The spread of the coronavirus continues to challenge and disrupt our communities. As responsible citizens, our first immediate response is to do everything in our power to protect them. We must carefully consider our approach to the short, medium, and long-term uncertainties as we navigate this extremely difficult period in history. We continue to monitor the situation, and already have taken the following steps to ensure the health and safety of everyone with whom we come in contact:
- We have rescheduled The ESA Annual Conference & Expo to August 24-27, 2020.
- Timely activities such as the election of the 2020-2021 Board of Directors slate, educational webinars, member calls and policy-related communications at the state, RTO/ISO and federal level continue electronically and by remote communications.
- We continue to pursue opportunities for inclusion of a stand-alone energy storage tax credit in any and every federal legislative vehicle possible, including the provision for direct pay or cash option, which may provide more immediate relief to the financial stresses on our members and the industry.
- We issued the first of a series of surveys on March 16 (view results) to gauge the collective impact of COVID-19 on our industry, and are communicating that information to policymakers and stakeholders to win support policies.
- We issued a blog on the March 16 with the results of the survey.
- We have an Emergency Response Plan template with crisis communications tips in our Corporate Responsibility Initiative toolbox to help members prepare and communicate with customers and stakeholders.
These are unprecedented times. As the national voice of the US energy storage industry, we are committed to continuing our support of your business in any way we can. We are incredibly grateful for your support, and we welcome you to reach out at any time – our office lines are all directed to our remote locations.
Stay safe and healthy.