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CT examines energy storage, grid improvements

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has opened a proceeding to implement a state law advancing energy storage systems and other improvements to the electric grid. The Distributed Energy Resource...more

CAISO Takes Step to Allow Distributed Energy Resources to Compete in Wholesale Energy Markets

On June 10, 2015, the California Independent System Operator (“CAISO”) released a draft final proposal (the “Expanded Metering and Telemetry Options Phase 2, Distributed Energy Resource Provider”) that, if finalized, would...more

DOE’s Quadrennial Energy Review: Implications for Electricity Storage, Federal Resource Agency Approvals, and Grid Service...

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released the first Quadrennial Energy Review (Review), a document offering a variety of proposals designed to modernize the nation's energy infrastructure. The Review, released on April...more

Colorado PUC Considers Distributed Energy Storage Challenges and Opportunities

Against the backdrop of speculation concerning Tesla’s upcoming announcement which is widely anticipated to be a distributed energy storage product, and with continuing industry reports of a burgeoning domestic and...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus: California renewable energy zone plan gets revamp after criticism - Reuters - Mar 13: An ambitious plan to put California's renewable energy projects in areas where the environment will face the...more

Energy Storage Conference Offers Lessons Learned and Path Forward

The “Storage Week 2015? summit held in San Diego, CA this week brought together policymakers, regulators, electric utility executives, system vendors, consultants, and other stakeholders to discuss the remarkable progress...more

Will 2015 Be “Just Right” For Energy Storage?

Much like the “holy grail” to which it is often compared, cost-effective and readily deployable energy storage technologies have always seemed to be out of reach. Developments in recent years, however, suggest that 2015 may...more

Energy Storage Update: 2014 California Storage RFO

Orrick and Clean Energy Pipeline have launched a series of reports dedicated to exploring investment opportunities and challenges in the global renewable energy sector. In the first issue, we analyzed the investment...more

Getting to the Nitty-Gritty: Wholesale Distribution Rate Treatment for Energy Storage

As an increasing number of energy storage projects begin to come online, developers should expect that regulators will continue to develop and refine the second tier, nitty-gritty, regulatory policies that might affect the...more

California Investor-Owned Utilities Launch 2014 Energy Storage RFOs

On December 1, 2014, California's three large investor-owned utilities (IOUs)—Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Edison Company (SCE), and San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E)—issued Requests for...more

Chicago-area battery storage projects announced

Energy developer Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. has announced two grid-scale energy storage projects near Chicago. Battery-based energy storage projects can offer benefits to the electricity grid by keeping the...more

SCE Selects Suppliers for 261 MW in Energy Storage

Southern California Edison (SCE) announced the suppliers and projects it has selected for the largest grid-connected energy storage purchase in U.S. history. This energy storage procurement is more than five times greater...more

North America's largest battery energy storage online

A California public utility has brought the largest battery energy storage in North America online. Funded partially by federal stimulus funds, Southern California Edison's Tehachapi Wind Energy Storage Project is designed...more

Energy Storage Alert: California Public Utilities Commission Approves Utility Energy Storage Procurement Plans

At its business meeting yesterday, the California Public Utilities Commission (“Commission”) unanimously approved procurement plans for Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric and Pacific Gas and Electric to...more

SDG&E 2014 Energy Storage Systems Request for Offers Among the Largest to Date

On September 5, 2014, San Diego Gas & Electric (“SDG&E”) issued a 2014 Energy Storage System (“ESS”) Request for Offers (“RFO”) soliciting at least 25 MW—and up to 800 MW—of energy storage (the “2014 ES RFO”). SDG&E’s 2014...more

CPUC Clears the Way for Solar Battery Systems

Now that solar panels have popped up on roofs across California, one of the next challenges for unlocking their potential and integrating the energy that they produce into the grid is the development of batteries that can...more

California's Utilities Must Lower Barriers to Energy Storage Systems

In a proposed decision issued today from the California Public Utilities Commission, an administrative law judge (ALJ) determined that energy storage devices (i) that are paired with net energy metering- (NEM) eligible...more

Procurement Opportunities Across North America Indicate That Energy Storage Technologies May Be Poised For Commercial Deployment

Across North America, investor-owned utilities (IOUs), publicly-owned utilities (POUs), and other load-serving entities are issuing unprecedented requests for proposals or offers (RFPs or RFOs) for advanced energy storage...more

California Utilities File Energy Storage Procurement Plans

In October 2013, California broke new ground in energy policy with an energy storage procurement mandate. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously approved a decision (D.13-10-040 or the Decision)...more

Energy Storage: Opportunities, Challenges and Solutions

As our nation pursues ambitious goals towards substantially increased renewable energy resources and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, new energy storage projects will play a major role in achieving these goals....more

Energy Storage Week Update

The timing of the 7th Annual Storage Week conference fell during Southern California Edison's review of storage proposals to meet the 50 MW storage mandate for the West Los Angeles Basin planning and the deadline for the...more

Energy Storage: Mandate Creates Opportunity

A proposed decision issued by the California Public Utilities Commission could be a watershed moment in the energy storage market. The proposed decision, issued in early September, calls for the state’s three...more

DG Growth and Energy Storage – FERC Reforms the SGIA Process

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order No. 792 late last year, which amends the pro forma Small Generator Interconnection Procedures (SGIP) and pro forma Small Generator Interconnection Agreement (SGIA)...more

CPUC Mandates Energy Storage

In October 2013, The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) responded to the exceptional growth in the state’s demand for solar power with an energy storage mandate – the first of its kind in the US – that requires...more

Advanced Energy Storage Company Moves To New Facility

Navitas Systems LLC will expand its Michigan operations and move to a new location in Pittsfield Charter Township. The company produces advanced batteries and power electronics for commercial and government markets. ...more

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