This week’s “Top 5” looks at the USA and the strong activity regarding storage in all European countries.
Germany – Last week we announced that IHS stated that 18.7 m€ out of the 25 m€ available for PV+storage in Germany had already been distributed. In fact, IHS was talking about the low interest loan, not the subsidies. As BSW points out, only 3.3 m€ out of the 25 m€ have been applied for.
Italy – ABB will install a 2MW/1MWh Li-ion battery in Enel Distributzion’s Contrada Dirillo distribution substation. The system will supply frequency regulation and power during peak demand.
Spain – The Spanish Ministry for Industry, Energy and Tourism (MINETUR) proposed to tax self-consumption of PV users. However, the Energy Regulator (CNE) stated its disagreement with such a scheme.
USA – It was the Energy Storage North America conference in California this week and ESA took advantage of it to lobby for storage in USA. The association wants to implement a storage investment credit of 30%, an R&D credit for companies that cannot benefit from tax credit, and also to promote storage in catastrophes policies.
USA – According to Stanford research, it is more expensive to install a battery to avoid wind curtailment than to have some power curtailed. Hence, batteries are not suited for wind storage. However the results are not applicable to photovoltaic energy.