Hickenlooper to welcome attendees at 27th annual Energy Storage Conference and Expo

Monday February 27, 2017 Tags: Denver, Energy Storage Association, Gov. John Hickenlooper, Matt Roberts, Ivor Catto, Michael O'Sullivan, Bill Ritter, Martin Keller

DENVER -- Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will open the Energy Storage Association’s 27th Annual Conference and Expo April 18-20 as a keynote speaker, welcoming more than 2,000 global attendees from across the energy and utility industries to the largest conference and expo dedicated to advancing grid energy storage.energy-storage-logo

ESA's 2017 Annual Conference exemplifies the precipitous growth of energy storage, and for three days Denver will be the epicenter of the advanced energy industry. 

It's where market and policy leaders will engage with innovative companies and global decision makers to shape the trajectory of energy storage.

Last year, the ESA conference was the launch point for the White House Summit on energy storage and held the first ever multi-country reverse trade mission with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

Organizers said #ESACon17 is the only conference and trade show that directly supports the mission of the energy storage industry, and is recognized as the premiere event for utilities, manufacturers, developers, building owners, dealmakers, and government entities that are engaging in the rapid growth of energy storage.

The annual conference has continued to grow more than 60% year-over-year, and 2017 is already on pace to be another record-setting event.

This year will again deliver the largest exhibition hall in energy storage, connecting companies and customers in more than 90,000 square feet in the Global Energy Storage Expo with more than 100 exhibitors and event sponsors.

Confirmed keynote speakers for this year's conference include:

  • Welcome Address from Gov. Hickenlooper
  • Ivor Catto, CEO of RES Group
  • Michael O'Sullivan, senior VP of development for NextEra Energy Resources
  • Former Gov. Bill Ritter, Jr., founder and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy
  • Martin Keller, director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

In total, the conference will features more than 35 educational keynote and breakout sessions, with 125 expert speakers and industry executives in 6 unique educational tracks.

In addition, the conference program includes three storage project site tours and 6 interactive workshops to provide real world, hands-on experience to participants.

Core topics for this year's conference include: Technology Advancement and Innovation; Financing the Storage Revolution; Enabling the 21st Century Grid; Policy and Markets for Storage; Storage + X: Combining Value; and Global Storage Markets.

"Denver is an ideal destination for our 2017 conference – with a robust advanced energy ecosystem throughout Colorado and many innovative energy storage projects already deployed in an all-around world class city," said Matt Roberts, executive director of the Energy Storage Association.

"We are thrilled to be hosting the global energy industry this April to take the next steps in driving the transformation of our power sector and laying the foundations for the continued growth of energy storage."