ESA News

  • 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.

  • Clean Energy Leaders Meet in Charlotte to Tout Capacity, Demand for Energy Storage

      ESA & NCSEA OP-ED North Carolina was a hotbed of energy storage activity in 2016. So much so that the national trade association - the Energy Storage Association (ESA) - held its annual conference in Charlotte and the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) convened its first Energy Storage Working Group. There was great promise to open the market to more energy storage in North Carolina. And now they’re back.

  • 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.