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Utility turns to BESS to modernise California gas plant

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 12:25 -- Paul Crompton
Utility turns to BESS to modernise California gas plant

California’s clean energy revolution is marching ahead with power utility Glendale Water & Power (GWP) receiving approval to replace its gas-powered Grayson Power Plant with a combination of renewables, energy storage and thermal generation.

The California, US, company has been given the go ahead to install 75MW/300MWh of energy storage alongside 50MW of distributed energy resources and 93MW of thermal generation, from up to five internal combustion engines, by the Glendale City Council, in Los Angeles county.

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NY to invest in BESS incentives for Long Island

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 13:23 -- John Shepherd
NY to invest in BESS incentives for Long Island

New York State has announced a $55 million investment plan to deploy battery energy storage systems on Long Island, including commercial and residential projects.

Governor Andrew Cuomo (pictured) said the programme would be launched with an initial rollout of nearly $15m in incentives from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

 
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UK under fire for battery storage tax hike proposal

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 09:47 -- John Shepherd
UK under fire for battery storage tax hike proposal

UK proposals to increase tax on low-carbon technologies such as battery storage— announced as Britain had its first week without using electricity from burning coal since the 1880s— have come under fire from the renewables industry.

The surprise bid to increase value added tax (VAT) rates on a range of technologies, also including solar and biomass boilers, was made during a consultation launched by the government’s tax collector HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
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Utility sells battery assets stake to boost investment

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 14:58 -- John Shepherd
Utility sells battery assets stake to boost investment

US-based power company Duke Energy is selling a minority stake in its renewables business including battery storage assets to infrastructure investment firm John Hancock.

Duke said the sale would help fund “future growth capital plans”— and as a continuing majority owner, Duke committed to expanding its commercial renewable energy business.

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US West Coast project combines storage with solar, wind

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Portland General Electric (PGE) and NextEra Energy Resources are planning to construct a new energy project in Eastern Oregon, described as the “nation’s first major energy facility co-locating wind, solar and battery storage”.

The Wheatridge Renewable Energy project will combine 300MW of wind generation, 50MW of solar, and 30 MW of battery storage, which will be the largest storage facility in the state of Oregon.

The wind generation will come from 120 wind turbines, manufactured by GE Renewable Energy. “The specific equipment to be used at the associated solar farm and battery storage facility is still to be determined, the project partners said.

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Green light for Nevada utility’s battery storage projects

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
NV Energy logo

The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) has given approval for six NV Energy projects in the state— collectively the “largest clean energy investment in Nevada History”— as the utility moves towards its long-term commitment to providing 100% of its energy through renewables.

Three of the projects will be located in northern Nevada, three in the south. The projects represent a direct investment to Nevada of more than US$2 billion, and will bring an aggregate 1,001 megawatts of solar photovoltaic generation to the state.

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Battery system at heart of microgrid in Micronesia

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Palau, Micronesia

The government of the Pacific Ocean island nation of Palau has signed an agreement to install a battery system at the heart of a solar and storage microgrid.

The agreement with Engie Electro Power Systems (Engie EPS) will see the creation of the 100-megawatt ‘Armonia’ microgrid— comprising 45 megawatt-hours of battery storage and a 35MW solar photovoltaic project to be integrated with existing diesel generating facilities.

Engie EPS general manager and CEO, Carlalberto Guglielminotti, claimed the microgrid “would not be just one of the largest storage-enabled solar projects in world, but a pioneering showcase for the whole global energy sector”.

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BESS booster for Los Angeles utility

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 09:46 -- News Editor
BESS booster for Los Angeles utility

Doosan GridTech is building a 20MW lithium-ion battery storage system in the Mojave Desert for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).

Doosan has been awarded the contract for the $19.2 million project at the utility’s Beacon Solar Plant (pictured). The batteries are set to manage 600MW of solar power and 135MW of wind power generated by LADWP’s utility-scale renewable projects.

 

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In-depth report exposes lithium-ion fake news

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 11:09 -- News Editor
In-depth report exposes lithium-ion fake news

A damning critique of some of the half-truths the lithium-ion battery industry has disseminated in technical media and online is presented in the summer’s issue of Batteries and Energy Storage Technology Magazine.

Written by Dr Mike McDonagh, the publication’s technical editor, the article, entitled True Li-es, pours cold water on some of the general claims made by the industry that have made it the chemistry of choice for large-scale energy storage projects— vital for the widespread introduction of renewables.

 

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Green tech firm aims to decentralise Australia’s energy model

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 15:01 -- Paul Crompton
Green tech firm aims to decentralise Australia’s energy model

Australian renewables and battery storage management software firm GreenSync has raised $8.7 million (AUS$11.5 million) to take its technology to international markets.

The cash was raised in a Series B funding round led by Australian government-owned Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) which committed $5million (US$3.78million) and Southern Cross Venture Partners. 

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