ESA News

  • CEO Statement on U.S. Section 301 Tariffs Announced Yesterday

    “The Energy Storage Association (ESA) anticipates that the inclusion of Chinese battery components in the tariffs, as drafted, will likely represent a negligible impact on the growth of the energy storage market. Nonetheless, ESA is concerned by the battery tariffs announced yesterday because the Administration is creating unnecessary uncertainty for the U.S. energy storage market,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of ESA.

  • Federal Omnibus Increases Support for Energy Storage

    The 2018 federal omnibus spending bill signed into law last week demonstrates a continuing, bipartisan commitment by Congress to sustain public investment in energy technology innovation. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) clean energy innovation investments will receive nearly $1.5 billion more in FY2018 than the prior fiscal year.

  • U.S. Department of Energy Assistant Secretary Bruce J. Walker to Keynote the Energy Storage Association's 28th Annual Conference and Expo

    The Assistant Secretary Will Discuss Strategies for Building Resilience into Grid Design. 

  • CEO’s Statement on Massachusetts Governor’s “Clean Peak Standard” Legislation

    “In proposing a clean peak standard, Governor Baker once again demonstrated leadership and innovative thinking on how to make the electric system more resilient and sustainable. Such a program could potentially spur new energy storage deployments that work to ensure clean energy meets the peak demands of the grid. With the announcement of the proposed legislation, the Baker-Polito Administration began an important new conversation in the Commonwealth,” stated Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of ESA. “We look forward to Governor Baker’s keynote address at ESA’s Annual Conference on April 18 - 20 in Boston for more on this and other initiatives where Massachusetts looks to lead on energy storage and clean energy policy.”

  • Governor Charlie Baker to Keynote the Energy Storage Association's 28th Annual Conference and Expo

    BOSTON, March 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Energy Storage Association (ESA), the leading national voice for companies that develop and deploy the energy storage technologies we rely on every day, announced that Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts will keynote the Energy Storage Association's 28th Annual Conference and Expo on April 18 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Governor Baker will address the importance of innovation, sustainability and clean energy legislation.

  • U.S. Energy Storage Market Tops the GWh Milestone in 2017, Annual Deployments to Exceed 1,000 MWh in 2018

    BOSTON Mass. and WASHINGTON D.C. (March 6, 2018) The U.S. energy storage market is no longer in its infancy. According to GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association’s (ESA) newly released U.S. Energy Storage Monitor 2017 Year-in-Review, 100 megawatt-hours of grid-connected energy storage were deployed in the fourth quarter of the year, marking 1,080 cumulative megawatt-hours deployed between 2013 and 2017.

  • ESA Applauds the IRS Private Letter Ruling on Residential Storage-plus-Solar

    The IRS’ recent private letter ruling marks a milestone for the residential storage-plus-solar industry. The determination that an energy storage retrofit of a residential solar PV project is eligible for a 30 percent investment tax credit (“ITC”) under Section 25D is a step in the right direction toward a common-sense tax approach to storage. Reducing barriers for taxpayers is an important action this Administration can take to continue growing this industry and to create thousands of new jobs.

  • CEO’s Statement on FERC Taking Formal Action on the Rulemaking Entitled "Electric Storage Participation in Markets Operated by RTOs and ISOs"

    Statement from Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association, regarding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) taking formal action on the rulemaking entitled Electric Storage Participation in Markets Operated by Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and Independent System Operators (ISOs).

  • ESA, NHA, NEMA, and CRES Support Including Storage in Energy Tax Extenders

    On Wednesday, February 7, the Energy Storage Association, the National Hydropower Association, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, and Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions asked congressional leadership to clarify eligibility of energy storage for the Investment Tax Credit in any energy tax deal that is included in current funding discussions, based on bipartisan, bicameral support for the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act (S. 1868 and H.R. 4649).

    If enacted, this bill would provide U.S. companies the certainty they need to invest for the long-term, as well as to better obtain financing, scale, create jobs, and become more competitive internationally in the fast-growing global storage market.

    Significantly, with many other competitor energy technologies proposed for the ITC, allowing energy storage access to the same ITC is critical to ensure a level playing field across all energy technologies.

  • New ESA White Paper Available on Interconnection Rules for Energy Storage Systems

    Over the past few years, 9 states have initiated a process to review their distribution interconnection standards to better incorporate distributed energy resources, including energy storage. While California and Hawaii are leading the way with newly developed interconnection standards, Nevada, New York, Arizona, Minnesota, Maryland, North Carolina, and Massachusetts have either put forwards draft language or initiated working groups to review existing rules and regulations.