Presenter: Jason Burwen, Policy & Advocacy Director, Energy Storage Association
Description: While battery energy storage has long been sought as a “game-changer” for the power sector, rapid cost declines and increasing deployment in recent years suggest that the game is already changing. In this presentation,Jason Burwen will provide a general overview of the U.S. battery energy storage market and economics, as well as describe the core services and value to the electric grid that storage provides. Jason will also discuss the policy barriers to greater storage deployment, both in RTOs/ISOs and at state PUCs, and offer some thoughts on future policy discussions for enabling the power system to realize the full value of flexible battery storage.
About the Presenter: Jason Burwen is the Policy & Advocacy Director of the Energy Storage Association, leading the industry’s state, federal, and RTO/ISO engagements. Previously, Jason was the Associate Director for Energy Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he directed research and advocacy on U.S. energy R&D and tax policy. He also served as staff director of the American Energy Innovation Council, a group of CEOs led by Bill Gates to advocate for greater federal investments in clean energy technology development. Jason has also consulted to utilities on demand-side management programs for FSC Group/Nexant and reviewed renewable energy procurement processes and trends for the California Public Utilities Commission. Jason is a graduate of the Energy and Resources Group and Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.