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    1. Planning for the unexpected: How energy storage can be a grid resiliency asset

      Planning for the unexpected: How energy storage can be a grid resiliency asset

      From the rolling blackouts during California’s heatwave last summer and subsequent power cuts to mitigate wildfire risks to the recent Texas deep freeze in February, grid resiliency has become one of the industry’s watchwords. Energy storage is commonly cited as a key technology for increasing resiliency across the energy value chain.

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    2. Treasury Dept. Report Finds ITC for Storage would Spur Clean Energy Production, Build More Resilient Grid

      Treasury Dept. Report Finds ITC for Storage would Spur Clean Energy Production, Build More Resilient Grid

      A report by the U.S. Treasury Department examining the President’s Made in America Plan today found that making standalone storage eligible for the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) would result in greater clean energy production and a more resilient grid. 

      “The Treasury Department’s report confirms that making standalone storage eligible for the ITC—just as other clean energy technologies are today—is critical for the United States to achieve its urgent climate and clean energy goals and build a more resilient grid,” said Jason Burwen, Interim CEO of ESA. “We continue to urge Congress to pass bipartisan legislation that would achieve this goal and power the economic recovery by creating jobs that build a cleaner, more resilient future for all.”

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    3. ESA Statement on Virginia Governor Signing Bills Reforming Taxation and Permitting of Energy Storage

      ESA Statement on Virginia Governor Signing Bills Reforming Taxation and Permitting of Energy Storage

      “Virginia has taken the lead in energy storage development in the southeast,” said ESA Interim CEO Jason Burwen. “As we move from goal-setting to putting steel in the ground, enabling policies like tax and permitting reform are essential to ensuring that energy storage is deployed efficiently and cost-effectively. We were pleased to win this legislative package on behalf of our members, and applaud each of the bill sponsors and Governor Northam for their work pushing this forward. We also thank Virginia Advanced Energy Economy and Chesapeake Solar and Storage Association for their collaboration. We continue to work constructively with Virginia policymakers and stakeholders to lead the southeast in energy storage deployment.”

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    4. ESA Praises American Jobs Plan That Would Accelerate Energy Storage Deployment

      ESA Praises American Jobs Plan That Would Accelerate Energy Storage Deployment

      The U.S. Energy Storage Association today praised the American Jobs Plan the White House released for including policies that would accelerate adoption and deployment of energy storage. 

      “To build back better, the United States must deploy energy storage at an unprecedented scale. President Biden’s American Jobs Plan would put us on that path. From factory to grid to frontline communities, it has the policies needed to achieve our goal of 100 GW of new energy storage by 2030 to decarbonize our power system, make our infrastructure resilient and put Americans in every state to work in a globally competitive industry,” U.S. Energy Storage Association Interim CEO Jason Burwen said.

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    5. More than 150 Groups Urge Congress to Add Energy Storage Tax Credit to Infrastructure Bill

      More than 150 Groups Urge Congress to Add Energy Storage Tax Credit to Infrastructure Bill

      More than 150 organizations today sent a letter to U.S. House and Senate leaders requesting they include bipartisan legislation that would make standalone storage projects eligible for the investment tax credit (ITC) in the upcoming infrastructure bill. The letter, spearheaded by the U.S. Energy Storage Association, was signed by a diverse group of industry trade organizations, environmental advocacy groups, and small businesses across the United States. 

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    6. ESA Urges Passage of Expanded Investment Tax Credit for Storage to Achieve U.S. Climate Goals as Bipartisan Bill Reintroduced

      ESA Urges Passage of Expanded Investment Tax Credit for Storage to Achieve U.S. Climate Goals as Bipartisan Bill Reintroduced

      The U.S. Energy Storage Association today urged Congress to pass bipartisan legislation that would make standalone storage projects eligible for the investment tax credit (ITC). Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Rep. Doyle (D-Pa.) and Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.)  introduced the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act to remove limits on applying the tax credit to storage technologies only when integrated with ITC-eligible solar projects. 

      “Without more energy storage, the United States will fail to achieve its urgent climate and clean energy goals and miss an opportunity to make power infrastructure more resilient to climate change,” said Jason Burwen, Interim CEO of ESA. “We urge Congress to follow the bipartisan example set today and pass this legislation to put storage on the same playing field as other clean energy technologies. If it does, we can power the economic recovery with jobs that build a cleaner, more resilient future for all.”

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    7. US energy storage market shatters quarterly deployment record

      US energy storage market shatters quarterly deployment record

      According to Wood Mackenzie and the U.S. Energy Storage Association’s (ESA) latest ‘US Energy Storage Monitor’ report, 2,156 megawatt-hours (MWh) of new energy storage systems were brought online in Q4 2020. This is an increase of 182% from Q3 2020, making Q4 the new record quarter for U.S. storage. 

      As prices fall and barriers to storage deployment are eroded, front-of-the-meter (FTM) storage is taking off in the U.S. Four out of every five megawatts (MW) deployed in Q4 were FTM storage. The segment contributed 529 MW out of the total 651 MW of storage deployed in Q4. California saw the lion’s share of Q4 FTM deployments, according to the report.

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    8. ESA Statement on Gov. Granholm’s Confirmation as Secretary of Energy

      ESA Statement on Gov. Granholm’s Confirmation as Secretary of Energy

      ESA applauds the Senate’s bipartisan confirmation of former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to be the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Secretary Granholm has long championed building America’s leadership in energy storage innovation, manufacturing, and deployment. We look forward to working with her as she leads at a pivotal moment for DOE, following the expanded authority on storage investments that Congress granted in end-of-year legislation, the Department’s Energy Storage Grand Challenge roadmap now established, and the recent Executive Order reviewing battery storage supply chains.

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    9. Interim CEO Jason Burwen’s Statement on Emergency Conditions in Texas

      Interim CEO Jason Burwen’s Statement on Emergency Conditions in Texas

      “Our thoughts are with the people of Texas and other states as they cope with the dangerous conditions presented by extreme cold and lack of power and heat. ESA staff and our member companies have friends and family impacted by this disaster, and we share their overriding concern that providing relief and electric service recovery as quickly as possible be the sole focus of policymakers and power sector stakeholders.” 

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    10. ESA Energy Storage Policy Forum Drives the Conversation with Industry Leaders and Key Lawmakers

      ESA Energy Storage Policy Forum Drives the Conversation with Industry Leaders and Key Lawmakers

      The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade association for the American energy storage industry, hosted its seventh annual ESA Energy Storage Policy Forum virtually on Feb. 3-4, convening stakeholders from across the energy ecosystem for two days of critical discussions with nationally recognized policymakers and energy thought-leaders.

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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. U.S. Energy Storage Association Corporate Responsibility Initiative Task Force Issues New Guidelines for End of Life, Recycling of Lithium-Ion Battery Energy Storage Systems

      U.S. Energy Storage Association Corporate Responsibility Initiative Task Force Issues New Guidelines for End of Life, Recycling of Lithium-Ion Battery Energy Storage Systems

      The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) today announced that its Corporate Responsibility Initiative (CRI) Task Force has published Guidelines for End of Life and Recycling of Lithium-Ion Battery Energy Storage Systems. This new resource outlines how to plan for end-of-life management of Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries from decommissioned energy storage systems (ESS) in an environmentally sustainable way.

      “The expansive growth of energy storage comes with an increased responsibility that we are committed to meeting through our industry-led CRI Task Force,” said ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman. “The CRI Task Force recognizes the environmental responsibility that the industry holds in the production, use, and disposal of battery systems. This set of guidelines aims to address the oncoming industry-wide challenges in the face of rapid growth, and ultimately, end of life of these systems. We’re proud to support the industry leaders contributing to responsible end-of-life management practices.”

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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. Statement from ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis "Solving the Climate Crisis" Report

      Statement from ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis "Solving the Climate Crisis" Report

      “ESA commends the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis for continuing to prioritize meaningful recommendations that include support for a stand-alone investment tax credit for energy storage. Energy storage is an enabling technology that aligns with the Committee’s focus on grid resilience, achieving net zero emissions, and bringing clean and advanced energy sources to our electric grid. We thank the Select Committee for understanding the importance of a storage ITC to foster resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable electric service. ESA encourages Congress to pass legislation that includes a storage ITC with a direct payment option to support economic recovery and make the American economy more resilient.”

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    22. 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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