December 17, 2019

U.S. Energy Storage Association Issues New Safety Resource for Storage Businesses Nationwide

ESA Task Force releases Operational Safety Guidelines

(Washington, DC – December 17, 2019) –The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) today published U.S. Energy Storage Operational Safety Guidelines, which provides energy storage businesses and users a compendium of codes, standards, and additional guidelines to plan for and mitigate wide-ranging potential operational hazards.  

This is the latest resource to come from ESA’s years-long effort to advance industry safety strategies, which culminated in the April 2019 announcement of an Energy Storage Corporate Responsibility Initiative (CRI) Task Force and Corporate Responsibility Pledge.  Currently, nearly 60 signatories have taken the safety and responsibility pledge, including dozens of companies that have contributed plans and guidelines to this latest safety and planning guide.

“The energy storage industry’s top priority is the safety of employees, first responders and our communities,” said ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman. “The ESA Corporate Responsibility Initiative puts our best experts together to create a library of vitally important educational resources on safety standards and guidelines to plan for possible hazards and mitigate risk. We’re proud to see dozens of industry leaders contributing to responsible management practices.”

As part of the CRI initiative, ESA has issued an Emergency Response Plan template for developers, operators, and host sites; a white paper on Operational Risk Management in the U.S. Energy Storage Industry: Lithium-Ion Fire and Thermal Event Safety; and this newest U.S. Energy Storage Operational Safety Guidelines. Forthcoming resources will address reuse, recycling, and safe disposal practices.

These CRI safety resources derive from dozens of meetings among industry, codes and standards leaders, and other safety stakeholders in 2019 to share insights and strategies on risk mitigation, emergency response actions, and end-of-life planning and recycling.

In 2020, the Energy Storage Association will continue to develop additional resources, educational webinars, and networking opportunities as an important benefit of ESA membership.

To join the Energy Storage Corporate Responsibility Initiative, interested parties may execute the CRI Pledge. Once executed, please email it to For more information, see ESA’s Frequently Asked Questions page about the Pledge and CRI. 

About ESA

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 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.

Media Contact:
Ellen Backus, on behalf of ESA


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