In what is certainly a tribute to, and vote of confidence for, the growing strength of utility-scale storage, three organizations, the U.S. Energy Storage Association (a national trade association for the U.S. energy storage industry), the Edison Electric Institute (the national association for investor-owned utilities) and the Electric Power Research Institute (an independent, non-profit organization focusing on utility research, created by Congress) have joined forces to host the Energy Storage Annual Conference and Expo, a virtual event taking place August 24 to 27.
Tracks over the four days will focus on the changing nature of resources on the grid; increased electrification of the U.S. economy; and the growing demand for resilient, efficient, sustainable, and affordable power.
“Energy storage is an enabling asset like no other, and it will take all of us working together to bring about the clean grid future we envision,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, ESA’s CEO. “From electrification to resilience, we can offer a full spectrum view of everything from commercial aspects to technical expertise to policy discussions, at an unprecedented time in our industry’s history.”
“America’s electric companies are leading a clean energy transformation, and energy storage plays a vital role in integrating the record amounts of renewable energy that we are deploying all across the country,” said Tom Kuhn, EEI’s president. “There are tremendous opportunities ahead of us to utilize energy storage to further enhance energy grid resilience and to help decarbonize other sectors of the economy, and this year’s virtual conference will help to ensure that we continue working together to deliver a clean, reliable, and secure energy future for our customers.”
“As consumers’ needs and expectations evolve, the electric grid is rapidly changing into a highly integrated network of power generation, delivery systems, energy storage and customer-sited distribution energy resources,” said Arshad Mansoor, EPRI’s president. “The pandemic has underscored the importance of continually enhancing grid flexibility and reliability, spotlighting the vital role of energy storage in the future of electricity.”
For information on how to register for the virtual conference, visit www.esacon.org.