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California officials are tracking the progress of new battery energy storage facilities, such as Vistra Energy's 600-MW/24-MWh Morro Bay Energy Storage Project, which is due to begin construction in 2022.

California energy planners and grid officials have embarked on a dizzying number of new initiatives and programs to prepare the electric grid for the demands of this summer.

There are 17 current initiatives and efforts underway to avoid rolling blackouts this summer that were reported to the state Legislature April 7 by the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission and the California Independent System Operator. Included in the thousands of megawatts of new procurement are natural gas and diesel generation, illustrating the urgency of the state's needs, as well as demand response, geothermal, battery energy storage and other resources.

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