ESA News

  • 4 Stories Shaping the Agenda at the ESA Policy Forum

    In just three weeks, energy storage stakeholders will arrive at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. for a fully packed day at the 4th Annual Energy Storage Policy Forum. The industry has been moving at a rapid pace over the past several months, so there’s a lot of ground to cover.

  • ESA Statement on California Public Utilities Commission Decision on Multiple-Use Storage

    Statement from Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association, regarding the California Public Utilities Commission decision to enable multiple-use energy storage.

    ESA applauds the forward-thinking framework that the California Public Utilities Commission has approved to enable multiple-use energy storage. We are pleased the CPUC correctly recognizes the unique flexibility of storage, which offers savings to ratepayers, enhances customer choice and improves grid reliability and resilience. The CPUC’s decision will allow all storage assets -- owned either by customers, by utilities, or by third-parties – to provide a greater range of services to the electric system and avoid more costly peaking resources or upgrades to the distribution infrastructure.

  • Energy Storage Policy Discussions for an Accelerating Industry

    Next month, the energy storage industry is returning to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. for the 4th Annual Energy Storage Policy Forum. There’s plenty to discuss. Just last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission took action regarding the Department of Energy’s (DOE) proposed rulemaking on grid resiliency pricing, opening the door to more analysis on ensuring resilience of the bulk power system. 

  • ESA Expands its Executive Team

    WASHINGTON D.C., January 10, 2018 – Energy Storage Association (ESA), the leading voice for member companies advancing energy storage, today announced Marissa Paslick Gillett is joining as vice president of external relations and Jason Burwen has taken on the role of vice president of policy. Gillett has extensive leadership experience in the energy sector, including her most recent position as the senior advisor to the chairman at the Maryland Public Service Commission. Burwen is being promoted from his previous position as director of policy. In their new roles, Gillett and Burwen will aid the organization in developing its strategic direction.

  • CEO’s Statement on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Formal Action on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Proposed Rulemaking on Grid Resiliency Pricing

    Statement from Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association, regarding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) formal action on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) proposed rulemaking on grid resiliency pricing: 

    "The actions taken yesterday are an encouraging sign that FERC is serious about ensuring resilience of the bulk power system. By building a robust record of fact from the system operating bodies responsible for reliability and resilience, and by taking the important first step of defining both, FERC is rightly assuring that any actions taken will be holistic and effective.    As the eastern ISOs’ successful responses to last week’s winter storms has shown, flexibility is critical to resilience—to ensure uninterrupted power is delivered to consumers whenever and wherever they need it. ESA looks forward to working with FERC, DOE, and other stakeholders to ensure that the flexibility of energy storage can be measured, valued, and compensated effectively to meet the resilience needs of our electric system."



  • CEO Applauds New York Gov. Cuomo's Target of 1500 MW of Storage by 2025

    Statement from Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association, on the announcement by New York Governor Cuomo of a 2025 state energy storage target:

    "The Energy Storage Association heartily congratulates Governor Cuomo for his leadership and bold commitment to scaling up clean energy production through increased deployment of energy storage. In setting this goal and providing funds, New York will accelerate the innovative use of storage as infrastructure and reduce the state’s reliance on inefficient, heavier polluting sources of electricity, bringing $2 billion in benefits to New Yorkers. We at ESA are delighted to count New York as a leader in the march toward 35 GW of new energy storage by 2025, as outlined in our Vision 2025 report, and ESA stands by to assist states like New York forging a path toward a more efficient, resilient and reliable, sustainable and affordable grid."

    Gov. Cuomo announced a goal of 1500 MW of energy storage deployment by 2025 and committed $260 million in NY Green Bank and NYSERDA funds to support its achievement. See details on Gov. Cuomo's announcement of a storage target in his 2018 State of the State Address >>

  • ESA and 37 Signatories Ask Congress to Clarify ITC Eligibility of Energy Storage

    On December 15, the Energy Storage Association, along with 36 other companies and associations, asked Congressional leadership to clarify eligibility of energy storage for the Investment Tax Credit in any end-of-year energy tax legislation, based on bipartisan, bicameral support for the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act (S. 1868 and H.R. 4649).

  • National Grid will join #ESACon18 as Utility Host in Boston

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 13, 2017 - The Energy Storage Association (ESA) is pleased to welcome National Grid, one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world, as the official Utility Host of the 28th Annual Energy Storage Association Conference & Expo (#ESACon18), next April 18-20 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • US Energy Storage Deployments Up 46 Percent Annually in Q3 2017

    Boston, Mass. and Washington, D.C., December 7, 2017 - According to the latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor from GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association (ESA), 41.8 megawatts of energy storage were deployed across the U.S. in the third quarter of 2017. This represents 46 percent growth year-over-year and 10 percent growth over the second quarter of the year.

  • CEO Statement on New York's Enactment of an Energy Storage Deployment Program

    Statement from Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association, on the enactment in New York of a state energy storage deployment program (pursuant to Assembly Bill 6571):

    “It’s a great day for energy storage in New York. We applaud Governor Cuomo, Assemblywoman Paulin, and Senator Griffo for their leadership on energy storage and their historic decision to pass and enact Assembly Bill 6571. By signing the bill into law, the Governor joined the unanimous opinion of the legislature that a long-term commitment to deploy energy storage is critical to a more reliable and resilient, affordable, and sustainable electric system for New Yorkers. That long-term commitment, moreover, sends a strong signal to the rapidly growing U.S. energy storage industry to invest and hire New York. Energy Storage Association members look forward to working with the Public Service Commission to determine an appropriate target for energy storage deployment in New York by 2030, as well as supporting NYSERDA and LIPA in administering innovative programs to meet that target.”

    Governor Cuomo's approval statement can be accessed here.

    New York Assembly Bill 6571 can be accessed here.