California: “We are just getting started”

California's demand for energy storage is set to soar to new heights as renewables accentuate the duck curve. Pic: egorshitikov/Pixabay.

California’s demand for energy storage is set to soar to new heights as renewables accentuate the duck curve. Pic: egorshitikov/Pixabay.

By Jason Deign

If you thought California’s lead as an energy storage market might fade in the face of upstarts such as Australia or Germany, then think again. Recent moves might see new gigawatts of capacity being installed across the state by 2020.
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California forces utilities to invest in storage

In advance of the new California energy storage legislation, PG&E (one of the state's three energy utilities, along with San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison) has been testing battery storage systems. Photo credit: Pacific Gas and Electric  Company

In advance of the California energy storage legislation, PG&E (one of the three utilities, with San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison) has been testing battery storage systems. Photo credit: Pacific Gas and Electric Company

After two and a half years wrangling, we finally got an agreement… and it was unanimous. On October 17, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a press release confirming that the state’s three utilities would be forced to adopt 1,325MW of energy storage, which must be up and running by the end of 2024.

This is being lauded as a first for the US, an unprecedented step forward in the integration of renewable energy into a major grid system, plus a huge boost for the energy storage industry.
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