California Gets Smart-Grid Funds to Bottle Wind

November 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Pacific Gas & Electricity has won one of the Obama Administration’s 16 advanced grid awards totaling $620 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, aimed at making more renewable energy available to the grid. PG&E’s $25 million award will fund initial work to see if California can store its excess night time wind – in air. The utility planned ( previous story ) to build 300 MW of compressed-air energy storage that will enable Californians to get more clean power out of the wind energy that is currently on their grid, but goes to waste in the wee hours while they sleep.

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California Gets Smart-Grid Funds to Bottle Wind


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