by Julian Spector, Greentech Media
PG&E’s Moss Landing battery plant is either the harbinger of a cleaner, more efficient grid, or a dangerous waste of ratepayer money, depending on whom you ask.
The California Public Utilities Commission will vote on the project on October 25. Its Energy Division staff urged approval, arguing that the four battery installations, totaling 567.5 megawatts/2,270 megawatt-hours, would secure grid reliability in a constrained area facing several gas plant retirements in the next few years. Environmental advocates and clean energy groups lauded.