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

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

      The 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.

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    2. Statement from ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman on Passage Of FY21 Energy & Water Budget by House Appropriations Committee

      Statement from ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman on Passage Of FY21 Energy & Water Budget by House Appropriations Committee

      “The U.S. Energy Storage Association applauds the House Appropriations Committee for approving FY 2021 investments to build jobs in the energy storage industry while driving innovation and ensuring greater grid resilience,” said ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman. “The $1.3 billion legislation passed today would invest in an unprecedented level of storage technology demonstrations as outlined in the bipartisan Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act; it would jumpstart new U.S. manufacturing capacity for globally competitive energy storage technologies; and it would help drive economic recovery through energy storage deployments to provide much-needed resilience to our electric system. We also commend the Committee for its foresight in fully funding construction of the Department of Energy’s proposed Grid Storage Launchpad facility at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which will accelerate the commercial capabilities of American energy storage companies to meet the needs of a cleaner, more resilient electric system.”

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    3. Statement from ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman on the introduction of H.R.2, the Moving Forward Act

      Statement from ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman on the introduction of H.R.2, the Moving Forward Act

      We greatly appreciate the House of Representatives’ leadership with the inclusion of energy storage in the Moving Forward act with the following three major areas of relief and stimulus:

      1. Make stand-alone energy storage eligible for investment tax credit (ITC) with the option to elect a “direct payment;”
      2. Include energy storage technologies explicitly as an investment option for electric vehicle infrastructure; and
      3. Promote storage technology innovation.

      Now more than ever, these common-sense, forward-looking policies with bipartisan and bicameral support are crucial,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the U.S. Energy Storage Association. “The progress the energy storage industry is making to foster resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable electric service is being threatened by the devastating impacts of COVID-19. Energy storage companies are facing widespread project delays, reduced revenues, and the potential of lost jobs.

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    4. U.S. Energy Storage Association Announces #ESACon20 Event Partners

      U.S. Energy Storage Association Announces #ESACon20 Event Partners

      The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade association for the American energy storage industry, is partnering with the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for this year’s virtual Energy Storage Annual Conference and Expo (#ESACon20) that is taking place August 24-27. The collaboration brings together the implementers, manufacturers, utility, research and development and services segments of the energy storage industry through an innovative and unique conference platform.

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    5. #ESACon20 is now virtual -- August 24-27, 2020

      #ESACon20 is now virtual -- August 24-27, 2020

      To ensure the safety or our community and adhere to public health measures, The ESA Energy Storage Annual Conference & Expo (#ESACon20) is moving online! ESA is creating a virtual conference experience with the same top-caliber educational program, featuring both live and pre-recorded educational sessions. #ESACon20 will also feature a new eMarketplace, with a virtual expo hall designed to connect attendees to live exhibitors and dynamic company profile pages providing a seamless tool for attendees to seek, learn, and connect with companies.

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    6. Calif. utility inks largest U.S. battery purchase in history

      Calif. utility inks largest U.S. battery purchase in history

      Southern California Edison said late last week it had finalized what analysts called the nation's largest-ever purchase of battery storage, as the state of California seeks to ramp up renewables and retire gas-fired plants in coming years. The new storage in Southern California tops the 590 MW contracted by NV Energy in Nevada last year, making it the largest single procurement in the United States, said Jason Burwen, vice president for policy at the Energy Storage Association. "This is the biggest single procurement of battery energy storage projects that we are aware of," wrote Burwen in an email.

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    7. U.S. Energy Storage Association Announces Executive Committee, Expands Leadership with New Board Member Appointment

      U.S. Energy Storage Association Announces Executive Committee, Expands Leadership with New Board Member Appointment

      The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade association for the American energy storage industry, announced today the 2020-2021 election of its executive committee officers as well as a new board appointment. Each year, ESA holds elections among its members, and the resulting board of directors selects its new officers. The board of directors and its officers will support ESA in its mission to accelerate the widespread use of competitive and reliable energy storage systems across the nation.

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

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

      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.

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    9. CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Tax Provisions

      CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Tax Provisions

      “We are disappointed in the tax provisions announced this morning that omitted a provision for stand-alone energy storage,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the U.S. Energy Storage Association. “This was a clear opportunity for Congress to address the urgent challenges of climate change and to support clean energy innovation. The Energy Storage Incentive and Deployment Act of 2019 is a bipartisan measure to level the playing field for energy storage technologies that enable a more resilient, efficient and sustainable grid.”

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    10. Congress Has a Chance to Pass Meaningful Energy Legislation

      Congress Has a Chance to Pass Meaningful Energy Legislation

      At a time of nearly unprecedented legislative gridlock on Capitol Hill, there are too few policies that have the bipartisan support and national importance necessary to move through Congress. But one of those policies has received the backing of key congressional constituencies and could revolutionize the energy grid as we know it. This Op/Ed from Kelly Speakes-Backman and Heather Reams describes the need for a stand-alone storage investment tax credit. 

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