New legislation in California that requires battery storage facilities to put in place safety and communication protocols has been signed into law by state governor Gavin Newsom.

Newsom signed Senate Bill 38 (SB 38) earlier this month (7 October). It makes it a requirement for battery storage facilities in the state to put in place emergency response and emergency plans, in addition to existing requirements for their maintenance and operation to meet standards set by the regulatory California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).