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New Energy Economy #5

Storage Edition With solar and wind at grid parity in many places, it's established that clean energy

New Energy Economy

February 14 · Issue #5 · View online
Transformations in clean energy

Storage Edition
With solar and wind at grid parity in many places, it’s established that clean energy can be produced economically. But if you produce more than you need, where do you put it? And where do you get energy on a windless night?
China’s struggle with overproduction has shown what you don’t want to do when energy is abundant: curtail production. And the current approach to high demand–firing up expensive peakers that otherwise sit idle–is wasteful and inefficient.
With carbon energy, storage and consumption are the same thing: you burn it when you need it. With clean energy, storage comes after production, and requires new approaches. Those can include gravity and salt, but increasingly, it means batteries, and at this moment, that means Tesla.
The company began mass production at their Gigafactory this year, and quietly put their Mira Loma utility-scale battery storage facility into production in January, far sooner than originally scheduled. On the consumer front, they’re expected to start delivering the second version of their Powerwall home storage battery this month.
Battery storage it at an inflection point, just now becoming technically and economically viable at scale, and catalyzing further growth in solar at both the consumer and utility level. The third leg of the stool is grid technology, which we’ll report on in an upcoming newsletter.

Tesla’s Battery Revolution Just Reached Critical Mass
Tesla Gives the California Power Grid a Battery Boost
Tesla quietly brings online its massive – biggest in the world – 80 MWh Powerpack station with Southern California Edison
A Big Test for Big Batteries
Battery Cell Production Begins at the Gigafactory
India’s First Grid-Scale Battery Project Signals a Coming Boom for Energy Storage
How Electric Vehicles Provide Relief for Japan’s Delicate Grid
Lithium Prices Set To Jump As Tesla Doubles Global Battery Production
Tesla & SolarCity's Battery Solar Farm in Paradise: An Exclusive Look
Bill could bring pumped-storage to Oahu
AMS to install 7MW of Tesla Powerpacks at California water utility
Are Abandoned Mines A Solution For This Energy Dilemma?
Five Links
💊 Lithium, not just for meds: Lithium is The New Silicon.
🔋 Lithium, not the only game in town. Salt works too. And maybe silicon.
⌛ Lithium: is there enough of it?
⚖️ Lithium: social equity for people who live on top of it.
🔥 Lithium: it burns!
Feb 14-17: GreenBiz17, “The Premier Annual Event for Sustainability Leaders”. Phoenix, AZ
Feb 15: ​2017 ​Energy Storage ​Policy ​Forum, Washington, DC
March 8-9: Clean Energy Finance Europe 2017, Frankfurt, Germany
March 8-9: California’s Distributed Energy Future 2017, San Francisco, CA
March 14-16: NAATBatt Annual Meeting, Litchfield Park, AZ
Mar 28-30: World CTX 2017, Beijing, China
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