Conference to feature biggest names in energy storage

The NY-BEST Capture the Energy conference will explore developments in technology, policy and opportunities for energy storage in New York and California.

Developments in technology, policy and opportunities for energy storage in New York and California will be examined at the NY-BEST Capture the Energy conference. Photo credit: Matt H Wade

Vendors and developers are set to get insights into two of energy storage’s most important global markets at a key industry event next week. Progress in California will come under the spotlight as Arthur O’Donnell, energy division supervisor of the state’s Public Utilities Commission, takes the stage at the New York Battery and Energy Storage (NY-BEST) two-day annual conference, Capture the Energy. O’Donnell will be sharing a panel with Margarett Jolly, director research and development at ConEdison of New York, in a panel session titled ‘Expanding markets for energy storage on the grid.’ ConEdison is currently moving ahead with an incentive programme that includes energy storage.

The whole State of New York, meanwhile, is tipped to become one of the big energy storage hotspots in the US, after California, with recent studies indicating the industry could yield more than 11,000 new jobs state-wide by 2020 and 43,000 new jobs by 2030.

A unique opportunity

The Capture the Energy panel will give attendees a unique opportunity to compare and contrast developments in both markets. Other speakers at the event on March 12-13 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, New York, include:

  • Mark Little, senior vice president and director of global research at General Electric.
  • Hugo van Nispen, chief operating officer for Global Energy Advisory at DNV GL.
  • Audrey Zibelman, chair of the New York State Public Service Commission.
  • John Rhodes, president and chief executive of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
  • Gil Quiniones, president and chief executive of the New York Power Authority
  • Leslie Whatley, executive vice president of Start-Up NY.

The conference will also include presentations by senior managers from companies such as Tesla, General Electric, LG Chem, A123, AES Energy Storage, Green Charge Networks and Plug Power, Lux Research. Representatives from the US Department of Energy and the New York Independent System Operator have also been confirmed.

Analyse the opportunities

Dr William Acker, executive director of NY-BEST, says Capture the Energy will give energy storage players a first-hand chance to analyse the opportunities in New York State. “Initiatives are now underway in New York to re-examine the entire energy landscape,” he says.

“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.”

In addition to examining expanding markets and the state of the energy storage industry, the event will cover topics such as policy and markets in New York State, battery safety and testing, full cell technology and manufacturing and prototyping.

Funding for energy storage

And day two will end with a topic close to many hearts in the industry: a session dedicated to funding opportunities for energy storage, featuring Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) senior commercialisation officer Sue Babinec. NY-BEST’s Denise Sheehan says: “The conference really has something for everyone: information on policy, markets and technology developments in the energy storage industry.

“Attendees will get to hear what’s on the minds of State policy makers during the policy and markets roundtable.”

Places are still available for the event, priced USD$395 for NY-BEST members and government representatives, $595 for non-members and $100 for students. There are also scholarships for the event; contact to find out more. Above all, though, register now to make sure you don’t miss out.

Written by Jason Deign

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