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.
http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/eur-22-million-remains-in-grants-for-german-household-storage_100012679/#axzz2ekPhH8lW

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.

ABB builds storage system in Italy

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.
http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/spanish-energy-regulator-blasts-government-proposals_100012716/#axzz2ekPhH8lW

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.
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Lobbying-For-Energy-Storage-To-Be-Part-of-The-Grid

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.

Batteries aren’t worth it to store wind