ESA Statement on DOE Grid Study

Washington, D.C. (August 23, 2017) - Following the release of the "Staff Report on Electric Markets and Reliability" by the Department of Energy, the Energy Storage Association’s CEO, Kelly Speakes-Backman, issued the following statement:

The Energy Storage Association (ESA) is encouraged by its initial review of the Department of Energy (DOE) key findings from their report on electricity markets and reliability. Although the scope of the report was limited to the role of traditional grid assets, the study reinforces the urgent need for expanded deployment of resilient and adaptable energy storage systems to strengthen our nation’s electricity grid infrastructure.

The report plainly states that advanced energy storage systems are critical to ensuring that electricity is reliable, affordable, and secure, and that there are hundreds of systems already deployed supporting our grid today. These systems are able to provide multiple values to the grid simultaneously, and provide grid operators and utilities with a new tool and capabilities that are able to improve grid reliability, efficiency, and security.

We also agree with the key findings that better strategies are needed by markets and in resource planning to properly reward the values that energy storage systems provide to the grid, especially increased reliability and resiliency. In order to deliver safe, reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy for everyone, our regulators and grid operators need a diverse arrangement of flexible resources they can call upon to provide secure energy for today and ensure we are prepared for the challenges of tomorrow.

Kelly Speakes-Backman
Energy Storage Association


As the national trade association in the U.S., the Energy Storage Association (ESA) is the leading voice for companies that develop and deploy the multitude of energy storage technologies that we rely on every day. Our member companies research, manufacture, distribute, finance, and build energy storage projects domestically and abroad.

Our collective efforts help to create new, competitive markets and a fair regulatory environment that reflects the value provided by energy storage to millions of residential, commercial and industrial customers. 

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