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January 29, 2016

​Earlier this week, the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) Staff filed its Staff White Paper on the Clean Energy Standard.  The State Energy Plan includes the goal that 50% of the State’s electricity generation must come from renewable energy sources by 2030. Last week the Public Service Commission commenced a proceeding to develop a Clean Energy Standard (CES) and directed DPS staff to develop a white paper on CES with a framework for mandating achievement of the 50 by 30 goal and setting forth a process for the Commission’s consideration of a CES at the June 2016 session. Comments on the Staff White Paper are due by March 14, 2016, and replies due March 28, 2016. An on-the-record technical conference will take place in Albany, NY at the Empire State Plaza Meeting Rooms #2 and #3 on Thursday, February 25, 2016 and Friday, February 26, 2016 to discuss the Staff White Paper and development of the CES program. Webcast viewing will be made available. Details regarding the technical conference will be provided in a future Notice.

NY-BEST is closely reviewing the Staff White Paper with an eye toward our interest in ensuring that there is a clear path and plan to achieve the renewable energy goal of 50 percent by 2030, as well as move beyond these targets after 2030, and an articulation of the important role for storage in achieving these goals.

Next week, NY-BEST will host our first webinar of the new year. The Energy Storage Outlook for New York State webinar  will take place on February 4, 2016 from 2:00 to 3:00PM Eastern. This one-hour webinar features experts from the New York Battery & Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) team who will share important market and policy updates from New York State, as well as outline NY-BEST’s plans for 2016. The webinar will include information on major State policy initiatives that may impact the energy storage industry, including the latest information on New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) and Clean Energy Fund initiatives. Please join us! The event is free for members and $40 for non-members. You can find details and registration on our website. 

We look forward to seeing everyone at our Annual Conference, Capture the Energy, on March 9-10, 2016 in Albany, NY. Please note the change of venue for this year’s event—after 4 years, we have outgrown our previous venue and will hold this year’s event at the Albany Marriott.  There are numerous opportunities to promote your organization's capabilities as a sponsor or exhibitor at the conference. Please contact us at info@ny-best.org to discuss these opportunities today. We are looking forward to a record crowd. Early bird registration deadline is fast approaching—the deadline for discounted registration is February 11. If you are planning to attend, please take a moment to register today!

I’d like to welcome the first new member of the year to NY-BEST:

Fluidic Energy (Scottsdale, AZ) is dedicated to accelerating the worldwide transformation to clean, dependable energy through its innovative and intelligent energy storage solutions. Enabled by groundbreaking battery technology and smart-grid intelligence, Fluidic Energy designs, manufactures and markets proprietary energy storage solutions globally. It is the first and only company to commercialize and deliver rechargeable metal-air battery technology in high production volumes. Fluidic has been delivering thousands of long duration batteries to global companies over the past four years with its industry leading low levelized cost.

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Eos Energy touts storage for NY microgrid as 'lowest-cost battery solution on the market'
The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) has awarded Eos Energy Storage $750,000 to support production, installation and demonstration of a 250-kW, 1,000-kWh battery energy storage system in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. EOS Energy, citing a report it commissioned from DNV GL, says its zinc hybrid cathode battery technology can be manufactured at a cost of $91-$116/kWh at commercial volumes of 100 MW/year. The battery system will be integrated with solar PV on the site, and integrated into a community-level microgrid combined with other power generation resources in the town as part of NYSERDA’s larger, state-wide microgrid demonstration project.

JuiceBox Energy Teams with Sprint for Real-Time Communications & Control for its Energy Storage Solution
JuiceBox Energy to use Sprint M2M Command Center to monitor and control renewable energy storage systems nationwide. JuiceBox Energy, a privately-held Silicon Valley company committed to providing safe, reliable, intelligent, and connected energy storage, announced a nationwide agreement with Sprint to provide real-time monitoring and control of JuiceBox Energy Storage Systems using the Sprint network and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Command Center. The Sprint Command Center is a cloud-based portal that gives JuiceBox Energy the ability to securely monitor, manage, activate, and deactivate energy storage systems remotely.

Clean Energy Revolution Is Ahead of Schedule
The most important piece of news on the energy front isn't the plunge in oil prices, but the progress that is being made in battery technology. A new study in Nature Climate Change, by Bjorn Nykvist and Mans Nilsson of the Stockholm Environment Institute, shows that electric vehicle batteries have been getting cheaper much faster than expected. From 2007 to 2011, average battery costs for battery-powered electric vehicles fell by about 14 percent a year. For the leading electric vehicle makers, Tesla and Nissan, costs fell by 8 percent a year. This astounding decline puts battery costs right around the level that the International Energy Agency predicted they would reach in 2020. We are six years ahead of the curve. It's a bit hard to read, but here is the graph from the paper:

New York Dedicates $5 Billion To Clean Energy Fund
Building on big plans for renewables unveiled during his recent State of the State address, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., has announced the New York State Public Service Commission’s (PSC) approval of a 10-year, $5 billion Clean Energy Fund. According to the governor, the fund will accelerate the growth of New York’s clean energy economy, address climate change, strengthen resiliency in the face of extreme weather, and lower energy bills for New Yorkers starting this year. Additionally, Cuomo says the fund will attract and leverage third-party capital to support his commitment to a 50% by 2030 renewable portfolio standard (RPS).

This Troy company is ready to bring its paper-thin batteries to market
Paper Battery Co. is preparing to put its ultrathin lithium batteries on the market as it heads toward full-scale production. The Troy, New York, startup, which spun off of research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been working since 2008 to get its batteries to full-scale production. Paper Battery develops ultrathin supercapacitor technology to improve batteries in cloud computing, medical technology and personal devices. Supercapacitors let companies use smaller batteries without compromising energy or performance. The paper-thin device helps lithium batteries last longer and charge quicker.

REV in 2016: The year that could transform utility business models in New York
In April 2014, the New York Public Service Commission kicked off the REV proposal with a groundbreaking straw proposal. In it, the staff of the regulatory body laid out a vision for the regulated utility as a “Distribution System Platform (DSP) Provider” — akin to an air traffic controller that coordinates and facilitates the deployment of various distributed energy resources (DERs) on the grid. The idea, at its base, is to reform the utility business model and practices so that planning for and integrating DERs from third party providers is a central focus, and to ensure that utility companies are incentivized to consider DER solutions as an alternative to traditional grid and generation investments. Critical to that aim is the creation of vibrant markets for DERs on the distribution system.

Battery storage will be economic for households with rooftop solar by 2017
Costs have fallen so rapidly for battery storage capacity that within two years the technology will be cheap enough for households with existing rooftop solar systems. That is according to a new report published today by the Renewable Energy Agency (REA) and consultancy KPMG, which found that by around 2017 the cost of lithium ion storage technology will have fallen low enough for early adopter households and businesses to retrofit it onto existing energy generation systems. The report - which also focuses on the growth of demand response systems - suggests larger grid-scale storage systems are already economic in certain circumstances, although regulatory and market barriers make it difficult to secure funding.

Cuomo's Clean Energy Fund by the numbers
As part of his Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), in which half of all energy in New York must come from renewables by 2030, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has launched a 10-year $5 billion Clean Energy Fund. This fund will help answer the question of how the state can reach such an aggressive goal -- and will advance solar, wind, energy efficiency and other clean tech industries to spur economic development and reduce harmful emissions, resulting in lower energy costs for consumers and business beginning this year. "New York is a national leader in combating climate change and growing the clean energy economy -- and today we are taking the next big step forward," Governor Cuomo said. "This unparalleled $5 billion investment will leverage more than $29 billion in private sector funding and open the door to new clean energy opportunities for years to come. We are raising the bar when it comes to increasing the use of renewable energy and reducing harmful carbon emissions, and I am proud that the Empire State is continuing to set the example for the future."

EPRI to Lead Research to Maximize Solar and Energy Storage Integration
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) will lead a three-year collaboration to investigate the end-to-end grid integration of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation, energy storage, load management, and solar forecasting.The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative announced today a cooperative research award to support the collaborative, which includes universities, companies and utilities. The funding was awarded under DOE's Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV or SHINES program. The goal of the research project is to support the transformation of electric power system design and operation to seamlessly integrate solar PV and energy storage.

The Next Wave of Energy Storage Financing: Green Charge Closes $50M Non-Recourse Debt Funding
Over the past two years, Green Charge Networks and Stem have been racing each other for the title of top behind-the-meter battery startup -- and for funding to back their no-money-down deals for customers. On Thursday, Green Charge announced its latest step -- a non-recourse debt financing of $20 million in planned projects, and another $30 million awaiting new projects in 2016. Non-recourse debt is the primary financing method for large-scale energy projects, including most solar energy projects. It also carries a higher risk to the lender, since it is secured only by the collateral of the projects it funds, not the borrower’s corporate assets, and relies on ongoing revenues to pay back the lender.

Stem Partners on U.S. DOE-funded energy storage project to integrate distributed PV resources on Hawaii grid
Stem Inc., (Millbrae, CA, U.S.) a provider of advanced energy storage technology, software and data analytics, announced it has partnered with the Hawaiian Electric Companies in a federally-funded research program as part of the “Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV” (SHINES) program. The project is supported by a USD 2.4 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative and a matching USD 2.4 million from Hawaiian Electric. Streamlining the grid for utilities in regions with high concentrations DG resources. The initiative, “Integrating System to Edge-of-Network Architecture and Management (SEAMS) for SHINES Technologies on High Penetration Grids,” aims to streamline grid planning and operations for utilities in regions with high concentrations of distributed generation (DG) resources.

70% Decrease In Energy Storage Costs By 2030, Says Report
Energy storage costs could decrease up to 70% in the next 15 years, according to a report called E-Storage: Shifting from Cost to Value, by Paul Gardner from DNV GL and other authors. PriceWaterhouseCoopers also contributed cost analysis, along with inputs from 23 experts.

Fluidic Energy™ named in the 2015 Global Cleantech 100
Fluidic Energy™, an energy storage solutions company, announced it has been recognised as one of the top 100 private firms best positioned to solve tomorrow's global clean technology challenges.

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REA/KPMG report shows battery storage already attractive for households and businesses
Thirteen sudden and severe changes to the Government’s green energy policies since the 2015 General Election have created significant uncertainty in the UK renewables industry. Despite this a new independent report by KPMG, commissioned by the REA, is indicating that we could enter an era of continued green growth and domestic decentralised energy production. The report Development of decentralised energy and storage systems in the UK will be released at the REA’s national conference on energy storage in London.

EERE SunShot’s SHINES Program: Enabling a Rapidly Solarizing Electricity Grid Through Energy Storage
When the electric grid was created a century ago, power generation was a one-way street. Utilities created electricity through distant coal-burning plants and transmitted it to the customers who consumed it. The growth of distributed energy generation through renewable energy sources requires some major changes in the way we operate the grid—customers can now generate their own power through solar panels and other onsite clean energy sources, and sell some of it back to the grid. This one-way street will need to look more like a superhighway in the years ahead to make sure our grid becomes a stronger platform for consumer empowerment, security, and sustainability.

In Philadelphia, Batteries on Transit System Power More Than Just the Trains
Along Philadelphia’s busy Market-Frankford subway line, the trains behave like those of any transit system, slowing to halt at the platforms and picking up passengers. But more is happening than meets the eye. In an experimental system that is soon to be more widely adopted, every time the trains pull into certain stations, they recover the kinetic energy as they brake and channel it as electricity to battery banks at one of two substations. The batteries, managed by software, can then use that power to push the trains back out or to help modulate electricity flows on the grid.

An increasingly precious metal
SQM, Chile’s biggest lithium producer, is the kind of company you might find in an industrial-espionage thriller. Its headquarters in the military district of Santiago bears no name. The man who for years ran the business, Julio Ponce, is the former son-in-law of the late dictator, Augusto Pinochet. He quit as chairman in 2015, during an investigation into SQM for alleged tax evasion. (The company is co-operating with the inquiry.) Last month it emerged that CITIC, a Chinese state-controlled firm, may bid for part of Mr Ponce’s controlling stake in SQM, as part of China’s bid to secure supplies of a vital raw material. The focus of CITIC’s interest appears to lie on a lunar-like landscape of encrusted salt in Chile’s Atacama desert. It is a brine deposit washed off the Andes millions of years ago, containing about a fifth of the world’s known lithium resources.

DOE Announces New Projects to Modernize America’s Electric Grid
US Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced up to $220 million in new funding for a consortium of DOE national laboratories and partners to support critical research and development over the next three years to help modernize our nation's electrical power grid. The secretary also announced the release of DOE's comprehensive new Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP), a blueprint for the Department's research, development, and demonstration agenda to enable a modernized grid. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will be strongly supporting this effort, bringing its unique array of experts and resources together to participate in 48 of the 88 awarded projects announced today.

Video Review: Chevy Volt Impresses With Tech, Design and Driving Pleasure
THE concept of the first Chevrolet Volt was simple — drive 40 miles or so on battery power alone and then continue the journey with a gas-powered generator. In short, driving to Duluth could be a drop-of-the-hat decision. From Anchorage. Despite its impressive technology, I believe the Voltec powertrain, the official name given to the tech under the skin, never received the praise warranted when it was introduced in 2011. (Full disclosure, I own a Voltec-powered Cadillac ELR.) The more efficient second-generation Volt should right this injustice with assistance from General Motors’ design department, as it looks less like a Camaro science experiment mash-up and more like Honda Civic’s svelte cousin, albeit with braces.

What you need to know about hydrogen fuel-cell cars
When it comes to selling a green vision, hydrogen power has an advantage: a glass of pure water the only thing spilling from your tailpipe. Despite that, fuel-cell based cars have been slow to reach the market, but your options in the US are set to double - to, admittedly, two models - by the end of the year. Hydrogen powered vehicles aren't new to public roads, but it's only in the past year or so that they've shifted from the stuff of fleets and roving research drivers to something the public in general can drive. Toyota began deliveries of its Mirai sedan in the US late last year, while Hyundai's Tucson Fuel Cell isn't currently available in the US. Honda, meanwhile, said this week that its Clarity Fuel Cell should go on sale before 2016 is out, with an expected price of around $60,000.

Energy Department Announces $18 Million to Develop Solar Energy Storage Solutions, Boost Grid Resiliency
As part of the Energy Department’s Grid Modernization Initiative announced by Secretary Ernest Moniz last week to improve the resiliency, reliability and security of the nation’s electrical power grid, DOE today announced $18 million in funding for six new projects across the United States. These projects will enable the development and demonstration of integrated, scalable, and cost-effective solar technologies that incorporate energy storage to power American homes after the sun sets or when clouds are overhead. Solutions for modernizing the grid and enhancing storage will be developed as part of the Department's Grid Modernization Initiative under the SunShot Initiative. These efforts will dramatically increase solar-generated electricity that can be dispatched at any time - day or night - to meet consumer electricity needs while ensuring the reliability of the nation's electricity grid.

True value of energy storage being overlooked through ‘narrow focus’ on costs - World Energy Council
Misconceptions over the true value of energy storage are developing because of a “narrow focus” on the initial costs of the technology, a report has concluded. Published today, the World Energy Council study contends that because discussions about storage regularly revolve primarily around the questions of investment costs, its broader, longer-term benefits are often overlooked. The report says the true value of energy storage should be recognised by taking into account both its cost and revenue benefits. Based on analyses of a number of storage costings across the technology spectrum, the report concludes that the widely used levelised cost of energy methodology is hindering the progress of energy storage.

Leclanché selected for 13 MW energy storage project in Canada
Leclanché SA has been selected to supply a 13 MW/53 MWh energy storage system for what has been described as one of the largest Grid Ancillary Services projects in North America. The projects are scheduled to be live this Q4. Hecate Canada Storage II, LLP selected the Swiss energy storage provider for the project, which covers six Ancillary Services agreements with Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). It will be deployed across several locations near Toronto, with construction slated to start this spring.

The True Value of Energy Storage: Cheapest Not Always Best
The true value of energy storage is misunderstood due to a narrow focus on the cost of investing in it, says a new report from the World Energy Council. The report, “E-storage – shifting from cost to value,” which addresses wind and solar applications, says that current methods of evaluating energy storage are misleading and hinder the progress of the industry.

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