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    • May 22, 2019 - 17:38

      CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on introduction of the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act and the Promoting Grid Storage Act of 2019

      Energy Storage Association CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman today issued the following statement on the introduction of the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act and the Promoting Grid Storage Act of 2019:

      “We commend Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) & Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) for leading a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers in their respective chambers for introducing companion measures to support the growth of energy storage. Our country needs the flexibility for a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable electric grid that energy storage provides. These bills are committing public dollars to prepare the next generation of storage technologies to better manage stresses on the electric system for longer periods.”

    • May 15, 2019 - 00:00

      StoragePLUS Network: StoragePLUS Wind

      In the third of ESA’s StoragePLUS Network webinars, we discussed the opportunities and benefits of coupling these two technologies, some examples and case studies of such projects, and what the future can hold for couplings of these two energy technologies. The American Wind Energy Association will address use cases for storagePLUS wind applications and Siemens Gamesa, a leader in the wind industry, will provide examples of hybrid applications for wind and storage.

    • May 14, 2019 - 12:46

      CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Energy Storage Project Law in Maryland

      We commend Gov. Larry Hogan for signing the Energy Storage Pilot Project Act to advance energy storage in Maryland. Thanks to the leadership of State Sen. Brian Feldman, Chair of the Energy & Publilc Utilities Subcommittee of the Finance Committee, and Del. Kumar Barve, Chair of the Environment & Transportation Committee, and Del. Marc Korman, Maryland will test regulatory ownership and deployment models to identify savings and reliability benefits for ratepayers. This law exemplifies the bipartisan collaboration of Maryland policymakers and stakeholders, in coordination with the Public Service Commission (PSC). 

    • May 9, 2019 - 13:50

      U.S. Energy Storage Association Elects 2019-20 Board Members

      Energy Storage Association Elects 2019-20 Board of Directors

      New board members represent an array of storage companies, technologies

      WASHINGTON, D.C., May 9, 2019 –The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade association for the American energy storage industry, announced today the results of its board and officer elections. Each year, ESA holds open elections among its members, and the resulting Board of Directors votes to select executive committee officers.

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    • May 21, 2019 - 16:43

      This Casino's Microgrid Might Be the Future of Energy

      Working with scientists at the Schatz Energy Research Center at nearby Humboldt State University, and the local utility PG&E, the Rancheria Casino has developed its own solar-powered microgrid, allowing it to disconnect from the main grid and run off battery power. The setup powers six buildings, including a 55,000-square-foot casino and 102 hotel rooms—over 140,000 square feet of total building space.

    • May 20, 2019 - 01:42

      Hot Dam: How Hydro Storage Will Allow Uruguay To Join The 100% Renewables Club

      In recent years, 50-60% of Uruguay’s power has been generated from the country’s four hydroelectric dams on the River Uruguay. Most of the remainder comes from renewable energy sources such as solar panels and wind turbines. That combination has turned the country into the world’s poster child for low-carbon energy. The one remaining sticking point is storage. Without it, renewables can only be used as they are generated. Hydro storage provides reliability and flexibility to a renewables-based grid by creating a huge, continuously rechargeable battery that is entirely powered by the elements.

    • May 17, 2019 - 11:51

      FERC Commissioners Deny Opportunity for State-by-State Opt Out of Storage Order

      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted Thursday to deny requests for rehearing of Order 841, a landmark decision seeking to provide fair market access for energy storage resources. Commissioners were nearly unanimous in voting to affirm FERC's determinations made in Order 841 regarding their authority over wholesale market sales, and to decline to adopt a state-by-state opt out of storage participation in the wholesale market.

    • May 17, 2019 - 11:29

      WoodMac: Energy Storage will Move Toward Value Stacking as Industry Matures

      Value stacking, or revenue stacking, is expected to play an increasingly important role in energy storage's future, with industry stakeholders currently determining the best ways to monetize the various use-case applications of storage. While utilities and regulators across the country have toyed with the idea of value stacking, and even adopted minor changes to capitalize on the technology's different applications, value stacking on a large scale is not happening yet.

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