California Adopts Nation's 1st Energy Storage Standards for Power Companies

Thu, Oct 17 2013 02:18pm PDT 1
Kelly Curtis
Kelly Curtis
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California on Thursday became the first state in the US to adopt legislation requiring power companies to store energy, including renewable sources from environment-friendly technologies such as wind and solar power. The groundbreaking proposal was approved by state legislators and the California Public Utilities Commission, whose leader, Commissioner Carla Peterman, authored the bill. The new regulation will require the state's power companies to procure 1.325 gigawatts of energy storage each by the year 2015, in addition to reducing their carbon footprints and integrating renewable energy sources. While the end-result of the innovative resolution won't be known for years, environmental groups, utility companies and the clean technology industry will be watching every step of the way.

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