PG&E must solicit energy storage and DERs to replace three existing gas plants

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“The California Public Utilities Commission to authorize PG&E to procure energy storage or preferred resources (such as demand response or distributed solar) to ensure local reliability in areas previously served by the gas plants. The new resources can be individual or aggregated, and must be available by 2019 “if feasible and at a reasonable cost to ratepayers.” This appears to be the first time a utility will procure energy storage to replace existing gas plants for local capacity needs. In Oxnard, a procurement process has begun to select storage instead of the proposed Puente gas plant. California deployed more than 100 megawatts of storage to shore up capacity after the loss of a major gas storage facility in the southern part of the state.”

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