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Energy Storage, GHG Emissions, Utilities  -  July 31, 2020

Moss Landing plans major energy storage system

A 1,200 MW lithium-ion battery energy storage system in Moss Landing, Calif., was approved by the county Planning Commission to proceed into the next phase of construction as the developers plan one of the largest energy storage projects in the world.

The commission approved Vistra Energy’s proposal for the battery energy storage project and a PG&E-backed battery storage facility in Moss Landing, which would include four new two-story buildings that each house a 300 MW battery energy storage unit, the Monterey Herald reported.

This second phase of the Moss Landing project follows the installation of battery modules within a power plant turbine building, a power conversion system and transformers and a new substation building.

Additionally, PG&E and Tesla Inc. announced the construction of a 182.5 MW battery storage system at the power company’s electric substation at the power plant, which is expected to be fully operational by mid-2021.

The county has been implementing such energy projects in pursuit of their goal to reduce emissions 40% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. The commission is considering a proposed amendment to the county general plan’s greenhouse gas reductions policy to be more consistent with state emission reduction targets.

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