The Energy Storage Association (ESA), a national trade group dedicated to energy storage, has announced Marissa Paslick Gillett is joining as vice president of external relations and Jason Burwen has taken on the role of vice president of policy.
According to the organization, Gillett has extensive leadership experience in the energy sector, including her most recent position as the senior advisor to the chairman at the Maryland Public Service Commission. Burwen is being promoted from his previous position as director of policy. In their new roles, Gillett and Burwen will aid the organization in developing its strategic direction.
“We are delighted to welcome Marissa to the team and congratulate Jason in his expanded role. I am confident they will both deliver immediate value to our members and staff and support our strategic initiatives for 2018 and beyond,” states Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of ESA. “Marissa’s proven track record in public policy and communications, and Jason’s expertise in storage policy will be instrumental in ensuring the growth of our organization as the energy storage industry expands.”
Prior to joining the ESA, Gillett held multiple leadership roles at the Maryland Public Service Commission. In her most recent role, she managed the commission’s efforts to investigate the regulatory deployment barriers to electric vehicles and served as a liaison with other state agencies, utilities and trade organizations. Additionally, she led the commission’s efforts relating to non-wires alternatives designed to further state public policies, focusing on the implementation of both customer-facing and grid-facing initiatives.
“I am honored to be appointed to the ESA executive team. I look forward to working alongside this dynamic, passionate group of people that share a similar mindset and mission – the promotion of a resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable electricity grid,” says Gillett. “This organization is uniquely positioned to propel the energy storage industry forward, which I plan to support through continued engagement and robust dialogue with the diverse landscape of stakeholders working to modernize the grid.”
Burwen has been with the ESA since 2015 and is responsible for its policy advocacy at the federal, state and RTO levels. He has worked closely with regulators and policymakers to move energy storage forward as a national priority. According to the ESA, Burwen has been instrumental in developing public policy frameworks and legislation, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s pending rule on energy storage market participation; the introduction of federal legislation promoting storage deployment; Washington and New Mexico state policies requiring storage in planning; and Massachusetts’ decision to proceed with an energy storage deployment target.
“There’s no more exciting place to work on energy policy today than in energy storage, and ESA is at its center,” says Burwen. “I’m eager to elevate our advocacy efforts even further, working with policymakers and stakeholders to develop new regulatory frameworks and public policies that enable greater energy storage deployment.”