ESA News

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

    Annual Event Addresses Integration, Deployment of Energy Storage Projects

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 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).

  • Leadership Circle Member RES Awarded $16.3M Solar & Energy Storage Project with CPS Energy

    ESA is excited that our Leadership Circle member, Renewable Energy Systems (RES), was selected by San Antonio utility CPS Energy to build and install a $16.3 million solar and energy storage project. The station will be on the Southwest Research Institute’s (SwRI) 1,200-acre campus in San Antonio and is an important step for energy modernization in Texas.

  • CEO Statement on Proposal to Make Storage Projects Eligible for Solar Investment Tax Credit

    ESA sincerely thanks Senator Scott and Senator Bennet for their letter to Secretary Mnuchin last Thursday requesting clarification on the eligibility of energy storage in the IRC Section 48 investment tax credit, when storage is added to an existing ITC-eligible technology. Timely issuance of proposed regulations is an important step to stabilize the investment environment, which will accelerate the industry’s work to build a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable electricity grid. That’s why ESA sent its own letter to Assistant Secretary Kautter earlier this month requesting the same, and has been working closely with our colleagues at the Solar Energy Industries Association to communicate the importance of this clarification on storage eligibility. We are pleased that Sen. Scott and Sen. Bennet also see the importance of this issue, and we ask Secretary Mnuchin and Assistant Secretary Kautter to act on their bipartisan request.

  • CEO Statement on California Governor Brown SB100 Bill Signing

    The Energy Storage Association (ESA) applauds Governor Brown for signing into law today SB100 – legislation that will position California definitively as a leader in the nation to move to 100% zero-carbon electricity by 2045. The innovation of California within the energy sector is welcomed by the storage industry as we stand on the precipice of realizing our own goal of 35 GW of new storage deployed by 2025. Together, our collective visions of the future will result in a better world through a more resilient, efficient, sustainable, and affordable electricity grid.

  • Led by Surging Residential Sector, Q2 US Energy Storage Deployments Grow 200% Year-Over-Year

    BOSTON, Mass. and WASHINGTON D.C. (September 5, 2018) For the first time ever, the U.S. saw more home energy storage than front-of-meter storage deployed in a single quarter. According to the latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor from the Energy Storage Association and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (formerly known as GTM Research) 156.5 megawatt-hours of energy storage were deployed in the second quarter of 2018, triple what was deployed in the second quarter of 2017.  The residential segment led the way, growing tenfold year-over-year.

  • ESA Member Nikola Power Selected for Techstars Sustainability Accelerator

    ESA is proud to congratulate one of its members, Nikola Power, for being selected to be in the inaugural class of the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. Nikola Power, a storage+solar technology and software provider, was the only energy storage company selected for the program. 

  • Enabling Energy Storage to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Energy storage is an enabling technology. At its most simple, energy storage enables electricity to be saved for use at a later time, when and where it is most needed. This creates efficiencies and capabilities for the electric grid—including the ability to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Increasing storage deployment will enable new and broader opportunities for a cleaner supply mix, as well as enable the better use of existing generation. In addition, storage increases the capacity of the grid to integrate more clean and distributed energy resources.

  • CEO Statement on Massachusetts Governor Baker H4756 Bill Signing

    The Energy Storage Association (ESA) applauds Governor Baker for signing into law the bipartisan, innovative energy policies reflected in Massachusetts Bill H4756, which will advance the Commonwealth’s clean energy goals and enhance grid resilience. Through his leadership on storage, Gov. Baker has demonstrated his commitment to making the Commonwealth a leader among states like California, New York, and New Jersey in breaking down the hurdles to cost-effective energy storage deployment.

  • CEO Statement on Massachusetts Conference Committee Bill H4756

    The Energy Storage Association (ESA) applauds the bipartisan, innovative energy policies reflected in Massachusetts Conference Committee Bill H4756. The leadership exhibited by the Massachusetts House and Senate this legislative session – especially by members of the conference committee – will advance the Commonwealth’s clean energy goals and enhance grid resilience. We especially appreciate the leadership of Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy Committee Chairs Rep. Tom Golden and Sen. Mike Barrett for facilitating a productive conference committee.

  • ESA Contributes to Updating Fire Codes on Battery Energy Storage

    Posted by: Nitzan Goldberger; State Policy Director, Energy Storage Association

    This week, ESA filed comments advocating for safe, fair and reasonable fire codes for energy storage systems at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the International Code Council (ICC).  Leading up to these filings, we held a webinar on September 13, 2017, and June 28, 2018, to provide information on the implications of upcoming revisions to the codes.  In this blog, we explain the code updating process and provide an overview of our comments to the NFPA and the IFC, which are available in full to members here (NFPA Standard 855) and here (IFC).