Matthew RobertsMatthew Roberts, a former House staff member and expert in energy policy, has been appointed the first executive director of the Energy Storage Association (ESA).

The Washington, DC-based industry trade association has also changed its named from the previous Electricity Storage Association.

“This is a transformative time for energy storage in the U.S. and globally,” explained Darrell Hayslip, president of Narrow Gate Energy and chair of ESA Board of Directors, in a statement. “As demand for a more resilient, responsive, and efficient grid advances, ESA is committed to continuing our work with stakeholders from across the energy industry to drive new markets for energy storage technologies and advocate for fair, competitive regulation. Our new name, new website and the hiring of our first full-time executive director reflect the dynamic environment we see happening in our industry in 2014 and beyond.”

Prior to joining ESA, Roberts led government and public affairs for the Methanol Institute, a global trade association focused on the deployment of advanced transportation fuels. He has also worked closely with the renewable energy industry as a consultant for the past 10 years, focusing on solar, wind and geothermal technologies.

ESA is a member driven association with the mission to promote the adoption of competitive and reliable energy storage systems for electric service. The new name and branding are aimed to better reflect the organization’s diverse coalition of member companies, non-profits and individuals, and its commitment to representing the interests of all forms of energy storage.