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California PUC Adopts Energy Storage Mandate

Posted by Industry News on Oct 18, 2013

San Jose Mercury News // Oct 17, 2013

On Thursday, California’s Public Utility Commission adopted a new energy storage mandate—the first in the nation. The mandate requires California’s investor-owned utilities – PG&E, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric – to expand their energy storage capacity. Collectively, the three utilities need to buy more than 1.3 gigawatts of energy storage.

“The decision lays out an energy storage procurement policy guided by three principles: optimization of the grid, integration of renewable energy and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions,” said Commissioner Carla Peterman, architect of the mandate. 

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