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    1. US Energy Storage Market Shatters Records in Q3 2020

      US Energy Storage Market Shatters Records in Q3 2020

      According to Wood Mackenzie and the U.S. Energy Storage Association’s (ESA) latest ’US Energy Storage Monitor’ report, 476 megawatts (MW) of storage were deployed in Q3 2020. This is an increase of 240% over the previous high, set last quarter. As noted in the research, the new record for storage is not an anomaly but rather a sign of things to come as front-of-the-meter (FTM) storage procurements, particularly in California, grow dramatically in number and size.

      “Energy storage deployments continue to grow, despite the economic downturn and COVID-related slowdowns,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, U.S. Energy Storage Association CEO. “The signs are pointing toward an unprecedented increase in energy storage in the coming months, moving us closer toward achieving our 100 GW by 2030 vision. With continued policy support and regulatory reform at the state and federal levels, energy storage is poised to continue this trajectory and enable a more resilient, efficient, sustainable, and affordable electric grid for all.”

       

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    2. Reminder: Getting Started with Energy Storage: The Essential Guide for Planning, Analyzing, Procuring and Communicating

      Reminder: Getting Started with Energy Storage: The Essential Guide for Planning, Analyzing, Procuring and Communicating

      Incorporating energy storage assumptions into utility system planning processes results in a more resilient, efficient, sustainable, and affordable electricity grid. With this seminar, utilities, regulators, and other stakeholders can learn about new energy storage modeling and planning techniques that are being incorporated at utility systems around the country to ensure cost effective procurement and reliable operations.

      Join the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for an in-depth virtual seminar on energy storage planning, held December 2-3, 2020, Getting Started with Energy Storage: The Essential Guide for Planning, Analyzing, Procuring and Communicating. Four modules offer attendees flexible learning, covering everything from approaches and frameworks for energy storage to communication and education. Learn more.

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    3. ESA Applauds Maryland Public Service Commission for Approval of Multiple-Use Energy Storage Pilots

      ESA Applauds Maryland Public Service Commission for Approval of Multiple-Use Energy Storage Pilots

      “The Maryland Public Service Commission took a significant step forward last week with the approval of 6 energy storage pilot projects that each demonstrate multiple uses and ownership models of energy storage,” said ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman. “ESA applauds Chairman Stanek and the Commission for their leadership in tackling fundamental challenges to the value of energy storage. Storage is an essential tool for Maryland to achieve its energy and climate goals, and these pilots will help inform the PSC and Maryland’s utilities about how to maximize the cost-effectiveness of energy storage deployment and gain more savings for ratepayers by increasing its utilization across multiple uses. ESA also appreciates the leadership of Delegate Marc Korman and Governor Larry Hogan in sponsoring and signing HB 650 (2019), which led to this important Order from the Commission.”

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    4. Energy Storage Association 'looks forward to working with President-Elect Joe Biden'

      Energy Storage Association 'looks forward to working with President-Elect Joe Biden'

      The election of Joe Biden as President of the US shows that Americans want to accelerate the transition to clean energy, Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the US national Energy Storage Association, has said.

      Speakes-Backman, who has previously characterised energy storage as something which enjoys rare bipartisan support in the upper levels of the US government and among lawmakers, gave a brief statement as it became clear just before the weekend that Biden had beaten incumbent Donald Trump in the race for 270 Electoral College votes to seal victory in the presidential race.

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    5. To “Build Back Better,” Deploy Energy Storage at an Unprecedented Scale

      To “Build Back Better,” Deploy Energy Storage at an Unprecedented Scale

      By electing Joe Biden as President, Americans have sent a strong message of support for accelerating toward a clean energy economy. Investments in energy storage deployment, manufacturing and innovation are fundamental to recovering from the economic damage of COVID-19, rebuilding our infrastructure to meet 21st century demands, and decarbonizing our economy to fight climate change.

      As outlined in our 2030 Vision, at least 100 GW of energy storage is needed over the next decade to support the buildout of higher shares of wind and solar power, as well as distributed energy resources and electric vehicles. Energy storage will also be increasingly critical for frontline communities to have electric service resilient to extreme climate events, like heat waves, wildfires, storms, and hurricanes, as well as reducing our reliance on fossil-fuel power plants located in or near communities historically burdened by air pollution. And energy storage will provide this clean and resilient power while reducing peak demands on the power system, thus saving money for utilities, businesses, and homes, while serving as a foundation for a new domestic industry with a large international export market.

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    6. ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman Commends PJM Stakeholders for Approving Critical Reforms to the Capacity Valuation of Energy Storage

      ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman Commends PJM Stakeholders for Approving Critical Reforms to the Capacity Valuation of Energy Storage

      “Today, yet another regulatory barrier to energy storage deployment was removed. Following directives from FERC to re-examine how the value of storage is determined in PJM’s capacity market, PJM stakeholders approved updates to rules determining the contribution of storage to electric system reliability. Once the rules approved today are implemented faithfully, storage will finally get equitable consideration alongside other resources in the mid-Atlantic to provide resource adequacy. Since commissioning our own analysis on the capacity value of storage in PJM, ESA has been advocating for the outcome realized today, and have appreciated FERC’s decision to review this matter. Ultimate adoption of this framework provides energy storage operators the fair value and predictability they need to enter PJM’s capacity markets, competing with other solutions to provide reliability, lower costs to consumers, and pave the way for a more diverse supply mix.”

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    7. Statement from ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman on FERC Order 2222 Opening Wholesale Market Participation to DER Aggregations

      Statement from ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman on FERC Order 2222 Opening Wholesale Market Participation to DER Aggregations

      “Today is another landmark day for competition and innovation in the power sector. FERC’s Order 2222 removes regulatory barriers to aggregation of distributed resources in wholesale electricity markets, and is the next step forward for energy storage and other distributed energy resources. Energy storage is increasingly located on local electric grids, in households and businesses, and is often integrated with distributed generation and controllable loads. Enabling these flexible resources to participate together as ‘virtual power plants’ in wholesale markets is a victory for enhancing grid reliability, enabling a more resilient grid, and lowering costs for consumers.”

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    8. US energy storage market sets Q2 record for deployments

      US energy storage market sets Q2 record for deployments

      According to Wood Mackenzie and the U.S. Energy Storage Association’s (ESA) latest ‘US Energy Storage Monitor’ report, 168 MW were deployed in Q2 2020. This is an increase of 72% quarter-over-quarter, 117% year-over-year and is the second-highest quarterly total ever seen, falling just behind Q4 2019 (186.4 MW).

      One large front-of-meter (FTM) project coming partially online in California, accounting for more than two-thirds of the total FTM MW deployed, helped to drive this level of quarterly activity. The large-scale system puts California back on the map after a quiet 2019 and, according to the report, the state is expected to remain there over the next six quarters.

      The US FTM market grew more than fourfold compared to Q1. Deployments notched their fifth-best quarterly total (89.8 MW) and the largest Q2 on record.

      Another record quarter for residential storage deployments, which increased 28% YoY, illustrates that California and Hawaii successfully kept installations progressing through coronavirus lockdowns.

      “We are encouraged by the growth the energy storage market has seen this quarter,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of ESA. “Despite any setbacks from the coronavirus pandemic, the market for energy storage is poised to see significant growth in 2020. Looking ...

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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. #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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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