TEP Ranks Among Nation’s Top Utilities for Expanding Energy Storage

TUCSON, Ariz.–Tucson Electric Power (TEP) has developed energy storage systems at a scale that ranks among the utility industry’s leaders, according to a report released today by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA).  TEP was ranked second in the nation for per-capita additions to its energy storage resources in 2017 with 50 watts per customer. SEPA also ranked TEP third in the nation for new energy storage capacity for adding 21 megawatts (MW) of battery storage systems to its local electric grid.

NY Latest Renewables RFP to Spur $1.5B Investment

New York announced its second large-scale renewables solicitation on Wednesday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) estimated that it could drive up to $1.5 billion in green energy investments. The bids are expected to support the generation of 1.5 million MWh annually — roughly the annual energy consumption of 200,000 homes — contributing to the state’s goal of reaching 50% renewable energy by 2030.

sonnen-Engie Partner up in France to Sell Solar-plus-Storage Through ‘Shared vision’

French utility Engie and German energy storage firm sonnen have signed a strategtic partnership to offer a package of solar and energy storage to households in France. The ‘My Power’ package is already available and Engie has identified 3 million customers in France living in detached houses that are conducive to using the solar-storage combination. Moreover, customers in southern France could power close to 100% (up to 95%) of their electricity needs through the package in the summer months between May and September, with northern customers able to generate around two thirds of their power demand. Sonnen spokesman Mathias Bloch emailed Energy-Storage.News this week to confirm reports of the deal which had appeared in various news outlets.

50 States of Storage Under Speakes-Backman’s Thumb

Kelly Speakes-Backman, the CEO of the Energy Storage Association, spoke with pv magazine about storage and the challenges of state-level advocacy at ESA’s annual conference in Boston.  As solar industry professionals, we’re all familiar with the 50 state markets that we deal with. What are the politicians thinking? Is there a new Governor coming in? What is the business environment going to look like in six? nine? twenty-four months? And how much should we invest in our operations in these complex states?

Overheard at the Energy Storage Association Annual Conference

BOSTON — Energy storage deployment will likely grow to 35 GW by 2025 as consumers, businesses and government agencies increasingly support the technology, industry experts said last week. “Our industry created the momentum for the unanimous support to unleash the benefits of storage through FERC Order 841,” Energy Storage Association CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman said at her organization’s 28th annual conference. “This is a watershed moment, friends, this is our moment.” (See FERC Rules to Boost Storage Role in Markets.)

Leading ESA Policy Engagement #ESACon18

Jason Burwen, VP of Policy at ESA, explains how the energy storage association advocates for removing barriers to energy storage participation to wholesale markets as well as the creating framework to allow connection to the grid. Bill Homes from K&L Gates moderates.

NEC to Supply 20 MW Energy Storage System to Orsted UK

WESTBOROUGH, Mass.–NEC Energy Solutions (NEC ES), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, is supplying Orsted UK with a 20 MW GSS® Grid Storage Solution. Once completed and operational by the end of 2018, the system will be used to provide services to the UK’s National Grid to help manage grid stability during changes between peak and low power demand.

Colorado Senate Approves Second Storage Bill, Waits on House

The Colorado Senate on Monday voted 26-9 on third reading to approve HB18-1270, which directs the development of mechanisms to enable investor-owned utilities to acquire energy storage systems, while restricting their size to 15 MW. Because amendments were added on the floor, it will need to be approved again by the House. The bill would direct state regulators to “establish mechanisms” for investor-owned electric utilities to procure energy storage systems. Some criteria would need to be satisfied, however.

NextEra Moves Deeper into Solar Power and Solar Plus Storage

While power sector holdouts such as FirstEnergy get headlines by pushing for disingenuous regulatory changes in a vain attempt to make the future look like the past, many U.S. power companies are seeing the light in the low and predictable costs of large-scale wind and solar. One of the leaders in this regard is Florida power company NextEra Energy. The company’s Q1 2018 results show NextEra building not only large amounts of solar both through generation arm NextEra Energy Resources and utility Florida Power and Light, but also beginning to deploy large-scale energy storage through both companies.