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Energy Storage North America Announces Winners of 2018 ESNA Innovation and Champion Awards

Pasadena, Calif.– November 8, 2018– Energy Storage North America (ESNA), the most influential gathering of policy, technology and market leaders in energy storage, today announced the winners of this year’s ESNA Innovation and Champion Awards. The awards were presented at the 6th Annual Energy Storage North America Conference and Expo, held at the Pasadena Convention Center. This year’s winners will also be inducted into the ESNA Awards Hall of Fame, online here.

The ESNA Innovation Award winners were selected through a public, online voting process that received over 2,000 votes across three categories: Front-of-Meter, Behind-the-Meter and Mobile Storage. The winner in each category was recognized for their impact on the energy storage ecosystem, services supplied to customers and the grid, unique technology solutions, financing or partnerships.

ESNA Innovation Award Winners
Front-of-Meter Storage
·      Cypress Creek Renewables’ Brunswick EMC Solar-Plus-Storage Portfolio– Southeastern North Carolina
Behind-the-Meter Storage
·       Sarnia Battery Energy Storage System– Sarnia, Ontario
Mobile Storage
·       INVENT (Intelligent Electric Vehicle Integration)– La Jolla,California

ESNA Champion Awards recognize individuals from the utility and policy sectors who have demonstrated significant leadership in advancing the role of energy storage to achieve a cleaner, more reliable and more resilient electricity grid.

ESNA Champion Award Winners
Utility Champions
·      Charles Post, Energy Storage Program Manager, Pacific Gas & Electric
·      Brian Burandt, Vice President, Power and Supply and Business Development, Connexus Energy
Policy Champions
·      Edward Randolph, Director, Energy Division, California Public Utilities Commission
·      Robert F. Powelson, Former Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

“The individuals and organizations we’re recognizing with this year’s ESNA Awards have made significant contributions to the growth and maturation of the energy storage industry, thanks to their dynamic leadership, visionary policies, and successful project execution,” said Janice Lin, Energy Storage North America Conference Chair. “We offer them our sincere congratulations and gratitude for opening doors in the North American and global markets, and leading the transition to a cleaner, more affordable and more resilient grid.”

ESNA is grateful to its 2018 Award Ceremony sponsor Johnson Controls. It would also like to thank Platinum Sponsors – ConEdison Battery Storage, Enel X, Energy Vault, Fluence, GE, IBEW-NECA, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and LG Chem, as well as Gold Sponsors Black & Veatch, EastPenn, Narada, Pacific Gas & Electric, PXiSE Energy Solutions and Southern California Edison – for contributing to the success of this year’s program.

About Energy Storage North America
Energy Storage North America (ESNA) is the largest conference, exhibition and networking event covering all applications of grid storage in North America. ESNA is produced by Strategen Consultingand Messe Dusseldorf North America, and is part of the larger World of Energy Storage events in Europe, India, China and Japan. ESNA connects utilities, developers, energy users, policy makers and other key stakeholders from around the world to advance understanding and deployment of energy storage, and ultimately build a cleaner, more affordable and more resilient grid. ESNA 2019 will be held November 5-7, 2019 in San Diego. To learn more about ESNA, visit