Fastest Growing Renewable Energy Sector Group Adds Key Leaders to Keep Up With Rapidly Expanding Market
Increased Focus on Policy, Partnerships, Markets, and Technology Will Help Drive Long Duration Energy Storage Market Growth and Accelerate Global Decarbonization
BRUSSELS – To keep up with rising demand in the market, The Long Duration Energy Storage Council (“The LDES Council”), the leading authority on long duration energy storage (LDES) is adding two top level executives to help drive forward critical work in policy and market development.
The LDES Council has appointed Alex Campbell as Director of Policy and Partnerships, starting 11 September, and Gabe Murtaugh as Director of Markets and Technology effective now. As the LDES market continues to expand, the LDES Council is adding staff to better support members in their vital work to combat climate change and deliver cost savings, through commercialization and market growth of LDES. The five key areas of member support include education, advocacy, research, benchmarking, and strategic partnerships.
As Director of Policy and Partnerships, Campbell will work with the LDES Council’s partners to implement storage targets, define shared goals, and advocate for policies impacting the acceleration of the diverse family of LDES technologies. Campbell will especially focus on the European market, along with the broader global footprint. He joins from the International Hydropower Association (IHA) where he is the outgoing Head of Research & Policy. Previously he was the Head of Contracts for Difference Policy, the UK Government’s flagship renewable electricity deployment scheme.
Gabe Murtaugh joins as Director of Markets and Technology, where he will focus on accelerating market changes, developing market pathways for diverse technologies, and working with the Council’s members on project tracking, mapping, and research. Murtaugh formerly served as the storage sector manager at the California ISO. There, he focused on grid evolution strategies, developed storage resources modeling, developed improved operator tools for managing storage resources, and drove conversations on grid makeup with state regulators. Murtaugh has over 10 years of experience developing ISO market policy and performing ISO market monitoring services.
LDES Council CEO Julia Souder, said: “Affordable, scalable storage for clean energy is the key missing piece in shifting to the renewable future LDES is helping our members build. Alex and Gabe bring a wealth of experience to our vital work to accelerate the long duration energy storage market worldwide. We are looking forward to seeing their passion and knowledge of the clean energy industry help drive the next phase of the LDES Council’s growth as we work to expand the LDES market and help reach global decarbonization goals.”
The LDES Council works to educate decision makers about the benefits of long duration energy storage, utilizing regional partners to push for 8TW of LDES by 2040, as outlined in the LDES Council’s recent Net-Zero Heat report. The LDES Council brings together the entire energy ecosystem to realize the benefits of long duration energy storage and urge immediate action to implement LDES to reach net-zero emissions.
LDES Council staff are attending RE+ in Las Vegas, NV (USA), from September 11-14. The LDES Council has a booth at the Venetian Hotel on Sands Level 1, #24028, and is hosting a workshop on long duration energy storage, as well as speaking at several other events throughout the conference.
Also, LDES Council representatives will be attending Climate Week New York, from September 17-24 and the LDES Council is speaking on several events around 24/7 carbon-free energy at the United Nations as part of the week’s events.
About the LDES Council
The Long Duration Energy Storage Council is a global non-profit with over 60 members in 20 countries. The LDES Council advances the decarbonization of our world through the acceleration of long-duration energy storage by providing member-driven, fact-based guidance and research on the deployment of long-duration energy storage for society’s benefit.
An executive-led organization, the LDES Council represents the ecosystem of industry leaders supporting the diversity of energy storage technologies as well as technology innovators, energy users, equipment manufactures and investors. The LDES Council publishes findings and reports to encourage the wide adoption of long duration energy storage to replace the use of fossil fuels providing flexibility and resilient energy solutions accelerating carbon neutrality. To learn more visit: www.ldescouncil.com.
Larissa Fair, VP Communications