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by Julian Spector
June 11, 2019

California enjoys plenty of time in the spotlight. It’s the center of film culture, technology, North American viticulture, basketball prowess, and of course, the U.S. energy storage industry.

It’s a vital sign for the health of that industry that last quarter was the least California-centric in recent memory.

The Golden State registered as just a blip on the chart of utility-scale energy capacity, overtaken by Massachusetts, Arizona and New Jersey, in ascending order. It still crushes all competition in the commercial and industrial sector, but its share of megawatts deployed dropped from 96 percent the previous quarter to 80 percent in Q1. On the residential front, California now supplies comfortably less than half of megawatts and megawatt-hours, followed by Hawaii and a motley crew of other states.

This week in Storage Plus, we’re mining Q1 data from the newest Energy Storage Monitor, from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Energy Storage Association, to piece together how the industry is making the jump from its biggest and friendliest state market to a truly national, geographically diverse operation.