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Premiere of Energy Storage North America Conference and Expo a Success

September 18, 2013 in Battery Energy Storage, Environment, EV News, Greentech, Large Energy Storage

Utility Scale Battery Storage, Laurel Mountain, Elkins, W. Virginia AES Energy Storage Photo courtesy of Messe Dusseldorf North America

Utility Scale Battery Storage, Laurel Mountain, Elkins, W. Virginia
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The first staging of ENERGY STORAGE NORTH AMERICA (ESNA) from September 10 – 12, 2013 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California was a tremendous success. Jointly organized by Messe Düsseldorf North America and Strategen Consulting, ESNA 2013 is the first energy storage conference and exposition in the U.S. to focus exclusively on projects, applications, and deals. Over 740 attendees from 16 countries, representing 400 organizations, joined the event to celebrate successful projects and applications, share best practices and accelerate energy storage market development. 43 exhibitors demonstrated innovative technologies and applications to transform North America’s grid infrastructure. Some of the highlights included:

  • An all-electric MINI Cooper performing vehicle-to-grid frequency regulation on the expo floor presented by EV Grid
  • A full size ice thermal storage system presented by FAFCO
  • An awards ceremony celebrating the most innovative North American energy storage projects in 3 categories: Utility-scale, Customer sited/behind the meter, and Mobility
  • A learning lounge featuring 9 innovative companies working on energy storage deployment, including announcement of a new 60MWh flow battery under construction in Hokkaido, Japan by Sumitomo Electric

ENERGY STORAGE NORTH AMERICA 2013 coincided with the release of a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) proposed decision that could bring 1.325GW of new energy storage resources to California load serving entities, pursuant to AB 2514. AB 2514 requires the CPUC to establish appropriate energy storage procurement targets for 2015 and 2020, if cost-effective and commercially viable, by October 2013. CPUC Commissioner Carla Peterman, who authored the proposed decision ordering the procurement targets, delivered the keynote talk at ENSA on September 11.

Later that morning, Commissioner Michel Florio announced that Southern California Edison’s awaited local capacity requirement (LCR) request for offers (RFO) for a minimum of 50MW of energy storage and up to 650 MW of energy storage and other preferred resources to be procured in the LA basin was expected to be released alter that day. Commissioner Florio had issued a decision requiring the LCR energy storage procurement earlier this year in the CPUC’s long-term procurement planning rulemaking. “Commissioner Peterman’s historic proposed decision and Commissioner Florio’s decision to require storage in LA provides a critically-needed market signal to realize the many benefits energy storage can bring to California’s ratepayers. We’re certain that other states will follow California’s example,” said Janice Lin, Managing Partner of Strategen Consulting and Chair of Energy Storage North America (ESNA) Conference and Expo 2013.

“We are delighted with the exhibitor and visitor participation. Sold-out exhibit space and the greater than expected attendance confirm the importance of ESNA as a leading and essential market place in the energy storage industry, providing a focused meeting place for projects and applications in this growing sector. Due to the large number of attendees and exhibitors at the 2013 show, we will hold ESNA 2014 in much larger space,” stated Tom Mitchell, President of Messe Düsseldorf North America.

ESNA thanks its 2013 Platinum Sponsors: Demand Energy Networks and NextEra Energy as well as gold sponsors: Bosch, Center for Sustainable Energy, Duke Energy, East Penn Manufacturing, FIAMM Energy Storage Solutions, K&L Gates, Pacific Gas & Electric, Parker Hannifin, Samsung SDI, San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, Stem, Sumitomo Electric, Xtreme Power and our silver sponsors: CalCEF, CalCharge, and Coda Energy. ESNA’s event sponsors included AES Energy Storage, Flextronics, and Wells Fargo.

Supporting partners include: American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), Sandia National Laboratories, the Power Association of Northern California, CALSTART, Solar Energy Industries Association, California Solar Energy Industries Association, California Wind Energy Association, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International, Enterprise, SF Environment, Independent Energy Producers, National Hydro Association, NY Best, Solar Energy Power Association, Southern California Public Power Authority, U.S. Department of Energy, United States Green Building Council – Northern California, the Clean Coalition, the Electricity Storage Association (ESA), the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA), the Texas Energy Storage Alliance (TESA), the German Energy Storage Association (BVES), the China Energy Storage Alliance (CNESA) and the Indian Energy Storage Alliance (IESA), as well as Solarpraxis AG and Joint Venture Silicon Valley.

Energy Storage North America is officially part of the World of Energy Storage event group, including Energy Storage India to be held from December 04-06, 2013 in Mumbai/India, Energy Storage Europe will be held from March 25-27, 2014 in Düsseldorf/Germany, and Energy Storage China will be held from June 23-24, 2014 in Beijing/China.

The next Energy Storage North America is scheduled to be held from September 30–October 2, 2014.

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Drive The Dream Accelerates Largest Public-Private Sector Commitment to PEVs Globally

September 16, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV Campaigns, EV News, Politics, San Francisco

CA PEV Collaborative, Governor Jerry Brown and CA Company Executives Announce Expansion of California’s Global Leadership in PEVs

Governor Brown at Pier 15 in San Francisco (Drive The Dream event) with supporters of the EV movement awaiting him on stage.   Gov. Brown admired the "fancy" all-electric Model S and hungered after eyeing the all-electric LEAF (Karas Cupcakes, below).   He made a rousing speech on the arrival of the EV movement as he looked out over an array of EVs on Pier 15.

Governor Brown at Pier 15 in San Francisco (Drive The Dream event) with supporters of the EV movement awaiting him on stage.
He made a rousing speech on the California EV movement as he looked out over an array of EVs on Pier 15.

SAN FRANCISCO, September 16, 2013 –Today, after three years of focused effort, the California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative, Governor Jerry Brown and a diverse group of California corporate leaders met at DRIVE THE DREAM, to announce acceleration in the adoption of electric vehicles and workplace charging in California. This unprecedented cooperation of industry and government working together ensures continued global leadership well into the future.

At DRIVE THE DREAM, over 50 corporate executives joined Governor Brown to discuss opportunities and obstacles to continued market growth, in addition to announcing new corporate commitments to workplace charging, fleet vehicles and incentives to employees. Under Governor Brown, the State of California has set the most aggressive clean transportation goals in the country including creating a charging network to handle 1 million electric vehicles by 2020. Companies are joining the call in new, innovative ways and companies are choosing California as their test market for new initiatives due to its friendly PEV environment.

“DRIVE THE DREAM participants are working towards a plug-in electric vehicle future,” said Christine Kehoe, Executive Director, California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative, “participating corporations have made substantial commitments to plug-in electric vehicles through workplace charging, corporate fleet purchases and employee incentives. We are very pleased to share several corporate announcements today and to learn about renewed commitments from 40 companies participating today, along with our PEV Collaborative members representing the automotive industry, the electric utilities, electric vehicle service providers and other member organizations.”

Among the new announcements made today:AT&T announced they will replace by September 2014, 10% (55) of their fleet passenger vehicles with PEVs.

DRIVE THE DREAM features 8 leading auto-manufacturers showcasing 16 new cars, demonstrating that electric vehicles are now available in all sizes and price points. Cars showcased at DRIVE THE DREAM include the recently launched BMW i3 and GM’s Cadillac ELR which go on sale in California in early 2014. Other popular cars at the event include: the Nissan LEAF, GM’s Chevy Volt and Chevy Spark EV, the Tesla Model S, Honda’s Fit EV and Plug-In Accord, Daimler Smart EV, Ford Focus EV and Fusion Energi, Toyota’s RAV4 EV, Prius Plug-In and iQ EV, and BMW’s ActiveE.


The California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative (Collaborative), a multi-stakeholder public-private partnership, is working to ensure a strong and enduring transition to PEVs in California. The Collaborative members include key California PEV stakeholders such as elected and appointed officials, automakers, utilities, infrastructure providers, environmental organizations, research institutions and other.

Under the guidance of a multi-stakeholder executive membership, the Collaborative facilitates the deployment of PEVs in California to meet economic, energy and environmental goals. Using the broad and diverse expertise of each member, the Collaborative convenes, communicates and collaborates on emerging PEV market trends and works to address challenges. The Collaborative seeks to broaden and communicate existing PEV stakeholder activities to enable PEV market growth.

Collaborative members include: AeroVironment, American Lung Association in California, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, BMW, California Air Resources Board, California Center for Sustainable Energy, California Electric Transportation Coalition, California Energy Commission, California State Assembly, California State Senate, California Public Utilities Commission, CALSTART, Center For Energy Efficiency And Renewable Technologies, ChargePoint, Clean Fuel Connection, Inc., Daimler, ECOtality, Electric Power Research Institute, Ford, General Motors, Greenlots, Honda, Institute of Transportation Studies UC Davis, International Council on Clean Transportation, Kia.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Natural Resources Defense Council, Nissan, Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District, NRG Energy, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Plug In America, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, San Diego Gas and Electric, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Southern California Edison, Tesla, Toyota and Union of Concerned Scientists.

For more information on the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative please visit:

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CODA Lauds Landmark Energy Storage Decision in California

September 4, 2013 in Environment, EV News, Greentech, Large Energy Storage

Image courtesy of CODA Energy

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September 3, 2013

After a thorough, multi-year process that evaluated the viability and cost-effectiveness of energy storage, Commissioner Carla Peterman of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today issued a proposed decision calling for 1.325 GW of energy storage to be deployed by the state’s three investor-owned utilities by 2020.  This landmark decision sends a clear market signal that will accelerate the energy storage industry not only in California, but around the world.  Critically, the proposed decision signifies that:

  1. Energy storage will help California meet critical grid challenges in the years ahead, including those stemming from the permanent closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (SONGS) and the scheduled phase-out of other generation assets across the state.
  2. Energy storage will help maximize the state’s renewable energy investments and address California’s new net load.  It will also optimize existing fossil fuel asserts, reducing GHG emissions and supporting regional air quality goals.
  3. Energy storage is faster, more effective, easier to site and more flexible than traditional grid assets, including natural gas peakers.

CODA applauds Commissioner Peterman, the CPUC, the California Energy Storage Association (CESA) and all of the stakeholders that contributed to this process.

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