ESA Hires Energy Policy Expert Jason Burwen to Lead Policy and Advocacy for Storage Industry

Burwen Brings State and Federal Expertise to ESA's Market Development Efforts

Jul 10, 2015, 10:59 ET from Energy Storage Association

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Energy Storage Association (ESA) today announced it has hired energy policy expert Jason Burwen as the organization's Policy & Advocacy Director. Mr. Burwen previously served as Associate Director of Energy Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC).

The energy storage industry continues to advance rapidly, and the Energy Storage Association – the industry's trade group – is expanding to advance the priorities of our more than 200 global members companies and organizations.

Most recently, Mr. Burwen served as staff director of the BPC's American Energy Innovation Council, a group of U.S. business leaders – including Bill Gates and Jeff Immelt – who advocate for greater federal investments in clean energy technology innovation.

Matt Roberts, Executive Director of ESA, said, "We are thrilled to welcome Jason as a leading force in the rapidly advancing energy storage industry.  We have no doubt that his strategic guidance will be critical to an industry that is experiencing unprecedented growth and exciting change. Our organization more than doubled in size over the past year, due in large part to our robust policy and advocacy efforts and the demonstrated success of our members.  With his extensive experience working with regulators and legislators, we know that Jason will help bring energy storage to the forefront as a key driver of innovation in our electric grid and help open fair and competitive markets for safe, reliable energy storage systems."

Prior to working at BPC, Mr. Burwen consulted to utilities on demand response, rate design, and other demand-side management programs at the FSC Group, which was acquired by Nexant. Mr. Burwen also previously worked at the California Public Utilities Commission, where he analyzed renewable energy contracts and solicitation processes for the Office of Ratepayer Advocates.

"ESA is leading efforts to implement policies and regulatory frameworks that will enable utilities and customers to capture the full benefits of energy storage," said Mr. Burwen. "I'm excited to join the industry at this critical juncture and encourage regulators and legislators to take a simple, important step: put energy storage on the menu."

About ESA –
The Energy Storage Association (ESA) is the national trade association for the energy storage industry whose mission is to promote, develop and commercialize competitive and reliable energy storage delivery systems for use by electricity suppliers and their customers. 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.

To learn more about the Energy Storage Association, please visit www.energystorage.org.

CONTACT:  Matt Roberts          
202-293-0537 / m.roberts@energystorage.org

SOURCE Energy Storage Association



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