October 18, 2021

The U.S. Energy Storage Association Announces Esteemed Keynote Speakers for In-Person #ESACon21

Keynote panels to include leaders from across the energy industry sharing perspectives on The Storage Decade.

Washington, D.C., October 18, 2021 – The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade association for the American energy storage industry, is pleased to announce this year’s esteemed keynote speakers for the ESA Energy Storage Annual Conference & Expo (#ESACon21), taking place December 1 through 3 in Phoenix, Arizona. The annual event will bring together innovators and leadership from across the energy sector to reconnect in person and lay the foundation of the United States’ Storage Decade. 

The conference will convene with an opening keynote panel led by Interim ESA CEO Jason Burwen. Burwen will address the most efficient path forward towards a more resilient and reliable power grid with remarks by other panelists including: Elliot Mainzer, President and CEO of California Independent System Operator (ISO); and Audrey Zibelman, Vice President for X’s Electric Grid Moonshot. 

Mizhi Zhang will deliver opening remarks on behalf of conference sponsor Sungrow. Zhang is Managing Director of Americas Region for Sungrow-Samsung SDI Energy Storage Power Supply Co., Ltd. Additional remarks will be given by Kiran Kumaraswamy, Vice President of Marketing Applications for Fluence and Chair of the U.S. Energy Storage Association, John Hewa, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative and Immediate Past Chair of the U.S. Energy Storage Association, and Jacqueline DeRosa, Vice President, Battery Energy Storage for Ameresco and Vice Chair, U.S. Energy Storage Association.

The full slate of keynote speakers features leaders from across the energy industry, including:

  • Jason Burwen, U.S. Energy Storage Association, Interim Chief Executive Officer
  • Mateo Jaramillo, Form Energy, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
  • Judith Judson, National Grid, Vice President, U.S. Strategy
  • Elliot Mainzer, California Independent System Operator (ISO), President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Curtis A. “Curt” Morgan, Vistra, President & Chief Executive Officer
  • Carla J. Peterman, PG&E Corporation, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs
  • Chris Shelton, AES Next, The AES Corporation, Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer 
  • Audrey Zibelman, X, Vice President, Electric Grid Moonshot 
  • Heather Zichal, American Clean Power Association, Chief Executive Officer

In addition to the keynote sessions, #ESACon21 will feature educational breakouts, featured content, and Learning Lab sessions on topics ranging from technology and innovation to supply chains and project financing. The return to the #ESACon21 in-person expo hall will offer exhibitors the chance to reconnect and develop new relationships with attendees that are sure to reenergize the energy storage community and drive a greater number of deployments. 

“The United States will only meet its climate goals by 2030 with massive deployments of energy storage systems,” said Jason Burwen, Interim CEO of ESA. “I look forward to engaging with our members, as well as the broader electricity sector, to inform and accelerate the development of a robust and resilient domestic decade of energy storage growth. This year’s lineup features remarkable leaders from across the industry who are sure to bring productive discussions around timely topics including long duration storage, supply chain and trade issues, new markets, and distributed energy resources.”

The U.S. energy storage industry experienced rapid growth in recent years. During the second quarter of 2021, 345 megawatts (MW) of new energy storage systems came online, an increase of more than 160 percent over the same quarter in 2020, making Q2 2021 the second-largest quarter on record by MW for U.S. energy storage additions and the ninth consecutive quarter of increased energy systems deployments. Wood Mackenzie anticipates that 2021 will be another record setting year. The U.S. Energy Storage Association will merge into the American Clean Power Association (ACP), effective January 1, 2022, underscoring the foundational role of energy storage in transforming the U.S. power grid to a low-cost, reliable and renewable power system. The merger will  ensure that all clean energy stakeholders have the resources and support they need to attain ESA’s vision of 100 GW of new energy storage by 2030, and build a best-in-class trade group that is nimble, effective and able to represent the renewable energy and energy storage industries with a unified voice. 

For more information and to register for the conference visit esacon.energystorage.org. Contact news@energystorage.org for complimentary passes available to media.  

About Energy Storage Association 

The U.S. 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 200 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.


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