ESA News

  • Duke Energy Emerging Technology Center Tests Innovations Before They Come to Market

    At ESA’s STUDIO conference, attendees toured the Duke Energy Emerging Technology testing lab in Mount Holly, North Carolina, just outside Charlotte. The facility tests real-time grid simulators, electric vehicles, telecommunications and cybersecurity. This research helps Duke, and its cadre of industry partners, learn how to deploy energy-efficient technologies and make them reliable before they are accessible for customers. Duke welcomes the opportunity to partner with other companies and test technologies before launching to the general public. For example, they demonstrated a Tesla residential battery storage unit powering a home kitchen and all its appliances using smart, connected technology. 

  • CEO Statement on Passing of Jim Rogers

    The Energy Storage Association (ESA) CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman issued the following statement on the passing of Jim Rogers, former Duke Energy chairman, president and CEO, and ESA Board member from 2015 to 2016.

  • CEO Statement on Announcement of New York State Energy Storage Target

    New York cements its leadership position with biggest energy storage target in the country

    The Energy Storage Association (ESA) commends the New York Public Service Commission for demonstrating a commitment to a more resilient, efficient, sustainable, and affordable electricity grid through the adoption of an energy storage deployment target of 3,000 MW by 2030. 

  • CEO Statement on Colorado Public Utilities Commission Order on Energy Storage

    Colorado regulators raise the bar for including energy storage in utility planning

    The Energy Storage Association (ESA) commends Chairman Ackermann and the Colorado Public Utilities Commission for adopting an Order yesterday that codifies the intent of the Colorado General Assembly reflected in last session’s ESA-endorsed Energy Storage Procurement Act (HB 18-1270). The final Commission decision adopts many of the recommendations ESA, along with our allies at CO SEIA, SEIA and the Western Resource Advocates put forward in the associated proceeding.

  • Energy Storage Association Unveils Initial Assessment of Regional Grid Operator Compliance with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order 841

    Several Key Areas of Concern Emerge in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast


    WASHINGTON, D.C., December 11, 2018 –The Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade association for the energy storage industry, announced today its initial assessment of filings made one week ago by regional grid operators attempting to comply with directives issued last February by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in its landmark Order 841. While all regional grid operators opened market products to energy storage to some degree, with the exception of the California Independent System Operator (CA ISO), all other filings either left out key compliance parameters or suggested limitations contrary to the intent of FERC Order 841.

  • CEO Statement on December 10 Congressional Letter Urging Inclusion of Energy Storage in the ITC

    Two weeks ago, the Energy Storage Association (ESA) announced a broad-based coalition of eight energy trade and advocacy groups joining together to strongly urge congressional leadership to clarify eligibility of energy storage for the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) before the end of the year. Today we make a clarification of our own:  the diverse group of supporting business associations has reached 17, and we’ve added 134 individual companies to our ranks in the past week alone.

  • U.S. Energy Storage Project Pipeline Doubles in 2018, Nears 33 GW

    BOSTON, Mass and WASHINTON D.C. (December 6, 2018) The pipeline for energy storage projects in the U.S. has doubled this year, ballooning to 32.9 gigawatts, according to the latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Energy Storage Association (ESA). While not all of the projects will come to fruition, this is a clear signpost that developers are bullish on energy storage.

  • CEO Statement on Broad Coalition’s Support for Including Storage as an Eligible Technology in ITC

    Today the Energy Storage Association (ESA), along with a broad-based coalition comprised of other energy trade and advocacy groups, strongly urges congressional leadership to clarify eligibility of energy storage for the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) before the end of the year in a move that that would level the playing field across all energy technologies and bolster an industry that supports over 90,000 U.S. jobs and counting.

  • CEO Statement on NARUC Resolution on Modeling Energy Storage and Other Flexible Resources

    The Energy Storage Association (ESA) commends the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) on its unanimous adoption of a Resolution this week on Modeling Energy Storage and Other Flexible Resources. Thirty-one jurisdictions across the nation utilize integrated resource planning and modeling to determine the most cost-effective options to meet the needs of the U.S. electric grid, and this week’s Resolution codifies the state regulators’ collective intent that these modeling frameworks are important for a complete evaluation of energy storage and other flexible resources.

    Energy storage is an enabling technology. It enables utilities and third-party providers to be increasingly responsive to evolving customer needs, grid operators to optimize new and existing resource deployments, and regulators to keep the lights on in a cost-effective manner. We appreciate the leadership of the NARUC community, and look forward to a continued partnership with regulators and other stakeholders as we strive for a better world through a more resilient, efficient, sustainable, and affordable electric grid.

  • AECOM, Lockheed Martin Together Build Energy Storage System at Fort Carson

    In August, AECOM announced it started construction of a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) at Fort Carson Army base in Colorado using Lockheed Martin’s GridStar® Lithium energy storage system. The 4.25 MW/8.5 MWh BESS is part of an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to reduce Fort Carson’s energy costs and increase its energy resilience. Though there are some existing energy storage systems at military bases, this unit will be the largest stand-alone commercially contracted battery at an army base. The large, revenue-generating storage system operates behind Fort Carson’s electric utility meter. It reduces electrical demand during peak intervals, thereby increasing power grid resilience.