July 16, 2020

The U.S. Energy Storage Association Announces Keynote Speaker Lineup for Virtual #ESACon20

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 16, 2020The U.S. Energy Storage Association  (ESA), the national trade association for the American energy storage industry, will welcome a host of distinguished keynote speakers for the ESA Energy Storage Annual Conference & Expo (#ESACon20). The virtual event takes place from August 24 to 27 and brings together the broad electricity sector under the theme of “Electrification and Resilience: We’re All in This Together.”

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Under Secretary Mark W. Menezes will kick off the conference with the opening keynote on August 24. Under Secretary Menezes’ address will focus on America’s leadership and innovation in energy storage and the Department’s recent launch of the Energy Storage Grand Challenge. In addition, DOE is hosting a Learning Lab exploring the Energy Storage Grand Challenge In-Depth on Wednesday, August 26 at 2:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM PDT.

Despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 is poised to be another year of tremendous growth for the U.S. energy storage market. This year’s annual conference will feature commentary on the changing nature of resources on the grid; increased electrification of the American economy; and a growing demand for resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable power. Keynotes throughout the week will be led by thought leaders across the energy industry:

  • Miranda Ballentine, CEO, Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA)
  • Mike Bowman, CTO Renewable Hybrids, GE Renewable Energy
  • Manuel Perez Dubuc, CEO, Fluence 
  • John D. Hewa, CEO, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
  • Anne Hoskins, Chief Policy Officer, Sunrun
  • Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Principal, NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC
  • Adam Kramer, EVP of Strategy, Switch
  • Tom Kuhn, President, Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
  • Arshad Mansoor, President, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Brandon Middaugh, Director of Climate Innovation Fund, Microsoft
  • Barnaby Olson, CEO, Able Grid
  • Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO, U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA)
  • Maud Texier, Carbon Free Energy Lead, Google
  • Antonio Villagomez, Senior Director, Energy Efficiency and Renewables, Walmart

“Energy storage is a central key to modernizing the electric grid and we are honored to have such a diverse list of leaders – that span the entire value chain of the industry – joining us at this year’s virtual conference,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of ESA. “Our goal is to bring together the broader electricity sector to accelerate markets, connect members and influencers, and educate stakeholders about the initiatives, policies, and commercial and technical programs that are necessary for creating a resilient and efficient power grid. #ESACon20 attendees will have access to extraordinary content and a unique online platform that offers a true 360-degree conference experience.” 

In addition to the insightful keynote speakers, #ESACon20 offers live and on-demand educational sessions, an interactive eMarketplace to connect attendees with over 70 leading energy storage companies, one-on-one networking via chat and video, and demonstrations of real projects and assets. ESAConTV anchors the week with on-demand content and a live stream of commentary and statements on the most important energy storage news of the day. 

For more information and to register for the conference visit https://esacon.org. Registration offers access to all #ESACon20 content as well as the ESA Storage Exchange – Powered by EPRI presentations. Conference content will be available on-demand to registered attendees through the end of the year.

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 190 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.


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