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France to Use Batteries for Renewables Instead of Power Lines

  • Pilot project explores way to avoid building new power lines
  • Grids want to cut the cost and impact of the energy transition
Electricity pylons in Hayes, France.

Photographer: Giovanni del Brenna/Bloomberg

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France’s grid operator will test storing excess wind and solar power in batteries to reduce the need to build new transmission lines that involve heavy construction work and take longer to complete.