PG&E, California Energy Commission Unveil Battery Energy Storage in San Jose

May 23, 2013

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the California Energy Commission on May 23 unveiled a battery energy storage system pilot project to better balance power needs of the electric grid. The Yerba Buena Battery Energy Storage System Pilot Project charges batteries when demand is low and then sends reserved power to the grid when demand grows. The system has the potential to provide important services for balancing energy supply and demand, helping to support greater integration of intermittent renewable generation, as well as improving power quality and reliability for customers. The project was made possible with a $3.3 million grant from the Energy Commission to PG&E that will help fund the installation and evaluation of the system.  See the PG&E press release PDF.