GE’s Largest Battery Deal Yet Will Support a 200MW Australian Solar Plant

GE won its biggest grid battery deal so far, to supply a solar plant in South Australia. The 200-megawatt Solar River plant will be coupled with a 100-megawatt/300-megawatt-hour GE Reservoir grid storage system. Solar River could start generating power as early as 2021. This battery will outrank South Australia’s Hornsdale Power Reserve, the Tesla-supplied system that currently holds the title for world’s largest. Like that battery, it will provide fast-reacting capacity for a state grid dealing with rapid renewables growth and baseload coal retirement. But the GE system will use its longer energy duration to turn solar power into a dispatchable resource.

Energy Optimized: Wärtsilä Energy’s White Paper on Greensmith Technology

Today’s energy landscape is changing. There is a global energy transition underway in which renewable energy sources, led by wind and solar power, will ultimately replace legacy thermal generation. Falling supply costs, coupled with technology innovations in energy storage, software, and automation, are facilitating this change. This sponsored white paper explores:

  1. The diverse challenges facing electric grids today
  2. Optimization of energy generation
  3. Smart algorithms and the modular ‘rules-based engine’
  4. Greensmith’s GEMS optimisation software platform and controls suite

Enabling Versatility: Allowing Hybrid Resources to Deliver Their Full Value to Customers

Hybrid resources are growing dramatically. Energy storage-paired generators offer enhanced capabilities and can respond to economic signals differently than traditional generator resources. Yet, many grid planning rules overstate the cost of interconnecting hybrid resources, and operating rules unduly limit the flexibility and other services that these resources can provide. Industry practices, market rules, and regulations need to be updated to remove barriers to entry and allow these resources to offer their full value to the power system, which will enhance market competition and ensure just and reasonable rates.

Power Plants with Energy Storage Can Boost Electric Market Competition and Lower Costs

As electricity markets innovate with new technologies to increase system reliability and efficiency, a new industry white paper released today shows how energy storage projects integrated with power plants, such as wind and solar power, are crucial to providing greater value to the electric grid, facilitating greater market competition and lowering electricity costs for consumers. The white paper, entitled Enabling Versatility: Allowing Hybrid Resources to Deliver Their Full Value to Customers, is the product of a collaboration between Grid Strategies and the U.S. Energy Storage Association.

California Supercharges Battery Incentive for Wildfire-Vulnerable Homes

California has passed its first-ever subsidy aimed specifically at bringing more distributed solar and energy storage to people at highest risk of having their power shut off by utilities trying to prevent wildfires. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved changes late last week to the Self-Generation Incentive Program, the state’s premier behind-the-meter battery incentive program. Among them is a $100 million carve-out for vulnerable households and critical services in “high fire threat districts,” offering incentives that could pay for nearly all of a typical residential battery installation, according to the CPUC analysis.

Renewables, Storage Poised to Undercut Natural Gas Prices, Increase Stranded Assets: RMI

Wind, solar, and storage projects, combined with demand-side management, have reached a ‘tipping point,’ meaning they’re now able to compete alongside natural gas on price while providing the same reliability services. But unlike the fluctuating price of fuels, these technologies’ prices are expected to continue dropping, according to a pair of reports released by the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Alabama Power Moves Forward on Solar & Storage

Alabama Power is about to join the big leagues for solar + storage. Earlier this month the Southern Company subsidiary asked state regulators for permission to procure power from 400 MW of solar and energy storage, along with plans to add new gas turbines to existing plants, acquire a new plant and enter into a new contract for more gas.