Project Director: Todd Olinsky-Paul

Contact: Todd Olinsky-Paul, Todd@cleanegroup.org

The Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP) is a federal-state funding and information sharing project, managed by CESA, that aims to accelerate the deployment of electrical energy storage technologies in the U.S.

Project Objective

The project’s objective is to accelerate the pace of deployment of energy storage technologies in the United States through the creation of technical assistance and co-funding partnerships between states and the U.S. Department of Energy.

ESTAP conducts two key activities:

1)      Disseminate information to stakeholders through:

  • The ESTAP listserv (>500 members)
  • Webinars, conferences, information updates, surveys

2)      Facilitate public/private partnerships at the state level to support energy storage demonstration project development:

  • Match bench-tested energy storage technologies with state hosts for demonstration project deployment
  • DOE/Sandia provide funding for generic engineering, monitoring and assessment, as well as engineering consulting services
  • Cost share from states, utilities, foundations, other stakeholders

The value proposition for participating states is to work closely with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (DOE-OE) on near-term joint funding and technology deployment; to join a network of leading states supporting energy storage technology; and to achieve faster progress in electrical energy storage commercialization and economic development.

Background

Electrical energy storage has the potential to provide significant support to the integration of renewable energy in the U.S. However, public funding and support are critical to accelerate progress and achieve cost reductions and widespread deployment for these technologies, including batteries, flywheels, thermal storage, site-anywhere compressed air, micro-pumped hydro, and others.

DOE-OE and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) are interested in accelerating the pace of deployment of distributed electrical energy storage technologies through a cooperative partnership with interested states. Clean Energy States Alliance has been asked to establish and facilitate these state-federal energy storage technology advancement partnerships, which are funded by DOE-OE through SNL.

How to Participate

Anyone can join the ESTAP listserv and receive periodic updates about this project by clicking the link above.  Interested stakeholders, including state and municipal policymakers, public utility commissioners, utilities, manufacturers, universities, and others are encouraged to participate. Listserv members will receive informational emails and notices of upcoming webinars and other events. ESTAP webinars are offered at no charge.

States, municipalities, and other entities interested in partnering with CESA and DOE-OE to support energy storage deployment projects are invited to contact Todd Olinsky-Paul, ESTAP project director. States and municipalities are asked to use their best efforts to identify and secure state-based funding to help support energy storage projects proposed for deployment in their state. There is no required funding amount to participate, but some state support is necessary in order for DOE-OE/State partnership project deployments to succeed.

For more information on ESTAP, contact Project Director Todd Olinsky-Paul (Todd@cleanegroup.org or 802.223.2554).