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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 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. U.S. Energy Storage Association Hires Marc Chupka as VP of Research and Programs

      U.S. Energy Storage Association Hires Marc Chupka as VP of Research and Programs

      The U.S. Energy Storage Association is pleased to announce the hiring of Marc Chupka as Vice President of Research and Programs. Marc has over 30 years of experience analyzing and advising on the market impacts of both domestic and international energy and environmental policy, including serving as the acting Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy and International Affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy and chief economist at the White House Office of Environmental Policy. For the past 18 years, Marc consulted on a broad range of energy issues for utilities, trade associations, and investors as a principal at The Brattle Group, most recently focusing on issues related to grid resilience, clean energy, and climate policy.

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    8. Public Utilities: The New Buyers of Energy Storage

      Public Utilities: The New Buyers of Energy Storage

      There’s no doubt that 2019 was a tipping point for announcements from investor-owned utilities about large-scale new energy storage and hybrid storage projects. We also witnessed dramatically increased project sizes and combination approaches, with stunning price decreases and shorter deployment schedules. Between 2016 and 2019, approximately 28 U.S. utilities proposed nearly eight gigawatts of storage. And some of the multi-hundred-megawatt procurement announcements by large investor-owned utilities like Nevada Energy, Arizona Public Service, Florida Power and Light, Hawaiian Electric Company, and Southern California Edison are indeed record-breaking.

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    9. CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman's Statement on Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act of 2019

      CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman's Statement on Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act of 2019

      “ESA commends Representatives Tom Reed (R-NY), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), and their bipartisan colleagues for introducing the Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act of 2019, which looks to establish a longer term, technology-neutral tax structure for all emerging energy technologies,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the U.S. Energy Storage Association. 

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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. US Storage Industry to Build on Strong Third Quarter with Response to Power Shutoffs

      US Storage Industry to Build on Strong Third Quarter with Response to Power Shutoffs

      The United States energy storage sector had it strongest third quarter on record this year, deploying 100.7 megawatts (MW) and 264.6 megawatt-hours (MWh) of storage. The front-of-meter (FTM) market rebounded after its slump with 161 MW deployed, and the residential storage market kept up recent momentum, slightly outpacing second quarter deployment levels to deliver a new record for quarterly residential deployments.

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    13. CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on the GREEN Act

      CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on the GREEN Act

      “The U.S. Energy Storage Association greatly appreciates the House Ways & Means Committee for prioritizing stand-alone energy storage for ITC eligibility in the GREEN Act discussion draft,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of ESA. “Energy storage is already demonstrating early stage capability to transform the way we generate, deliver and use electricity in the United States, and this common-sense policy will accelerate the transformation to a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable electricity grid.

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    14. Webinar: New York’s Energy Storage Outlook: Gigawatts, Targets and Incentives

      Webinar: New York’s Energy Storage Outlook: Gigawatts, Targets and Incentives

      This webinar is free for members of ESA and NY-BEST, and $75 for non-members. Register here.

      Please join us November 22, 2pm EST, for a webinar with the top experts on the New York storage landscape from the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) to discuss what the latest policy activity means for the outlook for energy storage in New York. Some key questions include: Will New York take resource adequacy from the New York Independent System Operator or will the wholesale market rules adapt to support the State’s climate and energy goals? What will happen with the natural gas peaker plants in New York City?

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    15. Webinar: Long Duration Storage: Where are We Now and Where are We Headed?

      Webinar: Long Duration Storage: Where are We Now and Where are We Headed?

      This webinar is free for ESA members; $75 for non-members. The slides and recording will be available to all registrants. Register here.

      Join us November 20 at 2pm EST for a webinar that will review the several energy storage technologies that can provide reliable energy beyond the durations that are presently commonplace. These technologies meet many existing needs, from power during grid outages to helping utilities and large users meet peak demand by using storage to shave peak load, thus reducing or eliminating the need for power from fossil-fuel peaker generation. They also represent foundation technologies for developing future, longer-duration storage solutions.

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    16. CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on FERC’s Decision on PJM Filing to Order 841

      CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on FERC’s Decision on PJM Filing to Order 841

      “FERC’s decision today that PJM must place rules regarding the capacity qualification of energy storage resources in its tariff is a tremendous step in fully removing barriers to energy storage in wholesale markets,” said ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman. “Further, ESA is pleased to see FERC open a new proceeding on PJM’s proposed 10-hour duration requirement for qualifying energy storage capacity."

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    17. ESA Energy Storage Seminar on Integrated Resource Planning — Atlanta

      ESA Energy Storage Seminar on Integrated Resource Planning — Atlanta

      The U.S. Energy Storage Association, with experts from the Brattle Group, will provide a 1.5-day seminar on topics that every system planner needs to know about energy storage. Sign up today and learn why 22 utilities have selected nearly 5 GW of storage in their IRPs and where state regulators are increasingly headed on prudency.

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    18. Enabling Versatility: Allowing Hybrid Resources to Deliver Their Full Value to Customers

      Enabling Versatility: Allowing Hybrid Resources to Deliver Their Full Value to Customers

      Hybrid resources are growing dramatically. Energy storage-paired generators offer enhanced capabilities and can respond to economic signals differently than traditional generator resources. Yet, many grid planning rules overstate the cost of interconnecting hybrid resources, and operating rules unduly limit the flexibility and other services that these resources can provide. Industry practices, market rules, and regulations need to be updated to remove barriers to entry and allow these resources to offer their full value to the power system, which will enhance market competition and ensure just and reasonable rates.

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    19. Power Plants with Energy Storage Can Boost Electric Market Competition and Lower Costs

      Power Plants with Energy Storage Can Boost Electric Market Competition and Lower Costs

      As electricity markets innovate with new technologies to increase system reliability and efficiency, a new industry white paper released today shows how energy storage projects integrated with power plants, such as wind and solar power, are crucial to providing greater value to the electric grid, facilitating greater market competition and lowering electricity costs for consumers. The white paper, entitled Enabling Versatility: Allowing Hybrid Resources to Deliver Their Full Value to Customers, is the product of a collaboration between Grid Strategies and the U.S. Energy Storage Association.

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    20. U.S. Residential Energy Storage Market Sees Most Growth Ever in a Single Quarter in Q2 2019

      U.S. Residential Energy Storage Market Sees Most Growth Ever in a Single Quarter in Q2 2019

      The United States storage sector deployed more residential storage in Q2 2019 than in any other quarter on record, adding more than 30 megawatts for the first time, according to the new U.S. Energy Storage Monitor from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the U.S. Energy Storage Association. In a 20 percent increase from Q2 2018, 75.9 megawatts of front-of-the-meter and behind-the-meter storage was deployed in the second quarter of 2019.

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    21. Operational Risk Management in the U.S. Energy Storage Industry

      Operational Risk Management in the U.S. Energy Storage Industry

      This white paper describes how fire and thermal event risk prevention and management is currently being addressed in the storage industry, with a focus on lithium-ion batteries due to their current market dominance in new deployments. The paper outlines the types of operational risks in energy storage applications, the history of the industry’s attention to fire and thermal event prevention, current codes and standards governing battery storage systems, and additional best practices.

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