Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has requested approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for six additional energy storage projects totaling 387 megawatts (MW) of capacity.
Designed to further incorporate clean energy from renewable energy sources while helping to ensure future reliability of the electrical grid.
The six project agreements complete the procurement specifications of PG&E outlined in the CPUC decision of November 2019, which defined possible problems with the efficiency of the electrical grid, starting in the summer of 2021. In that decision, PG&E was approved by the CPUC to acquire at least 716,9 MW of system reliability resources to be made available online between August 1, 2021 and August 1, 2023.
“The next few years will be pivotal for the deployment and integration of utility-scale battery energy storage onto the grid. PG&E has awarded contracts for battery energy storage projects totaling more than 1,000 MW of capacity to be deployed through 2023, all of which contribute to meeting California’s ambitious clean energy goals while ensuring grid efficiency and reliability, reducing the need to build additional fossil fuel generation plants, and keeping customer costs affordable.”Fong Wan, senior vice president, energy policy and procurement, PG&E.