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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

FERC Reforms Small Generator Interconnection Procedures and Agreement to Facilitate Interconnection of Small Solar Generation and...

On November 22, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Final Rule (Order No. 792) promulgating reforms to its pro forma Small Generator Interconnection Procedures (SGIP) and pro forma Small Generator...more

California Public Utilities Commission Approves Pioneering Energy Storage Mandate

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will require the state’s three large investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to invest in a combined 1,325 MW of energy storage by the end of 2020, the first-such mandate in the...more

Legal Alert: FERC Expands SGIA and SGIP to Cover Energy Storage

On Friday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) revised its standardized Small Generator Interconnection Agreements (SGIA) and Procedures (SGIP). The changes are intended to make the interconnection of small...more

New Battery Lab At U Of M

Industry and university researchers will collaborate on developing cheaper and longer lasting energy storage devices at a new $8 million battery research lab at the University of Michigan. Located within the newly renovated...more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - November 2013

In This Issue: - MISO Says Presque Isle Coal-Fired Plant Must Stay Open - Getting Closer to Making Good Energy Decisions - Assessment of Wind Energy Opportunities in Michigan - New Battery Lab at U of M -...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 28, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus -- Greenhouse Gas Dispute Dismissed Over Lack of Standing to Sue - CourtHouse News - Oct 17: Environmental groups lack standing to challenge the Washington state Ecology Department's...more

Renewable Energy Update -- October 28, 2013.

Renewable Energy Focus -- California must add 1.3 gigawatts of power storage by 2020 - Bloomberg Renewable Energy News - Oct 18: California regulators today voted unanimously to require the state’s utilities to...more

California Public Utilities Commission Establishes Parameters for Energy Storage Market

One of the most powerful actions the government can take to promote emerging technologies is to establish a market. Three years ago, the California state legislature took the first step in establishing a market for energy...more

California Public Utilities Commission Adopts Energy Storage Procurement Targets

California continues to lead the way on integration of renewable energy, improvement of grid reliability and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions with the adoption by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) of the...more

California Takes Pioneering Role on Energy Storage Policy

I noted in July that emerging energy storage technologies have received increasing attention from policymakers as an essential element for improving the efficiency and reliability of the electric grid. Adequate storage is...more

California Adopts Energy Storage Procurement Framework

California’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has adopted the country’s first energy storage procurement targets requiring utilities to integrate energy storage resources into the state’s electricity grid. Pursuant to the...more

California Public Utilities Commission Continues Momentum for Energy Storage by Adopting a 1,325 MW Energy Storage Procurement...

On October 17, 2013, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a decision adopting energy storage resource procurement targets for California’s three largest investor owned utilities – Pacific Gas and...more

1.3 GW California Energy Storage Procurement Mandate Approved

The California Public Utilities Commission has unanimously approved a 1,325 MW energy storage procurement target for the state’s largest utilities in Decision 13-10-040. PG&E, SDG&E, and SCE must collectively procure 1,325 MW...more

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