ESA News

  • DOE Report: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly … and the Redemption (Blog)

    Last week the Department of Energy issued its much-anticipated Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability, in the shadow of the August 21 eclipse and right before Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Houston. The main takeaways of the report were clear: in the midst of a rapidly changing energy mix, much more needs to be done to reform electricity markets to incorporate the significant value of resiliency and flexibility into markets.

  • ESA Statement on DOE Grid Study

    Following the release of the "Staff Report on Electric Markets and Reliability" by the Department of Energy, the Energy Storage Association’s CEO, Kelly Speakes-Backman, issued the following statement.

  • Eclipse 2017: Grid Operators Make the Extraordinary Rather Boring (ESA Blog)

     

    I think it’s safe to say that across the U.S. people are gearing up for the rare total solar eclipse next week, getting their plans in place, buying proper viewing glasses, and reading up on the celestial phenomenon.

    Many of us have been planning for days or weeks, but grid operators and utilities have been preparing for this event for much longer – and energy storage systems are going to play a meaningful role on August 21, just as they do every day of the year.

    Around the moment the moon is directly in the path of the sun (covering up to 70% of the sun’s rays), areas with high concentrations of solar power may see a dip in production across the country lasting about two hours. The two main regions of the country that will be impacted the most are California and North Carolina, both solar energy leaders in the US.

    And while the eclipse itself is rather rare – the next total eclipse passing over the U.S. will be in 2024 – for utilities, their obligation to serve continues unabated.

    Our electric grid is a constant balancing act, with supply and demand changing every second of every day. Grid operators and utilities are tasked with ensuring that supply and demand are in balance at all times, using all resources at their disposal to deliver reliable and affordable power for everyone.

  • Choose Your Own Future (ESA Blog)

    Over the past four years, the Energy Storage Association (ESA) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have been working together to create a unique event, one that would leave the sales pitches at the door and allow for our utilities, engineers, system designers, grid operators, and technologists to work together collaboratively on advancing energy storage. We are working to create a better understanding of the myriad of storage technology, uses, design, integration, and operation (STUDIO) considerations needed for successful energy storage projects, and this fall we are excited to gather key power sector stakeholders to share their real-world energy storage experience.

  • NM Commission Unanimously Approves Amending Rule to Include Energy Storage

    SANTA FE – The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) on Wednesday, August 2 – after listening to testimony gathered from public hearings held over the course of several weeks – voted unanimously to amend a Commission Rule that further moves New Mexico toward advanced technology regarding the storing of renewable energy.

  • Highview Awarded £1.5 Million For New Hybrid LAES System To Respond To Frequency Response Market

    Highview have been awarded funding of £1.5 million for a new hybrid configuration of its existing Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) system from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.  The hybrid LAES system will demonstrate LAES’s ability to respond to grid frequency events within 1 second and meet the requirements of National Grid’s new Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) service.  

  • GridWise Alliance Makes Stance on Role Battery Energy Storage Will Play in Modernization of Our Electric Infrastructure

    The paper highlights recommendations for policy makers and regulators as they prepare to overcome the challenges to widespread implementation of energy storage technologies.

  • Modernizing Minnesota’s Grid: An Economic Analysis of Energy Storage Opportunities

    The Energy Storage Association (ESA) is encouraged by the results and outputs of an energy storage modeling report released by the Minnesota Energy Storage Alliance (MESA) today.

  • Massachusetts Takes Next Step on Energy Storage, Including it in Existing Clean Energy and Grid Reliability Programs

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 30) - Today, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced a target for energy storage deployment in the state of 200 MWh by January 1, 2020. The Energy Storage Association and many of its members provided input to DOER, and we thank DOER for their engagement with us and other stakeholders in formulating this target.

     

  • Energy Storage Association Names Kelly Speakes-Backman Chief Executive Officer

    Regulatory and Industry Veteran to Enable Step-Change Growth

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