December 20th, 2013
This week’s “Top 5” includes new project, product, regulation and report dealin with energy storage.
1. In Puerto Rico, the Autoridad de Energia Electrica (generation, transmission, distribution and regulation) made it mandatory for new renewable projects to have energy storage equal to 30% of the rated renewable capacity, as well as the ability to store 45% of the project capacity for one minute.
In 2014, the Puerto Rican government will launch an RFP for 600MW of storage to be installed by end of 2014.
2. In Germany, SPD chairman Sigmar Gabriel is to become Minister of Economy and of Energy as well as Vice-chancellor. According to the article, this might be a sign that the Energiwende will slow down.
3. Scottish Government gave agreement to Scottish and Southern Energy to build a 600 MW / 50 hours pumped hydro in Scotland. Construction could take up to six years.
4. The US Department Of Energy handed in its report on Grid Energy Storage to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. It identifies the barriers for energy storage: “the development of cost-effective energy storage technologies, validated reliability and safety, an equitable regulatory environment, and industry acceptance.”
We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!