Policymakers and Energy Experts Agree

California will have the advanced grid of the future. The modern grid will support California’s goal of 100 percent renewable energy, including a diverse portfolio of renewable sources such as solar, on-shore and off-shore wind, geothermal energy, and hydroelectric power. Clean energy generation will require the most advanced grid-scale storage system to enable flexible and segmented operation of the grid. This storage system will include current battery technology, flow batteries, compressed air energy storage, pumped storage, and cutting-edge technology like hydrogen conversion and fuel cells.

Gavin Newsom

Governor of California

California’s rapidly evolving energy landscape and aggressive carbon reduction goals are increasing the need for energy storage technologies. Energy storage is an important tool to help integrate increasing amounts of solar and wind electricity generation into the grid.

California Energy Commission

Tracking Progress – Energy Storage

The rapid expansion of renewable energy in the electricity grid gives rise to increasing needs for power system flexibility, which could be provided by energy storage … There is likely to be a substantial need for new storage capacity if a high renewable energy future unfolds.

U.S. Department of Energy

Pumped Storage and Potential Hydropower from Conduits

Long duration storage projects create fair wage jobs, generate new state and local revenue, and, equally important, reinforce our commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fighting climate change to the benefit of all Californians.

Julia Prochnik

Executive Director, Long Duration Energy Storage Association of California

The decisions we make today will determine how we live tomorrow. California’s future can be powered by both renewable and reliable energy, but we must have the foresight to make the right investments in storage capacity now.

Alex Morris

Executive Director, California Energy Storage Alliance

Clearly as the system continues to evolve here in California and we aspire to show the world how all this can fit together; storage is going to be a critical element.

Stephen Berberich

President and CEO, California Independent System Operator

California’s law mandating 100% carbon-free electricity has a big hole in it. It fails to address energy storage. Batteries as well as other longer-duration energy storage solutions are absolutely essential for a reliable supply of electricity that relies largely on energy resources such as solar and wind, which are available only some of the time.

S. David Freeman

Former General Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Assembly Bill 1720 is the right solution at the right time to build much needed clean energy infrastructure and put Californians back to work. New long duration energy storage projects will create thousands of good-paying construction jobs while providing some of the greenest electricity that exists in this world today. With this bill, we can put Californians back to work while building a cleaner and more reliable electric grid.

Robbie Hunter

President of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California

This bill represents an important opportunity to bring more good-paying jobs and economic development to the Inland Empire, where the COVID-19 pandemic has caused skyrocketing unemployment and untold damage to our economy. By taking advantage of the state’s increasing need for renewable energy and investing in innovative clean energy projects, the Coachella Valley can continue to build a resilient and prosperous economy for years to come.

Joe Wallace

CEO of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership

This important legislation will advance a diverse set of long duration energy storage technologies to put Californians back to work building a cleaner and more reliable energy grid. We applaud Asm. Carrillo for recognizing the urgent need to develop new energy storage solutions that provide health and economic benefits to all Californians, helping ensure a more just and equitable transition to a carbon free future.

Julia Prochnik

Executive Director of the Long Duration Energy Storage Association of California