Recent NY-BEST News and Notes

News stories and other notes about NY-BEST, New York State and the Battery and Energy Storage Industry beyond New York. Only the last few weeks of news are shown here, to see older news click here.

 NY-BEST Member

New York City peaker rule compliance filings show mixed approach to tighter emissions rules
5 days 9 hours ago
All of the 543-MW Ravenswood Generating Station's seventeen simple-cycle combustion turbines located in New York City will be shut down and retired prior to the May 1, 2023, peaker rule compliance date.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk vows to make ventilators at Buffalo plant
1 week 2 days ago
New York invested $750 million to help build a solar-panel plant in Buffalo. Now the plant might prove helpful in the fight against coronavirus.
NextEra's secret recipe for energy storage: Planning
1 week 3 days ago
NextEra Energy, North America's leading wind and solar generator, is adopting an aggressive approach on the falling cost of energy storage by evaluating the addition of batteries to its existing solar facilities.
New York allocates 1 GW of solar as renewables auction delivers $18.59/MWh average price
1 week 4 days ago
Some 21 large scale clean energy projects with 1,278 MW of new capacity have been awarded, with 17 of the projects supplying 1,090 MW of solar.
New York sets aside electric bus subsidies
1 week 6 days ago
Government agencies in the US state of New York are providing more than 24 million dollars from the Diesel-Gate Volkswagen funding pot to help operators to replace diesel-powered vehicles with new battery-electric buses.
Li-Cycle delivers first batch of recycled battery materials
1 week 6 days ago
Canada’s Li-Cycle recycling company announces that it has completed its first commercial shipment of recycled battery materials. The firm says it can recover over 80 per cent of the elements found in lithium-ion batteries.
NYSERDA announces 21 renewables projects to boost affordable energy
2 weeks 3 days ago
New York governor Andrew M. Cuomo has unveiled the details of the awards for 21 large-scale solar, wind, and energy storage projects across upstate New York, totalling 1,278MW of new renewable capacity.
New York to host second 15-hour duration zinc battery energy storage system
3 weeks 1 day ago
Start-up Zinc8 Energy Solutions has made a deal to deploy a 100kW/1.5MWh zinc-air battery energy storage system in New York City, with financial support to come from NYSERDA.
Lucid Motors selects LG Chem cylindrical batteries, hopefully avoiding bottlenecks
1 month 4 days ago
Last week Lucid Motors announced that they would unveil the production version of their highly anticipated Lucid Air in New York in April. Accompanying the announcement was the confirmation that the company would use cylindrical batteries from LG Chem rather than their pouches.

 Beyond New York

COVID-19: Solar and storage installs considered ‘essential services’ in locked-down California
1 week 3 days ago
Installing and maintaining renewable energy resources can be viewed as an “essential service”, according to the California Solar + Storage Association (CALSSA)
A New Battery Breakthrough That Could Save Electric Vehicles During a Recession
1 week 4 days ago
A little-noticed breakthrough in automotive batteries has shaken up China’s EV market, and now is about to arrive in the United States, where GM and VW already have their hands on it.
Sonnen: Latest German VPP’s use of blockchain ‘proves energy storage can solve grid congestion’
1 week 5 days ago
Blockchain technology and a digital trading platform is enabling sonnen’s latest virtual power plant (VPP) project in northeast Germany to store wind energy that would otherwise be curtailed and ‘lost’.
Electric car emissions myth 'busted'
1 week 5 days ago
Fears that electric cars could actually increase carbon emissions are a damaging myth, new research shows.
Energy storage roundup: If solar development was checkers, then storage is three-dimensional chess
1 week 5 days ago
Storage is complicated, and a new study of the value of energy storage explains some patterns in storage adoption and deployment
New Road Map to a US Hydrogen Economy
1 week 6 days ago
The Road Map stresses the versatility of hydrogen as an enabler of the renewable energy system; an energy vector that can be transported and stored; and a fuel for the transportation sector, heating of buildings and providing heat and feedstock to industry.
Faster than filling up with gas': These ultracapacitors will change electric cars, says startup
2 weeks 1 day ago
Skeleton Technologies says in 3 to 5 years its ultracapacitors can provide the range for an average daily EV drive.
Companies Report a Rush of Electric Vehicle Battery Advances
2 weeks 2 days ago
Advances in anodes, cathodes, and electrolytes suggest tomorrow’s EV power train may be quite different from today’s
Lead batteries make innovation push to better compete for energy storage projects
2 weeks 2 days ago
The Consortium for Battery Innovation is requesting bids for research projects from universities, companies and other institutions into ways to increase the efficiency of lead batteries to make them a more economic storage technology that can back up renewable energy and provide demand response.
Future VW Electric Vehicles Will Send Power Back to the Grid
2 weeks 5 days ago
The chief strategist at Volkswagen says vehicle-to-grid technology will open up new business opportunities for the automaker.
Forging ahead: Five things we learned at the Energy Storage Summit 2020
1 month 1 day ago
Last week’s Energy Storage Summit, held at the Victoria Park Plaza in London, brought together some of the biggest and best the industry has to offer.
Vermont city hopes ‘Airbnb for EV charging’ will give renters new options
1 month 2 days ago
Burlington Electric is partnering with a software company on a pilot program to spur charging at apartment buildings.
Forward-thinking US states charge ahead on energy storage
1 month 3 days ago
In the US, energy storage has quickly become a featured issue among legislative and regulatory discussions across the country.
Energy storage projects reach ‘investment-grade’ with esVolta’s $140 million debt facility
1 month 4 days ago
esVolta, a developer of utility-scale battery energy storage projects, recently closed a $140 million senior secured credit facility to finance a 136 MW/480 MWh portfolio of eight storage projects in California.