"Tesla is moving to transform itself from a maker of luxury electric cars into a multifaceted clean-energy company."
The installation of the batterie storage plant is capable of supplying energy to approximately 15,000 homes for over 4 hours. This project shows how 'utilities can use enormous collections of batteries in place of conventional power plants' (Cardwell).
The Diablo Canyon Power Plant is one of the most relied on nuclear power plants in California. In 2025, PG&E are going retire this power plant and in these next eight to nine years, plan to come up with a replacement for the Diablo Canyons energy with a new greenhouse gas free resource.
California has been focusing a lot on finding and using renewable energy resources that can meet the supply and demand of the grid; California wants to help reduce climate change and they also need a new go to energy source that is cleaner and more renewable than power plants. California is filled with aging nuclear power plants that are being closed and 'phased out'; thus, providing a need for utilities to discover other ways to meet the supply and demand of the grid for power. Along with this, batteries are more flexible, don't require the same infrastructure as a nuclear power plants, such as water and fuel, and they do not require environmental reviews or permits.
It is important for other states, not just California, to start thinking about energy sources such as solar power, and batterie storage, not coal burning power plants, or nuclear power plants. Climate change in the next decade is going to hit a point where it is irreversible. The effect of this climate change will be major damages that will cost our economy a lot of money to fix.
“In the long run, they would have less need — and maybe no need — for new natural gas generation.” Says Swami Venkataraman, a senior vice president at Moody’s Investors Service who analyzes the utility sector of California.