John Zahurancik


President, Americas

John Zahurancik is a founder of Fluence, the leading energy storage and digital power optimization company. Formed in 2018, Fluence combined the capabilities of Siemens and The AES Corporation to deliver best in class storage solutions including fully integrated hardware, software and digital bidding capabilities to utility, power developer, and commercial customers in more than 30 countries. As Fluence’s leader for the Americas, John’s teams partner with progressive utilities and power system players to deliver and manage flexible modern power infrastructure that reduces the total cost of electricity, improves the reliability of power systems, and supports the growth of low carbon and renewable power generation. A storage industry pioneer, John was a cofounder of AES Energy Storage in 2007 and led AES' team in creating more than thousands of megawatts of utility-scale applications of battery-based energy storage projects in the U.S., Chile, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, the Philippines, and the Dominican Republic. John is a regular industry speaker on energy storage, innovation, and leadership and is often quoted on these topics in the media. He holds a master's degree in public policy from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's in economics and social science from Florida State University.

Sessions With John Zahurancik

Thursday, 10 March

  • 11:20am - 12:10pm (CST) / 10/mar/2022 05:20 pm - 10/mar/2022 06:10 pm

    Valuing Flexibility & Firm Capacity in the Power System: Battery, gas, or others?

    Panel Power & Renewables

    The looming retirement of much of the nation's coal fleet combined with electrification-driven load growth is focusing attention on the need for firm resources. At the same time, the influx of intermittent renewables is increasing net load volatility and creating a need for fast-ramping flexible resources. Utilities across the country are wrestling with how to meet these needs by investing in portfolios that balance affordability, reliability, and climate. More often than not, the choice comes down to batteries or gas. What role will batteries and gas play in a decarbonizing power sector? Are they complements or competitors? What other resources can provide these services?