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 Seeks to Put a Monetary Value on Microgrid Reliability, Other Benefits

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How do you place a monetary value on microgrid reliability and other benefits, such as providing greenhouse gas reductions and boosting public confidence? That's just one of the many issues being explored as the California Energy Commission (CEC) continues to map out microgrid policy in a series of workshops. As part of the … [Read more...]

California Aims to Simplify and Standardize Microgrids

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Cars have standard configurations: vans, mini-vans, and sports cars. Can we standardize microgrids the same way? That’s one of the issues that was explored Tuesday in the second of five workshops organized by the California Energy Commission in its effort to map out microgrid policy. "We may find in microgrids, there are four or five … [Read more...]

California Awards $1.5M to Plan Advanced Microgrid in Santa Monica

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The California Energy Commission last week granted $1.5 million for planning and design of an advanced microgrid in Santa Monica. The funding comes from the state’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program, created to bring innovative clean energy ideas to market. Santa Monica won the money from an EPIC competition earlier this year, … [Read more...]

Planning Begins on California Microgrid Road Map

State policymakers will begin work this week on a California microgrid road map, an effort to remove barriers to microgrid development. The California Energy Commission will hold a workshop May 24 at 1:30 p.m. (Pacific time) with the Public Utilities Commission and the California Independent System Operator. The session is geared toward … [Read more...]

California Sets World's Strongest Energy Efficiency Standards for Small Directional Light Bulbs

NRDC's Noah Horowitz explains new light bulb energy efficiency standards in California that are expected to cut the state's annual electricity bill by more than $400 million. The California Energy Commission (CEC) made history again today when it set minimum energy efficiency standards for small diameter directional light bulbs used for accent, … [Read more...]

California Offers R&D Grants for Microgrid Controls to Manage Renewables

California is offering $11.7 million for research & development into smart grid technology, including microgrid controls, to help reach the state’s goal of 20 GW of renewable generation by 2020. Issued November 30 by the California Energy Commission, the grant solicitation focuses on smart technologies that make it easier to integrate large … [Read more...]

California Offers $31M for Zero Net Energy Buildings, Efficient Communities

California is offering up to $31 million in grants for projects that demonstrate zero net energy building and integrated demand-side management (DSM) for communities. Issued by the California Energy Commission on Sept. 23, 2015, the solicitation seeks pilot projects that use advanced technologies for existing and new buildings. The commission … [Read more...]

California to Offer $47M in Grants for Advanced Energy Communities

California plans to offer grants totaling $47 million to encourage creation of ‘advanced energy communities,’ places where electricity demand is met through efficiency, renewable energy, and storage. The California Energy Commission described the program in a draft solicitation scheduled for release in October. Advanced energy communities achieve … [Read more...]

California Energy Commission to Issue $120M in Solicitations for Energy Resiliency, Smart Grid, Efficiency, Grid Planning

The California Energy Commission plans to issue solicitations for energy resiliency, smart grid, and other energy technology and programs totaling more than $120 million in the second half of 2015. Below is a listing of the planned solicitations, expected date of release, and amount of money to be offered. Conduct Energy Research Gap … [Read more...]