Senate committee discusses PG&E’s Tesla-battery fire in Moss Landing

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A meeting of the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources discussed the dangers of battery storage facility like the ones at Moss Landing, on Thursday. During the committee hearing, Senator John Barrasso asked his panel of experts to discuss the fire in Moss Landing. “So I’d like each of you to discuss some of the public safety concerns associated with using lithium ion batteries for energy storage,” said Barrasso. Tim Hemstreet, Managing Director for Renewable Energy Development at PacifiCorp, said they hope to have diverse sources so batteries wont be used as much. “We want wind, we want solar or we want geothermal. We will see batteries. But we also think it’s important to have diverse sources of storage and pumped storage. Hydropower can provide some of that diversity that we think we need,” said Hemstreet. Spencer Nelson, Managing Director – Research and New Initiatives at ClearPath, said the batteries can be a fire risk but they wont be the only storage solution. “The reason we use them is because they’re quite cheap, because we’ve scaled them up for electric vehicles and for consumer electronics. I think it’s really important that we begin to find ways to lower the cost of alternative sources, at least for grid scale storage,” explained Nelson.

A meeting of the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources discussed the dangers of battery storage facility like the ones at Moss Landing, on Thursday.

During the committee hearing, Senator John Barrasso asked his panel of experts to discuss the fire in Moss Landing.

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“So I’d like each of you to discuss some of the public safety concerns associated with using lithium ion batteries for energy storage,” said Barrasso.

Tim Hemstreet, Managing Director for Renewable Energy Development at PacifiCorp, said they hope to have diverse sources so batteries wont be used as much.

“We want wind, we want solar or we want geothermal. We will see batteries. But we also think it’s important to have diverse sources of storage and pumped storage. Hydropower can provide some of that diversity that we think we need,” said Hemstreet.

Spencer Nelson, Managing Director – Research and New Initiatives at ClearPath, said the batteries can be a fire risk but they wont be the only storage solution.

“The reason we use them is because they’re quite cheap, because we’ve scaled them up for electric vehicles and for consumer electronics. I think it’s really important that we begin to find ways to lower the cost of alternative sources, at least for grid scale storage,” explained Nelson.

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