As if California didn’t have enough wildfire hazards, its drive to ban fossil fuels from the power grid is creating one more. On Tuesday a Tesla The battery at a utility site in Monterey County caught fire, triggering a shutdown of the state’s scenic coastal highway and alerts to local residents.
California’s electric utilities have installed large batteries to support renewable energy and provide power when the sun goes down. But now we’re learning that batteries have their own reliability issues. It’s not clear how useful PG&EThe huge 182.5-megawatt Tesla battery caught fire Tuesday, but the site had to be unplugged.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/californias-tesla-battery-fire-monterey-green-energy-fossil-fuels-11663796046 California’s Tesla Battery Fire – WSJ