Workshops

Enhance your participation at the Annual Conference by attending one of five pre-conference workshops:

Energy Storage 101

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Additional registration required.
This workshop will cover its history; the services it provides to users; and the benefits it can bring to generation, transmission, distribution, customer premise, micro-grid, and off-grid applications. The workshop will also review  the categories of energy and electricity storage along with associated technologies.  They will also provide a simple description of how the electric power grid works.  The workshop will start the discussion on policy, cost, and technical challenges facing the wider use of electricity storage, and what can be done to address these. Additional details.

Energy Storage 201

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Additional registration required.

This workshop will provide detail on several key topics for valuation of storage technologies, building on the ongoing work of ESA's Market Analytics Working Group.  First, the workshop will provide definitions and descriptions of the U.S. wholesale markets for energy, ancillary services and capacity, and offer a status report on the integration of storage into these markets.  Second, the workshop will review of how valuation is considered in utility procurement under different market structures, as well as by merchant entrants.  Additional details.

Augmenting Solar Power with Energy Storage

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 12:00PM - 2:00PM

Additional reigstration required.

Developed in collaboration with the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), this interactive workshop will provide participants the chance to speak with leaders and experts from the solar industry and utility industries about the benefits and opportunities from integrating solar power with energy storage.  From smoothing and ramping support, to discussions of both grid-scale and distributed deployments – the ability of solar power to supply clean, renewable energy grid can be greatly augmented with the addition of storage technologies.  This two-hour session will allow you to speak directly with the experts, ask questions, and gain valuable information about opportunities to grow your business along with the meteoric progress seen in the solar industry. Additional details.

Global Perspective on Energy Storage

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Additional registration required.

The increasing integration of distributed variable and renewable energy generation, electric vehicles, and other loads with intermittent characteristics, highlights the increasing need for flexibility. Energy storage can be vital to maintaining secure energy supply and quality of service to consumers, making it an important cornerstone in the smart grid development. The GSGF workshop will give the attendees insight to the development of Energy storage and their grid/market integration, under different regulatory frameworks and market organisations around the world. Additional details.

Energy Storage Models and Tools Forum: What Models Will Work Best for You?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Open to all attendees.

The increased interest in and adoption of energy storage technologies highlights the urgent need to properly value, integrate, and operate energy storage systems. However, given the limited role that energy storage historically has played in the electric system, many of the traditional utility planning models were not designed to fully assess ES alternatives. For ES to become widely and cost-effectively adopted, it is critical that stakeholders have the tools and models needed to make informed ES decisions. The Energy Storage Association (ESA) recognized this need and contracted with Navigant Consulting, Inc. (Navigant) to assess the current ES modeling capabilities in the industry. This workshop will give you the unique opportunity to understand the landscape of models and tools available to industry stakeholders and to talk with vendors one-on-one. This will allow you to gain insights into the available products and services in a dedicated, open session. The format of the workshop will provide each vendor the opportunity to present their analysis tool in front of the entire audience followed by individual conversations at a poster display. In effect, we will be creating a dedicated technology showcase for models and tools that will build upon the findings and information developed in Navigant's study.  Additional details.