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California must add nearly 60 GW of new renewable energy and energy storage resources by 2035 to slash power sector greenhouse gas emissions.

California must add nearly 60 GW of new renewable energy and energy storage resources by 2035 to slash power sector greenhouse gas emissions under a sweeping plan approved Feb. 15 by state energy regulators.

“This is a critical component of California’s climate change strategy,” California Public Utilities Commission President Alice Reynolds said ahead of a 3-0 decision to approve the “preferred system plan and portfolio,” which is designed to reduce emissions in the power sector to 25 million metric tons by 2035.

More than 40 individual integrated resource plans filed by investor-owned utilities, community choice aggregators and other load-serving entities helped to shape the statewide preferred plan. Under the portfolio, the use of natural gas-fired power plants connected to the California ISO transmission system “would decrease by roughly 70% by 2035” compared with 2024, Reynolds said.

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Source: S&P Global

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Energy Toolbase has completed commissioning on Ventura Energy’s five-site at critical water facilities throughout Ventura County, California.

Energy Toolbase has completed commissioning on Ventura Energy’s five-site, 3.7-MWh energy storage portfolio at critical water facilities throughout Ventura County, California. The systems of standalone energy storage are comprised of Tesla Powerpacks and Megapacks controlled by Acumen EMS software and enable the end-users to have a reliable water source in the case of an emergency. A majority of Ventura County is served by wells, and some residents and farmers are left without a water supply when the area experiences a power outage. This portfolio of systems, spanning from Santa Paula to Thousand Oaks, will now provide backup power to water pumps at their locations.

The portfolio of sites is enrolled in California’s Demand Response Auction Mechanism program (DRAM), a pay-as-bid solicitation created to strengthen grid stability and synchronize the reliability demand response of utilities with CAISO, California’s grid operator. Acumen EMS provided these grid services through Leap, an energy market access provider for distributed energy resources. Through the Ventura Energy portfolio, Energy Toolbase created a partnership with Leap, which will allow projects to participate in demand response and grid services programs, augment revenue and aid the state’s grid through a unique revenue-share model.

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Source: Solar Power World

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The CEC’s latest report takes a closer look at the role that long-duration energy storage can play in the CAISO system.

The CEC’s latest report takes a closer look at the role that long-duration energy storage can play in the CAISO system. It found that with a “business-as-usual” scenario under California’s clean energy policies, which would allow for 12 million metric tons of annual emissions from the electricity sector and retain gas resources, it would be cost-effective to add up to 5 GW of long-duration energy storage to the system by 2045. But to decarbonize the grid even further — such as by retiring in-state gas resources — it could make sense to add up to 37 GW of long-duration resources.

California’s Senate Bill 100, passed in 2018, set a goal for the state to derive all retail electricity sales from renewable and zero-carbon resources by 2045.

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Source: Utility Dive

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The commercial market isn’t ignoring energy storage, but it will take the efforts of policymakers, contractors and manufacturers to push battery adoption further.

When compared to the utility-scale and residential markets, the installed capacity of energy storage in the community, commercial and industrial (CCI) market is woefully underdeveloped, especially judged against its potential.

According to Wood Mackenzie’s “US Energy Storage Monitor” report, the grid-scale segment deployed 6,848 MWh of storage in Q3 2023, the residential segment installed 381.4 MWh and the CCI market managed 92.9 MWh. That “last place” standing will continue for CCI, as the other two markets are predicted to outpace it beyond 2027.

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Source: Solar Power World

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A US DoE analysis of the Salton Sea and surrounding environs found that lithium production could reach 3.4m tonnes essential for batteries.

A US Department of Energy (DoE) analysis of the Salton Sea and surrounding environs in Southern California found that lithium production could reach 3.4 million tonnes of the mineral essential for batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage.

The resource would be enough lithium to supply batteries for over 375 million electric vehicles (EVs), more than total number of internal combustion cars and trucks currently on US roads, according to the analysis by DoE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

“Lithium is vital to decarbonising the economy and meeting President Biden’s goals of 50% electric vehicle adoption by 2030,” said Jeff Marootian, principal deputy assistant secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

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Source: RECHARGE

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The IRA and its upstream incentives have led to a boom in manufacturing investments across clean energy including lithium-ion batteries and energy storage.

US-made battery energy storage system (BESS) DC container solutions will become cost-competitive with those from China in 2025 thanks to incentives under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), Clean Energy Associates said.

The solar and storage technical advisory firm revealed the forecast in its new quarterly BESS Price Forecasting Report for Q3 2023.

A DC BESS container fully manufactured in the US sits at an average price of US$256/kWh in 2023 for a 2024/25 delivery, while one manufactured in China for US delivery in 2025 sits at US$218/kWh, Clean Energy Associates (CEA) said. The latter includes a 10.89% Section 301 tariff for select Chinese goods.

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Source: Energy Storage

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California has increased battery storage by 757% in only four years, and now has enough to power 6.6 million homes for up to four hours.

New data show California has built out more than 6,600 megawatts (MW) of battery storage, enough electricity to power 6.6 million homes for up to four hours. The total resource is up from 770 MW four years ago and double the amount installed just two years ago, significant progress towards California’s goal of a 100% clean electric grid by 2045.

As greenhouse gas emissions accelerate climate change, energy storage is a critical part of California’s strategy to cut pollution and create a cleaner, more reliable grid – storing excess power from solar, wind, and other renewable sources generated during the day to meet demand in the evening when the sun sets.

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Source: Office of Governor

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Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera, CA is retiring its diesel generators in favour of a solar microgrid with long-duration energy storage.

Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera, California is retiring its diesel generators in favour of a solar microgrid with long-duration energy storage, in a bid to clean up its electricity supply while ensuring a reliable, uninterrupted flow of power.

The Children’s Hospital Resilient Grid with Energy Storage (CHARGES) project will feature a 34.4-megawatt-hour, long-duration storage system using zinc-bromine flow batteries supplied by Brisbane, Australia-based Redflow Ltd., Power Engineering reports. “The microgrid system is designed to safeguard critical hospital operations during utility outages, ensuring at least 18 hours of continued functionality following earthquakes or other natural disasters.”

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Source: The Energy Mix

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The DOE is making money available to promote long-duration energy storage solutions that can power the grid in the future.

Utility-scale energy storage is a vital part of the clean energy revolution. There is a critical difference between thermal generation of electricity and electricity from wind and solar. A thermal generator can run for as long as there is fuel to burn. The downside is that the price of that fuel can vary. When it gets more expensive, so does the electricity produced.

With wind and solar, renewable electricity is generated when the wind blows or the sun shines. What is needed is a way to store some of the electricity for later use. That’s where utility-scale batteries come in. They have become extremely popular in the last few years. In 2020, California had 500 MW of battery storage. Today, it has 5,000 MW, representing almost 8% of the state’s nameplate capacity, according to the California Independent System Operator.

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Source: Clean Technica

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According to the latest “U.S. Energy Storage Monitor” report, the US energy storage market added 5,597MWh in Q2 2023, a new quarterly record.

The U.S. energy storage market added 5,597 MWh in Q2 2023, a new quarterly record. This is according to the latest “U.S. Energy Storage Monitor” report from Wood Mackenzie and the American Clean Power Association.

The grid-scale segment led the way in Q2 with a record-breaking 5,109 MWh in Q2, beating the previous record in Q4 2021 by 5%. The grid-scale segment also achieved 172% growth quarter-over-quarter. California dominated activity, with 738 MW and a 49% share of installed capacity.

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Source: Solar Power World

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