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

The Utility Dive Awards for 2018
1 week 4 days ago
CEO OF THE YEAR JIM ROBO As the largest provider of wind and solar power in the world, NextEra's executive team, particularly CEO Jim Robo, guided the company's steady, disciplined growth. UTILITY OF THE YEAR XCEL ENERGY The company is a leader in the U.S. power sector's transition to a clean energy future, making significant investments in renewable energy and electric vehicles while pursuing innovative business models. INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR LON HUBER Huber has worked on a number of rate-design plans and policies, such as the Clean Peak Standard, aimed at offering long term benefits for all ratepayers.
City of Huntington Beach Taps Stem for AI-Powered Energy Storage
2 weeks 20 hours ago
The City of Huntington Beach, California, selected Stem, Inc. to build a 235 kilowatt-hour AI-powered energy storage system for its new Civic Center. When operations begin early next year, the system is expected to predict the facility’s energy demand, saving the city money. Demand charges can make up more than 50% of a utility customer’s monthly bill, Stem says. The Millbrae, California-based company developed artificial intelligence called Athena for energy storage and virtual power plants that optimizes the timing of energy use and facilitates consumers’ participation in energy markets. Stem noted that the City of Huntington Beach’s use of AI-powered energy storage complements a suite of municipal energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives, pairing energy storage with 2 MW of solar photovoltaic generation at the Civic Center, City Library, and City Yard.
Highview Power Wins Regen Green Energy Award
2 weeks 1 day ago
Highview Power, the global leader in long-duration energy storage solutions, announced today that its Pilsworth plant featuring its proprietary liquid air energy storage (LAES) technology won the Regen Green Energy Award in the Clean Energy Innovation category. "We are thrilled to have won a Regen Green Energy Award and would like to offer our congratulations to our fellow finalists and thanks to the judges that selected us for this honour," said Javier Cavada, President and CEO of Highview Power. "It is now time for liquid air energy storage and we are ready to increase the momentum towards a world that is 100 percent powered by clean energy. Our Viridor Pilsworth project is actively proving how effective LAES systems can be at balancing the grid and providing revenue streams for utilities, particularly when integrated with renewables." Regen is a not-for-profit centre of energy expertise and market insight whose mission is to transform the world's energy systems for a low carbon future. The Green Energy Awards are given annually to top businesses, public sector organisations, community groups, and individuals from across the UK that are spearheading the transition to a more decentralised, decarbonised, and democratic energy system. Highview Power's LAES technology was chosen over four other category finalists amongst a record number of entries for the award.
Eos Energy Storage Partners with Peaxy to Implement an Integrated Data Strategy for Battery R & D, Manufacturing, and Operations
2 weeks 2 days ago
Peaxy has been selected by Eos Energy Storage to implement an integrated data strategy that lets Eos access advanced analytics to improve how its data supports business objectives. Peaxy is adapting its asset management application, Peaxy Lifecycle Intelligence (PLI), to meet the specific needs of a data-intensive energy storage innovator like Eos. PLI will enable Eos to speed up its R&D efforts, minimize manufacturing variability, and more accurately predict maintenance needs. "We're in a data intensive industry, so it's important we get all our data to work for us," says Philippe Bouchard, SVP of Business Development at Eos. "Partnering with Peaxy ensures that we build the right data foundations to continuously innovate as a company — across R&D, manufacturing, and operations."
Toshiba and Johnson Controls Tie Up For Li-Ion Battery
2 weeks 2 days ago
Japanese engineering firm Toshiba and Ireland-based industrial conglomerate Johnson Controls are planning to co-operate on lithium-ion power battery business amid a growing shift to electric vehicles (EV) from vehicles running on fossil fuels. Toshiba subsidiary Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions and Johnson Controls' power solutions unit have agreed to work together to develop and manufacture lithium-ion batteries, using existing lead-acid battery technology as part of dual-battery systems, at Johnson Control's plant in Michigan. The companies aims to achieve higher efficiency, less complexity and lower costs, combining their developed technologies. Toshiba is gearing up efforts to expand its share of the global battery market, aiming to grow its lithium-ion battery business to ¥400bn ($3.5bn) by 2030.
New Hampshire Settlement Moves 'Cutting Edge' Utility BTM Storage Pilot Forward
2 weeks 3 days ago
Just in time for the holidays, New Hampshire has given U.S. utilities a template for a groundbreaking utility-owned, customer-sited battery energy storage pilot. Liberty Utilities has proposed a pilot that will initiate one of the most ambitious tests of a utility's ability to use behind-the-meter battery storage systems. A settlement that will move the 12-month proceeding forward was agreed to Nov. 19 by environmental and consumer advocates. Because it would be only the second regulator-approved program for utility ownership of behind the meter resources in the country, third-party solar-plus-storage installers Sunrun and ReVision Energy did not sign on to the final settlement. But, appeased by the promise of a major role in the program's phase two, which would be one of the first in the U.S. to include private sector participation alongside the utility, they elected not to oppose it.
Solar + Storage Microgrids are Electrifying Towns Across the Phillipines
2 weeks 4 days ago
The small Filipino town of Paluan on the island of Mindoro has been electrified with the installation of its own Tesla battery powered solar plus storage minigrid. The new minigrid provides power to local residents who had been living on just a few hours of unstable electricity that came and went as inconsistently as the weather. To solve the situation, a new solar plus storage plus diesel solution was installed that provides stable power to residents 24 hours a day, 7 days per week for the first time ever. The system leverages a 2 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic solar installation and a 1.8 MW / 1.5 MWh Tesla Powerpack installation. The solar installation provides the bulk of the electricity required to supply the needs of residents, and the Tesla Powerpack installation stores up excess daytime solar production which can be used through the night.
OPG Partners to Bring Energy Storage to Ontario Manufacturers
3 weeks 20 hours ago
Ontario Power Generation announced on Wednesday, Nov. 14 that it's launched a new partnership with an American company to help Ontario manufacturers manage electricity costs with advanced energy storage systems. OPG announced the partnership with Stem, Inc., a leader in artificial intelligence-driven energy storage services. The advanced energy storage systems can store energy on site and performs real-time energy optimization that reduces on-site peak energy demand — which is good for the environment and saves the manufacturer money on hydro costs. “This new and innovative partnership will help improve electricity cost management for Ontario’s industrial and manufacturing customers,” Jeff Lyash, OPG president and CEO, said in a press release. “Our experience in the Ontario electricity market, combined with Stem’s expertise in AI and innovative energy storage technology, will allow the partnership to provide a flexible solution for current and future customer benefits.”
NEC Delivers Brace of UK Projects in Latest Contract Wins
3 weeks 20 hours ago
NEC Energy Solutions has been selected by the UK’s first listed fund targeting energy storage to deliver two projects totalling 19MW, including what could be the largest behind the meter installation in the country. Gore Street Capital’s Energy Storage Fund acquired the Port of Tilbury and Lower Road projects from Origami Energy in September. They both had all land and grid access rights, planning and other consents necessary to start construction and enter operations upon acquisition. NEC will carry out the EPC duties, supported by Nippon Koei (NK), to begin construction in December 2018 and January 2019 respectively, with commercial operations scheduled to start in mid‐2019.
California Set to Build the World's Largest Battery System
3 weeks 20 hours ago
California, already a state leading the way to a renewable future has just passed a historic vote that will see it replace three natural-gas power plants with utility-grade lithium-ion batteries from Tesla. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted 4-1 to approved Pacific Gas & Electric's proposal that when completed will be the world's largest battery system. The system is made up of four separate energy storage projects. The vote is particularly important as it is the first time ever that a utility and its regulators have replaced power plants with a renewable energy source.
New York Announces $250M Electric Vehicle Corridor, DC Fast Charger Rollout
3 weeks 3 days ago
New York, like a growing number of states, sees electrified transportation as a key strategy in meeting broader emissions and environmental goals. And that approach is showing up in millions of dollars spent on infrastructure, in an effort to boost widespread adoption. Along with the expansion of public fast charger networks across the state, New York says it has also approved regulatory actions to lower residential charging rates, and issued more than 11,000 rebates to consumers for purchasing electric vehicles. Cuomo's long-term clean energy goals call for reducing carbon emissions 40% by 2030 from 1990 levels. NYPA President and CEO Gil Quiniones said the plan is to "aggressively accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles" throughout the state.
StorEn's Vanadium Flow Battery Has Arrived at Stony Brook University
3 weeks 4 days ago
The StorEn Technologies* vanadium flow battery prototype has arrived at Stony Brook University in New York. This battery, featuring StorEn’s proprietary technology will undergo extensive independent validation at the Advanced Energy Research & Technology Center (AERTC) at Stony Brook University. This session follows their internal testing performed at the Environment Park. StorEn has been hosting an equity crowdfunding campaign to raise funds, and wishes to express sincere gratitude to everyone who has invested in our project. They raised just over half a million dollars in investment funds, which will enable StorEn to complete the next step in the company’s roadmap towards manufacturing. To continue to stay tuned to StorEn’s progress, you can stay tuned to StorEn’s StartEngine campaign page and on social media, to keep our community informed of developments. Stay in touch with us and please consider sharing our campaign with others. Regulations ensure that equity crowdfunding can be open for just 12 months, thus the StorEn campaign will be ending soon.
Stem is Moving Beyond Energy Storage Into Solar+Storage Solutions
4 weeks 20 hours ago
Stem Inc, is the market leader in behind-the-meter energy storage, delivering turnkey solutions to customers as a means of bringing meaningful reductions in demand charges to customers. CleanTechnica connected with Stem’s SVP of global sales and marketing, Alan Russo, at Solar Power International this year to get the inside scoop on what makes Stem tick today and how that’s changing now that it is folding solar into its catalog of turnkey solutions. Stem’s bread and butter is bringing its technical expertise to customers being hit with large demand charges, time of use rates, high electric bills, or just looking to save some money month to month on their utility bills. They work with customers to custom design a solution that Stem then brings to the customer to ultimately deliver on the value proposition identified.
Barrier to Energy Storage in New York?
1 month 20 hours ago
New York is crafting one of the most ambitious energy storage targets in the nation, but major barriers could make it difficult to meet the target, according to a recent filing with state regulators by storage developer GI Energy. The affiliate of Shell New Energies US argues that energy storage developers face “massive uncertainty” regarding undefined delivery service rates for energy storage placed in front of the meter. The company made the argument within a docket that the Public Service Commission opened seeking comments on the state’s energy storage roadmap (Case 18-E-0130). Andrew Cuomo, New York’s Democratic governor, has called for a 1,500 MW energy storage target, but state agencies in June released an energy storage roadmap that cites the potential for as much as 3,000 MW.
Can Tesla Maintain Its Positioning as VW Doubles Down on the EV Market?
1 month 1 day ago
German auto major Volkswagen looks set to double down on its electric vehicle program, planning a low cost EV that could start from under €20,000 (about $23,000) while introducing as many as 50 models on the road across its brands in the coming years, as it looks to adapt to the shift to all-electric drivetrains. Other manufacturers from both the luxury and mass markets are investing heavily in EVs, considering their superior performance and relatively lower mechanical complexity, and early examples indicate that they are getting the EV formula right. In this note, we take a look at where EV pioneer Tesla could stand as competition from the likes of VW heats up the EV market.
Batteries Will Replace California Gas Plants as PG&E Proposal Approved
1 month 1 day ago
A proposal by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), one of California’s three main investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to deploy large-scale energy storage to replace peaking natural gas plants has been approved by the state’s regulator. Last week, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued its approval of three capacity contracts and one power purchase agreement (PPA) for 567.5MW of energy storage capacity to be built across four large-scale battery storage systems. Significantly, each will store energy for four hours, making them viable capacity resources to replace gas plants. PG&E submitted its proposal to the commission in late June and said the selected projects had been awarded from more than 100 options from around 30 submitted proposals with the solicitation launched to address local voltage issues as well as capacity deficiencies in specific sub-areas of the utility’s service area.
Leclanché Energy Storage Solutions Selected by Kongsberg
1 month 2 days ago
Leading global maritime technology company Kongsberg Maritime has selected Leclanché, one of the world’s leading storage solutions companies, as its battery partner and supplier of customized marine energy storage solutions. The partnership contributes to Kongsberg’s new generation of hybrid power solutions, which are set to deliver game-changing efficiencies and reduce the environmental impact of transportation with cutting-edge autonomous and crewed vessel newbuilds. Leclanché’s batteries will be an integral part of Kongsberg’s hybrid solutions. Through the partnership, Leclanché will deliver one of the largest single marine battery system order to date for 9 vessels totalling 45MWh batteries. The systems will be built at Leclanché’s facility in Switzerland with the cells manufactured at Leclanché’s Willstätt facility in Germany.
EDF Signs PPAs for Huge California Solar-plus-Storage Project
1 month 2 days ago
Two community energy suppliers in California followed up an agreement to buy power from a large-scale solar-plus-storage farm with another, project developer EDF Renewables has announced. reported at the end of October that Monterey Bay Community Energy (MBCE) and Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SCVE) had agreed 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Recurrent Energy, the US developer owned by Canadian Solar. Through that deal, MBCE and SCVE will buy 45% and 55% respectively of output from Slate, a 150MW solar farm in Kern County, paired with 45MW / 150MWh of lithium battery storage which enables four hours of dispatchable solar energy, helping mitigate late afternoon and evening peaks in demand as solar production tails off.
MidAmerican Installing Battery Storage Pilot Project
1 month 5 days ago
Des Moines, Iowa-based MidAmerican Energy Co. has announced plans to install a utility-scale battery energy storage system, enabling the utility to store electricity for later use. The pilot project will provide 4 MWh of storage capacity and supply 1 MW of power for up to four hours. MidAmerican says 1 MW is enough electricity to power about 900 average Iowa homes. Chicago-based Invenergy will install the lithium-iron phosphate battery system, housed in two truck-sized steel containers, at a MidAmerican Energy substation in Knoxville, Iowa. The new system is expected to begin operating by the end of December.

 Beyond New York

Billionaires Love Energy Storage But Can Energy Storage Make Its Own Billionaire
2 weeks 20 hours ago
This year, yet another billionaire took a big bet on energy storage - twice. First, Patrick Soon-Shiong’s company NantEnergy bought zinc-air battery manufacturer Fluidic and earlier this month, he added in Sharp’s SmartStorage division in the US. Soon-Shiong is treading a well-worn path. Wang Chuanfu, the head of Chinese firm BYD, has seen his company become a major electric vehicle and stationary energy storage manufacturer. Elon Musk, of course, segued Tesla into stationary storage as well. And one of the solar industry’s self-made billionaires, Jifan Gao, has also moved into energy storage. Billion-dollar companies like Aggrekko, Wartsilla and Total have all completed energy storage acquisitions in recent times.
How Congestion Pricing Can Help Electrify the City's Bus Fleets and Improve Air Quality
2 weeks 20 hours ago
Tons of ink has been spilled on the woes of the New York City subway system and the congestion pricing solution that would help fund its long-overdue improvements. But congestion pricing can be much more than just a subway-fixing fund. It could also enable the electrification of the city’s entire bus fleet – a move that would save fuel costs, reduce the city’s carbon emissions and improve air quality for millions of New Yorkers that live, work and learn along the city’s maze of bus routes. Pollution-wise, transit buses can be a mixed blessing. They significantly reduce car traffic and the air and climate pollution it causes. But most of them are powered by diesel engines that emit large quantities of carbon and other air pollution that not only contribute to climate change, but also threaten the health of passengers, other commuters and people living and working along bus routes. And since New Yorkers of color and those with lower incomes are more likely to ride the bus, bus pollution isn’t just a climate and public health issue, it’s an environmental justice issue as well.
Congress Urged to Give Energy Storage Same Tax Incentives as Wind and Solar
2 weeks 2 days ago
A coalition of lobby groups from the breadth of the US clean energy industry is pressing Congress to make standalone energy storage project eligible for investment tax credits (ITC). The credits, awarded at a rate of 30%, lit the fuse for US wind and solar power projects and could in theory grease the wheels of the nascent sector. At the moment, there is ambiguity over the eligibility of storage equipment when paired with solar, wind or other compatible technologies. It does not qualify in its own right.
Bipartisan Carbon Tax Bill Would Give Money Back to Taxpayers
2 weeks 2 days ago
CARBON: A bipartisan group of lawmakers unveils a carbon tax and dividend proposal that would charge fossil fuel companies for their emissions and return all of the money to taxpayers. (The Hill) RENEWABLES: • Washington, D.C.’s City Council casts a preliminary vote approving legislation to require 100 percent of district’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2032, with a final vote scheduled for December. (The Hill) • Texas renewable energy advocates brace for a fight in the next legislative session over tax breaks for wind and solar companies. (KXAN)
Common Battery Types Used in Solar+Storage
2 weeks 3 days ago
Incorporating energy storage into a solar array is not as easy as just picking a battery off the shelf. Certain chemistries work better in certain environments, and storage capabilities are influenced by the solar application. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a trends report on the U.S. storage market in May 2018. The report found that lithium-ion batteries represented more than 80% of the installed power and energy capacity of large-scale energy storage applications. Nickel- and sodium-based batteries represented around 10% while lead-acid and other chemistries rounded out large-scale battery representation.
Hockey Tape Manufacturer Signs on to Microgrid in New York Industrial Park
3 weeks 20 hours ago
North American Tapes (NA Tapes) will be the first customer to join an industrial park microgrid at the Jefferson County Corporate Park in Watertown, New York. To be built, operated and owned by Rochester, New York’s Acadia Energy, the microgrid will use natural gas-fired combined heat and power and solar photovoltaics. Other behind-the-meter energy resources may be added at a future point. Acadia Energy and Jefferson County Economic Development Agency (EDA) aim to expand the microgrid services to other companies in the industrial park, as well as build microgrids at other locations.
29 Renewable Energy Markets You Need to Watch Out for in 2019
3 weeks 3 days ago
You won’t have to look far to find a renewable energy market worth tracking next year. As more countries establish gigawatt-scale markets for renewables and storage, the global picture is getting much more diverse. Experts helped GTM identify at least 29 countries where wind, solar and energy storage prospects will be worth keeping an eye on in 2019.
California OKs PG&E Plan to Replace Gas-Fired Power Plants with Battery Storage
3 weeks 4 days ago
California regulators have approved plans outlined late last year by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) to replace at least three Bay Area natural gas-fired peaking plants with battery storage and to add batteries at an existing gas-fired plant at Moss Landing, CA. Three of the battery projects, with a capacity of 385 MW, will be owned and operated by third parties, and the fourth will be a 182.5 MW project that Tesla is to construct and PG&E would eventually own. "Because the projects are all needed for reliability, their costs may be recovered for all ratepayers," said Simon Baker, deputy director of the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) energy division. PG&E will be required to file annual reports to the CPUC on the ongoing programs.
US Military Bases Using Solar, Wind, and Battery Storage For Energy Security
3 weeks 6 days ago
Trump says America needs coal for grid security. The military proves otherwise. Military bases are using wind, solar and battery storage to stay resilient in the face of extreme weather or attack. Over the last two years, President Trump has made every effort to rescue America’s ailing coal industry, opening public lands to mining, weakening limits on pollution, and potentially eliminating protections for miners. It hasn’t worked. Utilities continue to shutter coal-fired power plants, and mining firms continue to shed workers. Desperate to throw a lifeline to the coal sector, the administration has considered directly subsidizing coal in the name of national security. Coal-fired power plants, they say, are essential to grid security, as they are uniquely able to withstand a cyber attack or a natural disaster and continue to generate power on demand. But as experts have pointed out, nothing could be further from the truth. As it happens, locally sourced renewable power, not coal, promises the most resilience in the face of a catastrophe.
Big Tech Companies are Driving Demand for Renewable Energy
3 weeks 6 days ago
It takes a lot of electricity to keep the digital universe humming. Some of it powers the actual servers and data storage drives, but the majority of the electrons used by data centers at Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and other tech companies are needed to power the fans and air conditioning units needed to keep all that hardware cool. Publicly traded companies are under pressure from investors today to obtain the electricity they use from renewable sources. There’s something just not right about creating carbon emissions to operate the internet. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the tech industry has contracted for more renewable energy — 2,581 megawatts — than any other sector of the global economy. It has signed deals for 10.4 gigawatts more just this year. Google is the largest consumer of green energy in the world at more than 3 gigawatts, followed by Facebook at 2 gigawatts, and Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon at around 1 gigawatt each. A typical nuclear power plant generates about 1 gigawatt of electricity.
Leaving the Nest: 'Bring Your Own' Efficiency Programs Grow Beyond Thermostats
4 weeks 1 day ago
Distributed energy resources (DER) are starting to outpace centralized power generation in terms of new annual capacity additions in the electric industry. This shift positions the bring your own device (BYOD) market to allow customers to choose and use a range of smart, grid-interactive technologies. Such solutions allow customers to manage their energy consumption while maintaining optimal comfort. BYOD refers to utility and non-utility programs that encourage customers to buy their own pre-approved devices from a vendor of their choosing. Customers can enroll the devices into demand response (DR) or energy efficiency programs managed through the utility, an energy supplier or a third-party systems integrator. Three fundamental shifts are taking place in the bring your own (BYO) market:
Energy Storage is a $1.2 Trillion Global Investment Opportunity & Is Soaring in the UK
1 month 1 day ago
Two reports released within days of one another have highlighted the increasing value of the energy storage market as a necessary tandem to a low-carbon society, with Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicting the market will grow to attract $1.2 trillion in investment and boast 942 gigawatts (GW) by 2040, while in the UK the current pipeline already sits at an impressive 6,874 megawatts (MW). It is of little surprise that the energy storage market around the globe has expanded so quickly, given the explosive growth of intermittent renewable energy sources like solar and wind. Simply put, energy storage evens out what is otherwise intermittent electricity generation, meaning that solar can continue to provide electricity at night and wind can continue to provide electricity when the winds are still.
Duke Energy Launches US$1 Billion Green Bond for Solar and Storage in North and South Carolina
1 month 2 days ago
Duke Energy Carolinas, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, has issued a US$1 billion in green bond in order to finance clean energy projects, including solar and energy storage plants in North and South Carolina. Over the last decade, Duke Energy Carolinas has retired older coal-generating plants, increased nuclear generation capacity and added roughly 650MW of built or purchased solar capacity. The company anticipates adding 1.8GW of solar capacity over the next five years. The green bonds had a weighted average coupon of 3.74% between the three-year and 10-year maturities. The company priced the green bonds on 5 November and closed the transaction on 8 November.
Brick by Brick, a Solution Seeking to Topple Energy Storage Roadblock
1 month 4 days ago
A nagging question as the year gets closer to the very end. The wind is there. The water is there. The sun is there. How is it that we are still so far off in fossil-fuel land? Farms, plants, rigs later, those in the renewables industry know the answer. A video from Quartz back in August said, "There's been a lot of progress in renewable energy with solar and wind power, but renewable energy storage remains a challenge." TechCrunch's Jonathan Shieber is no less frustrated at the difficult-of-it-all: "Because solar and wind power are now cheaper to produce than energy from fossil fuels, the only obstacle that remains to the mass adoption of renewable power is the amount of money utilities need to spend to store the energy those systems produce."
Battery Energy Storage is a $1 Trillion Opportunity as Costs Continue to Crash
1 month 5 days ago
Large-scale energy storage used to be part of the future of energy. But it’s here now, and it’s going to become increasingly important in the years to come. Clean energy researchers at Bloomberg NEF (BNEF) find that more than $1 trillion will be invested in the sector between now and 2040. The group’s latest Long-Term Energy Storage Outlook says that the “tumbling costs of utility-scale lithium-ion battery storage systems will transform the economic case for batteries in both the vehicle and the electricity sector”, predicting that prices will fall by 52% between 2018 and 2030, adding to the steep declines already experienced this decade. This will lead to $1.2 trillion of investment flowing to the sector in the next 22 years, creating a cumulative capacity of 942GW, BNEF said. In the near term, the market will be dominated by South Korea and the US, but China will be the driving force from the 2020s onward.
NantEnergy Acquires Sharp Electronics Energy Services, Storage Business
1 month 5 days ago
The anticipated, rapid growth of energy storage worldwide has companies jockeying for global position as prices fall and analysts say far more batteries are being deployed than projected a couple of years ago. NantEnergy's acquisition of Sharp allows it an entry into the United States market, with particular emphasis on the the West Coast where batteries may be a key to integrating more renewables. The deal "immediately creates a foothold for NantEnergy in the U.S., particularly in the important California market," according to NantEnergy Chairman Patrick Soon-Shiong. NantEnergy says it will continue to promote the SmartStorage system, along with optional 10-year asset management agreements, under which the company provides "routine and unscheduled maintenance, coupled with a 10-year demand reduction performance guarantee."
US Military Microgrids Are Using More Renewables and Batteries
1 month 5 days ago
The White House's failed bailout of coal and nuclear plants caused a lot of chatter about grid resilience in Washington. But the Department of Defense and U.S. military were working on resilience-related projects long before Trump took office. A report released Friday by the Association of Defense Communities, a membership organization comprising communities connected to military operations, highlights many of the clean energy and microgrid installations supporting military bases across the country. The case studies offer examples on the best ways to actually build resilient energy systems.

 Press Releases

Statement from NY-BEST Executive Director, Dr. William Acker on NYS Public Service Commission Order Adopting The New York Energy Storage Roadmap
1 day 20 hours ago
(Albany, NEW YORK) The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) today issued the following statement from Dr. William Acker, Executive Director of NY-BEST:   “NY-BEST applauds the Public Service Commission for its action today to establish an Energy Storage Roadmap for New York, codifying Governor Cuomo’s 1,500 MW energy storage target by 2025 and establishing a nation-leading 3 GW by 2030 energy storage deployment goal. The Roadmap’s new market bridge incentive program will jumpstart energy storage deployments in the state and we look forward to working with the Commission and NYSERDA on this program, as well as the Roadmap’s other ground-breaking initiatives, to unleash the benefits of energy storage for New York’s electric grid, economy and the environment,” said Dr. William Acker, Executive Director of NY-BEST.   “Governor Cuomo’s leadership in energy has secured New York State’s role as a leader in clean energy and energy storage. NY-BEST greatly appreciates that Governor Cuomo has acknowledged the important role that energy storage technologies can play in modernizing and upgrading our electric grid, strengthening the resilience of our vital infrastructure and growing our economy.”     About NY-BEST The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology (NY-BEST) Consortium is a non-profit corporation established in 2010 to position New York State as a global leader in energy storage technology including applications in transportation, grid storage, and power electronics. An industry-led consortium with more than 160 organizational members, NY-BEST’s mission is to catalyze and grow the energy storage industry and establish New York State as a global leader in energy storage. Visit us on the web at   ###   Contact: Denise Sheehan, NY-BEST Phone: (518) 463-8644 (office), (518) 429-6924 (mobile) Email:
Manufacturing key to unlocking New York State’s energy storage jobs potential
3 days 20 hours ago
Report offers strategies for the Empire State to grow energy storage ecosystem to create more than 27,400 jobs and keep economic benefits local   ALBANY, N.Y. – Bolstering manufacturing and growing a robust energy storage ecosystem is crucial for New Yorkers to capture the economic benefits of the state’s energy storage deployment goals, reveals a report out today from the American Jobs Project in partnership with the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST). The report, The New York Jobs Project: A Guide to Creating Jobs in Energy Storage, which comes out in advance of the Public Service Commission’s order on the New York State Energy Storage Roadmap, offers policy recommendations to elevate local manufacturers and create good-paying jobs as the state boosts deployment.   “As New York works to scale energy storage deployment, the choices we make now will shape how we grow this sector,” said William Acker, Executive Director of NY-BEST. “The New York Jobs Project aims to help stakeholders consider how we can cultivate an energy storage ecosystem that ensures the jobs associated with the state’s deployment targets benefit New Yorkers. That means leveraging the state’s cutting-edge research, supporting local manufacturers, and preparing a skilled workforce.”   Energy storage is the key to achieving a resilient, secure, and carbon-free energy future. Currently a $11.8 billion global market, it is estimated to grow 8.4 percent each year through 2022. Together with New York’s progressive energy storage deployment policies, today’s report finds New York is well positioned to grow its global leadership in innovation and establish itself as a manufacturing force for the energy storage industry. With the right partnerships and policies, the report reveals energy storage could strengthen the state’s labor market and create manufacturing jobs, a sector that has continued to shrink since the Great Recession.   “Amplifying the role of local manufacturing in New York’s energy storage industry could provide stable employment for thousands of middle-class workers while creating follow-on benefits for the broader labor market,” said Kate Ringness, Managing Director of the American Jobs Project and co-author of the report. “New York’s leaders are creating strong policies to ensure there will be local demand for energy storage. We want to support these efforts by ensuring a healthy ecosystem that supports local job creation in manufacturing, as well as deployment.”   Based on stakeholder interviews and extensive research, The New York Jobs Project finds:   The energy storage industry could support more than 27,400 manufacturing and installation jobs for New Yorkers by 2030, backing the state’s 30,000 jobs target. The Empire State is home to nearly 100 energy storage companies with expertise in hardware manufacturing, advanced materials, software development, and project management. New York excels at fundamental energy storage research and ranks fifth in the nation for energy storage patents due to the depth of research across its universities, national lab, and businesses. Clean energy innovation is supported by statewide business/technology development resources from NYSERDA, Empire State Development, and NY-BEST. New York’s clean energy leadership, marked by ambitious statewide goals and collaborative stakeholder efforts, present a clear mandate to catalyze energy storage deployment.   The report provides tailored strategies that take advantage of this economic opportunity and build up critical assets for industry growth in New York, including the innovation ecosystem, access to capital, workforce development, and value chain. Recommendations include:   Establishing an innovation voucher program to enable small business access to New York’s state-of-the-art energy storage product development and testing facilities; Hosting industry-specific investor education events to help investors better evaluate the value proposition of energy storage businesses; Expanding integrated basic education and skills training at community colleges to prepare workers for jobs in the growing energy storage industry; Developing an energy storage job board to build career awareness and serve as a resource for local businesses, jobseekers, training providers, employment agencies, and policymakers; and Mapping the local energy storage supply chain and coordinating foreign direct investment outreach to fill critical gaps and attract new jobs and capital to the state.   Visit the American Jobs Project website to read the report.   ###   American Jobs Project The American Jobs Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, think-and-do tank focused on creating good-paying jobs in advanced energy and manufacturing through bottom-up, data-driven, 360° economic development. Our experts tailor best practice strategies for bolstering advanced energy and manufacturing, identify assets across the value chain, estimate an industry’s job-supporting potential, and support stakeholder-led initiatives by communicating ideas and analyses. Through engagement with a broad cross-section of stakeholders, we develop a shared vision of effective strategies to leverage the unique competitive advantages offered by each state and generate positive economic impacts.   New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) NY-BEST was incorporated in January 2010 as a not-for-profit corporation to position New York State as a global leader in energy storage. Since its formation, NY-BEST has become a well-known, well-respected, and effective industry association. Headquartered in New York’s Capital Region, NY-BEST brings together industry, university, and government partners. NY-BEST’s 150+ member organizations represent all facets of the energy and energy storage industries and span New York State and beyond. Members include companies ranging from small entrepreneurial ventures to large global corporations, as well as leading research universities and government partner organizations. Approximately half of NY-BEST member organizations are small businesses.