Energy Storage Summit Announced
Energy storage is key to meeting renewable energy goals. According to a recent KEMA study* without better energy storage options we cannot go beyond 20% of electricity coming from renewable energy sources and still have consistent access to electricity.
"We need to have a coalition to serve as a clearing house of information so that storage technology owners, project developers, utilities and government can come together and share what is working and why," said James Holbery, Ph.D the CEO of GridMobility.
U.S. analyst Pike Research estimated the potential market for energy storage systems at $122bn by 2021**.
The Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) is hosting a Regional Energy Summit on November 18, 2011 in Victoria, BC. The summit will focus on current energy storage projects in the Pacific Northwest region, highlight related projects of significance outside the region and complete the structuring of PNWER's new Energy Storage Coalition.
"We don't' know when the wind will blow or the sun will shine. Energy storage technologies are needed to keep the lights on," said State Rep. Jeff Morris D-WA. Currently traditional, non-renewable energy sources balance out the highs and lows.
The Energy Storage Coalition is designed to expand the role of energy storage in creating a more affordable, clean, and reliable electric power system in the Pacific Northwest. The coalition is a public-private partnership representing the region's diverse mix of energy storage technology manufacturers, renewable energy manufacturers/developers, utilities and policy makers.
"As a policy maker it is critical that we advance enabling technologies like energy storage at the same pace we advance renewable energy," said State Rep. George Eskridge R-ID.
The Regional Energy Summit will feature presentations from innovators in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon as well as from industry leaders with projects in Texas, Hawaii and California. It will take place at the Fairmont Empress Hotel from 10am – 4pm and includes lunch. Summit attendance also provides access to a PNWER reception at 6pm.
For more information on the summit visit… http://www.pnwer.org/energyhorizon/EnergyStorage.aspx.