Facility Managers See Energy Storage as the Next Big Thing

Posted July 29, 2016 by Zoe Fishman

Energy storage is quickly becoming known as the latest tool in the facility manager’s toolbox for an optimized facility energy system. Storage minimizes energy bills for many facilities, while also allowing buildings to benefit from increased resiliency and in many cases, participation in wholesale markets and demand response programs.

With a range of affordable and reliable storage technologies on the market, many C&I companies are now deploying grid-connected storage. California alone has more than 130 installations of customer-sited, behind-the-meter storage systems installed at commercial and industrial facilities.

The Santa Rita Jail’s 2 MW / 4 MWh storage system is one of California’s 130+ energy storage installations

Recently, Janice Lin, conference chair of Energy Storage North America and founder of the California Energy Storage Alliance, was featured in articles in the Facility Management Journal and Green Building news:

Facility Management Journal Article - Energy Storage: An Effective Tool in the FM Toolbox
Green Building News Article - Energy Storage: The Facility Manager’s Newest Tool


Energy Storage North America 2016 features programming specifically designed for facilities and energy managers:

  • A conference track dedicated to commercial and industrial storage, where facilities managers will share case studies: solar plus storage, demand charge reduction, EV charging, and outage resiliency
  • ​A keynote address from the VP of Energy at Walmart on how Walmart is using storage to cut energy bills and meet its ambitious clean energy goals
  • A workshop dedicated to best practices for local governments and community college facility managers interested in procuring storage
ESNA is coinciding this year with the International Facilities Management Association’s World Workplace Conference and Expo: one of the largest events for facility and energy managers. There are special ESNA discounts available for attendees of IFMA World Workplace -- if you are a World Workplace attendee and interested in attending ESNA, please contact Zoe Fishman for more details at [email protected].