NY-BEST Announces 2015 "Capture the Energy" Conference

Leaders to discuss Opportunities for Battery and Energy Storage Industry in New York

Albany, NY – The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) today announced the speakers for its annual conference, "Capture the Energy 2015" on March 11-12, 2015 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, New York. "Capture the Energy" is the largest battery and energy storage conference in the northeastern United States.

Senior managers from leading energy companies, including Solar City, Tesla, General Electric, Toyota, General Motors, Consolidated Edison, LG Chem, and Siemens, as well as several other emerging companies, will discuss the new market opportunities for batteries and energy storage and how their companies are positioning themselves to realize the benefits associated with changes in the electric grid and transportation sectors.

"NY-BEST is delighted to present the Capture the Energy Conference and bring together leaders in industry, government and academia to discuss the latest policies, markets and technology developments affecting the energy storage industry. New York's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), an initiative designed to modernize the electric grid in New York, is now underway and there is tremendous excitement around the industry as companies seek ways to participate. Batteries, fuel cells, and other energy storage technologies are essential to the successful transformation of the electric grid and transportation sectors to cleaner, more efficient, reliable and resilient systems. We look forward to a lively discussion of these topics at the conference and invite you to join us," said Dr. William Acker, Executive Director of NY-BEST.

The Conference will also feature senior policy makers from the US Department of Energy, the Office of NYS Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), New York State Department of Transportation, Empire State Development and the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Conference attendees will also hear from experts from California, Hawaii, Texas and the PJM Electricity Market about initiatives underway in those regions.

The Conference program includes several notable keynote speakers:

* Richard Kauffman, NYS Chairman of Energy and Finance, Office of NYS Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

* Ryan Hanley, Senior Director of Grid Engineering Solutions, SolarCity

* David Howell, Manager, Office of Vehicle Technology, US Department of Energy

* Adam Spence, Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, Office of NYS Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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 140 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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