It’s Tuesday, April 5, and the U.S. set a new record for energy storage.

U.S. battery storage surged to a new record last year as power grids and property owners added more than 3,500 megawatts of capacity — enough to power roughly 1 million homes for a few hours at a time. That’s more than double the previous record set in 2020, according to a report released last week by the research firm Wood Mackenzie and the trade group American Clean Power Association, or ACP.

Jason Burwen, vice president of energy storage at ACP, told Utility Dive that the record represents a “sea change” for energy storage, as well as a crucial step for the country to get off of fossil fuels. The more battery storage you have, the more wind and solar power grid operators can keep on hand, ready to be dispatched when clouds roll in or when winds die down.

Read more: Grist

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