Energy storage is the next solar power—in terms of a new revolution for the energy sector. The newly launched Congressional Advanced Energy Storage Caucus initiated by U.S. Reps. Chris Collins (R-NY) and Mark Takano (D-CA) and utility and energy storage company executives, is aimed at helping Congress understand how energy storage systems are helping US businesses and homeowners access reliable, affordable and sustainable electric power.
The caucus will push for policy that will drive the adoption of energy storage technologies. In the past few years companies, including solar installers, have begun offering energy storage systems for homeowners as well as businesses. In addition, utilities are beginning to install large energy storage systems to provide backup power and to provide stability for the electric grid with clean, dispatchable energy. With more energy storage could come a lot more jobs. As recently as 2016, The Solar Foundation surmised that energy storage and solar power could create 27,000 jobs by by 2021.
“I am proud to co-chair the Energy Storage Caucus with Congressman Takano." Collins said. "We need bipartisan solutions to help address our aging energy infrastructure. Energy storage technology will grow our economy and make sure American businesses can compete around the globe."
"Energy storage is transformative technology that can lead to a cleaner, safer, more reliable, and more affordable energy grid,” added Takano. “I am pleased to restart this bipartisan initiative to educate my colleagues about the potential of energy storage and explore opportunities for us to support this technology in the future. The security and sustainability of our energy infrastructure affects every community across America. I look forward to working with Democrats and Republicans to create a policy environment where the promise of this technology can be fully realized.”
They launched the caucus at a press conference where they were joined by energy storage leaders from the Energy Storage Association, AES Energy Storage, S&C Electric, Stem Inc., and National Grid. “States, utilities and customers have begun using advanced energy storage to enhance the reliability and resiliency of our nation’s electric infrastructure,” said Jason Burwen, policy & advocacy directory of the Energy Storage Association. “Whether providing resilient response to extreme events, complementing aging distribution infrastructure, enabling more distributed resources and consumer choice, or reducing vulnerability of local communities, energy storage is a powerful and compelling new investment option in our nation’s energy infrastructure.”Tweet