New Mandate For California’s Grid Energy Storage

California has just set a big new target for energy storage on the grid — 50 megawatts of it, to be exact.

That’s how much energy storage capacity the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is asking Southern California Edison to procure over the next eight years.

It’s not a lot, compared to the total of 1,400 to 1,800 megawatts CPUC is asking the massive Southern California utility to procure between now and 2021 — but it’s still among the first, if not the first, state regulatory rulings that put grid storage at center stage.

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