California Gets Significant Boost for Battery Storage on Electric Grid

Published On: July 12, 2023

California has a significant boost in the state’s clean electric grid, with 5,600 MW of battery storage capacity now integrated, up from 500 MW in 2020, according to the California Independent System Operator (ISO). This is enough power for around 4.2 million homes for up to four hours and represents a 1020 percent increase from three years ago. 

“With our state experiencing more frequent climate extremes such as record heat waves and droughts, it is essential to invest in innovative technologies like energy storage to make sure we can continue to reliably power the world’s 4th largest economy,” said ISO CEO Elliot Mainzer in the announcement.

Recently signed, Governor Newsom’s infrastructure streamlining package aims to expedite clean energy projects as part of the state’s goal to achieve 100% clean electricity by 2045, requiring the construction of 148,000 MW of new clean power, having already built 35,000 MW.

In 2021, 59% of California’s energy was derived from renewable and zero-carbon sources. The Governor has committed $8 billion to enhance the clean electric grid, maintain reliability, and lower rates.

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