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California Will Replace Gas Power Plants With The World's Largest Battery System

By Koty Neelis

California just made a historic vote that will continue to help the state move away from fossil fuels. After a 4-1 vote last week, the California Public Utilities Commission approved Pacific Gas & Electric's proposal to replace three natural-gas power plants with utility-grade lithium-ion batteries from Tesla.

To make this happen, it involves four separate energy storage projects, two of which will become the largest battery systems in the world. It's the first time a utility and its regulators have replaced power plants with a renewable energy source. No word on how much the project will cost altogether.

Commissioner Liane Randolph called the vote “only one step in the broader challenge we face in managing the state’s fossil fuel fleet.”