How did Massachusetts Blossom Into an Environment Ripe for Energy Storage, Pushing Technology and Business Models to the Cutting Edge?

Today’s energy storage technology can help power the country more efficiently and sustainably, and it’s getting better all the time. However, this resource’s greatest strength—the ability to both take in and let out energy rapidly—can be complicated to properly value. Having an energy storage system provide just one service can be expensive, and it’s a big waste of potential. Enter Massachusetts, where the stars have aligned and the full potential of energy storage may soon be on display, providing not one or two services, but seven or eight with a single project.

APS Issues RFPs for More Renewable Energy

Arizona Public Service Company (APS) announced it is issuing two requests for proposals next month as part of its campaign to bring more solar and wind energy into its portfolio. The two new RFPs will add enough solar and wind resources to power more than half a million homes, about 2,500 megawatts, by 2021, company officials said. Earlier this year, the company also successfully closed two RFPs for large battery installations to store renewable energy to use after the sun goes down.

LCUS: A New Way to Accurately Measure Energy Storage Costs

It is often difficult to evaluate the benefits, effectiveness and costs of energy storage technologies. These benefits are dependent on how one uses storage and which technology is used for what purpose. The cost of using an energy storage asset also depends on the initial material and installation costs, as well as how well it is maintained during its service life. These aspects are interconnected and, until now, customers have not been able to easily access this information with a simple test. The new Levelized Cost of Using Storage method combines acquisition costs, O&M, expected use, and service life data into a single meaningful metric to compare different energy storage technologies.

GlidePath Acquires 149MW Texas Wind Portfolio with Storage Additions Planned

GlidePath Power Solutions has acquired eight wind projects in North Texas with a total capacity of 149MW. The portfolio, purchased from Exelon Generation, will be optimised by GlidePath while it plans how best to add energy storage on-site at each project. The projects are all north of Amarillo and sell into the Southwest Power Pool (SPP). According to GlidePath, they will be the first battery storage projects in the SPP.

The Energy Transition in 4 Charts

There is little debate that the energy transition is underway. However, the speed at which it is happening is very much in flux. Wood Mackenzie recently compiled some of its latest power and renewables forecasts into a presentation that shows its most recent outlooks across sectors.

UL Issues Its First Certification for EV Battery Recycling, Repurposing for Energy Storage

UL has granted its first certification to UL 1974, the Standard for Evaluation for Repurposing Batteries, to 4R Energy Corporation. Outlining how to sort and grade battery packs, modules and cells that were originally made for electric vehicles (EV) and other applications, UL 1974 helps identify a battery’s state-of-health and introduces ratings to determine the viability for their continued use. Through this process, performance-validated “second-life” batteries can be utilized for energy storage systems to provide a safe, reliable, clean energy source.

NEC to Install More than 20MW of Municipal Energy Storage Projects in New England

NEC Energy Solutions has announced six additional energy storage projects of more than 20 MW at municipal power plants throughout New England. The new projects follow the model of the Sterling Municipal Light Department installed two years ago that has saved ratepayers more than $1 million on their utility bills. These energy storage systems reduce costs for transmission and capacity charges, which directly benefit the ratepayers. In Sterling, NEC’s GSS® Grid Storage Solution also provides resiliency for the community in the event of an outage from severe weather and other causes

Long Read: The Dawn of Megastorage

Plummeting costs, industry maturity, and the ever-increasing penetration of global renewables are expanding the use cases for battery storage technology. Over the past year and a half, storage projects are increasing significantly in both scope and capacity.

Sunnova Partners With California Roofer Ahead of Solar Mandate

A high-profile solar-homebuilder partnership has emerged from the flurry of activity surrounding California’s new solar home mandate, which goes into effect in 2020. Residential solar provider Sunnova and PetersenDean, a California-based company that installs roofs and solar, will work together on solar and storage leases and power-purchase agreements in the state. California’s new policy requires solar installations on new residential buildings under three-stories.