Breakout Session: Energy Storage 201: Survey of Energy Storage Policies


John Fernandes
Customized Energy Solutions, Senior Consultant – Emerging Technologies

John joined Customized Energy Solutions after nearly 5 years in the development, construction, and IPP sectors managing policy and creating new market opportunities across renewable, fossil, transmission, and energy storage business lines.  Prior to his time in the commercial space, John was on staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and a regulatory manager for an investor-owned utility. 

John has operated in every US wholesale energy market and has offered expertise in international markets, including Canada, the UK, Mexico, Australia, Africa, and Southeast Asia.  He has helped shaped policy for numerous states as well as the US Department of Energy.  John is a published writer, has an MBA from the University of Delaware, a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and is a guest lecturer for the University of Colorado at Denver Global Energy Management Program.

Ben Inskeep
EQ Research, Principal Energy Policy Analyst

Ben Inskeep is a Principal Analyst at EQ Research, a national clean energy policy consulting firm. Ben’s focus currently includes analyzing utility resource plans and rate cases and providing regulatory and compliance services to community choice energy programs. Prior to joining EQ Research, Ben was a policy analyst at the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, where he led The 50 States of Solar quarterly report series, provided solar research and technical assistance to local governments under a DOE SunShot grant, and contributed to the national Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency. Ben earned his Master of Public Affairs and a Master of Science in Environmental Science at Indiana University.

Lisa Jacobson
Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), President

Lisa Jacobson is the President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), a 55-member trade association representing the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy industries. In this role, Ms. Jacobson advises states and federal policymakers on energy, tax, air quality and climate change policy. She is a member of the Department of Energy's State Energy Efficiency Steering Committee, the United States Trade Representative’s Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee, the Energy Efficiency Global Alliance Steering Committee and the Gas Technology Institute’s Public Interest Advisory Committee.  Ms. Jacobson has testified before Congress and has represented energy industries before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Prior to her position with the BCSE, Ms. Jacobson was a legislative aide in the U.S. House of Representatives. She has a master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont.

Julian Spector
Canary Media, Editor

Julian reports on the rise of clean energy. He worked at Greentech Media for nearly five years, and before that he reported for CityLab at The Atlantic and conducted grant-funded freelance journalism on climate impacts in Bangladesh. His stories have appeared elsewhere in The Guardian, HuffPost, Al Jazeera America and more. He graduated from Duke University and basks in the sunshine  of Los Angeles.

Today’s energy markets were not designed with storage in mind, and regulatory and market obstacles still remain that prevent the full potential of energy storage from being realized. The policies and regulatory frameworks that govern these markets can often be difficult for the energy storage industry to navigate.  Learn about what regulations, policies, and program designs are driving storage deployments at the federal, state, and regional levels.

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