Northern California utility, PG&E, announced its intention to procure 567.5 MW of energy storage, according to a press release from the Energy Storage Association.
ESA said the procurement proves that storage is an effective reliability alternative to gas, and is the largest energy storage procurement in the world to date.
- Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) requested approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for four energy storage projects totaling about 2,270 MWh.
- The CPUC authorized PG&E to issue a solicitation for energy storage projects to replace three power plants that would otherwise require reliability must-run (RMR) contracts.
- PG&E selected offers of three energy storage projects from third-party owners, totaling 385.5 MW, 1,540 MWh, and one 182.5 MW, 730 MWh project the utility would own.
- Projects to be online by 2020.