ESA News

  • 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.

  • 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.