With the first staging of Energy Storage North America (ESNA) from Sept. 10 - 12, 2013 at the San Jose Convention Center in California, Messe Düsseldorf will bring its successful concept from Germany to the U.S. Jointly organized by Messe Düsseldorf North America and Strategen Consulting, ESNA 2013 will be the first energy storage conference and expo in the U.S. to focus exclusively on applications, customers and deal making. The Electricity Storage Association, the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA), the German Energy Storage Association (BVES), Solarpraxis AG and Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network are the main partners of the event. Sponsors include the Texas Energy Storage Alliance (TESA), the China Energy Storage Alliance (CNESA) and the Indian Energy Storage Alliance (IESA).
Just last week, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously approved a long term procurement decision ordering Southern California Edison (SCE) to procure between 1,400 and 1,800 megawatts of energy resource capacity in the Los Angeles basin to meet long term local capacity requirements by 2021. Of this amount, at least 50 MW is required by the CPUC to be procured by SCE from energy storage resources, as well as up to an additional total of 600MW of capacity required to be procured from preferred resources - including energy storage resources. Under the CPUC's final decision, energy storage resources must be considered "along with preferred resources" including energy efficiency, demand response and distributed generation, consistent with the clean energy resource procurement priorities embodied in California's Energy Action Plan.