Sen. Martin Heinrich and Energy Storage Industry Leader Invenergy Honored at Industry’s Annual Conference

Award Recipients Highlighted for Exceptional Achievements in Advancing Energy Storage

PHOENIX, Ariz., April 16, 2019 – The Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade association for the U.S. energy storage industry, today announced that it will honor U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and global powerhouse Invenergy during this year’s Annual Energy Storage Conference and Expo for their respective contributions and leadership in advancing the energy storage industry.

On behalf of the industry, each year ESA recognizes the individual who has had the biggest impact in shaping the future of the storage industry to receive the Phil Symons Energy Storage Award. This year, Sen. Martin Heinrich was chosen for his positive contributions to expanding energy storage markets across the country.

According to Dr. Craig R. Horne, ESA board chair, Sen. Heinrich’s ongoing efforts over multiple years to encourage the deployment of energy storage are making a demonstrable difference in opening markets for storage across the country. “Senator Heinrich has a deep understanding of how storage is key to attaining a more affordable, cleaner and reliable grid,” Horne said. “His leadership in the Senate has been critical in ensuring storage resources are fairly valued and will spur growth in power sector jobs and the nation’s economy.”

“It is an honor to accept the Phil Symons Energy Storage Award,” said Sen. Heinrich. “I strongly believe that the deployment of storage needs to be at the center of our ongoing effort to move toward a cleaner and more reliable electrical grid. Over the last few years, storage technology has dramatically reduced costs, while increasing our ability to manage grid supply and demand. I look forward to continuing to work with the Energy Storage Association to encourage the deployment of more storage into our energy grid and support the development of the next generation of storage technologies.”

ESA also surveys its members and past award recipients to identify the significant contributions of a member company or organization in the storage market. This year, Leadership Circle member Invenergy was recognized during the awards ceremony, presenting the company with the Brad Roberts Outstanding Industry Achievement by a Member Organization Award. With energy storage serving as one of the four core technologies featured in its wide-reaching portfolio, Invenergy is an active, supportive and collaborative industry participant.  Since entering the storage market in 2012, Invenergy has grown its U.S. portfolio to include more than 250 MW in operation or construction, totaling over 700 MWh.

“Invenergy is honored to be recognized by ESA with the Brad Roberts Industry Achievement Award and we thank them for their commitment to supporting the growth of this transformative technology,” said Kris Zadlo, senior vice president responsible for storage development at Invenergy. “Advanced battery storage is revolutionizing the energy industry by allowing utilities and corporate customers to maximize the value of their energy assets and systems, and Invenergy is proud of our commitment to advancing this technology since its very early inception.”

“Invenergy’s commitment to inclusivity, innovation and sustainability is reflected in their thought leadership and participation in industry events, and perfectly embodies this year’s theme of Expansion. Inclusion. Integration.” said ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman. “Through Invenergy’s partnership with ESA member company Arizona Public Service, the companies will soon deliver ‘solar after sunset’ to Arizona – expanding the market, including other technologies and use cases, and integrating these technologies into a more resilient and flexible infrastructure. We look forward to seeing these projects deployed as the industry marches toward realization of the goal of 35 gigawatts of new energy storage by 2025.”

About the Awards

Dr. Philip Symons’ career in electrochemistry and bulk energy storage led him to become one of the founding members of the Energy Storage Association (formerly Electricity Storage Association) and Chairperson from 1997 through 2003.  Symons’ leadership and guidance were critical in setting the organization on a path for growth. Symons passed away in 2006, but his memory is celebrated each year with the Phil Symons Energy Storage Award to an honoree for individual contributions to the advancement of electricity storage.

Brad Roberts was a champion for the energy storage industry and former leader of ESA. In addition to serving as the Executive Director for ESA, Roberts amassed more than 35 years of experience in the design and operation of critical power systems, ranging from single-phase UPS systems to medium-voltage applications, holding senior management positions with two of the major UPS manufacturers. Roberts was a Life Senior member of IEEE and was published in over 50 technical papers and journal articles on critical power system design and energy storage technology. He passed away in 2013.

More information about the ESA’s Annual Awards and past winners is also available at:

About 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 170 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:

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