WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 2,000 energy storage professionals are expected to attend the Energy Storage Association's (ESA) 26th Annual Conference and Expo in Charlotte, NC, from April 25-27. The industry's fastest growing event, the ESA Conference - #ESACon16 - will bring together senior leadership from utilities, suppliers, project developers, financiers, and customers for three days of world-class speakers and workshops covering energy storage technology, policy, trends and market growth. The expo will also showcase energy storage innovations and services on its expansive trade show floor.
"Storage is set to redefine how we generate, distribute and consume energy. Across the United States, numerous successful energy storage projects have been deployed at every scale – and 2016 will be a watershed year for market growth," said Matt Roberts, Executive Director of ESA. "With expanding value for multiple grid applications, larger utility procurements and plummeting system costs, the global market for energy storage is set to nearly double in the year ahead."
"The growth in the storage industry has been phenomenal the past few years, and ESA has been there driving this growth every step of the way. This is the place to do business, develop partnerships and engage in the energy storage industry," said Jeff Gates, Chair of ESA Board of Directors. "Our conference is the only event that directly supports the mission of the industry—to accelerate the adoption of cost effective and reliable energy storage systems. It's known for bringing together the most influential and knowledgeable people in energy storage from around the globe, and creating a forum to share knowledge and advance the industry."
In 2016, ESA will continue its tradition of providing influential and informative education for attendees, with more than 80,000 feet of trade show and exhibition space, featuring technology suppliers, project developers and customers.
The conference boasts 8 tracks of educational sessions, more than 150 expert speakers, and keynote addresses from innovative executives like utility CEO Mary Powell of Green Mountain Power; Praveer Sinha, CEO of Tata Power's Delhi Distribution, Ltd.; Michael O'Sullivan of NextEra; and Richard McMahon of the Edison Electric Institute.
The conference workshops and sessions are developed by experts from all facets of the energy industry, and is supported by more than 25 leading organizations, including Host Utility Duke Energy, the Edison Electric Institute, Solar Electric Power Association, American Council on Renewable Energy, Solar Energy Industries Association, National Electrical Manufacturers Association and other associations from around the world.
ESA chose Charlotte for this year's conference venue because the city is the second largest banking center in the country, one of the top markets for renewables and home to numerous Fortune 500 energy companies.
Early bird pricing ends February 14. To learn more and register for the Energy Storage Association's 26th Annual Conference and Expo, visit www.energystorage.org/conference.
About Energy Storage Association
The Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade association for the energy storage industry, is the leading voice for companies that develop and deploy the energy storage technologies we rely on every day. ESA's mission is to promote, develop and commercialize competitive and reliable energy storage delivery systems for use by electricity suppliers and their customers. With more than 180 member organizations, 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.
The ESA Annual Conference and Expo is the industry's largest and fastest growing conference. To learn more about ESA or to register for the 2016 conference in Charlotte, NC, from April 25-27 visit www.energystorage.org. Stay connected with ESA on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. For more information, please visit www.EnergyStorage.org.
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