US Energy Storage Association and American Clean Power Association announce merger plan

by Michael Green
ESA chairman Kiran Kumaraswamy: 'Powerful new chapter for our industry.'
The American Clean Power Association (ACP) and the US Energy Storage Association (ESA) are set to merge – starting a "powerful new chapter” to bolster the country’s clean energy industry.

The boards of the two trade associations said the merger will take effect on 1 January, 2022, subject to final approval from ESA’s members.

ESA chairman and VP of market applications at US-based battery storage multinational Fluence, Kiran Kumaraswamy, said: "Our board sees the merger with ACP as a powerful new chapter for our industry and a pathway to achieving 100 GW of new energy storage by 2030.”

'Unified voice'

ACP chairman Jim Murphy, who is also president of sustainable energy generation and storage firm Invenergy, said the merger would "strengthen the unified voice of the clean power industry as we continue to transform the US power grid to a low-cost, reliable and renewable power system”.

The merger will be the second for ACP, which was launched at the start of this year to represent US wind, solar, storage and transmission companies, and which merged with the American Wind Energy Association.
A record 476 MW of energy storage was deployed in the US in the third quarter of 2020 – an increase of 240% over the previous high set in the last quarter, according to a report published at the end of last year by the ESA and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.

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