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Battery storage to replace retiring gas generators in Golden State

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has granted approval for four energy storage projects— totalling 567.5MW/2,270MWh— which the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) utility will use to replace retiring gas generators.

The four lithium-ion battery projects include a 300MW/1,200MWh system— billed as “the largest system of its kind in the world— to be provided by Vistra Energy and located on the site of the Moss Landing Power Plant, and a 182.5MW/730MWh system— which shall become the world’s second largest— to be provided by Tesla.

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EDF Renewables signs California solar-storage deals

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

The North American arm of EDF Renewables has signed two 20-year solar-plus-storage deals in California.

The company said the agreements are for its Big Beau Solar+Storage (BBSS) Project in Kern County.

The agreements have been signed with Silicon Valley Clean Energy, which will purchase 55% of the systems output, and Monterey Bay Community Power, which will purchase the remaining 45%.

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‘Safer lithium’ start-up Soteria named ‘most fundable’ company

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

South California start-up Soteria Battery Innovation Group has been ranked top of a ‘Most Fundable Companies’ league table launched by a leading US business school.

Pepperdine Graziadio Business School’s (PGBS) inaugural list ranked Soteria first for its work to develop and promote materials for lithium-ion batteries that reduce weight, improve safety, and reduce cost.

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SoCal Edison selects esVolta to shore up grid with storage

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
SoCal Edison Aliso Canyon ESS

Utility-scale energy storage developer esVolta has been chosen to supply four lithium-ion battery storage systems to provide “incremental capacity” in California for utility Southern California Edison Company (SCE).

SCE said the systems, with a combined battery storage capacity of 38.5 megawatt-hours, would provide incremental capacity at specifically targeted locations, in order to improve the reliability of SCE’s electric distribution system”.

The installations in Riverside and Ventura counties— the contracts for which are subject to approval by the California Public Utilities Commission— will also “avoid more costly system upgrades that would otherwise be necessary to meet anticipated load demand”, SCE said.

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Nevada study endorses ‘cost-effective’ battery storage

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Nevada energy

The potential for cost-effective battery storage projects in the US state of Nevada could range from 700 megawatts to more than 1,000MW by 2030, according to a new economic study.

The Brattle Group report, prepared for the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada and the Nevada Governor's Office of Energy, also found that— for the Nevada system with a peak demand of roughly 8,500MW— up to 175MW of utility-scale battery storage with a four-hour storage capacity could be deployed cost effectively by 2020. 

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US states ramp up battery storage

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:20 -- Xuan Zhong
US states ramp up battery storage

Nevada and California have announced moves to expand battery energy storage facilities across the two states.

In Nevada, utility NV Energy is asking regulators to back plans to build six solar energy plants with three related BESS facilities with a combined storage capacity of 100 megawatts.

 

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Golden State to grill lead batteries

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:36 -- News Editor
Golden State to grill lead batteries

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) last week published its 2018-2020 Draft Priority Product Work Plan that will put pressure on lead battery manufactures to see whether there are “safer alternatives” to the existing products.

The much-anticipated plan identifies the product categories that DTSC will evaluate over the next three years as potential "priority products" under California's green chemistry programme.

 

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PG&E seeks 165MW California Li-ion storage go-ahead

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
PG&E seeks 165MW California Li-ion storage go-ahead

US electric utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is asking regulators in California to approve proposed deals for six new lithium-ion battery storage projects.

Contracts for the projects, which would see an additional 165MW of energy storage capacity built in the state, were drawn up following a request for offers for new storage issued by PG&E a year ago.

 

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Battery makers take safety case for lead to regulators

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 11:09 -- Xuan Zhong
Battery makers take safety case for lead to regulators

Lead industry leaders in California are to hold talks with regulators as part of a review of lead-acid batteries under the state’s ‘safer consumer products’ (SCP) initiative.

State governor Jerry Brown (pictured) ordered the review last year in the wake of the closure of Exide Technologies’ troubled Vernon lead-acid battery recycling plant.

 

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Wood you believe it?

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 10:51 -- Xuan Zhong
Wood you believe it?

Sharp Electronics and CivicSolar are teaming up to prove they can knock thousands of dollars off Californian businesses’ energy bills.

US solar equipment distributor CivicSolar is now offering Sharp’s SmartStorage energy storage system through its network of solar PV installers.

 

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