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    1. Energy Storage: The Hot New Thing in Silicon Valley

      Energy Storage: The Hot New Thing in Silicon Valley

      First, Randy Ross bought a Chevy Volt. Faced with the need to charge his car and eager to cut his utility bill, he installed solar panels on the roof of his Pleasanton home. Now Ross, 61, has taken the next big step toward energy independence: his own battery storage system, which gives him a source of backup power and could ultimately let him tap solar electricity whenever he needs it, not just when the sun is shining. Battery-based energy storage -- for homes, businesses and the electric grid -- is a hot new industry in Silicon Valley, driven by advances in battery chemistry and state policies designed to support the emerging technology.

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      Mentions: California DoE U.S.
    2. California Poised to Adopt First-in-Nation Energy Storage Mandate

      California Poised to Adopt First-in-Nation Energy Storage Mandate

      A California law that requires utilities to get 33 percent of their electricity from renewable sources like solar and wind is widely credited with accelerating the state's cleantech economy. Now state regulators are poised to compel utilities to invest in "energy storage," which could jump-start technology long considered the holy grail of the electricity industry.

      On Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission is expected to vote on a groundbreaking proposal that would require PG&E, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric to collectively buy more than 1.3 gigawatts of energy storage by 2020 -- roughly enough electricity to supply nearly 994,000 homes.

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      Mentions: California Japan U.S.
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