Energy Storage

Oregon ALJ Signs Off on Ground Rules For Energy Storage

Cheryl Kaften

The Public Utility Commission of Oregon, in compliance with HB 2193 – a state measure passed in June 2015 that directed the Commission to develop energy storage guidelines by January 1, 2017 –approved competitive bidding requirements and project ground rules on December 28 (Order No. 16-504)


Kaua’i Utility and AES DE Seal Plans For Hybrid Solar, Energy Storage Plant

Cheryl Kaften

Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) – a member-owned utility serving 33,000 electric accounts on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i –  and AES Distributed Energy, a subsidiary of AES, sealed a power purchase agreement (PPA) on January 10 for a 28-MW solar photovoltaic energy plant, along with a 20-MW, five-hour duration energy storage system. The utility   …Continue Reading


Tesla Gigafactory Starts Mass-Production

Cheryl Kaften

In Sparks, Nevada, Tesla announced last week that its long-heralded, $5 billion gigafactory is now in mass-production mode – producing lithium-ion battery cells that will be used in the company’s Powerwall 2 and Powerpack 2 energy storage products, as well as in Tesla Model 3 electric vehicles.


Corporate Community Will Spur Demand for New, Low-Carbon Technologies

Ken Silverstein

It is the corporate community that is spurring on the trend toward a low-carbon economy and the resulting investments in clean technologies — a catalyst that will create even more opportunities and progress.


Navigant: 54% of Microgrids in North America

Carl Weinschenk

Navigant Research has released its fourth quarter microgrid deployment tracker. The firm found that North America remains the leading region for the technique, with 54 percent of the market. Asia Pacific is next on the list with 41 percent of the market. The firm says that it is tracking 1,681 projects with a combined yield   …Continue Reading


Storage Partnership, Platform from Dynapower and Samsung SDI

Carl Weinschenk

Dynapower Company and Samsung SDI have introduced an energy storage platform. The initial version of the Dynapower Samsung SDI BTM-250 offers 250KW and 550 kWh service levels. A 100 KW system will follow, according to the press release. The platform combines Dynapower’s new Generation 2 MPS product line of behind-the-meter energy storage inverters with Samsung   …Continue Reading


Elon Musk: Companies Will Remain Committed to their Utilities

Ken Silverstein

With newfound pressures to be cleaner, more efficient and more reliable, customers are looking to onsite generation that can be supported by energy storage and microgrids.


Snohomish County, WA, Researches Energy Storage

Carl Weinschenk

The Snohomish County Public Utility District is in the middle of an $11.2 million energy storage project in Everett, WA, according to the HeraldNet. The MESA 2 initiative is aimed at research and development. The system, which is contained in 20 shipping containers, consists of a vanadium battery system that can provide power to 1,000   …Continue Reading


E.ON Launches Storage and Solar Project Near Tucson

Carl Weinschenk

E.ON has begun construction of the Iron Horse battery energy storage facility, according to the company. Iron Horse, the first project of E.ON North America, will be built at the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park near Tucson. It will be a customized 10 MW lithium-ion battery storage facility coupled with a 2 MW   …Continue Reading


Lockheed Martin Installs the GridStar Storage System at Syracuse Facility

Carl Weinschenk

Lockheed Martin has installed the GridStar Lithium energy storage system at its Syracuse, NY, facility. The press release says that the 1 MW system also will provide services to New York Independent System Operator, which is the state’s competitive wholesale electricity operator. The system will be operated by ENGIE. The press release says that the   …Continue Reading