REDDING, Calif. (AP) — State regulators are set to vote on a measure that would require California's major utilities to buy enough energy storage capacity by 2020 to power nearly a million homes.
The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to take up the proposal at its meeting in Redding on Thursday. The goal, in part, is to help develop the market for energy storage technology, which the San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bit.ly/16fYoDd) is currently being pursued by utilities, energy companies, startups and researchers.
Experts say the ability to store energy effectively would help the electric grid harness renewable energy sources that generate power sporadically. It would also build-in excess capacity that could prevent service disruptions during events such as storms and wildfires.
Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com