AT&T, the country’s largest wireless company, said on Tuesday that it plans to open an energy-storage facility in Washington state and install more than 100 megawatts of battery storage in the state.
The company said it plans the facility in response to growing demand from electric car drivers who are driving longer distances than they used to, as well as a demand for energy storage for homes and businesses.
AT&t said that it expects to invest $5 billion in its electric vehicle charging infrastructure by the end of 2019.
The company said that the facility will be the largest in the country and that it will add a total of 6,600 megawatts (MW) of electric battery storage capacity by the 2020 end.
The announcement comes amid growing concerns over the impact of climate change on the environment and the impact that the energy industry is having on consumers.
The electric car industry has become a major source of pollution in the United States.
The energy storage facility will provide more than 3,000 megawatts, or about 1,200 megawatts in terms of total capacity, of power for the electric grid, said Mike McManus, a senior analyst at the consulting firm Energy Research Partners.
That is equivalent to more than 1.8 million U.S. homes, he said.
The facility will allow the company to capture and store some of that power, he added.
“We will be able to store some amount of energy for future use and, with the new facility, we can increase that use to about one-third of our current electric capacity,” McManuses said.
“It is a very significant addition to the utility grid.”
The facility will also store power from the natural gas industry and power from nuclear power plants, he explained.
The utility, in its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, said it is a significant step toward meeting its goal of meeting its 2023 renewable energy goal by having more than 400 MW of energy storage.
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Energy Storage facility will enable AT&ts customers to increase their storage options while also increasing their overall renewable energy use,” AT&TS said in its SEC filing.
“AT&ts energy storage is currently available for use by utility customers as a backup power source for the grid.”
In the filing, AT&Ts said that its total energy storage assets are valued at more than $1.5 trillion.
The utility also said that over the next five years, it will invest $1 billion in energy storage facilities, which will allow it to provide customers with more energy than they have today.