California Energy Storage Showcase
Advancing Energy Storage Technology in California
In response to Governor Brown’s 2015 Inaugural Address, Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller stated in a recent press release, "As [California] aims to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and get 50 percent of our electricity from renewable sources, flexible resource such as energy storage, will be important to balance the power grid."
Energy storage technology allows the power grid to transcend its instantaneous nature and support a clean, flexible, and reliable system.
Assembly Bill 2514 directed the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to adopt an energy storage program and procurement target. As a result, the CPUC established an energy storage target of 1,325 MW by 2020—the largest in the nation for the states investor owned electric utilities (Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric). Energy storage will help the state integrate renewable energy and achieve the 33 percent Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) by 2020 and will aid the state in meeting the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
By supporting technology demonstrations and bringing energy storage innovators and investors together, the California Energy Commission’s funded storage projects provide data and real-world experience that will help reduce investment costs and prove which solutions work best in specific applications. The Energy Commission has invested in more than a dozen energy storage demonstration projects since 2010 through its energy research, development, demonstration and deployment programs to strategically explore and address issues facing a wide range of energy storage technologies when coupled with power grid operations.
This Energy Storage tour highlights the variety of energy storage technologies operating in California today.