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Robert Powelson Selected as Energy Storage North America 2018 Policy Champion Award Winner

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Energy Storage North America (ESNA) today announced that Robert Powelson has been recognized as an ESNA 2018 Policy Champion Award winner for his innovation and leadership in energy storage and positive impact on the energy storage industry.

“I am honored to receive Energy Storage North America’s Policy Champion Award,” said Poweslon. “During my tenure with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Commission removed barriers to the participation of energy storage resources in the markets operated by Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and Independent System Operators (ISOs) through FERC Order No. 841. The order is tangible evidence of the Commission’s commitment to fair and open markets. It also speaks to the potential of energy storage and the benefits it can provide to the grid and, more importantly, to consumers.”
Powelson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC). Prior to joining NAWC, Powelson served as a FERC Commissioner. He was nominated to the FERC by President Donald J. Trump in May 2017 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 4, 2017. Commissioner Powelson came to FERC from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, where he served since June 2008, including as Chairman from 2011-2015.

More information on the award-winning projects and champions can be found here.

“The individuals we recognized with this year’s ESNA Awards have made significant contributions to the growth and maturation of the energy storage industry, thanks to their dynamic leadership, visionary policies, and commitment to improving the electricity sector,” said Janice Lin, Energy Storage North America Conference Chair. “We offer them our sincere congratulations and gratitude for opening doors in the North American and global markets and leading the transition to a cleaner and more resilient grid.”

About Energy Storage North America

Energy Storage North America (ESNA) is the largest conference, exhibition and networking event covering all applications of grid storage in North America. ESNA is produced by Strategen Consulting and Messe Dusseldorf North America, and is part of the larger World of Energy Storage events in Europe, India, China and Japan. ESNA connects utilities, developers, energy users, policy makers and other key stakeholders from around the world to advance understanding and deployment of energy storage, and ultimately build a cleaner, more affordable and more resilient grid. ESNA 2019 will be held November 5-7, 2019 in San Diego. To learn more about ESNA, visit

About NAWC

National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) member companies safeguard public health and promote environmental stewardship as they serve the water and wastewater needs of nearly 73 million Americans every day. NAWC members have an exceptional record of compliance with federal and state health and environmental regulations. Ensuring this high standard of quality requires extraordinary amounts of capital investment. The 10 largest NAWC member companies collectively invest nearly $3.7 billion annually to ensure their water infrastructure is well maintained and that safe and clean drinking water is available whenever needed. Learn more about NAWC and the companies we proudly represent at or follow on Twitter and LinkedIn.