John Zahurancik leads the energy storage group at The AES Corporation, operating the world’s largest fleet of grid connected batteries. As a co-founder of the AES storage team, he has developed advanced, grid scale storage projects in Chile, the United States, and across the AES footprint. This includes the first power purchase agreement for a storage project for Southern California Edison, the largest existing grid connected lithium ion battery system in West Virginia, and the first commercial battery classified as a wholesale generator. Working with leading utility partners, John’s team manages a portfolio of more than 1,000 MW of storage projects in development and the industry leading Advancion energy storage platform as an alternative for firm, flexible power. John is a frequent industry speaker on energy storage, smart grids, and innovation.