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December 21, 2020

ESA Statement on DOE Energy Storage Grand Challenge Roadmap

We welcome the issuance of the Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Storage Grand Challenge Roadmap today. The DOE has issued a well-delineated plan to accelerate the development, demonstration, and deployment of energy storage. By focusing storage valuation, supply chain and workforce matters as well as technology innovation, the roadmap provides wide-ranging context to guide federal funding and strategic decisions over the next 10 years. It is critical that the Biden/Harris Administration continue to ensure that energy storage is central to a resilient, efficient, affordable, and sustainable power system, and also that we create new jobs and investment in the United States.

Additionally, equally as important today, is the passage of the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act, which once enacted will provide a foundation for appropriations complimentary to DOE’s Roadmap. These federal innovation investments will boost domestic demand for storage and build toward ESA’s vision of 100 GW of new grid storage by 2030 across all technologies. Our recommendations for the 117th Congress and Biden Administration describe further specific actions that we can take to advance the goals of the Grand Challenge roadmap — such as tax credits for storage deployment and manufacturing, federal procurement, and resilience investments. We look forward to working with DOE and Congress to make sure that storage RD&D is fully funded and effective.

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