ESA News

  • CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman's Statement on Georgia Public Service Commission's Long-Term Energy Plan

    “We commend the Georgia Public Service Commission for its approval this week of an ambitious, long-term energy plan that includes includes 80 MW of battery storage for the state,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman.

  • New study By Astrapé, Energy Storage Association and National Resources Defense Council refutes PJM arguments in FERC 841 Order

    Washington, DC (July 15, 2019) -- A new study released by Astrapé Consulting, funded by the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) and National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), concludes that Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)efforts to encourage more energy storage deployment is supported by sound data. The findings, which are specific to the PJM market, show that PJM’s proposal requiring a storage asset to run for 10 continuous hours in order to qualify its full output for the capacity market is unnecessary and unduly restrictive. The Astrapé study concludes that a shorter storage duration requirement correctly reflects its capacity value for the foreseeable future.

  • CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Nevada Energy’s Announced Energy Storage Additions

    The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) congratulates NV Energy on its recent plan to deploy nearly 600 MW of energy storage by 2023. 

  • ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Financing Our Energy Future Act

    ESA supports the efforts of Senators Coons and Moran and Representatives Thompson and Estes to introduce the bipartisan Financing Our Energy Future Act. Including energy storage as an eligible asset for master limited partnerships would allow energy infrastructure providers to build and acquire energy storage technologies at lower cost, accelerating the transition to a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable energy infrastructure. 

  • ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Tariffs for Lithium-ion Batteries and Related Equipment

    The U.S. Energy Storage Association and its members are deeply concerned that tariffs on Chinese lithium-ion batteries and related equipment would have an immediate and adverse effect on grid energy storage deployments in the United States.

  • U.S. Energy Storage Market Breaks Record for Megawatts Deployed in a Single Quarter, Growing 232% Year-Over-Year

    BOSTON Mass. and WASHINGTON D.C. (June 4, 2019) The United States non-residential storage market had its strongest quarter ever in Q1 2019, according to the new U.S. Energy Storage Monitor from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA). Q1 2019 was also the second strongest quarter on record for the U.S. residential storage segment.

  • CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Minnesota Passing Legislation Incorporating Storage into Utility Planning and Funding Cost-Benefit Study of Statewide Deployment

    The Energy Storage Association commends the Minnesota Senate and House for passing the Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, and especially for their commitment in both chambers to work together for the benefit of Minnesotans.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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). 

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