: 2018-12-14
In the Land Down UNder, Cooma, NSW-based Snowy Hydro Limited reports its board has approved a final investment decision to proceed with the proposed Snowy 2.0 pumped-storage hydro expansion, subject to shareholder approval.

Snowy 2.0, a pumped-storage hydro expansion of the existing Snowy Scheme, will provide as much as 2,000 MW of on-demand electric power generation and 350,000 MWh of large-scale energy storage at an expected cost of $4.5 billion.

Snowy Hydro owns and operates about 5,500 MW of generation capacity, including the Snowy Mountains scheme in Australia. (Source: Snowy Hydro Ltd., Hydro World, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Snowy Hydro, + 61 2 6453 2888,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydro,  Hydro Energy Storage,  Pumped Energy Storage,  

$50Mn Australian Grid-Scale Energy Storage Fund Launched (Int'l)

Date: 2018-11-23
In the Land Down Under, the South Australian Government has introduced a AU$50 million Grid Scale Storage Fund (GSSF) aimed at accelerating the deployment of new large-scale energy storage projects, including pumped hydro, hydrogen, gas storage, solar thermal, bioenergy and battery storage.

Potential projects seeking funding will be assessed by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). Projects shortlisted for GSSF funding may also be eligible for ARENA funding under the Advancing Renewables Program . Under the GSSF, applicants must be able to match funding dollar-for-dollar and preference will be given to projects targeting financial close by the end of 2019.

ARENA is already supporting feasibility studies for two prospective pumped hydro plants at Cultana and Middleback Ranges, two virtual power plants trials and has contributed towards two grid-scale batteries -- Infigen's Lake Bonney battery and the ESCRI battery in Dalrymple. (Source: ARENA, Energy Storage, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: ARENA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia,  Energy Storage,  ARENA,  

Move Over Nessie -- Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Planned for Loch Ness (Int'l Report)
Intelligent Land Investments Group
Date: 2018-10-31
Intelligent Land Investments Group (ILI) is reporting plans to develop "Red John", a new 400-MW pumped hydro energy storage project in the Scottish Highlands using Loch Ness as the tail pond.

The proposed Red John renewable energy storage project could provide 2.4GWh of storage capacity for the grid over a six-hour period.Subject to planning and other approvals, the company looks to start pre-construction work immediately with full construction starting in 2020. (Source: Intelligent Land Investment Group, PR, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: ILI, Mark Wilson, CEO, +44 1698 891352,; Red John Project,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pumped Hydro Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  

Aussie Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Study Funded (Int'l Report)
Origin Energy
Date: 2018-10-29
In Canberra, the Australian federal government government has announced $2 million of funding for an Origin Energy study into the proposed expansion of its Shoalhaven pumped hydro energy storage scheme, a project that could provide baseload power for up 80,000 homes.

The proposal, which would up the station's capacity from 240MW to 475MW should it go ahead, is to pump water from Lake Yarrunga to Fitzroy Falls Reservoir via a new underground pumped power station.

The feasibility study would be completed by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and could cost as much as $6.8 million when completed in 2019. 2019. (Source: Australian Renewable Energy Agency, Oct., 2018) Contact: ARENA,; Origin Energy, Frank Calabria, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Origin Energy,  Pumped Hydro,  Energy Storage,  

China Growing Battery Energy Storage Capacity (Int'l. Report)
China Energy Storage Alliance
Date: 2018-08-29
According to the China Energy Storage Alliance (CNESA), China had an operational battery-storage capacity of 389 megawatts (MW) at the beginning of 2018, Only 8 months later, China had added another 340 MW of additional capacity.

The battery-storage capacity is for storing excess electricity on the grid. Its main use is to smooth out the intermittent production of electricity from renewable energy sources of which China is a world leader.

CNESA also notes China currently has 30 GW of pumped hydro storage capacity, about 40 times that of battery storage. (Source: China Energy Storage Alliance , Quarts, 27 Aug., 2018) Contact: China Energy Storage Alliance,

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

$1bn BEV Fund Supports Energy Storage Startups (Funding)
Breakthrough Energy Ventures
Date: 2018-06-15
Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV), the $1 billion fund launched by Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Ma, Mukesh Ambani, and George Soros in 2016 to create new energy technologies and fight climate change, is making its first investment. Focusing on the area of energy storage, the fund is investing in two startups: Form Energy Inc.and Quidnet Energy.

BEV will invest $6.4 million along with Evok Innovations in Quidnet Energy and $9 million along with Prelude Ventures in Form Energy. Both startups are developing new technologies to store power.

Quidnet is developing pumped hydro into underground shale rock wells. Form Energy is developing batteries that can store large amounts of energy for extended time periods and overcome the limitations of lithium-ion batteries that can only store energy for short periods.

BEV is "risk-tolerant" and will only invest companies that are capable of cutting global carbon emissions by 500 million metric tons annually. The fund aims aims to focus on grid-scale energy storage, zero-carbon liquid fuels, low-carbon building materials, and geothermal energy. (Source: Breakthrough Energy Ventures, PR, NewsBytes, 14 June, 2018) Contact: Breakthrough Energy Ventures,; Form Energy Inc.,; Quidnet Energy,

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

Statkraft Passes on €1.5Bn Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Plan (Int'l)
Date: 2018-05-21
In Norway, Oslo-headquartered state-owned energy major Statkraft confirms it passed on an opportunity to invest in the a &ewuro;1.5 billion, "Spirit of Ireland" pumped hydro energy storage scheme in the west of Ireland in 2013.

The pumped hydro-power storage scheme involved using excess -- off-peak wind power -- to pump seawater into a reservoir in a flooded coastal valley. The water could then be released during peak times to drive large turbines in order to generate electricity.

Statkraft generate approximately €5 billion in annual revenue from hydro, wind, solar and gas power at 370 installations and is the Nordic region's second largest power firm. The project is as yet unfunded. (Source: Statkraft, Independent Ireland, 20 May, 2018)Contact: Statkraft, +47 91370572,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Statkraft,  Pumped Hydro,  Energy Storage,  

Genex Touting Australian Pumped Hydro/Solar/Wind Project (Int'l)
Genex Power
Date: 2018-04-06
In the Land Down Under, Sydney-based Genex Power is exploring the option of building a new 150 MW wind farm alongside its Kidston pumped hydro and solar project in North Queensland, If constructed, the $1 billion Kidston renewable hub will be the first pumped hydro/solar/wind project in the world. The $300 million 250-MW pumped hydro project has been likened to a giant battery which will have a 1500 MWh storage capacity.

Genex will conduct a feasibility study on the new wind farm proposal -- which is expected to come in at $300 million -- while it is targeting financial close for the second solar project and pumped hydro by the end of the year. The $115 million 50 MW wind farm is presently operating under-pinned by a 20 year Queensland government PPA.

Genex has received almost $8.9 million from the federal government's Australian Renewable Energy Agency for the first 50 megawatt solar project at Kidston and a further $9 million towards the pumped hydro and second solar stage of the project. The company has also applied to funding from the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. (Source: Genex Power, Financial Review, 5 April, 2018) Contact: Genex Power Lid.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Genex Power,  Soilar,  Energy Storage,  Pumped Hydro Energy STorage ,  

DEWA Studying 400MW Pumped Hydro Storage Island (Int'l)
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
Date: 2018-01-19
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it and the GCC Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) and the Belgian Dredging, Environmental & Marine Engineering Group (DEME) have inked a MoU to study the possible construction of an island with a 400MW , 2,500MWh capacity pumped hydro storage power station in the Arabian Gulf. The initiative is part of DEWA's efforts to diversify the energy mix and enhance energy storage technologies.

Stored hydropower reportedly accounts for the biggest share of the world's operational electricity storage. Pumped-storage facilities integrate well with irregular renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power as water is stored when excess energy is produced. (Source: DEWA, PR, Dubai Media Office, 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: DEWA , Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dubai Electricity and Water Authority ,  Pumped Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  

GFG Alliance Acquires Aussie Solar Company ZEN (Int'l., M&A)
GFG Alliance,ZEN Energy
Date: 2017-09-22
UK-headquartered GFG Alliance, operating through its energy division SIMEC Energy, reports it has taken a majority stake in Australian solar company ZEN Energy to power its newly purchased Arrium steel and mining business.

ZEN Energy, a small-scale solar energy generation and storage business, has been re-branded SIMEC ZEN Energy and will work towards improving energy security for GFG's South Australian operations, and reduce power costs for its other businesses nationwide. It will also project-manage the development of SIMEC Energy Australia's new large-scale energy projects, which include solar, battery storage and pumped hydro. (Source: GFG Alliance, SIMEC Energy, Sydney Morning Herald, 21 Sept., 2017) Contact: GFG Alliance, Sanjeev Gupta, CEO, +44 (0) 203 205 8550,; ZEN Energy,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ZEN Energy,  Solar,  

31 Utilities Added Energy Storage Project in 2016 (Ind. Report)
Smart Electric Power Alliance
Date: 2017-09-08
According to a recent Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) survey, 71 utilities report having at least one energy storage installation deployed in their service territory at the end of 2016 and 80 pct of utility respondents reported they are currently implementing or considering energy storage to defer grid investments. Within that group, 31 utilities said they deployed their first energy storage project last year.

According to 155 utility survey respondents, 207 megawatts/257 MWh of energy storage were added to the grid last year, across 829 systems. Residential deployments accounted for 4.5 megawatts/7.5 MWh; non-residential deployments accounted for 54 megawatts/68 MWh and utility-owned deployments totaled 151 megawatts/181.6 MWh.

Utilities provided cumulative and 2016 data on energy storage installations interconnected in their service territories prior to December 31, 2016. Energy storage installations included in the results include batteries, flow batteries, kinetic energy storage (such as flywheels), supercapacitors, and compressed air energy storage. The survey did not include pumped hydropower, thermal energy storage, or electric vehicles. (Source: Smart Electric Power Alliance, GTM, Various Media, September 07, 2017) Contact: Smart Electric Power Alliance, (202) 857-0898,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Electric Power Alliance ,  Energy Storage,  

Dominion Plans $1Bn Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Investment (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy
Date: 2017-06-30
In the Palmetto State, Dominion Energy reports plans to invest $1 billion or more in the construction of a pumped hydroelectric storage station at an as yet unidentified site in the coalfield region of Virginia.

The hydroelectric storage power station is expected to cost more than $1.8 billion to build and will be comparable in scope and cost to the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center in Wise County.

Dominion Energy, which currently operates an existing pump hydroelectric storage station in Bath County, Virginia, is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 26,200 MW of generation, 15,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,600 miles of electric transmission lines. (Source: Dominion Energy, Southeast Energy News, Register Herald, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Dominion Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy,  Energy Storage,  Pumped Hydro,  

CA Utilities Assigned Additional Energy Storage Target (Reg & Leg)
California PUC
Date: 2017-05-08
The California PUC reports it has added another 500MW of energy storage procurement targets to the Golden State's three main investor-owned utilities -- Southern California Edison (SCE), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) -- by the state's Public Utilities' Commission (PUC). The new targets are in addition to an existing 1.325GW mandate.

Under California's pre-existing AB2514 mandate, the three utilities are required procure the 1.325GW of energy storage by 2024 in four biennial solicitations. Different targets are set at customer, distribution and transmission level.

The PUC has assigned each of the three utilities a 166.66MW target to make up the full 500MW, excluding the use of vehicle-to-grid (V2G), power-to-gas (P2G) and large-scale pumped hydro over 50MW. The utilities must hold a series of workshops and stakeholder engagement events during this year to define their proposals and plans to implement the ruling.

As of this past February, the three utilities had procured 478.5MW of the total 1.325GW AB2514 mandated target. This is split across 192.63MW of customer-sited energy storage (190.14MW of which has been deployed by SCE), 95.87MW of distribution level storage and 190MW of transmission line-connected storage. California presently has 4.2GW of installed storage capacity, 96 pct of which is pumped hydro.(Source: California PUC, Energy Storage, 5 May, 2017)Contact: California Public Utilities Commission,

More Low-Carbon Energy News California PUC,  Energy Storage,  

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