Hydrostor advances 3.2-GWh energy storage project to help replace California's Diablo Canyon plant
Utility Dive – November 24
Hydrostor affiliate Pecho LD Energy Storage on Tuesday filed an application with California regulators to develop a 400-MW/3,200-MWh compressed air energy storage facility in San Luis Obispo County. The project, which at full capacity is expected to be able to generate electricity for at least eight hours, is currently slated to come online in 2026 and 2027, and will help California ensure the reliability of its power grid after the planned retirement of the 2.2-GW Diablo Canyon nuclear plant by 2025, according to the developer.
Construction begins at geothermal lithium extraction pilot in California
Energy Storage News – November 18
Developer Controlled Thermal Resources announced last Monday that it has commenced drilling at the Hell’s Kitchen Lithium and Power project. The Salton Sea, a landlocked body of highly-saline water, already hosts about 450 MW of geothermal power plants, but Hell’s Kitchen would be the first new one built in a decade. Investors in the pilot project include Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures.
Interior Department approves 2nd large U.S. offshore wind farm
Associated Press – November 24
The Biden administration approved an offshore wind farm off the coasts of Rhode Island and New York on Wednesday as part of a plan to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030. The U.S. Department of the Interior approved the construction and operations of the South Fork Wind project, the department’s second approval of a commercial-scale, offshore wind energy project in the United States.