September 28, 2022

EMPOWERED Solutions: What Impacts the Safe Installation of Energy Storage Systems

In this EMPOWERED Solutions webinar, a diverse group of panelists discusses why you should care about the exponential growth of energy storage systems and what you can expect in the near future.

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Energy storage systems are here. 4.2GW of battery storage capacity was added to the U.S. grid in 2021, according to a recent report from BloombergNEF. And while much of that capacity is large scale storage systems, most of us are more likely to see the thousands of residential systems that will go in this year. Whether you are being asked to design, install, or inspect an energy storage system, you’ll want to understand the opportunities energy storage presents and the plan for safe installations. In this EMPOWERED Solutions webinar, a diverse group of panelists discusses why you should care about the exponential growth of these systems and what you can expect in the near future.

Topics include:

  • What roles AHJs play in permitting and inspection
  • UL Standard 9540 and 9540A Test Method
  • Examples of adapting codes and standards for specific locations
  • ESS-readiness codes

Speakers include:

  • Matt Paiss, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Technical Advisor (Moderator)
  • Michael O’Brian, Fire Chief, Brighton Area Fire Authority
  • Doug Smith, Senior Plans Examiner/Inspector, West Coast Code Consultants
  • Daniella Leifer, Distributed Generation Ombudsman, City University of New York
  • Diana Burk, Project Manager, New Buildings Institute

Presentation Slides

Additional Resources

  1. Get involved in code development here
  2. How Building Codes are Adopted. DOE (2016)
  3. Types of Energy Storage (NYSERDA)
  4. IAFC Bulletin: ESS with Lithium-Ion batteries
  5. UL 9540A Test Method
  6. Energy Storage Systems. What code authorities need to know about 9540 and 9540A. (UL July 2020)
  7. ICC Energy Storage Systems Guide
  8. Permitting & inspection guides for ESS for single-family, multi-family, and office buildings

This material was developed by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). It is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) under the Award Number DE-EE0009455 (“EMPOWERED”). The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Energy or the United States Government.