In the US state of Missouri, the Department of Economic Development is investing in ZAF Energy Systems, an energy storage firm, to accelerate the use of nickel zinc batteries in the transition of the energy landscape.
The department has issued $300,000, the first installment of a $600,000 investment, to help the solution provider fund its business processes.
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California's Alameda Municipal Power is partnering with Amber Kinetics in a demonstration project that will use potential breakthrough technology to extend the duration and efficiency of flywheels in energy storage applications.
by Peter MaloneyAPPA NewsPosted February 22, 2019
Arizona Public Service on Feb. 21 said it would add 850 MW of energy storage and 100 MW of solar power by 2025, calling the move “a major down payment on Arizona’s continued progress toward an energy future that is clean, reliable and affordable.”
Tucson Electric Power, E.ON Climate and Renewables and Greensmith Energy dedicated the Iron Horse Battery Storage Energy Project in Arizona on June 1.
The 10-megawatt/2.5 MWh energy storage system at the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park will provide frequency response and voltage control for TEP.
The project illustrates the growing trend of programmable battery storage replacing fossil generation as the least-cost solution for grid reliability services, according to Greensmith Energy. The system also provides integration for a new 2-MW solar array.
Arizona Public Service recently unveiled an agreement with First Solar for a utility scale solar-plus-storage project that is designed to shift solar power into the evening hours.
Arizona Public Service is installing a 2 MW, 8 MWh battery storage system instead of rebuilding about 20 miles of transmission and distribution poles and wires.
It is the first time that APS, an investor-owned utility, has used energy storage as an alternative to traditional infrastructure, but it will not be the last, Scott Bordenkircher, director of transmission and distribution technology innovation and integration at APS, says.
Battery storage is increasingly emerging as a project finance opportunity, although the technology “still presents risks and challenges that could affect the development of battery storage on a non-recourse, project-finance basis,” Moody’s Investors Service said in a recent report.
Energy storage is more than batteries. While lithium-ion batteries dominate the headlines related to energy storage, the industry is comprised of a variety of mechanical, chemical, and thermal technologies. The concept of energy storage goes back to ancient civilizations keeping places and food cool. Today, building HVAC systems and water heaters use thermal energy storage to increase energy efficiency. Pumped-hydro facilities have been around for more than a century, and account for most of the energy storage capacity in the United States.
City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., on Nov. 2 formally dedicated and put in service a battery energy storage system that will allow for the use of renewable energy to charge the batteries during off-peak times and then discharge at times of peak demand. The storage system is located at an electric substation.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on June 1 signed into law legislation that directs the state’s Public Utilities Commission to adopt rules establishing mechanisms for the procurement of energy storage systems by investor-owned electric utilities, based on an analysis of costs and benefits as well as factors such as grid reliability and a reduction in the need for additional peak generation capacity.
by Ethan HowlandAPPAPosted December 17, 2018
Colorado’s regulated utilities will be required to consider energy storage during their generation, transmission and distribution planning processes under new rules approved by state regulators.
by Paul CiampoliAPPA News DirectorPosted March 21, 2019
Colorado Springs Utilities on March 20 said that it is finalizing negotiations and in the coming months will award a contract for 150 megawatts of new solar generation plus a 25-megawatt battery storage system by the end of 2023.
San Antonio, Texas-based public power utility CPS Energy is pursuing a so-called “Flexible Path” approach to energy, one that incorporates new energy storage technology to guide its ongoing transition from fossil fuels to renewables.
The Department of Energy recently announced up to $30 million in funding for projects as part of a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program called Duration Addition to electricitY Storage (DAYS).
Electricite De France (EDF) has just entered into an evaluation agreement in an effort to evaluate new battery technology to enable greater stationary storage for renewables.
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Energy market research firm IHS Markit issued a whitepaper highlighting trends impacting the global solar and energy storage industry in 2018.
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by Paul CiampoliAPPA News DirectorPosted February 14, 2019
Neil Chatterjee, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, believes there are five trends that will be critical in shaping the future of energy storage over the next decade.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Feb. 15 voted to remove barriers to the participation of electric storage resources in the capacity, energy and ancillary services markets operated by regional transmission organizations and independent system operators.
At the same time, the commission said it will convene a technical conference on April 10-11 that will be used to gather additional information to help determine what action to take on distributed energy resource aggregation reforms proposed in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued in late 2016, as well as discuss other technical considerations for the bulk power system related to DERs.
A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission notice of proposed rulemaking, or NOPR, related to energy storage participation in wholesale power markets “could represent a really huge jurisdictional leap,” but that depends on what was intended by the NOPR and how a newly-formed commission interprets it, William Huang, an energy attorney, told an American Public Power Association conference on Oct. 9.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently said that it is seeking supplemental comments related to whether and when electric storage resources should be required to provide primary frequency response.
In November, the federal agency issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, or NOPR, that, among other things, proposed to revise the commission’s regulations to require all newly interconnecting large and small generating facilities, both synchronous and nonsynchronous, to install and enable primary frequency response capability as a condition of interconnection (Docket No. RM16-6).
Primary frequency response involves the rapid, automatic, and autonomous actions of generating facilities to arrest and stabilize frequency deviations, and allows the interconnected grid to maintain frequency within acceptable boundaries following the sudden loss of generation or load.
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