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    • May 22, 2019 - 17:38

      CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on introduction of the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act and the Promoting Grid Storage Act of 2019

      Energy Storage Association CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman today issued the following statement on the introduction of the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act and the Promoting Grid Storage Act of 2019:

      “We commend Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) & Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) for leading a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers in their respective chambers for introducing companion measures to support the growth of energy storage. Our country needs the flexibility for a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable electric grid that energy storage provides. These bills are committing public dollars to prepare the next generation of storage technologies to better manage stresses on the electric system for longer periods.”

    • May 15, 2019 - 00:00

      StoragePLUS Network: StoragePLUS Wind

      In the third of ESA’s StoragePLUS Network webinars, we discussed the opportunities and benefits of coupling these two technologies, some examples and case studies of such projects, and what the future can hold for couplings of these two energy technologies. The American Wind Energy Association will address use cases for storagePLUS wind applications and Siemens Gamesa, a leader in the wind industry, will provide examples of hybrid applications for wind and storage.

    • May 14, 2019 - 12:46

      CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Energy Storage Project Law in Maryland

      We commend Gov. Larry Hogan for signing the Energy Storage Pilot Project Act to advance energy storage in Maryland. Thanks to the leadership of State Sen. Brian Feldman, Chair of the Energy & Publilc Utilities Subcommittee of the Finance Committee, and Del. Kumar Barve, Chair of the Environment & Transportation Committee, and Del. Marc Korman, Maryland will test regulatory ownership and deployment models to identify savings and reliability benefits for ratepayers. This law exemplifies the bipartisan collaboration of Maryland policymakers and stakeholders, in coordination with the Public Service Commission (PSC). 

    • May 9, 2019 - 13:50

      U.S. Energy Storage Association Elects 2019-20 Board Members

      Energy Storage Association Elects 2019-20 Board of Directors

      New board members represent an array of storage companies, technologies

      WASHINGTON, D.C., May 9, 2019 –The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade association for the American energy storage industry, announced today the results of its board and officer elections. Each year, ESA holds open elections among its members, and the resulting Board of Directors votes to select executive committee officers.

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    • May 24, 2019 - 14:08

      Eversource Turns to Non-Wires Solution in Outage-Plagued New Hampshire Town

      Eversource Energy is turning to efficiency and energy storage to help maintain reliability in a small, rural New Hampshire town prone to outages, rather than spend $6 million to construct a new 10-mile distribution circuit. The largest component of the Westmoreland Clean Innovation Project is a 1.7 MW / 7.1 MWh lithium-ion battery, estimated to cost $7 million. Despite being costlier than the new-circuit alternative, the utility says the project will deliver savings to Eversource customers by reducing peak costs. The project aims to improve service in the town, which is served by a single major power line.

    • May 23, 2019 - 18:05

      GE Looking at Reservoir Pumps for Renewable Energy Storage

      Scientists from General Electric's Global Research Center in Niskayuna recently won a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to study the viability of so-called pumped storage hydropower technology that essentially stores up power generated from solar and wind farms for use on the electric grid. The grant, which was awarded by the DOE's Water Power Technologies Office, will be shared by GE Research, GE Energy Consulting and GE Renewable Energy's hydro team.

    • May 23, 2019 - 10:46

      CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman's Statement on Introduction of the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act and the Promoting Grid Storage Act of 2019

      Energy Storage Association CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman issued a statement on the introduction of the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act and the Promoting Grid Storage Act of 2019.

    • May 23, 2019 - 01:00

      Adding Giant Batteries To This Hydro Project Creates A 'Virtual Dam' With Less Environmental Impact

      A Chilean utility has broken ground on a 50 megawatt-hour (MWh) battery energy storage project paired with a run-of-river hydroelectric facility. The battery will be capable of storing electricity produced from the hydro generation without needing to construct a dam or make use of a water reservoir, creating instead a “virtual dam” that can deliver 10 megawatts (MW) of power for 5 hours.

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