ESA News

  • Energy Storage Association Maps Out Path Forward for a Disruption-Proof, Resilient Grid: 35 GW of Energy Storage by 2025

    Washington, D.C., November 6, 2017 - The Energy Storage Association (ESA) today released its “35x25: A Vision for Energy Storage” white paper, which maps a clear and actionable pathway to reaching 35 gigawatts (GW) of new energy storage systems installed in the U.S. by 2025. Created in conjunction with Navigant Research, the white paper outlines the market drivers that are powering rapid storage industry growth and explains the value of a disruption-proof grid. It also quantifies the considerable benefits of widespread energy storage deployment, such as $4 billion in cumulative operational grid savings and the potential for more than 167,000 new jobs. The report charts 35 GW of new installations across all energy storage technologies from 2017 to 2025.

  • Bennet Leads Effort to Ensure Federal Funding Can Be Used to Rebuild More Resilient and Clean Energy Systems After Disasters

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), along with Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM), today introduced legislation to ensure federal disaster funding can be used to build more resilient, efficient, clean, and low-cost energy systems. The bill targets critical infrastructure and directs the Department of Energy’s national labs to provide assistance in rebuilding efforts. The introduction comes on the heels of today’s U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing addressing the federal response to this year’s hurricanes. 

  • Sens. Coons, Moran, Reps. Poe, Thompson introduce bipartisan, bicameral legislation to level the playing field for clean energy

    Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act would give clean energy projects access to a tax advantage currently available only to oil, gas, and coal projects

    October 25, 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX-02) and Mike Thompson (D-CA-05) re-introduced bipartisan legislation to level the energy playing field by giving investors in a range of clean energy projects access to a decades-old corporate structure whose tax advantage is currently available only to investors in fossil fuel-based energy projects. The Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act is a straightforward, powerful modification of the federal tax code that could unleash significant private capital by helping an emerging class of energy-generation and renewable fuel companies to form master limited partnerships, which combine the funding advantages of corporations and the tax advantages of partnerships. 

  • #SubEnergy Examines Grid Reliability in its Sixth ‘Powering America’ Hearing

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Energy Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), today held a hearing entitled, “Part II: Powering America: Defining Reliability in a Transforming Electricity Industry.” Today’s hearing was the second portion of #SubEnergy’s two part review of electric reliability and grid resiliency, and marked the sixth hearing as part of the committee’s ‘Powering America’ series. Part one of the hearing was held on September 14, 2017. Members of the subcommittee heard from a diverse panel of witnesses from all areas of the electricity sector on electric reliability and grid resiliency. Marty Durbin, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at the American Petroleum Institute, spoke to the importance of natural gas in terms of grid reliability, commenting, “Collectively, the environmental advantages, reliability, and affordability of natural gas generation are unmatched by any other form of power generation. The natural gas industry stands ready to work with all stakeholders to ensure that our nation’s electric grid is reliable, safe, and resilient.” Paul Bailey, President and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, commented on the importance of the electric grid, “A reliable and resilient electric grid is essential for public health, public safety, a sound economy, and national security. It is obvious the nation’s electric grid is undergoing profound changes that could challenge grid reliability and resilience.” Maria G. Korsnick, President and CEO at the Nuclear Energy Institute, talked about nuclear power and its role in generating electricity nationwide, commenting, “Nuclear energy is the largest source of emissions-free electricity in the United States. Currently, 99 reactors in 30 states produce nearly 20 percent of our nation’s electricity and approximately 60 percent of our carbon-free electricity."

  • ESA Statement on DOE Grid Resilience Pricing Rule NOPR

    Statement from the Energy Storage Association (ESA) regarding the Department of Energy Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (DOE NOPR).

    Although ESA was initially encouraged that the DOE Staff Report focused correctly on valuing resilience attributes in a technology-neutral manner, we are troubled by DOE’s rule proposed on Friday, which would undermine markets and unnecessarily increase costs for consumers. 

  • CEO Statement on the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act

    “Thank you to Senator Heinrich and the bipartisan coalition of co-sponsors for introducing the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act of 2017 (S.1868). If enacted, this bill will unlock competitive access to investment for a more resilient, efficient, sustainable, and affordable electrical grid by expanding the investment tax credit (ITC) to include all types of advanced energy storage."

  • CEO Statement on Advancing Grid Storage Act (AGSA)

    “We applaud the leadership of Senator Franken and Senator Heinrich for introducing the S. 1851 Advancing Grid Storage Act (AGSA) in Congress. AGSA will provide assistance to state and local governments, smaller utilities, public power districts, and rural cooperatives who seek to modernize their electric infrastructure with advanced energy storage systems, making them more efficient, sustainable, resilient and affordable, to the benefit of homes and businesses across the U.S.

    “Investing in 21st century grid infrastructure will generate significant benefits to all electricity users. Energy storage has proven to be a reliable solution for many of the challenges we face in modernizing our grid infrastructure. AGSA is an important next step in modernizing the grid for even more Americans, and will ensure the U.S. continues to lead the world in the advanced energy storage industry – bringing jobs and investment to communities across the country.”

  • Leading Clean Energy Organizations Announce National Clean Energy Week

    Washington, D.C. (September 15, 2017) — Leading clean energy organizations announced their participation in the first annual National Clean Energy Week (NCEW), which will take place from September 25-29, 2017. National Clean Energy Week will bring together industry associations, businesses, non-profits, and advocates in the clean energy space for activities in Washington, D.C. and across America to showcase how they are helping to make the industry stronger, and influence the discussion around common sense clean energy solutions that directly address America's need for abundant, reliable forms of energy.

     

  • RES Begins Construction of EDP Renewables’ Hog Creek Wind Project

    Broomfield, CO – Renewable Energy Systems (RES), a leader in the development, construction, and operation of wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects in the Americas, is pleased to announce that construction has begun on the Hog Creek Wind Project located in Hardin County, OH. The project, owned by EDP Renewables (EDPR), is on schedule to be operational before the end of 2017 and will provide enough clean electricity to power approximately 19,000 Ohio homes. RES completed the project development and transferred Hog Creek wind project ownership to EDPR in 2017. 

  • Energy Storage in Canada Unveils Conference Program Focused on Market Opportunity and Energy Transition: September 19-20

    Toronto, September 7, 2017 - Energy Storage in Canada: Connecting to Now, today announced a conference program focused on energy storage market opportunities in Canada and the global energy transition. Held in Toronto on September 19-20, 2017, the conference will explore what’s shaping the storage market both domestically and internationally.

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