Growth of System Storage at Decommissioned Fossil Fuel Plant Sites
- Jan 21, 2021 5:17 pm GMT
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The replacement of natural gas peaker plants by battery storage installations in now underway in California as part of the state’s commitment to a renewable energy future. Southern California Edison (SCE) signed contracts in May 2020 for 750 megawatts from 7 storage projects to be online by August 2021.
In November 2019, California regulators had called for the development of 3.3 gigawatts in system storage in California. The 2020 SCE effort is one manifestation.
A typical new storage install is Strata Solar building a 100 megawatt/400 megawatt hour lithium battery system in Oxnard for SCE that should be online in early 2021 to supplant a planned 262 MW gas peaker plant.
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