White House Speaker Brings Insights to Final Day of Energy Storage Conference

ESA Annual Conference closes with forward looking panel with USTDA

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The final day of the Energy Storage Association (ESA) 26th Annual Conference and Expo kicked off with a keynote address from Richard Duke, Deputy Director, White House Office of Energy and Climate Change. Duke discussed climate and energy policy following the Paris accord, and how storage can play a role in the U.S.'s energy future.

"When you step back and think about this power sector transformation in the U.S., in context with the global picture coming out of Paris, we really are at a global inflection point on energy markets and associated technologies like storage," said Richard Duke. "The U.S. needs to make sure to continue to drive this conversation, both diplomatically and domestically, in terms of innovation, and I have confidence that all of you here will help us do that."

"Rick Duke's participation in the ESA Annual Conference brought into focus the importance of energy storage on a domestic and global level, even more amplified by the USTDA's participation today," said Matt Roberts, Executive Director of Energy Storage Association. "This year's conference created an excellent opportunity for the many energy storage stakeholders to come together and discuss the future of the industry as well as our role in the future of energy generation and distribution."

The conference closed with a panel discussion, developed in collaboration with the US Trade & Development Agency (USTDA), which brought together executive leaders and decision makers from around the globe to discuss the rise of energy storage and offer analysis into how various countries are utilizing storage to address grid challenges.

"USTDA is proud to have brought 30 delegates from eight of the world's fastest-growing markets to this exciting event," said Leocadia I. Zak, Director of the USTDA. "We believe it will be a win-win for our overseas partners who are seeking innovative solutions that can help them meet their energy goals and for U.S. firms looking to expand their international presence."

Video from the event will be available at www.worldenergytv.org/ESA2016.

The ESA Conference and Expo was held in Charlotte, NC from April 25-27, 2016. To learn more about the Energy Storage Association 26th Annual Conference and Expo, visit www.energystorage.org/conference.

About Energy Storage Association

The Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade association for the energy storage industry, is the leading voice for companies that develop and deploy the energy storage technologies we rely on every day. ESA's mission is to promote, develop and commercialize competitive and reliable energy storage delivery systems for use by electricity suppliers and their customers. With more than 200 member organizations, ESA members represent a diverse group of entities, including electric utilities, energy service companies, independent power producers, technology developers deploying advanced batteries, flywheels, compressed air energy storage, thermal storage, pumped hydropower, supercapacitors, and component suppliers, such as power conversion systems.

The ESA Annual Conference and Expo is the industry's largest and fastest growing conference. To learn more about ESA visit www.energystorage.org. Stay connected with ESA on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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