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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    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. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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