NY-BEST Announces 2014 "Capture the Energy" Conference

Featuring Global Industry Leaders and Senior New York State Policymakers

February 21, 2014…Albany, NY - The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) is holding its annual conference, "Capture the Energy 2014," on March 12-13, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, New York.


"Capture the Energy" is NY-BEST's signature annual event, featuring keynotes from global corporate leaders in energy, roundtable discussions with influential policy makers and technical panels exploring the latest developments in batteries, fuel cells and energy storage technologies. In seeking ways to modernize and strengthen the electric grid, expand clean renewable energy, and green the transportation system, batteries and energy storage technologies are increasingly becoming part of the solution.

"Initiatives are now underway in New York to reexamine the entire energy landscape. Energy storage is poised to play a major role in efforts to expand clean energy, improve the efficiency, reliability and resiliency of our electricity and transportation systems and create new economic opportunities in the process. This conference is a unique event in that it explores the policies, market drivers and technical developments that are shaping the future for the energy storage industry," said Dr. William Acker, Executive Director of NY-BEST.

The Conference features several notable speakers:

· Mark Little, Sr. Vice President & Director - General Electric , Global Research

· Hugo van Nispen, Chief Operating Officer - Global Energy Advisory, DNV GL

· Audrey Zibelman, Chair - NYS Public Service Commission

· John Rhodes, President and CEO - NYSERDA

· Gil Quiniones, President and CEO - New York Power Authority

· Leslie Whatley, Executive Vice President - Start-Up NY

The conference will also include presentations by senior managers from some of the most influential names in the clean energy field including: Tesla, General Electric, LG Chem, A123, Consolidated Edison, AES Energy Storage, Green Charge Networks, Solar Energy Industry, Plug Power, Lux Research, US Department of Energy and the NY Independent System Operator (NYISO).

Recent studies indicate the energy storage industry could grow more than 11,000 new jobs in New York by 2020 and 43,000 new jobs by 2030.

About NY-BEST

NY-BEST is a non-profit corporation established with support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in 2010 to position New York State as a global leader in energy storage technology. An industry-led consortium with more than 120 members, NY-BEST's mission is to catalyze and grow the energy storage industry and establish New York State as a global leader in the energy storage industry. Visit us on the web at www.ny-best.org.

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