February 22, 2019
Fluence Vice President Joins ESA Board of Directors
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 22, 2019 –The Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade association for the U.S. energy storage industry, announced today that Kiran Kumaraswamy, vice president of market applications at Fluence, is the newest addition to its board of directors. As outlined in ESA’s bylaws, Kumaraswamy was appointed as a director for the remainder of the 2018 – 2019 term by current board chair Craig Horne after a position became available earlier this year.
“It is my pleasure to welcome Kiran to the ESA board of directors. His global expertise on implementing regulatory and policy solutions in new and emerging markets will serve our organization well,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of ESA. “ESA is committed to enabling a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable electricity grid, and to do so we must ensure that barriers to storage deployment are overcome in North America and beyond.”
In his role at Fluence, Kumaraswamy manages a global team that helps commercial, industrial and utility customers identify and understand applications for energy storage development. He has spoken at industry conferences on policy issues that impact energy storage development and testified before the U.S Congress and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on wholesale market reforms and multiple use-cases for energy storage. Kumaraswamy works closely with electricity industry stakeholders, trade associations and state regulators to develop policy priorities and market action plans.
Prior to joining Fluence, Kumaraswamy worked as a senior manager at ICF International, advising private sector clients on issues related to wholesale power markets and transmission. He holds an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Madras, India.
“Energy storage is rapidly transforming the energy landscape as technology solutions are designed to address the diverse needs and challenges of customers,” Kumaraswamy said. “Both Fluence and I are committed to supporting ESA in its mission, and I look forward to working with the board as we realize the industry’s vision of 35 gigawatts of new energy storage by 2025.”
Fluence, a Siemens and AES company, is a global energy storage technology solutions and services company that combines the agility of a technology company with the expertise, vision, and financial backing of two industry powerhouses. Established in 2018, as the successor to industry pioneers AES Energy Storage and Siemens energy storage, Fluence’s goal is to create a more sustainable future by transforming the way we power our world. Fluence works closely with customers during every step of their journey and provides advisory, financing and project lifecycle services. To date, Fluence’s teams have deployed or been awarded a market-leading 56 projects with a total capacity of 485 MW in 15 countries.
About The Energy Storage Association
The Energy Storage Association (ESA) is the national trade association dedicated to energy storage, working toward a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable electricity grid – as is uniquely enabled by energy storage. With more than 170 members, ESA represents a diverse group of companies, including independent power producers, electric utilities, energy service companies, financiers, insurers, law firms, installers, manufacturers, component suppliers and integrators involved in deploying energy storage systems around the globe. More information is available at: www.energystorage.org.