Dresser Rand to build a new 317 MW SMARTCAES in Texas. The contract is valued to $200m and has been ordered by Apex Compressed Air Energy Storage, LLC.

German grid had a safer 2012/2013 winter than the previous year, thanks to recommendations applied following 2011/2012 winter. (e.g. plants deemed necessary for grid security cannot be decommissioned).

Hawaii utilities to shut down 224 MW of plants by 2016 to replace them with cleaner energy, smart metering and utility scale storage.
Pacific Northwest to launch a pilot project of 500 kWh li-ion battery coupled to a wind farm.