Breakout Session: Energy Storage 101: Survey of Storage Technologies


Julian Boggs
U.S. Energy Storage Association, State Policy Director

As ESA’s State Policy Director, Julian Boggs works to advance energy storage in state legislatures and utility commissions in key states across the country. Previously, he was the Policy Director for the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA) where he helped secure extension of the state's utility energy efficiency programs, establish Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy in Pennsylvania,  and was a leading voice in Harrisburg on energy policy. Prior to working at KEEA, Julian played a key role in defending progress on energy efficiency standards in Ohio and worked in Washington D.C. on federal clean energy policy. He has been an advocate for advanced energy policies since 2009 and has a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado College.

Ben Kaun
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Program Manager, Energy Storage & Distributed Generation

Ben Kaun currently manages the Energy Storage and Distributed Generation program at EPRI. He has 15 years of experience in the field of energy storage, power system modeling, and advanced battery development. His responsibilities cover the evaluation of new technology, techno-economic modeling, and the integration of energy storage projects into planning and operations.  In prior roles at EPRI, Ben led the Energy Storage Integration Council (ESIC), which works collaboratively with industry participants to publish tools and guidelines to support energy storage deployments.  Ben also spearheaded development of the publicly-available Storage Value Estimation Tool (StorageVET).  He served 2 terms as board member of the Energy Storage Association from 2013-2017.  Prior to EPRI, Ben worked with multiple early stage companies to engineer and commercialize Li-ion battery technology, with focus on vehicle electrification.  Ben earned a BS in Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.

Jeremy Twitchell
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Senior Energy Analyst

Jeremy Twitchell is a senior energy analyst at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where he leads PNNL’s work on the equitable regulatory environment area of the Department of Energy – Office of Electricity’s Energy Storage Program. His research focuses on identifying the regulatory barriers that impede the deployment of energy storage technologies and best practices for reducing or eliminating those barriers, as well as providing technical assistance to states on energy storage-related topics. He also supports other efforts at the lab in areas related to grid planning, utility regulation, rate design, and energy system equity. 

Prior to joining PNNL, Jeremy spent five years at the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, where he was the staff lead for the development of policies associated with the treatment of energy storage in utility resource planning and rulemaking. His work has supported integrated resource planning, which included development of a distribution planning rule. He participated in multiple utility advisory groups on energy efficiency and resource planning, provided expert testimony in the areas of rate design and resource acquisition, and oversaw renewable resource portfolio standard compliance.

The rapid growth of energy storage has increased interest in our industry markedly, but not everyone knows the “what” and “how”.  Learn about the different energy storage technologies currently deployed, how they operate, and what new options may be coming soon.

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