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March 16, 2016

Last week's Capture the Energy Conference and Annual Meeting in Albany was, by all accounts, a very productive and engaging set of presentations and discussions. I'd like to thank the many presenters, panel members and participants for their thoughtful commentary and insightful discussions. To all who attended, exhibited and sponsored-thank you. Hosting an event the scale of our Annual Conference takes a team effort and it is a testament to the combined efforts of staff and volunteers that the event ran well and hit such high marks for content. And speaking of content…all conference attendees will receive an email later this week with links to allow you to download approved presentations from the conference.

I would like to welcome the new and returning members of the NY-BEST Board of Directors who were elected during the Annual Meeting portion of the program last week. You can see the full board on our website this is an outstanding group of leaders from industry and research communities, and I am honored to have them as directors for NY-BEST. I'd also like to personally thank both Glen Merfeld from GE and Richard Fioravanti from ICF for their many years of volunteer service as part of the NY-BEST Board. Their counsel and wisdom (and fine sense of humor) will be missed by us all. Thank you to Glen and Rick for your service-and know that we hope to see you at many future NY-BEST events.

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

AWS Truepower (Albany, NY) has been a global leader in renewable energy. Through expertise in engineering services, energy and resource solutions, software, and data platforms, AWS has helped develop, acquire, and support the complete wind and solar project development lifecycle. Their expert advice, accurate assessments, and innovative tools have helped renewable energy projects evolve into durable operating assets, which are both reducing humanity's global carbon footprint and generating healthy financial returns.

Enersys (Reading, PA) is the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications. The company manufactures and distributes reserve power and motive power batteries, battery chargers, power equipment, battery accessories and outdoor equipment enclosure solutions to customers worldwide. Enerys' reserve power batteries are marketed and sold principally under the PowerSafe, DataSafe, Hawker, Genesis, ODYSSEY and CYCLON brands. The company's motive power batteries are marketed and sold principally under the Hawker, IRONCLAD, General Battery, Fiamm Motive Power, Uranio, Oldham and Express brands. Battery products span a broad range of sizes, configurations and electrical capabilities, enabling them to meet a wide variety of customer applications.

AGX (Houston, TX) is global advanced energy consulting firm focused on grid-scale advanced storage, smart grid, microgrid, DER projects, technologies and integrated solutions. We serve the private and government sector, energy-electric utility, the ICT industries, and the investment community. Our industry leading projects develop cutting edge grid solutions, architectures and emerging services.

Distributed Energy Resource Solutions LLC (New York, NY) designs, develops, builds and operates 2-20MW power plants/microgrids and commercial (250kW-1MW) behind-the-meter energy storage systems (Island Power) in strategic locations throughout the State of NY. Through strategic partnerships with Northern Energy and Power, Paradigm Power, Salt Energy Group and select product manufacturers, DERs has the capabilities to handle all aspects of project development, power delivery and on-going asset maintenance.

Advanced Microgrid Solutions (San Francisco, CA) installs advanced energy storage systems in buildings to lower energy costs for consumers and provide clean, instant load reduction to electric utilities. We're building a more efficient, more resilient electric grid. AMS is technology agnostic. We find the best batteries, the best software, the best technicians. We design projects to fit exactly what local utilities need for grid support. We understand how electric utilities work. We know what building owners need. We build the systems. We pay for them. We manage them.

Best Regards,

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William Acker
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Dr. William Acker

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The sector favorite: Storage tops utility tech picks for second year running
Utility sector investment in energy storage is poised to grow, especially if regulatory barriers can be lowered, according to an analysis of the results of Utility Dive’s 2016 State of the Electric Utility Survey. For the second year in a row, energy storage ranked first among the technologies for future investment among the utility executives responding to the survey. A total of 65% of utility respondents named energy storage as one of three emerging technologies in which they should invest more, compared 52% who said they should invest more in distributed generation as one of the three options. Utility scale solar and wind power was ranked third in terms of target investment among the executives, with 47% choosing it.

Germany’s Second-Biggest Utility Plans to Launch a Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Offering
Germany’s second-largest energy company, E.ON, is planning to launch a residential PV-plus-storage offering for the German market in April, the company has confirmed. The product will be based on Solarwatt’s MyReserve battery systems, which went on sale last year.“We will collect feedback from the market and from customers, and then fine-tune the product,” said E.ON’s vice president of battery systems, Eliano Russo. “The final launch will be in September.” E.ON has not confirmed pricing for the product, but MyReserve is being sold in Germany for between €7,000 and €9,000 (USD $7,600 and $9,780), depending on the size of the solar panels purchased. The price includes the PV panel, battery, inverter, electronics and sales tax.

LG Chem clinches EV battery contract with Chrysler
LG Chem has signed a battery supplement deal with Chrysler, diversifying its distribution channels in the North American market. The world's leading supplier of electric vehicles (EV) batteries said Monday that it will supply 16 kWh battery cells and battery management systems (BMS) for Chrysler's Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivan to be manufactured from the end of this year. With the deal, LG Chem is now in business with all of the so-called "Big Three" clients in the U.S. automobile market, having previously signed contracts with GM and Ford. In 2009, LG Chem was named the exclusive supplier of EV batteries for the GM Volt. The company also signed a deal with Ford in 2010.

Partnering for success: Utilities leverage innovative vendor relationships at the grid edge
A new high-level look at distribution system innovation makes one thing clear: Utilities that find and work with innovative private sector players benefit from reaching out. The paper builds on earlier reports about technologies changing the distribution system, including energy storage, demand response, data analytics, advanced metering and solar-plus-storage. From a burgeoning database, the researchers highlight nine cutting edge projects that reveal an enormous range of distribution system innovation possible for utilities to access through private sector partners.

NY BEST: New York needs 4GW of multi-hour storage by 2030
Efforts to modernise New York’s grid would be best served by adding 2GW of multi-hour energy storage by 2025 and 4GW by 2030, and enable the achievement of renewable energy targets, according to advocacy body NY BEST. NY BEST, the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium, has just launched its second roadmap for energy storage in the East Coast US state, the first having been published in 2012. The state has in place goals to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050, as well as generating 50% of its electricity from renewables by the earlier of those years.

New York needs 4 GW of storage by 2030 to meet REV goals, advocacy group says
New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium, or NY-BEST, says in a new report says the state needs to add 2 GW of multi-hour energy storage by 2025 and 4 GW by 2030. The energy storage advisory and advocacy group says attaining that goal would enable the state to substantially reduce its costliest peak electricity demand, provide flexibility for the substantial amounts of intermittent renewables the state has committed to install over the next 15 years, and provide resilience and backup power throughout the grid. To overcome the obstacles to achieving that goal, the group says the state needs to create new regulatory and market mechanisms to monetize the value of storage, create common financing vehicles, and create standardized codes and regulations as a way of reducing soft costs.

Saft wins Septa lineside energy storage deal
The project will supply 8.7MW of frequency regulation support for the PJM Interconnection electricity grid and will capture, store and reuse energy derived from Septa subway trains using regenerative braking. The equipment will be installed between seven sub-stations across Philadelphia and expand the existing 1.8MW of storage Saft has provided in two earlier installations. Energy company Constellation will fund, own and operate the project, which uses Saft's Synerion 24P modules in rack-based installation.

AES, Tesla's Battery Competitor, Hedges Its Bets On Energy Storage
Earlier this month The AES Corporation announced partnerships designed to sell its Advancion utility-scale battery system around the globe. But AES did not include income from those partnerships in the 2016 outlook it released today. AES CEO Andres Gluski nonetheless expects the battery storage market to be “quite large” in five years—not quite as enthusiastic an assessment as Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk’s description of the market as “staggeringly gigantic.” “In our current financial guidance, we do not include any material income from third-party sales of our Advancion project. We believe this is prudent, since our alliance-based business model is in its initial phases,” Gluski said in a conference call with analysts this morning.

The Electric Car Revolution Is Finally Starting
Car batteries have been around for a while. But the types of batteries that can pack sufficient energy to drive a car on its own are relatively new; until a decade or so ago, engineers had never given them their full devotion, nor did manufacturers produce them in large volumes. As a result, these batteries and the cars that contained them suffered the unfortunate combination of being both not very good and very expensive. Chevrolet’s plug-in hybrid Volt was exceedingly mock able when it debuted in 2010. It cost about $35,000, and its 400-pound lithium-ion battery pack, with a capacity of 16 kilowatt-hours, could only move a car about 35 miles (under perfect conditions!). The company never shared with Volt owners how much the battery cost, but we know that in 2012, lithium-ion battery packs cost between $500 and $600 per kilowatt-hour. So a 16 kWh pack like the Volt’s could have easily cost $8,000.

The sector favorite: Storage tops utility tech picks for second year running
Utility sector investment in energy storage is poised to grow, especially if regulatory barriers can be lowered, according to an analysis of the results of Utility Dive’s 2016 State of the Electric Utility Survey. For the second year in a row, energy storage ranked first among the technologies for future investment among the utility executives responding to the survey. A total of 65% of utility respondents named energy storage as one of three emerging technologies in which they should invest more, compared 52% who said they should invest more in distributed generation as one of the three options. Utility scale solar and wind power was ranked third in terms of target investment among the executives, with 47% choosing it.

GE To Design Wind, Solar Energy Storage Project In India
In what could be a significant step towards integration of large-scale wind and solar energy projects in the existing power grid, General Electric will design a storage-equipped hybrid renewable energy project in India.

As ITC extension promises growth, storage developers look to define position under tax code
What was looking like a strong year for energy storage got even stronger in December when Congress passed an extension of the investment tax credit (ITC). The extension does not specifically mention storage – standards for storage to qualify for the ITC remain the same as they were before the extension – but it does extend the credit for solar power, and robust solar installations provide more opportunities for storage deployments.

News From Beyond New York

EDF completes its first battery storage project in North America
EDF Renewable Energy announced that the McHenry Storage Project, its first battery storage project in North America, reached commercial operation on December 20, 2015. The energy storage system is located in McHenry County, Illinois, and added 40 MW of flexible capacity (20-MW nameplate) to the PJM Regional Transmission Organization (RTO). It will participate in both the regulation and capacity markets. Along with EDF’s experience in renewables, the success of the project is due to the expertise of EDF Store and Forecast, which provided the command and control to optimize the triumvirate between cost, longevity, and performance of the battery system. EDF Store and Forecast will continue to monitor the facility.

California Electric Vehicle Chargers Could Soon Qualify as Eligible Energy Storage Technology
Later this year, the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) intends to issue a proposed decision addressing whether one-way managed or controlled charging of electric vehicles (often referred to as “V1G”) will be eligible for future energy storage solicitations. Parties to the energy storage proceeding will have at least one more opportunity to convince the CPUC that V1G chargers are now ready for utility-scale deployment in California. In the fall of 2013, the CPUC approved a framework for the California investor-owned utilities’ first procurement of energy storage resources. The utilities were directed to begin procuring a combined target of over 1,300 megawatts of energy storage by 2020. To avoid picking early winners and to encourage innovation in the energy technology space, the CPUC broadly defined the types of energy storage technologies that were eligible to bid into the utility’s solicitations.

After record year, U.S. energy storage forecasted to break 1 GW capacity mark in 2019
The annual U.S. energy storage market is projected to reach 1.7 GW by 2020 with a value of $2.5 billion, according to a new report by GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association. The report says the U.S. deployed 221 MW of storage in 2015, up 243% from the 65 MW of storage installed in 2014. Storage prices will continue to fall, according to the report, which estimates that costs of energy application projects completed in 2017 will be 29% lower in 2015 prices and, for power application, 25% lower.

AES Advancion® Fleet Accelerates Energy Storage Market in Europe
The AES Netherlands Advancion® Energy Storage Array was officially unveiled to the public yesterday at a ceremony attended by representatives from the European Commission, transmission system operator TenneT, senior leaders from The AES Corporation, and representatives from key suppliers and partners. The unveiling of the array, located in Vlissingen, features Advancion 4, the largest and most advanced energy storage platform operating in both Europe and globally. The array will enable greater levels of renewable energy integration, enhance grid reliability and reduce emissions and costs by providing fast response balancing services to the electric grid.

SDG&E Seeks Energy Storage, Renewable and Other Clean Energy Resources
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced it is seeking up to 140 megawatts (MW), of new "preferred energy resources," including energy storage, renewable energy, distributed generation, energy efficiency and demand response. The solicitation for additional preferred energy resources builds upon SDG&E's significant investments in clean energy. The utility currently has more than 60 renewable contracts representing more than 2,400 MW of renewable energy, the equivalent of powering more than 700,000 San Diego homes for a year. In 2015, SDG&E became the first California utility to supply its customers with a third of its energy, 33 percent, from renewable resources.

New Hawaii EV Fast Charger Has Energy Storage Power Boost
Way over in Hawaii, a modest little EV fast charging station with integrated energy storage could accelerate the growth of the EV charging network all across the US. That’s because the new charging station is a demonstration partnership between the company Greenlots and Hawaii’s electric utility HECO, designed to provide an economical way to install fast charging stations in areas that are not supported by the existing grid. If the name Greenlots rings a bell, that could be because CleanTechnica has been following the global company’s activities in the EV charging field in Singapore as well as in the US, where it recently partnered with Kia Motors on an EV charging station promotion for Kia Soul EV buyers.

HECO Tests Batteries to Enable DC Fast Charging and Avoid Grid Upgrades
The Hawaiian Electric Company is testing a behind-the-meter energy storage solution with a direct current fast-charging station for electric vehicles. The utility is investigating whether the battery is cheaper than upgrading the grid to accommodate the charger. Greenlots will install the system and manage it using its SKY platform with support from the Electric Power Research Institute. The public DC fast charger will be available to EV drivers at HECO's approved rate of about $6 to $7 per session for the six-month pilot.

Battery Storage Systems Shine With Solar Deployments
The renewable energy storage market is on a tear, driven by lower-cost batteries, incentivized solar installations, a desire for energy independence, and the need for smart-grid stability and lower overall utility costs. While current solar energy tax incentives start to dissipate in 2016, a bid to extend those incentives to 2020 has just passed Congress and has reignited the solar industry, with a knock-on effect for battery-based energy storage systems. This surge around energy storage systems (ESS) in general, and renewable energy storage (RES) in particular, has created enormous opportunities for designers of power conversion architectures and inverters, especially for home applications. Even Tesla has gotten involved, announcing its Powerwall, a $3,500, 10-kWh storage system for the home, business and utilities.

Suffolk Closeup: The future is beyond the horizon
An energy revolution is happening just east of Shelter Island. Deepwater Wind is constructing the nation’s first offshore wind farm — five turbines off Block Island — scheduled to be in operation this year. Rhode Island-based Deepwater Wind, emerging as the leading offshore wind company in the United States, is seeking to follow its Block Island project, with another one 30 miles southeast of Montauk. Dubbed “Deepwater ONE,” it would initially involve 15 turbines. But the company’s goal is to install 200 turbines, capable of supplying a significant portion of Long Island’s electricity. A key innovation made by Deepwater Wind is solving the problem of placing wind turbines in deep water, over the horizon and out of sight.

MISO: Energy Storage Could Work into Existing Market Structure Next Year
MISO could have a limited set of market rules for energy storage as early as 2017, RTO officials told the Market Subcommittee last week. MISO External Affairs Policy Advisor Jennifer Richardson said storage provisions could be a “combination of using established definitions” and creating new market rules. In the near term, MISO said it will work with stakeholders on minor revisions to the Tariff and business practice manuals that would open the market to short-term and medium-term storage. By summer, MISO hopes to have a clear idea if storage should be treated as a generation resource or a transmission asset and whether it can participate in MISO’s capacity or ancillary service markets. For that, MISO needs to consider how behind-the-meter storage can function as load-modifying resources or demand response.

Arizona's Tuscon Electric plans for 1.1 GW of new renewables by 2030
In a preliminary Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) filed this week with Arizona regulators, Tuscon Electric Power outlined an aggressive plan to add 1.1 GW of renewable generation, move away from coal and embrace new technologies to boost reliability, PV Tech reports. The Arizona Corporation Commission had directed TEP and other utilities to file preliminary IRPs this year to help plan for the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan. TEP said efficiency continues to be cost effective, and the utility will work to meet goals outlined in Arizona's Energy Efficiency Standard, which calls on utilities to achieve cumulative energy savings of 22%.

SDG&E Seeks Energy Storage, Renewable and Other Clean Energy Resources
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced it is seeking up to 140 megawatts (MW), of new "preferred energy resources," including energy storage, renewable energy, distributed generation, energy efficiency and demand response.

How Distributed Battery Storage Will Surpass Grid-Scale Storage in the US by 2020
In 2020, America’s energy storage market will likely surpass 1.6 gigawatts -- making it 28 times bigger than it was in 2015. The U.S. market in 2020 will be defined not just by higher volumes, but by diversity in project types. While large storage projects on the utility's side of the meter currently dominate deployments, smaller batteries in homes and businesses on the customer's side of the meter will become the biggest segment in terms of capacity in the next four years.

Bloomberg: The Electric Car Revolution Is Here to Stay
Within six years, the cost of owning an electric car will be cheaper than purchasing and running a petrol or diesel model. That’s the conclusion of a report on the fast-expanding electric car market by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Daimler to spend $500 million on electric-car battery factory
As global automakers gear up to produce higher volumes of plug-in electric cars, their battery strategies vary. Some buy in both lithium-ion cells and complete battery packs, some purchase cells but design and assemble them into packs in-house, and some own part of the cell maker. Now Daimler has announced that its Deutsche Accumotive battery subsidiary will triple its production capacity for battery packs.

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