How a Realistic Path to 100% is Playing out in California: The Challenges of a Reliable Mix in the Transition

At-A-Glance:

California is dealing with the complexities of moving to a 100% renewables future by developing a realistic mix of energy solutions that addresses the need for reliability while building a bridge to a clean energy future.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • As a bridge, California proposes extending 4.8 GW gas capacity towards the goal of 3.3 GW of new clean energy by 2023
  • Gas capacity to act as a bridge strategy while added incremental clean energy is brought online
  • A heavy focus on solar with storage (hybrid) as well as stand-alone storage systems seen as most valuable clean energy solutions

 

Path to 100% Perspective:

The order from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) said it best with the words “there is no perfect approach” stated within their latest need to address reliability, dispatchability, and a need to go clean as part of their path to 100% renewables.  Hurdles remain, as the state sees that extending gas will be a necessity as a bridge though many community activity groups oppose this idea; however, the myriad of discussions surrounding these challenges only highlight the fact that every path to 100% will be unique to each region.  See the points, get the stats, and learn more in the article we’re reading at UtilityDive.com titled “California proposes extending 4.8 GW gas capacity as bridge to 3.3 GW of new clean energy by 2023.”