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

Virtual power plants: Enel X’s aggregated home storage goes into action in Italy
4 days 12 hours ago
A regulatory framework put in place by Italy’s grid operator TERNA has enabled Enel X to aggregate residential energy storage systems to pool their capabilities, including their use as ‘virtual power plants’ to help balance the network.
NEC Energy Solutions to Provide 100MW of Grid Energy Storage Projects in Northern Ireland for Gore Street Energy Storage Fund
6 days 12 hours ago
The 100MW portfolio includes two 50MW projects which are the largest in Northern Ireland.
CDTA Rolls Out Upstate New York's First Electric Buses
1 week 3 days ago
CDTA says the first battery electric powered buses in upstate New York are set to run as a six-month pilot program designed to evaluate the vehicles.
Davos News: Cadenza Innovation Founder to Participate in the World Economic Forum’s 50th Anniversary “Golden Jubilee”
1 week 5 days ago
Cadenza Innovation, the award-winning provider of a patented battery architecture for license to manufacturers to enable safer, lower cost, higher-performing lithium-ion-based (Li-ion) energy storage solutions, today announced that Founder and CEO Dr. Christina Lampe-Onnerud will be leading discussions about clean energy technologies, partnerships and financial models at the World Economic Forum’s 50th Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.
To Store Renewable Energy, Try Freezing Air
2 weeks 4 days ago
A British company called Highview Power proposes a novel solution: a storage system that uses renewable electricity from solar or wind to freeze air into a liquid state where it can be kept in insulated storage tanks for hours or even weeks.
2019: A Big Year for Reducing Building Emissions in NYC
1 month 1 day ago
NYC took a tremendous leap forward this year to reduce its greenhouse gas footprint with the adoption of its landmark building decarbonization law.
Highview Power launches liquid air energy storage into the US with 400MWh Vermont project
1 month 2 days ago
Highview Power is laying claim to the first installation of a long duration liquid air energy storage (LAES) system in the United States.
New aqueous lithium-ion battery improves safety without sacrificing performance
1 month 2 days ago
Engineers have now demonstrated how they could -- by using aqueous electrolytes instead of the typical organic electrolytes -- assemble a substantially safer, cost-efficient battery that still performs well.
New York Modifies Interconnection Requirements for Distributed Energy Resources
1 month 2 days ago
On December 13, the New York Public Service Commission (“Commission”) approved updates to the State’s Standardized Interconnection Requirements (“SIR”) – the set of rules governing how distributed energy resources, such as community solar and retail energy storage systems, connect to the grid.
New York is a 2 GW solar state
1 month 4 days ago
What was billed as the opening of the state’s newest community solar project became a monumental day in New York solar history. The installation, a 6.12 MW project developed by ForeFront Power in Mechanicville, put New York at over 2 GW of solar installed. The Empire State has now become the 9th in the country to have more than 2 GW of solar capacity installed.
New York town picks 80MWh ESS alternative to fossil fuel project
1 month 5 days ago
A dramatic twist was added to a legacy pipeline of energy projects serving the town of Ulster, New York, with the local community now set to benefit from a large-scale battery energy storage system, instead of fossil fuels.

 Beyond New York

US battery storage prospects lifted by policy progress, cost reduction
4 days 12 hours ago
State policies and peaking capacity needs will remain the major drivers of near to medium-term battery deployments. Platts Analytics expects more than 13 GW of utility-scale battery storage to be commissioned by 2024 in the US.
Cheaper Batteries, More Chargers for Electric Car Buyers in 2020
1 week 12 hours ago
The rush to electrify transportation will shift to Europe from China in 2020 as carmakers and governments work to cut carbon emissions that lead to global warming, according to a forecast from BloombergNEF, Bloomberg LP’s primary research service on energy transition.
Energy Department Launches Challenge for Next-Gen Storage Technologies
1 week 12 hours ago
The agency will coordinate a range of research and development funding opportunities, prizes, partnerships and other activities to meet a set of strategic goals by 2030.
What Would It Take for the US to Become an Energy Storage Manufacturing Powerhouse?
1 week 12 hours ago
After “missed opportunity” in solar, Trump administration wants a domestic supply chain for energy storage. Is that realistic?
Five 2020 Energy Predictions: Solar Surge, Coal Crash, Gas Exorcism, Clean Energy Incentives, Public Mobilization
1 week 12 hours ago
2019 may have been the year clean energy irreversibly turned a corner toward dominance in the United States. After all, who could have foreseen last January that America would realize existing coal can’t compete against new renewables, see new solar-plus-storage beat new natural gas generation on price, have 13 states and territories committed to 100% clean electricity, or envision a path to nationwide net zero emissions?
DOE unveils plan to make US global storage leader by 2030
1 week 3 days ago
The Energy Storage Grand Challenge is aimed at ensuring the U.S. is a global leader in storage with a domestic manufacturing supply chain by 2030.
New York Is Fertile Ground for Clean Energy 01/09/2020 | Aaron Larson
1 week 4 days ago
On Jan. 8, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his 2020 State of the State address, outlining what his office has called a “bold agenda to continue New York’s role as progressive capital of the nation.” Among the many proposals he put forth was a plan to grow New York’s “Green Economy.”
Battery roundup: funding for zinc-based storage, improved lithium-ion, new solid-state batteries
1 week 4 days ago
Venture capital is still flowing to energy storage startups and the march to improve a wide variety of battery chemistries continues.
2020: The Decade For Energy Storage
2 weeks 12 hours ago
In the new decade, batteries and battery technology are set to play an increasingly important role in bringing more electric vehicles and renewable energy to the market, analysts say.
California has big clean energy ambitions, and is looking for better energy storage to realize them
2 weeks 12 hours ago
The California Energy Commission (CEC) is putting up to $11 million on the table for developers of energy storage technologies other than lithium-ion batteries, according to a solicitation launched last month.
10 Rooftop Solar and Storage Predictions for the Next Decade
2 weeks 3 days ago
Predicting the future is easy; getting the exact timing is very hard — especially with all the emerging technologies and requirements facing the solar and storage industry.
5 energy fights to watch in 2020
2 weeks 3 days ago
Governors and lawmakers are moving to curb carbon emissions, expand renewable energy and storage, and look for ways to insulate their states from natural disasters fueled by climate change.
Is Hydrogen the Power Industry’s Holy Grail?
2 weeks 4 days ago
Some power industry insiders believe hydrogen offers a solution to large-scale energy storage problems. The concept generally revolves around utilizing electricity generated by renewables when supply is high and demand is low.
120 Gigawatts Of Energy Storage By 2050: We Got This!
2 weeks 4 days ago
The hits just keep coming for fossil fuel stakeholders in the United States, and the blows are coming from the direction of energy storage. Lithium-ion batteries are already helping renewables compete against fossil power in some markets, and that’s just for starters.
5 Tangible Advances for Long-Duration Energy Storage in 2019
3 weeks 12 hours ago
The big wins for long-duration storage always seem to be just around the corner. This year brought concrete signs of progress.
3 Predictions for US Renewables and Storage Markets in 2025
3 weeks 12 hours ago
With increasing climate change impacts and decades of power infrastructure neglect, we can lose sight of the extraordinary progress we are making with renewables and energy storage to build a clean energy future, healthier planet and more efficient grid.
Climate change: If you worry about global warming, the next car you buy should be electric
3 weeks 1 day ago
If you're concerned about climate change, the next car you buy really should be electric. Why? Because the average car, SUV or light truck in the United States is on the road for 11.8 years. So vehicles bought this coming year will be part of the shift away from fossil fuels that climate scientists say needs to be well underway within 10 years.
Fuel Cells and the Mirai: Toyota Explains Its Vision for a Hydrogen Future
3 weeks 3 days ago
Most other carmakers say pure battery-electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Bolt or Tesla Model 3 will make up our transportation future. Plans for Toyota EVs pale in comparison to the company’s hydrogen fuel cell cars. Why is that?
Volkswagen Raises Forecast for Electric Car Production
3 weeks 3 days ago
Automaker Volkswagen is accelerating its move into battery-powered cars, saying it will reach its goal of 1 million electric cars per year two years earlier than planned.
Power Failure: Automakers Are All in on Electric Cars, But US Infrastructure Is Unprepared
1 month 1 day ago
According to a 2019 AAA survey, the biggest deterrents to buying an electric vehicle all concerned charging.
Utility scale solar power as cheap as 70¢ per watt and still falling
1 month 1 day ago
Government researchers find that Florida has dethroned California as the largest market, trackers dominate, solar+storage compensation diversity, and a lot more in Berkeley Labs annual utility-scale solar power report.
Energy Storage: Plenty in Store
1 month 2 days ago
Energy storage development has skyrocketed and now totals 2,169 projects worldwide encompassing at least 64,656 individual systems, according to Navigant Research’s fourth-quarter report.
Energy Storage: Plenty in Store
1 month 2 days ago
Large-scale projects are emerging nationwide, bringing cost savings and more sustainable property operations.
Feature: Electricity storage set for bright 2020 despite ‘headwind of policy uncertainty’
1 month 2 days ago
There is little doubt that 2020 is going to be a good year for the electric storage industry, but policy decisions in the coming year are poised to shape the pace of growth and revenue potential for the sector.
IBM’s cobalt-free EV battery uses materials extracted from seawater
1 month 3 days ago
Today, most EVs run on lithium-ion batteries made with heavy metals like cobalt, of which there is a limited supply and less than ideal mining conditions. The IBM Research Battery Lab may have a solution: a new battery built without heavy metals. It's made, instead, with materials that can be extracted from seawater.
For a smart transition to 100% clean energy: Renewables, storage and, in some cases, new gas
1 month 3 days ago
In clean energy circles, 2019 may be remembered as the "Year of 100 Percent." Five states plus Puerto Rico passed laws in 2019 targeting 100% clean energy, while dozens of corporations and utilities made voluntary pledges.
California moves to boost storage to combat safety-driven power shutoffs
1 month 4 days ago
California regulators are proposing to authorize an annual collection of $166 million from ratepayers from 2020 through 2024 to fund the state’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) — and 85% of that budget will be allocated to energy storage technologies, in a bid to help communities that experience frequent public safety power shut-offs.
What a Year! 10 Stories That Propelled Energy Storage in 2019
1 month 4 days ago
More batteries installed. More markets opening up. And grid storage making itself indispensable in unanticipated ways.
Here comes affordable large-scale grid storage for renewables
1 month 5 days ago
A new flow-battery membrane made from novel materials could drive the cost down for storage for renewables for long-term use.