Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies
Providing global warming solutions for California and the West.
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Large-Scale Energy Storage
Large-scale energy storage projects are fast-starting, quick-ramping, high-capacity resources that can help balance peak loads and enhance clean-energy resources’ ability to meet the needs of the electric grid. Strategic bulk-storage investments will allow us to park surplus renewable energy for times of low supply, and provide flexibility to the grid without burning fossil fuels. CEERT vigorously advocates for large-scale storage at the CAISO and in CPUC procurement rulemakings.
In our comments on the CPUC’s Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) decision, CEERT expressed our disappointment that the IRP did not address procurement of large-scale storage as part of GHG reduction and reducing dependence on natural gas for local and flexible capacity requirements. We continue to believe that California needs to develop a procurement mechanism to ensure that the customer and system benefits of bulk energy storage are captured in future low-carbon infrastructure investments, but we think that new legislative direction and creative new ways to accomplish such procurement will be needed.