Jul 20, 2018

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 Clean energy is increasingly in the headlines -- from the
development of the first US offshore wind project to solar power preparing to overtake fossil fuels in Texas, and new predictions that renewables will overtake fossil fuels by 2020. It’s an exciting time to be part of the clean energy movement; we’re in a unique moment in history when we can already see the tangible successes of investing in clean energy, yet also still have time to be at the forefront of it.

As the renewable energy economy scales up, companies like ours play a part in helping maximize this clean, plentiful energy. The wind and sun can’t be turned on and off at will, so when it’s sunny and windy, how do we ensure that excesses don’t go to waste? That’s where batteries come in. Batteries allow companies to collect excess electricity and store it until it’s needed. And our batteries utilize earth-abundant iron, salt, and water to deliver an environmentally safe, long-life solution for the world’s clean energy transformation and infrastructure needs.

Established in 2011, our company, ESS Inc., manufactures clean batteries that enable utilities to integrate more renewables into the grid, help businesses store and use electricity to maximize savings, add resiliency to the existing energy generation or support critical load during outages.  Demand for battery storage systems is increasing, which is why this past December, we made plans to boost production capacity at our Wilsonville plant in a new 100,000-square-foot facility.

Climate change presents a tremendous economic threat, and clean energy presents an equally significant economic opportunity. Through a commitment to innovation, the US can harness the opportunities presented by the clean energy economy, and minimize the threats presented by climate change. The Clean Energy Jobs bill presents a historic opportunity for our state to be at the forefront of this innovation.

As a company comprised of individuals with decades of experience in cleantech, distributed power generation, and energy storage technologies, we understand how the economics of renewables is evolving. We know that it’s the future. Oregon has a historic opportunity to lead the nation in transitioning from a fossil fuel-dependent economy to a clean energy economy.