22 November 2018: India Energy Storage Alliance executive director Rahul Walawalkar will chair the Global Energy Storage Alliance effective November, the IESA announced on November 21.
He replaces Janice Lin, of the California Energy Storage Alliance, who has been in the seat since the organization was founded in 2014.
The GESA is made up of six regional storage alliances — California, China, Germany, India, the US and the Alliance for Rural Electrification.
Its aims are to advance education, collaboration, knowledge and proven frameworks about the benefits of energy storage and how it can be incorporated into the electric power system most cost effectively.
Walawalkar is also president and managing director of Customized Energy Solutions India, the Indian arm of the North American energy consulting and service company.
“I will strive to enhance collaboration within GESA members and various aspects related to energy storage technologies,” he said.
“I look forward to growing GESA’s reach to include various national associations that have been formed in the past four years so that they can benefit from the experience of GESA’s founding members.”
Outgoing chairperson Janice Lin said she looked forward to supporting the organization. “GESA’s work has never been more important, as energy storage is a game-changer to achieve a more affordable, reliable and cleaner power sector globally,” she said.