Wednesday, October 16, 2013

California poised to adopt first-in-nation energy storage mandate

I think this is really cool.  But the technology isn't ready - just like the carbon dioxide capturing isn't ready.  So what do I expect?


Projects going 200% over budget.

Projects that just plain FAIL.

Electricity costs doubling.

The proposed energy storage decision was written by PUC Commissioner Carla Peterman, who was appointed to the agency by Gov. Jerry Brown in late 2012. She notes that storage devices are commonplace: Think about the batteries in consumer electronics, or Tupperware, or the fat cells in our own bodies. But the ability to store electricity on a large scale to save it for when it is most needed has been elusive.

"Integrating renewables is complex, and the complexity is increasing as more solar and wind comes online," said Peterman, who previously served on the California Energy Commission. "Storage has a lot of potential, but there's no one solution. We need to develop this market to see what the potential is."

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