NY-BEST Newsletter - November 20, 2018

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November 20, 2018

Dear NY-BEST Members and Colleagues,

On November 13th NYSERDA, with support from NY-BEST and NYSEIA hosted a workshop entitled, “The Power of Synergy: PV + Storage”. The event brought together solar developers, storage developers, and system integrators to discuss business opportunities in New York and promote cooperation between these two synergistic industries. We were extremely encouraged by the industry potential on show at the event, and want the momentum to continue. In that vein, NY-BEST encourages developers who are working on solar + storage, or standalone storage, projects to reach out to our team for support.

For interested companies, sponsorship opportunities for next year’s “Capture the Energy” conference are now open. Sponsorship opportunities range from $500 to $10,000 and include a variety of options, more information on the sponsorship opportunities can be found here. We are also happy to design a sponsorship opportunity tailored to your company’s needs. Companies interested in sponsoring the conference are encouraged to reach out to Ashley Weaver, at weaver@ny-best.org. The conference will take place March 13th and 14th, 2019 at the Albany Capital Center, with a pre-conference workshop occurring on the 12th.

We encourage companies interested in or pursuing energy storage projects in New York State to reach out to the NY-BEST Team, at aidan@ny-best.org, for technical assistance support. NY-BEST and the NYSERDA soft cost reduction team can help developers identify opportunities and overcome the challenges that projects may face. From identifying the best value streams, to providing interconnection support and siting and permitting, the team is actively helping companies move projects from the planning stage to operation.

The NY-BEST team wishes all of its members and colleagues a happy and relaxing Thanksgiving!

We would like to welcome the most recent members of NY-BEST:

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ForeFront Power (San Francisco, CA) - is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., Ltd. with more than a decade of renewable industry experience, serving business, public sector, and wholesale power customers around the world. Our team has developed over 800 MW of capacity across more than 1,000 projects, targeted on assisting public sector agencies and C&I firms to deliver the most impactful behind-the-meter, virtual, and wholesale solutions.

Best Regards,

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William Acker
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Dr. William Acker

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Can Tesla Maintain Its Positioning as VW Doubles Down on the EV Market?
German auto major Volkswagen looks set to double down on its electric vehicle program, planning a low cost EV that could start from under €20,000 (about $23,000) while introducing as many as 50 models on the road across its brands in the coming years, as it looks to adapt to the shift to all-electric drivetrains. Other manufacturers from both the luxury and mass markets are investing heavily in EVs, considering their superior performance and relatively lower mechanical complexity, and early examples indicate that they are getting the EV formula right. In this note, we take a look at where EV pioneer Tesla could stand as competition from the likes of VW heats up the EV market.

Batteries Will Replace California Gas Plants as PG&E Proposal Approved
A proposal by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), one of California’s three main investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to deploy large-scale energy storage to replace peaking natural gas plants has been approved by the state’s regulator. Last week, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued its approval of three capacity contracts and one power purchase agreement (PPA) for 567.5MW of energy storage capacity to be built across four large-scale battery storage systems. Significantly, each will store energy for four hours, making them viable capacity resources to replace gas plants. PG&E submitted its proposal to the commission in late June and said the selected projects had been awarded from more than 100 options from around 30 submitted proposals with the solicitation launched to address local voltage issues as well as capacity deficiencies in specific sub-areas of the utility’s service area.

EDF Signs PPAs for Huge California Solar-plus-Storage Project
Two community energy suppliers in California followed up an agreement to buy power from a large-scale solar-plus-storage farm with another, project developer EDF Renewables has announced. Energy-Storage.news reported at the end of October that Monterey Bay Community Energy (MBCE) and Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SCVE) had agreed 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Recurrent Energy, the US developer owned by Canadian Solar. Through that deal, MBCE and SCVE will buy 45% and 55% respectively of output from Slate, a 150MW solar farm in Kern County, paired with 45MW / 150MWh of lithium battery storage which enables four hours of dispatchable solar energy, helping mitigate late afternoon and evening peaks in demand as solar production tails off.

Leclanché Energy Storage Solutions Selected by Kongsberg
Leading global maritime technology company Kongsberg Maritime has selected Leclanché, one of the world’s leading storage solutions companies, as its battery partner and supplier of customized marine energy storage solutions. The partnership contributes to Kongsberg’s new generation of hybrid power solutions, which are set to deliver game-changing efficiencies and reduce the environmental impact of transportation with cutting-edge autonomous and crewed vessel newbuilds. Leclanché’s batteries will be an integral part of Kongsberg’s hybrid solutions. Through the partnership, Leclanché will deliver one of the largest single marine battery system order to date for 9 vessels totalling 45MWh batteries. The systems will be built at Leclanché’s facility in Switzerland with the cells manufactured at Leclanché’s Willstätt facility in Germany.

Energy Storage North America Announces Winners of 2018 Innovation and Champion Awards
Energy Storage North America (ESNA), the most influential gathering of policy, technology and market leaders in energy storage, today announced the winners of this year’s ESNA Innovation and Champion Awards. The awards were presented at the 6th Annual Energy Storage North America Conference and Expo, held at the Pasadena Convention Center. This year’s winners will also be inducted into the ESNA Awards Hall of Fame, online here. The ESNA Innovation Award winners were selected through a public, online voting process that received over 2,000 votes across three categories: Front-of-Meter, Behind-the-Meter and Mobile Storage. The winner in each category was recognized for their impact on the energy storage ecosystem, services supplied to customers and the grid, unique technology solutions, financing or partnerships.

Lockheed Martin and Cypress Creek Renewables Receive National Award for Energy Storage Project
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Cypress Creek Renewables received an Energy Storage North America (ESNA) 2018 Innovation Award for leadership in energy storage and positive impact on the energy storage industry, displayed in their collaboration on a series of solar-plus-storage projects. In March, Lockheed Martin and Cypress Creek Renewables commissioned 12 MWh of GridStar® Lithium energy storage systems for 12 solar-plus-storage projects. The solar-plus-storage system is custom-designed to provide clean electricity to communities served by Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) in southeastern North Carolina.

MidAmerican Installing Battery Storage Pilot Project
Des Moines, Iowa-based MidAmerican Energy Co. has announced plans to install a utility-scale battery energy storage system, enabling the utility to store electricity for later use. The pilot project will provide 4 MWh of storage capacity and supply 1 MW of power for up to four hours. MidAmerican says 1 MW is enough electricity to power about 900 average Iowa homes. Chicago-based Invenergy will install the lithium-iron phosphate battery system, housed in two truck-sized steel containers, at a MidAmerican Energy substation in Knoxville, Iowa. The new system is expected to begin operating by the end of December.

A Novel Way to Advance a Better Battery Design
Cadenza Innovation has developed a new design that improves the performance, cost, and safety of large lithium ion batteries. Now, with an unusual strategy for disseminating that technology, the company is poised to have an impact in industries including energy grid storage, industrial machines, and electric vehicles. Rather than produce the batteries itself, Cadenza licenses its technology to manufacturers producing batteries for diverse applications. The company also works with licensees to both optimize their manufacturing processes and sell the new batteries to end users. The strategy ensures that the four-year old company’s technology is deployed more quickly and widely than would otherwise be possible. For Cadenza founder Christina Lampe-Onnerud, a former MIT postdoc and a battery industry veteran of more than 20 years, the goal is to help advance the industry just as the global demand for batteries reaches an inflection point.

SungEel MCC Americas Unveils Battery Recycling Plant Location
SungEel MCC Americas (SMCC) unveiled New York as the location of its first plant, which will redefine the North American lithium-ion battery, e-waste recycling, energy and metals markets. The Endicott, New York plant will be located in the Huron Campus, formerly the IBM-Endicott facility. SMCC will leverage over $1.75MM in incentives from New York State and create over 100 research, engineering, and manufacturing jobs. The joint venture between New York based Metallica Commodities Corp. and South Korea based SungEel HiTech will commence operations in January 2019, creating over 100 hi-tech jobs and recycling over 5,000 MT of spent lithium-ion batteries. Approximately 50 percent of LIBs are recovered and recycled in the European Union and some Asian countries, whereas less than 5 percent of all LIBs are recycled in the U.S.

LIPA Eyes Improving Grid as Electric Vehicles Grow
Long Island is leading New York State in the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles, presenting an opportunity for LIPA to boost sales by more than $2 billion over the next two decades while requiring some $200 million in grid upgrades, a LIPA-financed study has found. PSEG Long Island and the Long Island Power Authority already are proposing to spend $20.5 million over the next four years to increase public, workplace and residential charging outlets and promote the market. Longer-term grid improvements to accommodate a larger, Islandwide fleet of the cars would require an investment of $20 million to $30 million a year, or a total of $190 million over a decade, the study by Gabel Associates found. In return, Long Island ratepayers would see $422 million in net benefits, including reductions in electric costs, by wider adoption of the vehicles by 2035, the study found.

Magnis Resources Limited Now Becomes 'Magnis Energy Technologies'
Graphite producer MNS that is also engaged in the development of electronic vehicle batteries, has changed its name from Magnis Resources Limited to Magnis Energy Technologies (ASX: MNS). In the media release dated 5 November 2018, Magnis informed that its new name Magnis Energy Technologies has been effectively changed from today, however ASX code-MNS will remain the same. This change in name, first proposed in July, has come into an effect on the due approval of shareholders, received at the Annual General Meeting held on 26 October 2018. As Magnis scales up its lithium-ion battery manufacturing operations, the company believes that its new name will better reflect the nature of its operations to stakeholders, potential investors and partners.

VRB Energy Commissions 3MW 12MWh Vanadium Redox Battery Energy Storage System (VRB-ESS®) in Phase 1 of the Hubei Zaoyang 10MW 40MWh Utility-Scale Solar and Storage Integration Demonstration Project
Robert Friedland, Chairman of VRB Energy, and Dr. Mianyan Huang, Chief Technology Officer and President of China Operations, are pleased to announce today that commissioning of a 3-megawatt (MW) 12-megawatt-hour (MWh) vanadium-redox-battery energy-storage-system (VRB-ESS®) in China is currently underway, with the first battery module of 250-kilowatt (kW) 1MWh successfully commissioned. The 3MW 12MWh VRB-ESS currently being installed in Zaoyang, Hubei to integrate a large solar photovoltaic system into the grid is the first phase of a 10MW 40MWh project that VRB Energy was awarded in November 2017.

Highview Power Shortlisted for 2018 Green Energy and IET Innovation Awards
Highview Power, a leader in true long-duration energy storage solutions, announced today that it has been named a finalist for two more high-profile awards. First, the company's proprietary Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) technology is one of five companies shortlisted for the Green Energy Awards in the clean energy innovation category. Next, Highview Power's LAES plant at the Viridor Pilsworth site near Manchester is one of seven power & energy category finalists for the IET Innovation Awards.

News From Beyond New York

Energy Storage is a $1.2 Trillion Global Investment Opportunity & Is Soaring in the UK
Two reports released within days of one another have highlighted the increasing value of the energy storage market as a necessary tandem to a low-carbon society, with Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicting the market will grow to attract $1.2 trillion in investment and boast 942 gigawatts (GW) by 2040, while in the UK the current pipeline already sits at an impressive 6,874 megawatts (MW). It is of little surprise that the energy storage market around the globe has expanded so quickly, given the explosive growth of intermittent renewable energy sources like solar and wind. Simply put, energy storage evens out what is otherwise intermittent electricity generation, meaning that solar can continue to provide electricity at night and wind can continue to provide electricity when the winds are still.

Massachusetts Grants Help Get Energy Storage Projects Off the Ground
The state awarded $20 million in grants with hopes of helping to increase state’s storage capacity by more than tenfold. A year after Massachusetts awarded $20 million in energy storage grants, the first project is online and showing promise to help shave peak demand, save customers money, and pave the way for more solar power. Municipal utility Braintree Electric Light Department (BELD) paid for most of the $2.6 million battery installation using its reserve funds and some of its business customers invested additional money in exchange for lower demand charges. But it was a grant from Massachusetts’ Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) program that helped make the numbers add up for the pilot project. The program is part of the state’s Energy Storage Initiative, which has a goal of deploying 200 megawatt-hours of energy storage in the state by 2020, up from the current level of seven megawatt-hours.

NantEnergy Acquires Sharp Electronics Energy Services, Storage Business
The anticipated, rapid growth of energy storage worldwide has companies jockeying for global position as prices fall and analysts say far more batteries are being deployed than projected a couple of years ago. NantEnergy's acquisition of Sharp allows it an entry into the United States market, with particular emphasis on the the West Coast where batteries may be a key to integrating more renewables. The deal "immediately creates a foothold for NantEnergy in the U.S., particularly in the important California market," according to NantEnergy Chairman Patrick Soon-Shiong. NantEnergy says it will continue to promote the SmartStorage system, along with optional 10-year asset management agreements, under which the company provides "routine and unscheduled maintenance, coupled with a 10-year demand reduction performance guarantee."

US Military Microgrids Are Using More Renewables and Batteries
The White House's failed bailout of coal and nuclear plants caused a lot of chatter about grid resilience in Washington. But the Department of Defense and U.S. military were working on resilience-related projects long before Trump took office. A report released Friday by the Association of Defense Communities, a membership organization comprising communities connected to military operations, highlights many of the clean energy and microgrid installations supporting military bases across the country. The case studies offer examples on the best ways to actually build resilient energy systems.

Battery Energy Storage is a $1 Trillion Opportunity as Costs Continue to Crash
Large-scale energy storage used to be part of the future of energy. But it’s here now, and it’s going to become increasingly important in the years to come. Clean energy researchers at Bloomberg NEF (BNEF) find that more than $1 trillion will be invested in the sector between now and 2040. The group’s latest Long-Term Energy Storage Outlook says that the “tumbling costs of utility-scale lithium-ion battery storage systems will transform the economic case for batteries in both the vehicle and the electricity sector”, predicting that prices will fall by 52% between 2018 and 2030, adding to the steep declines already experienced this decade. This will lead to $1.2 trillion of investment flowing to the sector in the next 22 years, creating a cumulative capacity of 942GW, BNEF said. In the near term, the market will be dominated by South Korea and the US, but China will be the driving force from the 2020s onward.

Brick by Brick, a Solution Seeking to Topple Energy Storage Roadblock
A nagging question as the year gets closer to the very end. The wind is there. The water is there. The sun is there. How is it that we are still so far off in fossil-fuel land? Farms, plants, rigs later, those in the renewables industry know the answer. A video from Quartz back in August said, "There's been a lot of progress in renewable energy with solar and wind power, but renewable energy storage remains a challenge." TechCrunch's Jonathan Shieber is no less frustrated at the difficult-of-it-all: "Because solar and wind power are now cheaper to produce than energy from fossil fuels, the only obstacle that remains to the mass adoption of renewable power is the amount of money utilities need to spend to store the energy those systems produce."

Duke Energy Launches US$1 Billion Green Bond for Solar and Storage in North and South Carolina
Duke Energy Carolinas, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, has issued a US$1 billion in green bond in order to finance clean energy projects, including solar and energy storage plants in North and South Carolina. Over the last decade, Duke Energy Carolinas has retired older coal-generating plants, increased nuclear generation capacity and added roughly 650MW of built or purchased solar capacity. The company anticipates adding 1.8GW of solar capacity over the next five years. The green bonds had a weighted average coupon of 3.74% between the three-year and 10-year maturities. The company priced the green bonds on 5 November and closed the transaction on 8 November.

NFPA Updates Alternative Energy Storage and Solar Safety Training
In response to the increasing use of residential solar power and energy storage systems, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has updated and expanded its Energy Storage and Solar Safety Training program for the fire service. NFPA’s energy storage system website highlights the updated instructor-led classroom training available, and gives fire departments links to NFPA codes and standards associated with these electrical systems, reports on battery energy storage system hazards, quick reference guides for first responders, and other related content. NFPA also offers Energy Storage Systems Safety Online Training, a self-paced program that is free for fire departments in the United States. It covers terminology, types of systems, basic electrical theory, emergency response procedures, pre-incident planning, and hazards involving high voltage commercial and residential energy storage systems.

Sonnen Targets Utility Contract for Arizona Aggregated Storage Project
One year since announcing a partnership to build 2,900 homes in a new virtual power plant community in Prescott Valley, Arizona, Sonnen anticipates a real breakthrough that will hopefully include a utility contract. Sonnen is still working out the details on its Jasper project but expects to make an announcement by the end of the year, Blake Richetta, the company's U.S. senior vice president, told Utility Dive. The company aims to equip each new home in the planned Northern Arizona community with solar panels and a Sonnen battery to provide power during evening peak demand periods.

Charging an Electric Vehicle with Sparkcharge: As Easy as Ordering a Pizza
A startup called SparkCharge recently took home the top, $1 million prize at a Buffalo, New York, competition called 43North. Founder and CEO Joshua Aviv says the company's device is intended to relieve range anxiety, an ailment suffered by electric vehicle drivers who worry they'll be stranded if their charge runs out. SparkCharge's technology consists of a backpack-sized case of lithium ion batteries. You fire up an app to have the case delivered to a location, it charges the car quickly, and you're rolling again, at a cost of about $20 for 100 miles of juice. "It's super small. It's super lightweight and it's modular," Aviv explained. "It's meant to be connectable. Think of it as LEGO blocks: You can connect as many blocks as you want to get the desired range."

Optimizing Natural Gas Generation with Energy Storage
The 21st-century grid is transforming faster than anyone imagined ten years ago, when natural gas seemed to be our power source of the future. Today, with ever-dropping prices in renewables and storage, the future is being re-defined. A decade ago, the advent of horizontal drilling made natural gas the darling of the U.S. power sector, and for many good reasons. Natural gas lends itself to providing both steady baseload and easily dispatchable peak load power. Inexpensive, domestically produced and significantly lower in emissions than coal, natural gas was lauded as an abundant, cost-effective vehicle for enabling the lengthy transition to a renewables future that the domestic power sector faced. However, it now appears that the transition is happening much sooner than anticipated. As the deployment of renewables plus energy storage accelerates exponentially across the country, utilities are recognizing the proven ability of storage resources to supplement and, in some cases, completely replace gas-fired generation.

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