May 27, 2021: The US Energy Storage Association on May 17 announced its new 2021-2022 board of directors and officers, with Fluence market applications vice president Kiran Kumaraswamy elected chairman.
Kumaraswamy has been on the ESA board since April 2019, and became vice chair a year later. He started at Fluence in January 2018, when he was hired as market applications director, before taking his current position in December that year.
Before Fluence, Kumaraswamy was market development director at AES Energy Storage, but his longest tenure was at consulting and technology services company ICF International, where he worked for almost 10 years.
Thanking those who voted for him, Kumaraswamy said it was a significant moment for the energy storage sector, and that standalone storage would accelerate the tremendous growth in the industry.
“Energy storage is at the tipping point based on market demand and decarbonization goals,” he said. “We’re expecting to see exponential growth in the coming decade or this billion-dollar industry. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with the stellar team at ESA to advance policies that support the entire energy storage industry and our country’s long-term economic and environmental success.”
Jacquie DeRosa, vice president of battery energy storage with Ameresco, was elected vice chair, Plus Power head of policy and communications Polly Shaw becomes secretary and the co-founder and CEO of Key Capture Energy, Jeff Bishop, is treasurer.
“Our board represents diverse segments of our industry membership, and I am eager to work together on our broadly shared priorities in accelerating the storage market towards our vision of 100GW of new energy storage by 2030 and educating stakeholders on the benefits of storage in creating a more reliable, efficient, sustainable, and affordable electric grid,” said ESA interim CEO Jason Burwen.