C&I

The State University of New York at Fredonia (SUNY Fredonia) announced that construction is starting on its first solar/battery project. The New York Power Authority (NYPA), as the campus’ energy advisor, is overseeing the project. Selected in a competitive bidding process, the state’s strategic partners Oriden, a Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems venture, and Solar Liberty...
Storage

California is experiencing a surge in development of battery energy storage projects driven by policy initiatives and consumer demand supporting development of renewable energy projects. To meet demand, investor-owned utilities across the state are partnering with battery project developers under contracts that, by California standards, have short entitlement and development windows. A number of projects...
Hydropower

This week Quidnet Energy announced the closing of its $10 million Series B financing and the execution of a contract with the New York State Energy Development Authority (NYSERDA) for commercial demonstration of its Geomechanical Pumped Storage (GPS) technology. The project in New York State will be a 2 MW scale implementation of GPS, supported through NYSERDA’s High Performing Grid Program, which...
Grid Scale

8minute Solar Energy (8minute) announced this week that it has executed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Monterey Bay Community Power Authority (MBCP) and Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) for the 250-megawatt (250 MWdc / 200 MWac) Aratina Solar Center that includes 150 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy storage. The Aratina Solar Center is being built...
Storage

Texas-based solar and energy storage independent power producer (IPP), Broad Reach Power, announced this week the development of 15 utility-scale battery storage plant sites near Houston and Odessa, by the end of 2020. Broad Reach is backed by traditional oil and gas private equity company EnCap, along with Yorktown Partners, and Mercuria Energy. Six of...
Storage

Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) Board expects to approve a first interregional Market Efficiency Project (MEP) at its June 2020 meeting. Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland Interconnection (PJM) Board already approved this project last December. This market efficiency project is a first for both MISO and PJM from a joint and common market perspective. MISO’s Transmission Expansion Plan...
Storage

Great River Energy (GRE) long-duration pilot project announcement generated many headlines recently. There were three things that the industry observers noted: 1) there is a new commercial grid-scale storage technology called aqueous air battery, 2) the pilot project is 150 hours duration and 3) GRE is retiring a baseload coal plant sooner than scheduled. Electric...
Storage

Residential electric utility customers rarely have opportunities to use energy arbitrage – buy low and sell high. But with the right TOU rate, a residential customer can make arbitrage work as energy costs increase, and energy storage prices decrease. When people think of energy storage, they often think of using it to purchase and store...