California Could Need 55GW of Long-Duration Storage to Meet Its 2045 Carbon-Free Grid Goal

By [email protected] Solar is taking over California’s grid, and the state has to eliminate carbon emissions from power plants by 2045. Those trends suggest the grid will benefit from energy storage that covers a longer period of time than the lithium-ion batteries getting installed today.

Exactly how much, though, is a matter of debate, because there’s little recent track record for procuring long-duration storage, and many of the potential technologies have limited experience in the field. Earlier this year, California regulators floated an interim need for nearly 1 gigawatt of long-duration storage by 2026.

But the state could need much more: up to 11

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