About

The LDES Council is a global non-profit with over 70 members in 19 countries. The Council works to accelerate the decarbonization of our world through the acceleration of long-duration energy storage. It provides member-driven, fact-based guidance and research to governments, grid operators and major electricity users on the deployment of long-duration energy storage for society's benefit.

The LDES Council Mission

The LDES Council’s mission is to replace the use of fossil fuels to meet peak demand by accelerating the market for long duration energy storage. This will cut global emissions and ensure flexibility in electricity supply, while providing flexible, affordable, reliable, and resilient clean energy solutions. The LDES Council’s industry experts provide fact-based guidance to Governments and grid operators in the deployment of long duration energy storage to help achieve NetZero for electric grids by 2040. The LDES Council provides education and advocacy services to help advance the adoption of long duration energy storage and accelerate carbon neutrality. The LDES Council covers a wide range of LDES technologies and its members span a wide spectrum of innovation, including mechanical, thermal, electrochemical and chemical solutions.

Governance of the LDES Council

All members of the LDES Council have voting rights. Members elect a Board of Directors consisting of eleven members, including the Chair who acts in a non-executive role. The Board of Directors is then in charge of setting the long-term vision for the LDES Council, as well as research priorities and areas of focus. Two Presidents play the executive role on behalf of the LDES Council, with well-defined non-overlapping responsibilities, defined by the Board of Directors. Each year only one of the Presidents is replaced to ensure continuity, with one anchor member and one technology provider in place at all times. As part of LDES Council membership, all members have the possibility to join Working groups and to be an active participant in advancing the mission of the LDES Council.

Staff

Julia Souder

Chief Executive Officer


Julia is a strategic executive with over 20 years of expertise in the energy and environmental sectors as a coalition builder and advocate. She is a longtime advocate of clean energy technologies, working extensively to support global environment and equitable policies. 

As CEO of the LDES Council, Julia leads strategy and vision to enable the advancement of long duration energy storage to the center stage of the energy transition worldwide. She currently serves as the Chair of the Global Renewables Alliance, of which the LDES Council is a founding member. Most recently, Julia served as the Executive Director of the Long Duration Energy Storage Association of California (LDESAC). While there, she led the education and outreach of emerging and existing long duration energy storage developers, focusing on its importance to grid reliability and meeting climate goals.

Previously she founded and was president of a strategic consulting company, JAS Energies, which focused on bringing inclusive, diverse, and equitable transitions and policies into fruition. She provided a deep understanding of challenges facing the US electricity sector in reducing carbon emissions, building renewable energy projects, creating markets, and implementing a clean energy vision. Previously, Julia was a Director at the The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), focused on market and energy policy creation and implementation, creating coalitions and interpreted real-time grid operations and transmission planning.

Julia’s prior roles include senior positions at Clean Line Energy Partners, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Julia holds two BAs from Oregon State University in Political Science and International Relations, and an MPA in Policy Implementation from The University of Southern California. She currently lives in San Francisco with her two children.

Katica Viskovic

Director of Operations


Katica is the Director of Operations for the LDES Council. She has over 10 years of experience in managing operations for global remote teams (SCM, IT, Customer Support, Sales, Finance). Katica is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of the LDES Council, with a strong focus on process implementation and project management. She is experienced in global expansion and operational setup in North America, Latin America, the European Union, and APAC regions. Katica currently resides in Croatia with her son.

Gabe Murtaugh

Director of Markets and Technology


Gabe is the Director of Markets and Technology for the LDES Council, where he focuses on market changes, accelerating pathways for diverse long duration energy storage technologies, and working with LDES Council members on project tracking, mapping, and research. Gabe formerly served as the storage sector manager at the California ISO, where he focused on strategy for grid evolution, including evaluation of LDES as the California energy market as a pathway for reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Gabe developed models available for storage resource participation on the grid, improved tools available for operators to manage storage resources, and participated in conversation on grid makeup with state regulators.  Gabe has over 10 years of experience developing ISO market policy and performing ISO market monitoring services. He holds a master’s degree in economics and an undergraduate degree in computer science and engineering.

Alex Campbell

Director of Policy and Partnerships


Alex is the Director of Policy and Partnerships for the LDES Council, where he focuses on the intersection of long duration energy storage policy initiatives and working with LDES Council partners to implement storage targets, shared goals, and advocate for policies impacting the acceleration of the diverse family of LDES technologies. Through this work, Alex covers Europe and a broader global footprint. He previously served as the Head of Research & Policy at the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and before that he was Head of Contracts for Difference (CfD) Policy, the UK Government's flagship renewable electricity deployment scheme. His previous experience included leading the UK's engagement with multi-national civil nuclear bodies at the UN, OECD and G7, designing a major component of the regulatory framework for smart meters in Britain and developing policy to support the rollout of onshore wind whilst at RenewableUK.

He holds an MSc in Climate Change and an MA in International Political Economy. Alex is based in the UK with his family.

Mahika Sri Krishna

Research Analyst


Mahika Sri Krishna works as Research Analyst at the Long Duration Energy Storage Council, providing research insights into members' LDES projects, maintaining project records and developing the annual 'LDES state of the industry' report. With a Master's in International Security and a Bachelor's in Political Science from Sciences Po Paris, Mahika specializes in research, analysis, and business intelligence. Her previous experience includes roles at policy think-tanks and energy start-ups. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

Erge Koyuncu

Project Administrator


Erge provides essential support to LDES Council’s projects, webinars and events, ensuring their seamless execution. She has a unique combination of extensive event management experience and a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Koc University. Her previous experiences include managing event projects for start-ups and renowned IT companies.

Board Members

Frank Wouters

Frank Wouters

Co-President, LDES Council
Reliance Industries Limited

Frank Wouters

Co-President, LDES Council
Reliance Industries Limited


Dr. Michael Geyer

Dr. Michael Geyer

Co-President, LDES Council
Malta, Inc.

Dr. Michael Geyer

Co-President, LDES Council
Malta, Inc.


Rune Sonne Bundgaard-Jørgensen

Rune Sonne Bundgaard-Jørgensen

Ørsted

Rune Sonne Bundgaard-Jørgensen

Ørsted


Vijay Betanabhatla

Vijay Betanabhatla

SLB New Energy

Vijay Betanabhatla

SLB New Energy


Jim Cabot

Jim Cabot

Breakthrough Energy Ventures

Jim Cabot

Breakthrough Energy Ventures


Marco Ferrara

Marco Ferrara

Form Energy

Marco Ferrara

Form Energy


Madeleine Gilborne

Madeleine Gilborne

Alfa Laval

Madeleine Gilborne

Alfa Laval


Upma Koul

Upma Koul

Sumitomo SHI FW

Upma Koul

Sumitomo SHI FW


Maria Letizia Magaldi

Maria Letizia Magaldi

Magaldi

Maria Letizia Magaldi

Magaldi


Jon Norman

Jon Norman

Hydrostor

Jon Norman

Hydrostor


Joe Zhou

Joe Zhou

Quidnet Energy

Joe Zhou

Quidnet Energy


How to Join

Membership to the LDES Council is open to LDES technology providers, equipment providers, renewable energy companies, utilities, grid operators, investors, and end-customers.

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