Generation Guide: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Generation Network – August 20, 2021

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Welcome to the Generation Network roundup, Generation Guide. As always, your fellow network members are paying close attention to generation and clean power trends and sharing their insights. This month’s selection includes information about battery storage projects, Canada’s approach to getting more EVs on the road, and more. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!

A Picture Worth a Thousand Words – California’s Big New Batteries

Kent Knutson

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One of renewable energy’s biggest challenges is intermittency and the solution is large amounts of storage capacity. In this post, Kent Knutson, Energy Market Specialist at Hitachi ABB Power Grids explains that, in California, utility-scale battery storage systems are performing well in 2021. He notes that one of the key drivers behind the rapid growth in battery storage is the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) currently available for solar-plus-storage hybrid projects, which could become even more helpful if stand-alone battery storage projects are allowed to qualify.


Con Edison and O&R Utilities Seeking Battery Projects to Aid Clean Energy Push

Allan Drury

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In this piece, Allan Drury, Media Relations Manager at Con Edison announces that Con Edison and its affiliate Orange & Rockland (O&R) have released a request for proposals for developers who can place large battery storage systems in New York City and the surrounding area to start operation by the end of 2025. These installations will provide at least 210 MW and will help New York State move closer to its battery storage goals and provide reliable, affordable power to customers.


Hydrogen – Calling an Ace an Ace and a Spade a Spade

Sandeep Chandra

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Guarantee of Origin (GO) is a tracking instrument that certifies whether or not hydrogen and hydrogen derivatives are generated using renewable means. In this article, Sandeep Chandra, Director at Hydrozen2050 explains that, led by Australia, this standard is still being developed and will likely be considered for adoption as an international standard. Sandeep describes the importance of the hydrogen value chain, governance and administration for the standard, and how blockchain technology can help to ensure standard integrity.


An Outlook on Electric Vehicles in Atlantic Canada

Wil Robertson

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Here, Wil Robertson, Policy & Research Analyst at Naveco Power describes Canada’s approach to getting more EVs on the road. This year, the Government of New Brunswick and NB Power announced a new rebate worth up to $5,000 for those who purchase an electric vehicle, with additional funds for those who purchase a level 2 home charging station. The federal government offers incentives as well. Wil observes that more needs to be done to reduce the amount of GHG emissions, especially the installation of critical infrastructure to make EVs easier to own.


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