Energy Storage Technologies Expected to Boost mid-Atlantic Market as Clean, Renewable Energy Demand Increases

Annual Event Addresses Integration, Deployment of Energy Storage Projects

WASHINGTONOct. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 30 million Americans in the mid-Atlantic have started to see the benefits from energy storage systems operating in the region. As the country continues to expect resilient, reliable and cleaner energy, there is a need for energy storage to deliver value to the electric grid to support customers' demands. In addition, large and independent power producers have seen energy storage costs drop by up to 70 percent in the past few years according to the Energy Storage Association (ESA).

On Oct. 16 and 17, the Energy Storage STUDIO (Storage Uses, Deployment, Integration and Operations) conference in Charlotte will bring together leaders and innovators who will discuss the practical implementation of energy storage projects and evaluate the different ways companies are deploying storage to lower costs, reduce emissions and establish a more resilient electric grid. ESA sponsors this gathering of several hundred energy storage industry stakeholders each fall in collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

As part of the event, Duke Energy – the utility host sponsor for this October's Energy Storage STUDIO conference – will be leading site tours to its Mount Holly Microgrid and Testbed where participants will experience live demonstrations of the interoperability of various distributed technologies in a microgrid setting. Conference attendees will also hear from Duke Energy leaders regarding the electric company's experience successfully deploying and integrating energy storage projects throughout its service territories.

"We believe energy storage will play an important role in how we operate, supply and deliver energy across our system for the benefit of our customers," said Melisa Johns, Duke Energy's vice president of business development and customer solutions for distributed energy technology. "Not unlike a substation, energy storage is a complex system asset, and when it is managed appropriately, can bring significant value to our customers and the overall system in terms of enhanced reliability, as well as lead to the deferral of traditional grid upgrades. Storage can provide energy security for critical services in the communities we serve and enable overall increased flexibility of our system."

Additional Details Include:



2018 Energy Storage STUDIO Conference


Hilton Charlotte Center City


222 East Third Street


Charlotte, North Carolina 28202


Oct. 16 – 17


Project developers, Project managers, Engineers, Electric companies and cooperatives,


O&M professionals, Independent power producers, C&I electricity customers




Joseph Brannan, EVP and CEO, North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation


Joy Ditto, President & CEO, Utilities Technology Council


Melisa Johns, Vice President, Business Development and Customer Solutions for Distributed Energy Technology, Duke Energy


Arshad Mansoor, Senior Vice President, Research and Development, EPRI


Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO, Energy Storage Association




Craig Horne, PhD, ESA Board Chair & Senior Director, Energy Storage, Swinerton Renewable Energy


Steve Kalland, Executive Director, NC Clean Energy Technology Center


Zachary Kuznar, PhD, ESA Board Director & Director of CHP, Energy Storage and Microgrid Development, Duke Energy


Manal Yamout, Co-Founder & SVP of Policy and Markets, Advanced Microgrid Solutions

FULL AGENDA and SPEAKER ROSTER are available on the event webpage.

REGISTRATION: Reporters and members of the media interested in attending, please contact Michelle Blackston at

About The Energy Storage Association
The Energy Storage Association (ESA) is the national trade association dedicated to energy storage, working toward a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable electricity grid – as is uniquely enabled by energy storage. With more than 160 members, ESA represents a diverse group of companies, including independent power producers, electric utilities, energy service companies, financiers, insurers, law firms, installers, manufacturers, component suppliers and integrators involved in deploying energy storage systems around the globe. More information is available at: