PG&E Begins Offering $240M for Generation and Energy Storage Incentives through SGIP

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Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is inviting businesses and consumers to apply for $240 million in renewable and energy storage incentives through its self-generation incentive program (SGIP) for 2017. California regulators have directed PG&E and other investor-owned utilities to distribute $566,692,308 designated to the SGIP program … [Read more...]

Renewables Not a Threat to Electric Reliability, Energy Groups tell Trump Administration

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Solar, wind and advanced energy advocates want the Trump administration to know that renewable energy presents no threat to electric reliability; nor is it killing the coal industry. Three national energy associations -- Advanced Energy Economy, the American Wind Energy Association, and the Solar Energy Industries Association – made their case … [Read more...]

Tribal Microgrid in Northern California Shows How Communities Can Lead on Climate

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As the federal government retracts from climate goals, a small tribal microgrid in Northern California is showing how to reduce greenhouse gases affordably one community at a time. The Blue Lake Rancheria microgrid is now live and collecting data to share with others, according to project partners who spoke on a press call Thursday. Located … [Read more...]

California Microgrid Roadmap Effort Identifies 120 Microgrids in the State

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In the California microgrid roadmap April 25 meeting, Navigant Research presented data showing that California boasts more than 120 existing, developing and proposed microgrid  projects, adding up to 650 MW of peak capacity, with many using solar PV. More than 160 people participated in the workshop in San Diego, either in person or online, said … [Read more...]

California Doubles SGIP Benefits, Gives Big Boost to Energy Storage Funding

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Citing the benefits of energy storage for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, providing grid support and promoting market transformation,  California regulators have doubled incentives for the Self-Generation Incentive Program, giving the lion’s share to energy storage funding. The state’s investor-owned utilities in 2017, 2018 and 2019 must … [Read more...]

California Primed to Gain from Solar Plus Storage…But New Policies Crucial

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Ben Airth and Sachu Constantine of the Center for Sustainable Energy explain how solar plus storage can strengthen California's electric grid -- and the importance of good government policy in helping it do so. When it comes to solar electric power, California has a good thing going – perhaps too good. Too much clean, affordable, abundant … [Read more...]

Getting Personal with Green & Mobile Energy Storage

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When Eli Harris co-founded EcoFlow Tech, his goal was to produce a green and mobile energy storage system that could serve as a mobile power station for consumers needing more than a phone charge. “I wanted to take an industrial amount of power and put it in the consumer market,” said the co-founder and CEO of the company. “There were no … [Read more...]

Demand Energy Brings Pioneering Solar Plus Storage Microgrid to New York City

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Demand Energy is set to begin operating a pioneering solar plus storage microgrid that achieves several firsts for the New York City power grid. News of the project milestone comes just three months after Italian utility giant Enel acquired Demand Energy, a move that made a splash in the microgrid industry and significantly changed the fortunes … [Read more...]

Will Massachusetts Emerge as the Hub of the Microgrid Industry?

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Say ‘oil’ and Houston comes to mind. Software is Silicon Valley. Steel is Pittsburgh. But for the fledgling microgrid industry, a regional identity has yet to form. California and New York are strong contenders. But the title could go to Massachusetts. Consider the company Massachusetts keeps. GE and Schneider Electric, two energy … [Read more...]

Facebook and Microsoft Seed $50M Fund for Energy Access Microgrids

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Facebook and Microsoft are seeding a new $50 million investment fund to create profitable business models for energy access microgrids in areas of the world that lack electricity. Launched April 3, the Microgrid Investment Accelerator (MIA) will initially focus on projects over 5 kW in India, Indonesia and East Africa. Alexia Kelly, CEO of … [Read more...]