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California Energy Commission (CEC) officials announced on Wednesday that they will begin to certify the 500MW Gem Energy Storage Facility in Kern County.

California Energy Commission (CEC) officials announced on Wednesday that they will begin to certify an energy storage facility development in Kern County that would help California continue to transition more into renewable energy use and severely reduce greenhouse gases.

According to the CEC and Hydrostor, the Canadian company looking to build it, the facility would ultimately be able to store up to 500 megawatts of energy through compressed air systems, and would be used to help the electrical system at peak times when more energy is needed. The facility, to be named the Gem Energy Storage Facility, would also connect up with the Southern California Edison power system and would power up to 400,000 homes in Southern California when needed. The total cost of the facility comes to $975 million, would be operational by 2026, and would bring 30 to 40 jobs to the town of Rosamond, as well as 700 temporary construction jobs.

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Source: California Globe

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