January 31, 2023
Conference Paper

Capacity Expansion Planning for LA Basin: the Role of Energy Storage


The paper evaluates the deployment of energy storage to support equitable energy outcomes and the clean energy transition in the Los Angeles Basin (LAB). The deployment of energy storage is considered in a 10 zone capacity expansion planning model from 2022-2045. The model is based on the California Public Utility Commission’s 7 zone RESOLVE model but has been modified to give greater spatial granularity in the LAB area by addig 3 new zones representing the Eastern Los Angeles, Western Los Angeles and the El Nido subzones. Three different scenarios are studied in this work; a base case with no natural gas retirements in the LAB, and two cases exploring extreme natural gas retirements, where the 8GW of natural gas belonging to the LAB are retired by 2045. Study results indicate that storage can play a significant role in helping the LAB meeting its energy requirements. However, when considering extreme retirement scenarios, either new generation (such as solar) or capacity (such as new import capacity via transmission lines) will likely be needed to serve projected system loads.

Published: January 31, 2023


Maloney P.R., S. Bhattacharya, X. Ke, A. Venkatraman, A. Somani, and D. Bhatnagar. 2022. Capacity Expansion Planning for LA Basin: the Role of Energy Storage. In IEEE Electrical Energy Storage Application and Technologies Conference (EESAT 2022), November 8-9, 2022, Austin, TX, 1-5. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-174795. doi:10.1109/EESAT55007.2022.9998038