EVs Provide Valuable Grid Services, But Regulations Needed: Pilot

EVs Provide Valuable Grid Resources

EVs provide valuable grid services, but regulations are needed to ensure that the benefits are maximized, according to a report about a BMW/PG&E pilot program, BMW iCharge Forward. BMW and PG&E partnered in a demand response program involving 100 BMW i3 cars in the San Francisco Bay area plus a solar-powered stationary BMW 2nd life … [Read more...]

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...]

Higher-Priced, Fast EV Charging Proposed for Some PG&E Areas

fast ev charging

PG&E customers have told the utility they want more fast EV charging options, but those come at a higher price, as outlined in a new proposal from the utility that aims to get more of the vehicles on the road. To create the infrastructure needed for DC fast chargers, which can fully charge an EV in about 20 to 30 minutes, the utility must … [Read more...]

California Approves Compromise on Competitive EV Charging

competitive EV charging

California regulators approved a competitive EV charging model on Thursday that is expected to spur a record number of charging stations. The much-awaited decision by the California Public Utilities Commission emerged from a compromise struck by environmental organizations, EV drivers, EV charging companies and Pacific Gas & Electric … [Read more...]

AEP Seeks Okay to Invest $52M in 8-10 Utility Microgrids

utility microgrids

American Electric Power (AEP) unveiled plans this week to invest $52 million to build 8-10 utility microgrids as part of a smart city design for Columbus, Ohio. AEP Ohio filed the microgrid proposal with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio as part of an update to the utility’s Electric Security Plan. The proposal makes AEP the latest in a … [Read more...]

Proposed Decision on EV Charging Wins Praise in California

EV Charging Station

Private EV charging providers and users are hailing a proposed decision before California regulators for its handling of competitive concerns. An administrative law judge filed the proposal November 14 before the California Public Utilities Commission (A.15-02-009) on a plan by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to install 7,500 charging … [Read more...]

PG&E Issues Findings on Battery Storage in Wholesale Markets

battery storage in wholesale markets

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) says it sees “great potential” for energy storage after demonstrating use of battery storage in wholesale markets. The utility recently announced the results of the project, began in 2014. PG&E set out to show how batteries can provide energy and ancillary services in markets run by the California … [Read more...]

EarthSpark’s Haiti Microgrid “Fared Comparatively Well” in Hurricane Matthew & Other News

Haiti microgrid

EarthSpark Team Seeks Help Restoring Haiti Microgrid A team from EarthSpark, a non-profit that has developed a microgrid in Haiti, was caught in the hard-hit area of Les Anglais where Hurricane Matthew made landfall earlier this month. The team is safe, and they are now repairing the Les Anglais microgrid which they said fared comparatively … [Read more...]

Alaska Center Seeks New Microgrid Technology…Microgrid Brings Peace & Quiet to Kenya Park…Other Quick News

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Funds available in microgrid technology competition The Alaska Center for Microgrid Technologies has launched a competition that offers financial and lab assistance for microgrid technology development. The grand prize winner will receive $275,000 to accelerate commercialization and improve operation and efficiency of a microgrid technology. … [Read more...]

Nanogrid Building in San Francisco Grapples with Utility Incentives

nanogrid building

Developers of one-of-a-kind nanogrid building in San Francisco are grappling with challenges stemming from the incentives they're receiving from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), through Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). The project, Sol-Lux Alpha, is a four-unit condo building  with a 42-kW photovoltaic array and 105 kWh … [Read more...]