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EIA: Large-Scale U.S. Battery Power Capacity Slated for Fourfold Expansion in Two Years

August 19, 2021

Large-scale battery power capacity in the U.S. surged 35% over 2020 to reach 1,650 MW, and according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), utilities are planning to ramp up that capacity by 10 GW over the next two years.

In a newly released report, Battery Storage in the United States: An Update on Market Trends, the EIA reported, citing an annual report, that at the end of 2019, 163 large-scale battery energy storage systems (BESS)—grid-connected systems of more than 1 MW—were operating in the U.S., representing a maximum energy capacity of 1,688 MWh and a maximum power capacity of 1,022 MW.

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