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EPRI Energy Storage Integration Council (ESIC)

Background

In 2013 the Energy Storage Program at EPRI, in collaboration with utilities, vendors, National labs, and industry experts created the Energy Storage Integration Council (ESIC). ESIC is an open and active venue, executed via a combination of in-person meetings, webcasts, and teleconferences, for identifying key gaps and common approaches for the integration of energy storage across key technical topic areas. The ESIC forum is initially focused on applications of energy storage connected to the utility distribution system.

ESIC Mission

To advance the integration of energy storage systems through open, technical collaboration: guided by the vision of universally accessible safe, secure, reliable, affordable, environmentally-responsible, electricity.

Upcoming Meetings

April 21st, 2017 Denver, Colorado from 7:30 AM to 3:30 AM MST

Did not get an invitation, but would like to attend? Please reach out to esic@epri.com expressing interest in attending the ESIC in person meeting.

Past Meetings

ESIC Working Group Overview Participation in ESIC Management

 ESIC Working Group Overview

ESIC Working Groups

ESIC is organized in topic focused working groups that meet on a bi-monthly basis. Work product focused subgroups meet more frequently, typically every 1-2 weeks to make progress on more specific deliverables

These three working groups are all coordinating to define common approaches to the development and use of safe, reliable, cost-effective energy storage. Cross-group coordination is facilitated by ESIC Working Group Chairs and EPRI technical staff.

  • ​WG 1 — Grid Services and Analysis: This working group is focused on developing the functional and technical requirements of energy storage to solve grid needs and developing guidelines for the analysis of energy storage system value and impacts to grid systems.

    • Chair: Udi Helman (Helman Analytics)
    • EPRI Lead: Giovanni Damato
  • WG 2 — Testing and Characterization: his working group focuses on development of common metrics of performance for energy storage system, test protocols, and reference duty cycles to understand fully integrated energy storage system performance on a consistent basis.

    • Chair: Naum Pinsky, Southern California Edison (SCE)
    • Jorge Araiza Southern California Edison (SCE)
    • EPRI Lead: Brittany Westlake
    • Testing Subgroup Lead: J Henderson (PG&E) and Nick Jewell (LGE & KU)
  • WG 3 — Grid Integration: The group focuses on the actual deployment and usage of storage including installation, commissioning, safety, controls, dispatch, and protection of storage once installed.

    • EPRI Lead: Erin Minear​​​​​

 Participation in ESIC

If you support the mission of ESIC, you may enroll by sending your complete contact information to esic@epri.com. [Name, Title, Organization, Address, E-mail, Phone]. You can expect to receive working group meeting invitations within 2-3 business days.

We are collecting hours logged by ESIC volunteers in the development and review of work products, for tracking and future recognition of outstanding contributions. When you contribute, please provide an email to esicvolunteer@epri.com, with the following:

  • First and last name
  • Company
  • Date and estimate of hour(s) spent on activity
  • A brief summary of what you worked on and/or provided (document or file)

 Management

For more information on ESIC, or if you have any questions or comments, please contact us.

EPRI Strategic Manager:
Ben Kaun
bkaun@epri.com

EPRI Project Manager
Erin Minear
eminear@epri.com