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California’s Largest Battery Storage Shut Down by Smoke, Again

  • Vistra closes 100-megawatt facility after system malfunction
  • Incident comes less than six months after previous shutdown
Power inverters and cabling outside the battery building at Vistra’s Moss Landing Energy Storage Facility in Moss Landing, California.

Power inverters and cabling outside the battery building at Vistra’s Moss Landing Energy Storage Facility in Moss Landing, California.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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Vistra Corp. was once again forced to shut down part of California’s biggest battery storage system after some components malfunctioned.  

The company took offline its 100-megawatt Moss Landing battery facility after a safety system activated late on Sunday, according to a statement. It’s the second incident at the plant in less than six months.