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.
CEERT has continued to work with prospective developers of large-scale, long-duration storage to identify pathways to procurement of new storage projects. We met with CPUC staff to discuss the potential need for legislation to mandate or encourage such projects, which they believe may be needed to meet GHG-reduction goals and integration of renewables, especially in Southern California.
CEERT has also begun work on our new project of exploring how to integrate the State Water Project’s storage facilities and operations to provide ancillary services to CAISO.