Tesla, embattled California utility PG&E team up for high-tech energy storage system

Move will lower costs for customers, PG&E said

Embattled California utility PG&E and Tesla broke ground in Monterey County, California, last week to begin constructing one of the biggest utility-owned, lithium-ion battery energy storage systems on the planet.

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"Battery energy storage plays an integral role in enhancing overall electric grid efficiency and reliability, integrating renewable resources while reducing reliance on fossil fuel generation," Fong Wan, PG&E's senior vice president of Energy Policy and Procurement, said in a statement. "It can serve as an alternative to more expensive, traditional wires solutions, resulting in lower overall costs for our customers."

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk pauses while speaking before unveiling the Model Y. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong.)

The energy storage system will be able to store and dispatch up to 730 megawatt-hours of energy to the electrical grid for up to four hours during peak demand, PG&E said. One megawatt is enough electricity to power 750 homes at once, according to the California Independent System Operator.

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This isn't PG&E and Tesla's first time working together. PG&E's first lithium-ion battery energy storage system, which uses Tesla Powerpacks, was installed in the Sacramento area in 2017.

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The green energy industry has had difficulty finding solutions for energy storage for years.

FOX Business' inquiry to Tesla was not immediately returned.

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