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California’s Critical Facility Challenge: The Case for Energy-as-a-Service Municipal Microgrids

Energy-as-a-Service Municipal Microgrids

California’s major wildfires in 2017 and 2018 resulted in the bankruptcy of Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and the expansion of utility policies to shut off portions of the distribution grid during times of high fire risk. These intentional power shut-offs are expected to average 2–5 days, Concerns about the shutdowns have prompted proposed … [Read more...]

California Wildfires and Related Outages Get City Thinking about a Microgrid

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The City of Calistoga, California is moving forward with early-stage discussions with the non-profit Clean Coalition for a community microgrid -- with risk of wildfires and utility power shutdowns driving talks. "We are at the very initial stages of discussion. We had our first meeting with the city council last week and presented various … [Read more...]

Berkeley, California Becomes First US City to Require Building Electrification

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Pierre Delforge, an NRDC senior scientist, describes an historic decision by the city of Berkeley, California that requires electrification of all new buildings — and the trend it may foretell. In a first for California and the nation, the Berkeley, CA, City Council passed a historic ordinance last night requiring that new buildings be built … [Read more...]

Optimal Climate Change Adaptation is Priority Number One

Climate Change Adaptation

Advisian's Tristan Jackson and Andrea Ruotolo stress the importance of climate change adaptation in designing a more sustainable, distributed, resilient grid of the future. As new technologies become available and new conditions emerge, proactive adaptation can cost much less than reacting, particularly when some costs are intangible. When … [Read more...]

Oregon’s Carbon-Capping Bill Could Boost Microgrid Development & Resilience

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A carbon-capping bill with good prospects to pass the Oregon Legislature could boost microgrid development and resilience efforts in the state. HB 2020, sponsored by the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction, where it is now being reviewed, doesn’t specifically address microgrids. But it will create an environment that’s friendly to them, said … [Read more...]