August 8 - 10, 2017

San Diego, California

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2017 ESNA Call for Speakers

Energy Storage North America (ESNA) is the largest conference and expo for grid-connected energy storage in North America. In August 2017, thousands of stakeholders will gather in San Diego to pave the way for The Transition. Enabled by energy storage, The Transition implies a more efficient integration of energy resources, a shift in consumer behavior and engagement with the rise of the “prosumer,” as well as new market structures and participation mechanisms for distributed energy resources.  

Submissions due March 7, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST

2017 Themes

Priority will be given to energy storage presentations that address one or several of ESNA 2017’s key topic areas:

  • First-mover utilities & procurement

    This series of discussions will feature the leadership and innovation of first-mover utilities in energy storage procurement and deployment. Suggested topics include utility use-cases, innovative procurement mechanisms and business models, lessons learned as well as risks & rewards of portfolio diversification with storage.

  • Opening energy markets

    This theme seeks to uncover emerging participation mechanisms for energy storage, as well as market mechanisms that maximize the use of energy storage assets. Suggested themes include revenue streams on both sides of the meter, distributed energy resource aggregation structures, multi-use assets, innovative regulatory and market development initiatives around the world.

  • Transportation – grid nexus

    Massive electric vehicle deployment and the electrification of transportation requires major changes in the industry. Who will lead the charge? This series of talks will focus on vehicle-to-grid projects, transportation electrification and its impact on grid planning, and developments in vehicle fleets and autonomous vehicles.

  • Leading independent power producers

    Gigawatts of merchant energy storage will come online by the end of 2017. What is the rationale for adding energy storage to existing renewable energy projects versus standalone storage? What are some of the promising hybrid applications for storage collocated with traditional generation assets? What are the technology and regulatory barriers that IPPs would like to see addressed? How can the industry help?

  • Building resilient cities

    Urban resiliency is becoming an imperative in cities exposed to natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, or other extreme weather conditions. Emergency planning with solar plus storage is gaining momentum around North America. Suggested topics will include a review of successful resiliency projects and incentives, new public / private funding mechanisms for cities, as well as opportunities for local governments to drive renewable energy initiatives in urban planning.

  • Planning for clean peak power

    Several state driven energy policy initiatives seek to address the evening peak with cleaner, more flexible resources than peaker plants. Speakers are invited to share their experience in adding energy storage to the policy toolkit. Topics of interest include state targets and mandates, the evolution of rates and renewable portfolio standards as well as net energy metering rates. Speakers can discuss the geopolitical implications of the clean energy transition as well as regional collaboration initiatives.

  • Empowering energy customers

    Commercial, industrial and residential energy customers are increasingly using distributed energy resources to reduce utility bills, unlock new sources of backup power and achieve their sustainability goals. Leaders in this space will share their perspective on what works and what doesn't as well as the ins-and-outs of working with third party energy service providers in this space.

  • The next big thing in energy storage tech

    We want to hear from the dreamers and shakers. The focus here will be around new technologies, new platforms and business models as well as new applications that pave the way to the grid of the future. 

Session Types

We are seeking abstracts and presenters that will create a highly interactive, engaging and educational conference program. These are the formats:

  • Workshops – 3 hours of hands-on learning (See 2016’s Workshops)
  • Keynotes – 20-40 minutes of inspiration
  • Panel – 60 minutes of diverse, audience-engaging discussion with 2-3 speakers
  • Presentation – 15 minutes of thought-leadership and learning (presenters will be grouped into similarly-themed panels)
  • Unconference – attendee-led programming

Regional Focus

United States – Mexico – Canada - International

Who can apply?

Anyone is eligible to submit an abstract but the best presentations require:

  • Clearly defined and achievable learning objectives
  • Strong audience participation and engagement strategies
  • Experience with the topic and public speaking
  • New, fresh ideas that haven’t been extensively covered elsewhere
  • Consent to make presentation publicly available to conference attendees

Note that abstracts deemed commercial or promotional will not be considered. Speaking engagements are completely decoupled from sponsorship and other partnerships.

Submissions due March 7, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST

Application Form

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Session Type:* Workshops
3 hours of hands-on learning (See 2016’s Workshops)

Keynotes
20-40 minutes of inspiration

Panel
60 minutes of diverse, audience-engaging discussion with 2-3 speakers

Presentation
15 minutes of thought-leadership and learning (presenters will be grouped into similarly-themed panels)

Unconference
attendee-led programming
Session Theme:*
(select all that apply)
First-mover utilities & procurement
Opening energy markets
Transportation – grid nexus
Leading independent power producers
Building resilient cities
Planning for clean peak power
Empowering energy customers
The next big thing in energy storage tech
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(select all that apply)
Distributed Storage
Utility-scale Storage
Technology Innovations
Finance
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