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December 21, 2020

ESA Commends Inclusion of BEST Act in Spending and Relief Package

“The inclusion of the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act as part of the year-end spending and relief package is further proof of the bipartisan, bicameral support for energy storage to improve grid reliability and flexibility,” said U.S. Energy Storage Association CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman. “Congress has recognized the critical role of energy storage in building a clean energy future. We commend Senator Collins and Senator Heinrich, along with Representatives Casten, Foster, and Herrera Beutler, for their leadership in introducing this important legislation.”

“The BEST Act authorizes $1 billion over 5 years for federal innovation investments in energy storage technology research, development, and demonstration (RD&D). In addition to elevating energy storage as a top, cross-functional R&D priority of U.S. Department of Energy, the BEST Act establishes a new competitive grant program for states, utilities, and private companies to deploy energy storage in a variety of applications. This demonstration program advances storage technology innovation and grid operations and sets the foundation for future storage deployments to protect our electric infrastructure against disruption as it enables a zero-carbon energy supply mix. We look forward to working with DOE and Congress to ensure this important program is fully funded and operates effectively.”

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