Energy Storage Comes to Washington: 3rd Annual Energy Storage Policy Forum

On Wednesday, ESA hosted our 3rd Annual Energy Storage Policy Forum with nearly 200 energy policy and market development experts gathered at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The event brought together senior government leaders to collaborate with the energy storage industry and shape the future of energy and infrastructure policy in our nation’s capital and beyond.
The event opened with a keynote address from Senator Dean Heller (R-Nev.) sharing his perspective on the landscape for energy in the 115th Congress, and the opportunities for continued education and engagement with Congressional leaders. Sen. Heller was a co-sponsor of the energy storage investment tax credit legislation in the last Congressional session, and relayed to participants the importance of ensuring that energy storage is a priority in energy and infrastructure legislation that is anticipated in this Congress.
Commissioner Carla Peterman (CA Public Utilities Commissioner) discussed the major lessons that can be learned from her state’s lead as a first-mover in energy storage market development. A panel of utility commissioners from across the country followed with a perspective on the dynamic ways that storage is moving forward across the country, including insights from Washington, Arizona, and Massachusetts. 
Attendees were treated to a unique opportunity when former FERC Chairman Norman Bay joined with ESA’s Jason Burwen for a fireside chat. Reflecting on his more than 7 years at FERC shaping the nation’s wholesale energy markets and leading efforts to increase opportunities for advanced energy technologies, Bay gave the audience a deeper understanding of the major milestones surpassed in recent years and how the industry can build upon these successes in upcoming rulemaking efforts.
The afternoon included multiple breakout sessions led by policy experts and industry allies, and participants took a deeper dive into federal legislation, interconnection policy, and the forthcoming energy storage policy toolkit developed by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). 
Each year, the Energy Storage Association seeks to drive opportunities for storage in competitive markets at the federal, state and local level, and our annual Policy Forum continues to be the epicenter of industry advancement and opening new markets for advanced energy storage.