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Febraury 18, 2016

Yesterday, NY-BEST announced the release of the 2016 Energy Storage Roadmap for New York’s Electric Grid  I hope you will take time to download and read the Roadmap—not only because it is the product of hundreds of hours of work by NY-BEST and our members—but because it contains a wealth of information about the current state of play and outlines the potential to come for energy storage on the grid in New York State. I’d like to thank the many contributors who helped to inform and shape the Roadmap. We couldn’t have done it without you.

The Roadmap describes many of the obstacles faced by the energy storage industry today and recommends specific actions that industry, government policy makers and stakeholders take to remove these obstacles and ensure that New York’s electric grid and economy realize the enormous benefits of energy storage. Specific recommendations include: regulatory and ratemakings reforms, creation of common financing methods, reducing installed costs and creating new bridge incentives for energy storage. 

In the Roadmap, NY-BEST sets out goals for deployment of multi-hour storage on New York’s grid of 2 GW by 2025 and 4 GW by 2030. These levels of storage deployment will modernize grid system operations, substantially reduce expensive “peak” demand, and improve the reliability and resilience of the grid, all fundamental goals of the State’s REV initiative. This amount of additional energy storage is also needed to provide flexibility for new intermittent renewable energy sources that will be added to the electric grid as the State moves toward its goal of generating 50 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. We will be discussing the Roadmap in more detail at our upcoming Capture the Energy 2016 Conference.

I’d like to inform you of three recently-announced opportunities for energy storage in the State:

1) Con Edison and Orange & Rockland RFI “Innovative Energy Storage Business Models”. This RFI represents a significant funding opportunity, with up to $25 million available to be spent on a demonstration project intended to test new business models related to energy storage.

2) PSEG - Long Island - Western Nassau RFP. The RFP is seeking 160 MW of resources in Far Rockaway by December 31, 2020, increasing to 275 MW by 2030. At Glenwood the RFP is seeking 100 MW by December 31, 2020 with no increase thereafter. The RFP is open to all resource types that can meet the specified performance requirements, including conventional generation, energy efficiency, demand response, distributed energy resources, and energy storage resources.

3) NYSEG RFP for Non Wire Alternatives. This NYSEG project is being offered for consideration of potential non-wires alternatives (“NWA”) to accomplish the following objectives: 1) Establish sufficient quantities of Distribution Energy Resources (“DER”) into the area served by Java Substation to reduce the peak loading on the individual transformer bank to below its nameplate rating of 5 MW; 2) Establish sufficient quantities of DER to address reliability and power quality issues that exist on the Java 280 circuit, and; 3) Establish sufficient quantities of DER to address the potential risk of failure of the existing transformer. Energy Storage is a listed DER Option for this RFP.

NY-BEST Members regularly receive Opportunity Updates as these and other initiatives arise. Members can always log in to the Funding Opportunities section of the NY-BEST website for additional details on these and other opportunities.

I’d like to encourage you to register and attend our upcoming Capture the Energy 2016” Conference  to be held onMarch 9-10 in Albany. We have a very strong lineup of key speakers, panel discussions and opportunities for networking in place for this year’s event. Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are still available, but space is filling fast. As the largest energy storage event in the Northeastern US, Capture the Energy is now in its sixth year, and this promises to be our best yet. Today is the last day to take advantage of ‘early bird’ pricing, so if you’ve been procrastinating, now is the time! Please make a note of our new location at the Albany Marriott—we expect record attendance at this year’s event, and have moved to a larger venue.

The InterSolar Summit on Solar and Energy Storage returns to Brooklyn on March 24. In the eastern U.S. solar and energy storage markets the opportunity for growth is expected to be a banner year in 2016.  This event provides a platform for everyone who wants to stay on top of latest policy developments, opportunities and key issues impacting the U.S. East Coast solar and energy storage markets. For more information about the 2016 INTERSOLAR SUMMIT or to register click here. NY-BEST members interested in attending should contact the NY-BEST office at info@ny-best.org to receive the NY-BEST member only registration code to receive a 10% discount.

I’d like to welcome the newest members of NY-BEST:

CQuest Partners LLC (Potsdam, NY) is commercializing next-generation, renewable energy storage technology for fuel cells, supercapacitors, lithium-ion batteries and beyond. CQuest Partners recently acquired the licensing for a unique graphene-like carbon nanosheet technology developed by Dr. David Mitlin at the University of Alberta. Efforts are underway to establish an R&D and production facility in Potsdam, NY, near Clarkson University, where Dr. Mitlin is currently employed.

Evans Analytical Group (Santa Clara, CA) offers world-leading analytical services and expertise to technology and clean energy companies and organizations. EAG supports customers through the whole product cycle from initial design, through raw materials assessment, R&D, process development, testing and qualification, to failure analysis on actual devices and products. This extensive range of services and highly trained, experienced scientists provide unmatched capacity that enables fast turnaround time, superior data quality and excellent, reliable results.

NRG Energy, Inc. (West Windsor Township, NJ) is the largest independent power producer in the U.S. with over 50,000MW of diverse resources – solar, wind, nuclear, gas. coal, oil and cogeneration – and is one of the largest competitive retail energy suppliers, with roughly 3 million retail customers.  NRG is an active participant in the New York markets, with conventional generation, retail energy services, distributed and grid-scale solar in operation, as well as microgrid, distributed energy management platform and energy storage projects in development.  Energy storage is a key part of NRG’s vision for the future of the 21st century energy system.

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SolarCity picks Tesla for 52MWh of dispatchable solar-plus-storage in Hawaii
SolarCity has chosen Tesla to supply a 52MWh utility-scale energy storage system, which will make the output of a solar farm in Hawaii dispatchable. The project, on the island of Kauai, will help local utility Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) meet evening peak demand which takes place from 5pm to10pm each night. It will be located at a 12MW solar farm, which presently supplies around 5% of the island’s electricity.

One Good Year Deserves Another: Energy Storage in 2016
Last year was big for battery energy storage. Technology prices continued to fall. Milestone projects got under way, and the sector gained wide media visibility in May when Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, unveiled the company’s sleek new Powerwall, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery designed for residential use. The lithium-ion battery has, in fact, been the technology of choice over the past year or so thanks to more pronounced price declines and uses in a wide array of applications, all of which will pave the way for further gains in the coming year.

Solar-Plus-Storage Market Poised To Reach $8 Billion In 2026
The global market for distributed storage for solar systems will be worth $8 billion in 2026 as solar combines with energy storage in order to continue its remarkable growth, according to a new report from Lux Research. The report says solar-plus-storage is a key necessity for solar to overcome limitations like intermittency and the lack of power after dark. Furthermore, Lux Research forecasts energy storage will increase the global distributed solar market by 25 GW annually in 2026. The report says integrating storage adds costs, affecting revenue streams and addressable market size, but as installed solar system costs decline – from $3.83/W in 2015 to $1.87/W in 2035 – an attractive economic case will emerge in 2023, leading to strong growth.

Is the Future No-Money Down Microgrids?
Solar energy took off when it came up with a way for customers to buy-in with no upfront costs. Will no-money down microgrids capture the same kind of mass market appeal? Schneider Electric, a major player in the microgrid space, thinks so.

Sure thing? Entergy hedging its bets with solar plus storage
For the first time, Entergy is harnessing the power of battery storage technology with utility-scale solar. This is a big deal, as analysts predict a revenue explosion for utility-scale battery storage. Navigant Research, for example, predicts utility-scale battery storage revenue will grow 15 times over by 2025. And Lux Research reported that the global market for combining energy storage with solar power will be worth $8 billion by 2026. Entergy New Orleans is betting that these data projections are real, breaking ground on the city's first utility-scale solar project just yesterday morning. The 1 MW pilot project will be the only utility-scale solar installation in the Entergy system -- and one of only a few in the country -- to integrate state-of-the-art battery storage technology

A Look at the Biggest Energy Storage Projects Built Around the World in the Last Year
Last year will likely be remembered as the year that energy storage got serious. While projects of all sizes were installed in record numbers, distributed storage received outsized attention -- particularly in the U.S. Starting off our round-the-world tour in Europe, two big battery projects were tied for the top spot in 2015. In September, developer Energiequelle opened a 10-megawatt utility-scale energy storage plant at Feldheim in Brandenburg state, Germany. The lithium-ion installation at the Regional Regulating Power Station has been designed to provide frequency regulation services and help integrate more wind power into the grid.

Texas' grid of tomorrow may include batteries
Sleek lithium-ion battery systems that resemble mainframe computers are poised to connect with Texas' electric grid for the first time this year as more companies seek to revolutionize the power market. Renewable power advocates see energy storage technologies, such as industry-leading lithium-ion batteries, as the critical step toward making electricity from wind and solar more reliable and cost effective than fossil fuel or nuclear power. North Carolina-based Duke Energy is converting a 36-megawatt battery system at its wind farm in West Texas from outdated lead-acid batteries to the more efficient lithium-ion variety, favored for electric vehicles.

Driven by power outages and savings, towns look to microgrid
An upstate New York town that repeatedly found itself without power for days during a string of storms is planning a dramatic step by pulling its municipal buildings entirely off the electric grid. The decision by Nassau to rely on solar, wind, landfill gas and battery storage by 2020 puts the town of 5,000 near Albany on the leading edge of a national campaign to develop "microgrids" designed to make communities more energy independent and the grid more resilient. While only a few communities have become early adopters and natural disasters have been a driving force, proponents say there is also growing interest nationwide from places looking to save money by selling excess power to utilities and to help the environment.

N.Y. Starts Clean Energy Competition For Colleges And Universities
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., has launched the $3 million Energy to Lead Competition, which challenges student-led coalitions from New York colleges and universities to design and develop innovative plans for campus and community clean energy projects. The competition – part of the REV Campus Challenge, which was announced by the governor in October – will begin accepting applications this week. The competition is part of the governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision, or REV, a plan to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system in New York. Central to the plan is engaging energy leaders of the future on core issues to help New York achieve its goal of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 40%, generating 50% of electricity from renewable energy sources, and decreasing energy consumption in buildings by 23% by 2030.

Ford Investing Billions In Electrified Vehicle Push
Ford has never been considered a leader in electric cars like Tesla, Nissan or General Motors (or others). But now Ford is investing $4.5 billion into electrified vehicles and is hoping to come out ahead. This comes at time when the company’s stock is at a three-year low. This is due in part to rising labor costs, battery costs and low profit margins. Kevin Layden, Ford’s electric car director explains, “battery costs are not coming down enough to democratize it.” CEO Mark Fields hopes to add 13 new electrified models by 2020. The lines will consist of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric options. This would boost Ford’s model lines from 13% to 40% as electric options.

AES to partner with Mitsubishi, Eaton on selling storage platform
US-based power company AES Corp said Tuesday it will cooperate with Japan's Mitsubishi Corp and US power management company Eaton Corp Plc on selling its Advancion energy storage platform in a number of markets. Mitsubishi will work with AES and its local partners to offer the storage platform in Asia and Oceania. Eaton, meanwhile, will offer Advancion as the core of its grid-scale, integrated energy storage systems. It will supply the systems, provide support and ensure long-term operation directly to utilities, industrial and commercial customers, independent power producers and power system operators across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).

Room-temperature lithium metal battery closer to reality
Rechargeable lithium metal batteries have been known for four decades to offer energy storage capabilities far superior to today’s workhorse lithium-ion technology that powers our smartphones and laptops. But these batteries are not in common use today because, when recharged, they spontaneously grow treelike bumps called dendrites on the surface of the negative electrode. Over many hours of operation, these dendrites grow to span the space between the negative and positive electrode, causing short-circuiting and a potential safety hazard.

Battery Storage Giving Businesses a Break
Battery storage is helping utilities do their jobs. And by extension, it will — in time — help energy managers. Just off the lot: a 8.75 megawatt project that captures and reuses energy created by braking subway cars along two subway lines. It’s now one of the nation’s largest customer-sited battery storage networks that will assist the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) in reducing its operating costs, ensuring energy resiliency and supporting the stability of the electric grid — a project owned and funded by Constellation Energy, a unit of Exelon Corp. In this case, SEPTA will finance the deal through a 20-year services agreement with Constellation.

Ten Things More Important than the Clean Power Plan in Limiting Carbon Emissions in the U.S.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued a stay to halt the Clean Power Plan regulation. They did not overturn the rule, but rather agreed to halt it while the challenge from 29 states and dozens of corporations proceeds through the federal appeals court (and eventually makes its way to the Supreme Court). This intervention, before the lower circuit court had a chance to review the plan on its merits, is unprecedented but hardly surprising. The good news, though, is that this ruling does little to substantively impact the trajectory of CO? emissions in the U.S. While the Clean Power Plan serves as a valuable backstop, the timeline of implementation and limitations on what it can regulate keep it from being the dominant and irresponsible policy that opponents claim it is. Here are ten policies, trends, and market forces that are having a larger substantive impact on the trajectory of CO? emissions in the U.S. than the Clean Power Plan will.

Sonnen Grows US Energy Storage Effort by Partnering With SolarWorld, PetersenDean and Spruce
German energy storage company Sonnen has officially opened its new headquarters in Los Angeles, and is wasting no time in selling batteries to as many American customers as possible. Sonnen announced today that it is teaming up with SolarWorld, the largest crystalline-silicon solar manufacturer in the U.S., and PetersenDean, a large California-based roofing and solar company, to offer a complete solar-plus-storage package for the U.S. residential market. Partnerships are a key element of Sonnen’s expansion plans as it tries to edge out Tesla, its top competitor. The German energy storage company has already built a U.S. distribution network of more than 30 local solar installation companies, and plans to grow that network to 100 dealers by the end of the year.

California’s distributed resources proposal could benefit grid, solar and utilities
The organisation responsible for overseeing California’s bulk electric power system has approved proposals to accommodate more distributed energy resources, including rooftop solar, energy storage, advanced inverters and demand response, onto the state’s grid. The board of directors at the non-profit California Independent System Operator (Cal ISO) also determined on Wednesday that measures can be taken to “replace ageing technologies” so that distributed resources can be used to respond quickly to steep rises in demand. The latter will include investment in a new energy management system for the grid which will use “sophisticated” software and hardware to monitor and control renewables integration, energy storage and the aggregation of demand response services. The project is expected to cost US$13.5 million, paid for by CalISO’s cash reserves and not requiring any debt financing.

Con Ed hopes battery system will keep south Queens charged all summer
When the power grid is drained due to running air conditioners during summer months, Con Edison hopes to keep Howard Beach and surrounding areas cool and electrified with a new battery backup system. Representatives of the electric company described the system, which is part of Con Ed’s Brooklyn Queens Demand Management (BQDM) program, during a meeting last week with residents at the New York Families for Autistic Children Center in Howard Beach. The battery installation, supplied by RES American Construction Inc., is being built at a site on 151st Avenue and 79th Street. It will serve as an additional power source during the peak season during summer months where energy is being demanded the most by air conditioners and other appliances.

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Amendments to US Energy Legislation Support Energy Storage Advancement
The U.S. Senate in a voice vote on Feb. 1 approved an amendment to the Energy Policy Modernization Act (S.2012) that gives the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) flexibility in administering funding for energy storage research. Speaking to the Senate on Jan. 28, Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.), a cosponsor of the amendment with Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), said that S.2012 needs further focus on the issue of energy storage. “I am glad to be working with my colleague from Nevada, Sen. Heller, on amendments that support more efficient use of federal funding for energy storage research at the [DOE] and encourage energy storage usage in public utilities,” Reed said, according to a webcast of the speech

A Renewables Revolution Is Toppling the Dominance of Fossil Fuels in U.S. Power
Renewable energy was the biggest source of new power added to U.S. electricity grids last year as falling prices and government incentives made wind and solar increasingly viable alternatives to fossil fuels. Developers installed 16 gigawatts of clean energy in 2015, or 68 percent of all new capacity, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said in its Sustainable Energy in America Factbook released Thursday with the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. That was the second straight year that clean power eclipsed fossil fuels. The biggest growth came from wind farms, with 8.5 gigawatts of new turbines installed as developers sought to take advantage of a federal tax credit that was due to expire at the end of 2016; Congress extended it in December.

Argonne-led team demonstrates Li-air battery based on lithium superoxide; up to 5x Li-ion energy density
Researchers from Argonne National Laboratory, with colleagues in the US and Korea, have demonstrated a lithium-oxygen battery based on lithium superoxide (LiO2). The work, reported in the journal Nature, could open the way to very high-energy-density batteries based on LiO2 as well as to other possible uses of the compound, such as oxygen storage. Lithium-air batteries form lithium peroxide (Li2O2)—a solid precipitate that clogs the pores of the electrode and degrades cell performance—as part of the charge?discharge reaction process. This remains a core challenge that needs to be overcome for the viable commercialization of Li-air technology. However, a number of studies of Li–air batteries have found evidence of LiO2 being formed as one component of the discharge product along with lithium peroxide (Li2O2).

Navigant: Revenue for utility-scale battery storage to grow 15 times by 2025
The battery energy storage market’s compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is forecast to be 35.8% between 2016 and 2025. Energy capacity is expected to grow from 1.4 GWh to 42.7 GWh in the same time frame, a CAGR of 45.6%. Lithium ion batteries continue to lead in utility-scale storage because they offer the best mix of power capacity and discharge duration, according to the report. Advanced lead-acid batteries continue to have the advantage in power-intensive applications. Flow batteries are expected to eventually take over where longer-duration services are required because they can scale up at a lower cost than other forms of battery energy storage.

Battery-Based Energy Trading: Next Step After Reverse Metering?
The combination of battery-based energy storage and solar power already has some electric utilities worried. They believe consumers' ability to store energy harvested by home solar arrays for later use could be a threat to their business model. Given that, they're probably not going to like this latest development in energy-storage economics.

DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions Issues First Call to Launch New Energy Technologies from National Laboratories to Market
As part of a continued push to encourage energy innovation and commercialization, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) today issued their first solicitation for proposals that help bring cutting-edge energy technologies to market. The office’s Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) has been newly infused this year with $20 million from across the Department. The funds will be used to advance promising energy related technologies with commercial potential and help strengthen partnerships between the national labs and private sector companies that can deploy energy technologies to the marketplace. TCF funds will be used to match 50% non-federal funds from private partners.

Research & Implementation: Vanadium redox flow
The vanadium redox flow technology, which has been classified as non-commercial for a long-time, is evolving. Various projects in all regions of the world prove the practical benefits of this technology which is ideally suited for long duration storage. During the 1980s, intensive research in the area of vanadium flow batteries took place in Australia at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Because of its unique properties vanadium was identified to be an optimal element for the application in flow batteries. Using vanadium’s four ionic states, it is possible to create a redox flow battery using only vanadium ions. This approach enables near zero degradation, as any cross contamination between positive and negative electrolyte is harmless.

What the Supreme Court decision on FERC Order 745 means for demand response and DERs
Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Jon Wellinghoff called it the “biggest consumer energy story of the day, and perhaps the decade,” over at the Renewables+Law blog at Stoel Rives LLP, where he co-chairs the energy team. Wellinghoff headed FERC when it issued Order 745, and later said the decision was “a vindication for markets.” California ISO's Jill Powers, on the other hand, said during a webinar with the Peak Load Management Alliance that “we don't believe there's much implication.” And analysts at GTM say the decision is likely to add tens of millions of dollars to the size of the demand response market this year – but that's a scaled-back estimate, down from a potential $200 million boon had the decision come much earlier.

Energy Storage Leader Sunverge Energy Closes $36.5 Million Series C Funding
Sunverge Energy, a leader in intelligent storage and distributed energy resource management, today announced a $36.5 million Series C round of financing. New investor AGL Energy Ltd., Australia's largest publicly traded energy retailer, joined current investors the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), SBCVC, Siemens Venture Capital and Total Energy Ventures International. Sunverge designs and manufactures advanced, intelligent energy storage systems that allow utilities to automatically execute demand response programs on an individual customer level or link them into "Virtual Power Plants" to meet peak energy demand across an entire community or service area. This unprecedented level of coordination, provided via a flexible cloud-based platform, will make possible this transition to power as a service and much more intelligent, automatic and efficient management of distributed energy resources.

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