ESA News

  • A Big Test for Big Batteries

    ESCONDIDO, Calif. — In Southern California in the fall of 2015, a giant natural gas leak not only caused one of the worst environmental disasters in the nation’s history, it also knocked out a critical fuel source for regional power plants.

    Energy regulators needed a quick fix.

  • Stoel Rives Appoints New Partners in Portland Office

    PORTLAND, Ore. (January 2017) – Stoel Rives LLP, an Am Law 200 law firm, is pleased to announce that five attorneys from the firm’s Portland office have been named partner, C. Andrew Gibson, Rachel C. Lee, Kirk B. Maag, Chad T. Marriott, and Alfredo Villanueva. They are among 13 Stoel Rives attorneys who became new partners of the firm effective Jan. 1, 2017. Located in six of the firm’s offices nationwide, the new partners are focused on client value, diversity and innovation, which are keystones of Stoel Rives’ corporate culture and commitment to excellence. 

  • Massachusetts DOER to Set Energy Storage Targets

    On December 27, 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced that it is prudent for the Commonwealth to adopt an energy storage target for electric companies to procure viable and cost-effective energy storage systems to be achieved by January 1, 2020. The next step in the process is for DOER to adopt energy storage systems targets by July 1, 2017. To assist DOER in determining “the appropriate target scale, structure and mechanisms for the energy storage systems targets,” DOER has requested stakeholder input by January 27, 2017.

  • Corporate Investments in Energy Storage Reach $660 Million in Q3 2016

    According to the latest edition of GTM Research and ESA’s U.S. Energy Storage Monitor, corporate investment in energy storage reached an all-time high in terms of quarterly investments in Q3. Disclosed venture funding and project finance totaled $660 million in the third quarter of the year, bringing the annual total to $812 million.

  • How Made-In-America Battery Technology Can Help Make America Great Again

    The U.S. is facing a tremendous, once-in-a-generation economic opportunity to seize an emerging $450 billion global market over the next 25 years in advanced energy storage manufacturing. At a time when our nation’s economic recovery is paramount, we cannot allow other countries to cement their position as the suppliers of the advanced energy economy while the United States drives market demand.

  • Solar PV and Energy Storage Free Assessments for MA Manufacturers

    The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is providing free assessments to a limited number of manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts interested in understanding the financial benefits of installing energy storage systems or solar photovoltaic systems combined with energy storage systems. 

  • Update on Energy Storage in the USA

    What is the state of play for energy storage right now?   The energy storage industry is growing leaps and bounds, and opportunities for energy storage deployment are quickly opening across the country and around the world. Today, in the United States, we seem to be revising our projection estimates each quarter, anticipating even more deployments as markets and regulations are recognizing the value of energy storage systems. According to the US Energy Storage Monitor, deployment grew by more than 256 percent in 2015, and 2016 is on pace to be another record setting year in the U.S. alone. Markets across the globe are adopting cost-effective, reliable energy storage as well, with more than 2 gigawatts (GW) of new systems announced this year.

  • ESA Applauds Bold Leadership by FERC on Pathways to Accelerate Energy System Deployment and Participation

    Washington, D.C. – November 17, 2016 – The Energy Storage Association and its members applaud the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announcement today in Docket RM16-23 which proposes that all ISO/RTO create market structures that ensure energy storage can participate and be compensated in wholesale markets. This pivotal opportunity opens a pathway for accelerating energy storage deployment as a generation, transmission, and grid services asset, and FERC guidance would recognize the unique dynamic performance of storage systems in both valuation and market operations.

  • 2017: The Grid Abides, and Storage Accelerates

    Every four years in this nation we strive to maintain our composure and civil discourse as Americans go to the polls and elect our new political leaders, and last week’s election was undoubtedly historic.  Regardless of whom you supported, each election brings with it equal parts anxiety and anticipation, and now that votes have been counted and the victor revealed our attention turns to what lies ahead and the future that new leadership brings.

  • FERC Should Take Action to Increase System Reliability, Performance in MISO

    Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) filed a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeking a prompt response to regulatory and market barriers that exist within the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO). At issue is a state-of-the-art 20MW battery energy storage system that was installed at the company’s Harding Street Station outside Indianapolis that has been operational since May of 2016. This system and the challenges faced highlight difficulties faced by energy storage projects around the country.

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