Episode 53: Flexin’ on Energy Storage

Today, NCSEA released the 53rd episode of the Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast, “ Flexin' on Energy Storage in North Carolina,” which focuses on the development and delivery of energy storage technology. To highlight North Carolina’s role in this exciting wave of innovation, host Matt Abele speaks with Jason Abiecunas, Vice President of Development at FlexGen about his company's role in building out the storage economy of the future.  

As the second-largest U.S. energy storage technology company, FlexGen designs and integrates storage solutions and the software platform called FlexGen HybridOS that is solving today’s complicated grid issues. Leveraging its best-in-class energy management software and power electronics, FlexGen delivers utility-scale storage projects integrated with traditional and renewable power generation globally.  

Some of FlexGen’s successful projects include helping municipalities better control their energy usage, working with cooperative utility companies on new energy storage systems, and taking advantage of the emerging market in Texas. Especially with the snowstorms earlier this year, the benefits of energy storage have increased in Texas with added grid resilience and reliability. However, it’s not just Texas that can take advantage of the cheaper energy storage technology as FlexGen expands its reach to Massachusetts, California, Kansas, and the Northeast. FlexGen works with multiple international battery and power conversion system suppliers to deliver the highest quality technology to their customers, which comprise of independent power producers and commercial industrial partners. 

Headquartered in Durham and founded in 2009, Abiecunas emphasizes that the North Carolina location has allowed easy access to a greater concentration of technology resources as well as talent that resides in the Research Triangle region. He has also hinted that the company has already engaged in negotiations with power producers in the Southeast and acknowledges the concentration of clean energy producers in North Carolina. To conclude, Abiecunas emphasizes that his company sits squarely in the cleantech sphere and hopes to greatly aid the nationwide transition to clean energy, especially as battery technology and chemistry evolves quickly. If you’re interested in learning more, check out this video on FlexGen’s battery storage system offerings.  

To learn more about energy storage, check out NCSEA’s dedicated page and this report by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association on issues relating to deployment of battery energy storage technologies. This episode concludes NCSEA’s miniseries on energy storage. In this episode, we were also thrilled to welcome our new business and organization members from the North Carolina Business Performance Association merger. We’re excited to see this merger enhance NCSEA’s work in building performance and energy efficiency policy in the state.   

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