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

NY Offers Up to $15.5M for Projects that Value Stack Energy Storage
3 weeks 5 days ago
New York is offering up to $15.5 million for projects that show the benefits of value stacking distributed energy storage for retail electric customers and the grid (PON 3541). Proposals are due December 31, 2019. The solicitation was issued by the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), which seeks commercial projects that can help unravel the complexities of value stacking — the term used for capturing several different revenue streams from one project. The authority is looking for projects that can handle the operational complexity of determining which services to provide in a value stack — and in what combination and when during the day or year.
Siemens Working with DOE Labs on Solar, Energy Storage, EVs
4 weeks 1 day ago
Power systems producer Siemens Corp. will team up with three national energy labs to test new technologies to bolster electricity supply, options and resiliency in the years ahead. Siemens Corporate Technology, the company’s central research and development unit located in Princeton, New Jersey, has signed a memorandum of understanding on the pace. The partners will be three U.S. Department of Energy R&D facilities: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado; the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. The memorandum established the framework for research scientists to share information and resources. They could collaborate on technologies to help integrate innovative power electronic devices with the electric grid, including smart inverters for solar panels, batteries, and electrical vehicles that are capable of supporting the nation’s power system.
Tesla, Fluence, and Other Energy Storage System Integrators Playing Bigger Role on Green Grid
4 weeks 1 day ago
Energy storage system integrators play an increasingly important — and shifting — role as more renewable energy is added to the grid, according to a new Navigant Research report. Integrators design, build and operate large, grid-scale energy storage systems. Think Tesla and Fluence. In a recent interview with Microgrid Knowledge, Alex Eller, senior research analyst for Navigant Research, shed light on what integrators do and why their role is changing.
How Reverse Auctions Can Help Scale Energy Storage
1 month 1 hour ago
Just as reverse auctions have helped increase new renewable energy capacity, our new policy brief for the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy argues they could also be an effective approach for scaling energy storage. Why we need energy storage Voters have spoken, and states are moving toward cleaner electricity. Legislatures in Hawaii and California passed mandates for 100 percent clean energy in the electricity sector, and governors in Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Maine, and Michigan have all made similar 100 percent clean energy promises in recent months. These ambitious targets will require large-scale integration of wind and solar energy, which can be unpredictable and intermittently available. Cost-effective energy storage solutions can play a leading role to provide clean, reliable electricity—even when the sun isn’t shining and wind isn’t blowing.
NYISO Strategic Plan Highlights Carbon Pricing, Energy Storage, DERs
1 month 1 day ago
The New York Independent System Operator's five-year power grid plan sets out six strategic initiatives to guide its projects and resource allocation that include pricing carbon emissions into the wholesale market, which could increase power prices by about $10-$15/MWh, an analyst said Wednesday. "Our updated Strategic Plan is a living document that embraces the challenges and opportunities of the grid's ongoing transformation," NYISO interim President and CEO Robert Fernandez said in a statement Tuesday. "The plan reflects the NYISO's essential role in harmonizing public policy with technological innovation in a manner that delivers economically efficient and reliable energy to consumers," Fernandez said.
New York Governor's Green New Deal Starts with 1 GW of Large-Scale Solar
1 month 3 days ago
With disgruntled civic leaders and NGOs from the U.S. making their presence felt at last month’s COP24 climate change convention in Katowice with a We Are Still In booth, New York governor Andrew Cuomo has illustrated just how effective state administrations can be when bypassing the White House. Only days after unveiling his “Justice Agenda”, wherein the governor issued a call to raise the state’s renewable energy mandate from 50% to 70% of power generation by 2030 – and generate carbon-free electricity by 2040 – the New York Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced 20 solar, wind and battery storage projects totaling 1,654 MW of capacity. The projects include 1,040 MW of solar in 16 projects across the state. The largest three will be built by big national developers, namely NextEra, Invenergy and EDF Renewables. The full list by capacity ...
BHEL and Libcoin in Final Talks Over Lithium-Ion Battery Gigafactory
1 month 3 days ago
Indian state majority-owned firm Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and Libcoin are in final stage talks over setting up what they have dubbed as a lithium-ion Gigafactory in India. Libcoin is a consortium including Sydney-based firm Magnis Energy, Duggal Family Trust and New York-based lithium-ion battery specialist Charge CCCV(C4V). The Government of India, via the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, has endorsed the project that would start at 1GWh capacity and is set to be scaled up to 30GWh over time, according to a release from Magnis Energy.

 Beyond New York

Sunnova Debuts its SunSafe™ Solar Plus Battery Storage Service in New York
3 weeks 5 days ago
Sunnova Energy Corporation, one of the leading U.S. residential solar and battery storage service providers, announced today it has expanded its service in New York to give homeowners access to Sunnova SunSafe™ solar energy generation and home battery storage service, complete with its 25-year warranty. Sunnova has been offering residential solar services in New York through its network of partners since 2014. New York consistently ranks in the top 10 U.S. solar markets for installed solar and potential growth. Through the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision, New York has taken significant steps to transform its energy systems with commitments to solar energy and battery storage. New York residents are eligible for both federal and state tax credits, and with the purchase of a solar system, residents may be eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit.
Vermont Solar-Storage Projects Aim to Lower Costs During Peak Demand
3 weeks 5 days ago
A Vermont utility is adding solar panels and battery storage in hopes of lowering costs and improving reliability on hot summer days when electricity demand — and prices — tend to spike. State regulators approved the first of three projects by Green Mountain Power on Jan. 16, when they granted a certificate of public good for a project in Essex that combines a 4.5-megawatt solar array with a 2-megawatt battery. The Essex project, first proposed in August, is located on about 25 acres of a former sand pit. GMP has similar projects planned in Milton and Ferrisburgh. Together, the proposed nameplate capacity would provide 6 megawatts of battery storage, including 24 megawatt-hours of energy over a four-hour period, along with about 14.4 megawatts of solar energy.
Arsenal Football Club is Set to Install a Large-Scale Battery Energy Storage on the Emirates Stadium
4 weeks 1 hour ago
Slaughter and May advised the Arsenal Football Club on the battery storage project with Pivot Power at Emirates Stadium. The project is one of the largest of its kind at any sports ground in the world, and is capable of powering the 60,000-seat stadium for an entire match. The storage system, developed by UK-based Pivot Power with funding support from investment manager Downing LLP and facilitated by Octopus Energy, has been designed to meet our peak levels of energy consumption and will store enough power to run the Emirates for 90 minutes. It’s the equivalent of powering 2,700 homes for two hours.
Electric Vehicle-to-Grid Technology Gears Up For The Mass Market
4 weeks 1 hour ago
t looks like things are really beginning to cook in the vehicle-to grid market. Last fall Fermata launched a V2G pilot project with a fleet of Nissan LEAFS in the US, and all of a sudden earlier this month the company announced a $2.5 million deal with TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company), a major player in Japan’s electricity grid. For those of you new to the topic, vehicle-to-grid refers to the idea that electric vehicles are really nothing more than tricked out mobile energy storage devices. Once you charge them up, you can use that electricity anywhere you go. Grid stakeholders are also looking at electric vehicles as a platform for grid services, which basically means they will pay you to store energy in your vehicle. That means you can charge up your electric vehicle even if you don’t plan on going anywhere, and cash in whenever your grid operator needs some extra kilowatts.
Caribbean Island of Bonaire Balances Solar, Wind, & Diesel with Storage
4 weeks 1 day ago
Caribbean island Bonaire is adding a 6 megawatt energy storage system to help balance its solar and wind assets with backup diesel generators, opening up the potential for greater renewable penetration. Additional solar will expand on the 2015 pilot project that included close to 800 solar panels. Wärtsilä won the contract for the engineering, procurement, and construction of the hybrid energy project, which includes batteries and inverters, as well as GEMS, the energy management software from its Greensmith Energy subsidiary. ContourGlobal Bonaire, a subsidiary of London based ContourGlobal, is acquiring the system for its Water and Energy Company Bonaire (WEB) subsidiary.
Battery Storage as Substitute for Gas Peakers - Better Performance, Lower Costs
4 weeks 1 day ago
Traditionally, utilities built and operated a portfolio of generation plants consisting of a few large base load units – typically nuclear or coal – some intermediate plants and a number of peakers – typically natural gas fired units with rapid ramping capability (visual below). Base load units ran flat out year-round, 24/7; the intermediate units were used to fill the fluctuations in demand while the peakers were used sparingly to meet occasional surges in demand, say on hot summer afternoons when air conditioning load would spike for a few hours. Fast forward to 2019 and beyond and one is likely to encounter a different paradigm where on many networks an increasing share of generation is provided by renewable resources, most likely wind and solar, neither of which is dispatchable nor totally predictable.
How Market Rules are Holding Back Energy Storage
1 month 1 hour ago
Energy storage is surging. The U.S. Energy Storage Monitor Q4 2018 estimates that installations totaled 338 megawatts in 2018, and will grow to 3.9 gigawatts by 2023, much of it front-of-the-meter utility-scale projects. This exponential growth has been driven by state mandates and regulatory actions (especially in California) and limited to vertically integrated utilities outside of the organized power markets serving two-thirds of all U.S. electricity consumers. Despite storage’s value to the grid, it has not found success in wholesale markets. This mismatch is best explained in two words: rules and revenue. Wholesale market rules are organized around legacy assets, restricting storage from selling all potential services, which in turn limit storage’s wholesale revenue streams.
New Hampshire, Georgia, Michigan Open Up To Pathfinding Storage Projects
1 month 1 hour ago
While the likes of California, Massachusetts and New York make headlines as the leading US states for energy storage policy, initiatives from the ground up in New Hampshire, Georgia and Michigan have been announced already this year. Biggest among the three is the approval last week by New Hampshire’s regulator, the Public Utilities’ Commission (PUC), of a programme by Liberty Utilities to install hundreds of Tesla Powerwall 2 units at customers’ homes.
New UK Energy Storage Idea is as Dumb as a Box of Rocks
1 month 2 days ago
Engineers and scientists at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde say sandstone in the sea bed off the coast of the UK could be used to store high pressure compressed air. In their research proposal, they suggest pumps could be used to pressurize air using excess electrical energy during the summer and inject it into the sandstone beneath the sea. They calculate the seabed could hold enough compressed air to meet all of the UK’s energy needs during the winter when demand is highest. Are the researchers on to something here? The renewable energy revolution will depend on many kinds of energy storage. Some will be short term — store electricity from solar panels during the day, use it to power the grid that night. But what happens once that short term storage is depleted? Medium and long term storage will be needed to insure there is always a supply of electricity even if there are several days of little sun or low wind. Systems like compressed air energy storage might be cheaper and more reliable for long term storage than batteries.
Battery Tech: Is Panasonic Leaving Tesla in the Dust?
1 month 2 days ago
Tesla (TSLA) has spent years cultivating a partnership with Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFF) (OTCPK:PCRFY). The Japanese technology conglomerate builds the batteries for Tesla’s electric vehicles and it is the prime mover at the New York Gigafactory, where Tesla builds its solar arrays. Yet, for all their past dealings, it appears that Panasonic is now distancing itself from the upstart EV company. A raft of recent moves show Panasonic working hard to forge new relationships in the automotive industry. The result may be that Panasonic leaves its American partner in the dust. Worse for Tesla, it is a sign that its battery technology, often thought of as industry-leading, may not be so ahead of the curve as once thought.
Best Energy Storage Battery Types
1 month 5 days ago
Energy storage is going to be a mainstay in today’s society for power consumption and production. In our post, we will highlight the best energy storage battery types as well as why storage will play an important role in our future of energy. You often see batteries every day with your phone, computer, laptop, and tablets. However, large scale batteries will become a more important part of our grid system as we move away from traditional fossil fuels and into more renewable energy generating systems.