U.S. Representatives Chris Collins (R-New York) and Mark Takano (D-California) launched the Advanced Energy Storage Caucus in Congress last week, joined by executives from utilities, developers, and manufacturers of storage technologies – including representatives of the Energy Storage Association, AES Energy Storage, S&C Electric, Stem, and National Grid.
The two legislators are redoubling their efforts after starting a similar effort back in October 2015, with the Battery Energy Storage Caucus. The focus of the new caucus to educate U.S. lawmakers about the benefits of storage to the electric system and to investigate ways to accelerate job growth and investment in America’s advanced energy storage industries.
“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,” said Collins
“Energy storage is transformative technology that can lead to a cleaner, safer, more reliable, and more affordable energy grid,” said Takano. “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.”
“States, utilities, and customers have begun using advanced energy storage to enhance the reliability and resiliency of our nation’s electric infrastructure,” said Energy Storage Association Policy & Advocacy Director Jason Burwen. “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.”