December 14, 2023

Feb. 13 Northern California Energy Storage Systems Workshop

SEAC's fourth ESS Workshop in Palo Alto features discussion about energy storage system technology, codes and standards, and permitting issues.

Sustainable Energy Action Committee is excited to announce our fourth Energy Storage Systems Workshop, located at the Mitchell Park Community Center in Palo Alto, California, on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Following a similar format as SEAC’s first three ESS Workshops, the Northern California workshop will offer attendees the chance to interact in real time with manufacturers, fire safety officials, authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs), and other industry leaders. Workshop sessions will address safety and risk considerations associated with ESS permitting.

Attendees will hear presentations from:

  • Jeff Spies, Planet Plan Sets
  • Crystal Sujeski, CALFIRE/Office of the State Fire Marshal
  • Mark Baldessari, Enphase Energy
  • John Taecker, UL Solutions
  • Joanne Kurz, Town of Woodside (retired)
  • Donald Zhao, West Coast Code Consultants
  • Vince Jolissaint, Cobalt Power Systems
  • Kevin Reinertson, Fire Service

Register today. There is no cost to attend. SEAC will close the workshop to new attendees once we reach 125 registrants.

The workshop is designed for building departments, fire departments, installers, and manufacturers.


Building Energy Storage Systems Safety and Risks

Northern California Workshop

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT

9:00 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks

9:05 a.m. Overview of session structure

9:10 a.m. Session 1: ESS safety and risks

Topics include

  • Types of ESS
  • Why ESS are being deployed
  • ESS safety standards
  • ESS codes
  • Emergency response

9:50 a.m. Q&A

10:00 a.m. Break

10:05 a.m. Session 2: UL 9540 safety standard & UL 9540A test standard

Topics include

  • Overview of the UL 9540A test procedure covering what it is and what it’s not
  • When authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) and installers should look at a UL 9540A report
  • What AHJs and installers should look for in the reports
  • Common issues

10:35 a.m. Q&A

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. Session 3: Common issues with permit applications, plan review, and inspections

Topics include

  • Interconnections between batteries, utility services, and generators
  • Residential location requirements
  • What makes a complete application

11:40 a.m. Q&A

11:50 a.m. Break

12:00 p.m. Session 4: Open discussion

Panelists from the three sessions will participate in an open discussion. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments.

12:55 p.m. Concluding remarks

1:00 p.m. Close


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