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The Furture of Energy Storage – 'Sisyphus Railroad'
Inside Sources - August 26, 2016
About In research there is evolution, revolution and – sometimes – what I call "retro revolution"... Read more
How Much Energy Storage Would Be Needed for California to Reach 50% Solar?
GTM - August 24, 2016
About 11 times more than the state is currently building—as well as a much more flexible grid. Read more
Sisyphus's train set
ARES Nevada engineering innovation train-powered storage project

SNL - June 30, 2016
A novel idea for storing electricity. Read more
ARES Nevada engineering innovation train-powered storage project
SNL - June 19, 2016
A project to use the combination of a train, a steep grade and gravity as an innovative form of energy storage is moving forward. Read more
A Train That Goes Nowhere Could Change How We Store Energy
How Stuff Works - June 10, 2016
An ingenious solution that relies upon simple gravity and a venerable old-school technology: the railway train. Read more
3 Energy Storage Technologies to Keep an Eye On
The Motley Fool - June 10,2016
Renewable energy is now one of the lowest-cost sources of electric energy in the world, winning billions of dollars in open
bids to provide energy to the grid. Read more

Energy-Storing Train Gets Nevada Approval
Fortune - May 23, 2016
One of the biggest challenges of the shift to renewable energy like solar and wind is energy storage. Read more

Forget Elon’s Batteries—Fix the Grid With a Rock-Filled Train on a Hill
Wired - May 17, 2016
The Ares is pretty simple, as cutting-edge energy storage technology goes. A lot of rocks… A few railcars Read more
Railway solution for grid-scale energy storage
EE Publishers - May 12, 2016
Advanced Rail Energy Storage (ARES) developed a new storage system for potential energy, which uses gravity, railway lines, shuttles and concrete, and works on a similar concept as a pumped storage hydropower system. Read more
Energy Storage Expert Jim Kelly Brings Renewables to Railroads
Dwell - May 02, 2016
Jim Kelly first began pondering the possibilities and limitations of renewables as a senior vice president of transmission and distribution for Southern California Edison. Read more

First-of-its-kind rail energy storage project targets role in CAISO ancillary services market
UtilityDive Storage - April 30, 2016
The newest entrant into the energy storage market bears a passing resemblance to cutting edge 19th century technology. Read more

The train goes up, the train goes down: a simple new way to store energy
Vox - April 29, 2016
The energy world is full of complicated technologies and regulations, usually expressed in a thicket of off-putting acronyms. It's enough to make your brain hurt. Read more

First Grid-Scale Rail Energy Storage Project Gets Environmental Approval From BLM
GTM - April 29, 2016
A startup with a basic energy storage technology has just hit a significant project milestone. Read more

ARES Gains BLM Approval and the Media Takes Notice
altenergymag.com - April 4, 2016
Creative solutions like ARES Nevada provide a more reliable and modern electric grid and help create an even cleaner energy future for our citizens. Read more

America’s First Commercial-Scale Rail Energy Storage Project Receives BLM Approval
Ares North America - April 4, 2016
Advanced Rail Energy Storage, LLC (“ARES”) announced that its proposed commercial-scale gravity-based rail energy storage project (“ARES Nevada”) has been granted a right-of-way lease by the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”). Read more

Oregon's 50 percent renewables goal: The side effect for IOUs
SmartGridNews - March 11, 2016
A new law, SB 1547, doubles Oregon's access to renewable energy -- raising the state renewable energy law to 50 percent renewables by 2040. Read more

Southern California Edison’s Grand Software Plan Is a System of Systems at the Grid Edge
Ares North America - February 17, 2016
SCE could spend up to $500 million on a “grid management system” to bring distributed energy and intelligence to the grid. Standards-based technology will be a must. Read more

Deploying Storage, Now That It Has Become Mission-Critical
Greentechmedia - December 7, 2015
Grids are increasingly looking to storage as a critical asset for balancing load and renewables such as solar and wind. Read more

We Need a Better Way to Compare the Performance of Energy Storage Technologies
Greentechmedia - December 7, 2015
Grid-scale energy storage is getting a lot of attention this year. Read more

Robot train in desert planned to store green energy
Review Journal - December 3, 2015
A California company wants to build a rail line to nowhere in the desert west of Las Vegas. And, no, that isn't some mean-spirited joke about the proposed high-speed train to Victorville. Read more

BLM holds a public comment on energy storage facility
PV Times - December 03, 2015
As Bureau of Land Management is trying to expedite the first Pahrump energy storage, the organization is looking for public comment that would help officials to determine whether they should move along with the project. Read more

Beyond batteries: The diverse technologies vying for the bulk storage market
Utility Dive - October 05, 2015
Batteries are hot, but utilities looking to store a lot of power may find cheaper options elsewhere Read more

NPR links to ARES website
NPR - August 10, 2015
When Relying On The Sun, Energy Storage Remains Out Of Reach Read more

Australia sees wide-scale energy storage potential
Smart Grid News - July 22, 2015
A new report, "Electrical Energy Storage: Technology Overview and Applications," commissioned by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) and conducted by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia's national science agency, looked at how different storage technologies may be used at various parts of the electricity supply chain. Read more

A Low-Tech Solution to a Hi-Tech Problem: Trains That Generate Electricity
Pacific Standard - July 17, 2015
While others work on improving batteries and turning air compression into an energy-storage solution, the ARES team is re-purposing the simple ideas behind water towers to address a gap in our solar-power infrastructure. Read more

Battery Storage Payback Takes Only a Few Years in PJM, S&C Finds
Green Tech Grid - May 26, 2015
It could be as little as two years in the right market conditions. Read more

Senate bill would create national renewable electricity standard
The Hill - May 19, 2015
Senate Democrats want to create a national renewable electricity standard to create jobs, save consumers money and reduce pollution. Read more

ARES Makes Headlines in Local Santa Barbara Publication
Noozhawk - May 04, 2015
Montecito’s Bill Peitzke builds on the idea that gravity and railroad tracks are just the right combination to redistribute wind and solar energy Read more

In Memoriam
Ares North America - April 30, 2015
We remember ARES Board Member, John Tyson Read more

Storage May Become an Important Part of Europe’s Plan to Integrate Regional Grids
Green Tech Grid - Apr 23, 2015 at 12:55 PM in ARES News
What kind of storage projects will make the region’s 10-year plan? Read more

Energy Storage Technology Set To Exceed $21 Billion Revenue Annually By 2024
CleanTechnica - April 15, 2015
Revenue from energy storage technology is expected to exceed $21 billion annually by 2024, according to a new report from Navigant Research, which analyzed the market out over the next decade. Read more

Forget Dams: Let's Store Extra Energy in Rocks on Trains and Underwater Balloons
Vice News - April 06, 2015
The problem with renewable energy isn't getting it—it's having it around when we need it. Read more

California's push for clean energy has a problem: no place to store it
LA Times - March 26, 2015
The state requires three of California's largest utilities to invest in hundreds of megawatts of storage over the next several years. Read more

Storage: Friend or Foe?
Transition & Distribution World - March 24, 2015
"2015 will be the year will be the year that major purchasing of energy storage begins" Read more

California PUC Aims to Replace Shuttered Nuclear and Gas With More ‘Preferred Resources’
Greentechmedia - March 17, 2015
Is this decision a calling card for the post-Peevey CPUC? Read more

State of the State: Gov. Jerry Brown toughens climate change goals
Greentechmedia - January 15, 2015
state of the Gov. Jerry Brown charted an ambitious new goal on Monday for California in its fight against climate change, challenging the nation’s most populous state to increase renewable energy use to 50 percent in the next 15 years. Read more

Aloha: Hawaii’s Utility HEI Acquired by NextEra for $4.3 Billion
Green Tech Media -  December 22, 2014
A brilliant idea: acquiring the troubled HEI and transforming it into a renewable energy powerhouse Read more

SCE, PG&E Issue First Energy Storage Requests to Comply With AB 2514
Green Tech Media - December 15, 2014
2014 will be viewed as the year in which utilities started to embrace energy storage for the versatile technology that it is to solve various problems along the grid Read more

Texas to Overhaul Its Grid-Balancing Services With Energy Storage
Green Tech Media - December 08, 2014
Before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its Clean Power Plan earlier this year, with goals for each state to slash carbon dioxide emissions Read more

Draft Energy Storage Roadmap for California
Ares North America - November 12, 2014
The purpose of this roadmap is to facilitate the advancement of energy storage Read more

Can the Big Island of Hawaii Get All of Its Electricity From Renewables?
Greentechmedia - October 16, 2014
Hawaii’s utilities just resubmitted long-term energy plans to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, and there was at least one very nice surprise: Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO), the utility that serves the Big Island, now plans to achieve 92 percent renewable electricity by 2030. Read more

A Major Settlement Could Make Arizona the Next Growth Market for Storage
Greentechmedia - October 01, 2014
A groundbreaking agreement between Arizona Public Service (APS) and Arizona's ratepayer advocate could create a surge of new storage deployment in the state over the next seven years. Read more

NCES 7.0 Summary Report (+ Full Speeches From Hillary Clinton & Harry Reid)
CESA - Sep 25, 2014
The 7th Annual National Clean Energy Summit was just held September 4th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV. Read more

Riding the Rails for Energy Storage
PGE Currents - August 15, 2014
Next 100. A dialogue on the next century of energy. Read more

ARES Hosts Oaktree Capital at Tehachapi Demonstration Site
Ares North America - August 07, 2014
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ARES Joins CESA
Ares North America - June 10, 2014
The California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) is a membership-based advocacy group committed to advancing the role of energy storage Read more

The Power of Gravity
NG Today -  March 25, 2014
Nigel Town uncovers a thoroughly modern and very green 15-inch rail application Read more

Go West, clean megawatts
High Country News - March 25, 2014
On one of the blazing screens of Valley Electric Association's control room in Pahrump, Nev., an image pops up of what looks like a glowing rail yard on Mars: Gunmetal train cars lined up on silver tracks, the whole scene set neatly on a shimmering brown slope. Valley Electric's CEO, Tom Husted, erupts with enthusiasm at the sight. "There it is!" he exclaims. "ARES. Heard of it?" Read more

TECHNOLOGY: In Calif. and Nev., energy storage hits the rails
E&E Publishing -  March 25, 2014
What is over 4 miles long, is full of dirt and has a potential power output of 50 megawatts? Read more

Congratulations to Tom Husted
Posted By Ares North America on Feb 24, 2014
Tom Husted Named 2013 Small Utility CEO of the Year Read more

ARES featured on Today's Green Minute
Today’s Green Minute - February 13, 2014
Jack and Jill Went Up The Hill To Fetch a Pail of Power Read more

Advanced Rail Energy Storage: Using trains to store power
SNL Financial - January 20, 2014
With the large-scale adoption of renewable generation, there is an opening for energy storage technology to smooth intermittent power production and hold the power for when it is most needed. Advanced Rail Energy Storage North America, headquartered in Santa Barbara, Calif., offers a novel approach to large-scale energy storage, using lower-cost power to drive a train uphill and then letting the train roll downhill to produce power when market prices are high. Read more

How Much Energy Storage Would Be Needed for California to Reach 50% Solar?
GTM - August 24, 2016
About 11 times more than the state is currently building—as well as a much more flexible grid. Read more
The Future of Energy Storage — ‘Sisyphus Railroad’
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How Much Energy Storage Would Be Needed for California to Reach 50% Solar?
GTM - August 24, 2016
About 11 times more than the state is currently building—as well as a much more flexible grid. Read more