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How To Implement California’s Energy Storage Plan


California’s plan calling for a massive amount of energy storage poses challenges for utilities that would be required to implement it. Mark MacCracken, CEO of Calmac, a manufacturer of thermal energy storage systems, discusses the technology options available to utilities in this podcast interview with Lisa Cohn of “There will be a big learning curve,” he says. “We’ll see some test projects.” Utilities will experience multiple benefits with energy storage under the plan. For example, they could use one energy storage device to help them address power quality and arbitrage.

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Lisa Cohn About Lisa Cohn

Lisa Cohn has covered energy for more than 20 years. She is the host of Energy Energy Efficiency Markets Podcast, which has hundreds of thousands of subscribers. Her energy articles have appeared in EnergyBiz, Horizon Air Magazine, Natural Home, Windpower Monthly, Mother Earth News, The Oregonian, and other regional and national publications. She has received numerous awards for her work.


  1. Why are we fighting to optimize a system that by it’s very nature is not optimized for the loads it is trying to serve?

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