Search Results for: California’s major wildfires

How Are California’s PSPS Policies Failing to Stem Fire Damage? SimpliPhi Power Explains

Catherine Von Burg, CEO and president of SimpliPhi Power, provides hard facts to demonstrate how California PSPS  — public safety power shutoffs — don’t go far enough to keep people safe during wildfire season. “In California, PSPS are being marketed as a way to keep the public safe by shutting off the power to prevent forest fires,” said Von … [Read more...]

California’s Critical Facility Challenge: The Case for 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

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...]

Congressman Jimmy Panetta: Microgrids to Move to Front Line of Climate Fight

Microgrids are not just a revolution in the US, but a reality across the globe, said California Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) in the keynote speech at Microgrid California, a one-day event held yesterday in the San Francisco Bay Area and organized by Microgrid Knowledge. Panetta thanked conference participants for being on the … [Read more...]

Think a Land War in Asia is Hard? Try Developing This Microgrid, a First Ever for California and Model for Elsewhere

After scaling multiple development feats, the Redwood Coast Airport Microgrid — California’s first 100% renewable, front-of-the-meter microgrid — has begun construction. The 2.25-MW solar-based microgrid in Humboldt County on California’s northern coast is a model for the state and the country, US Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., said July 7 at … [Read more...]

Microgrid Supporters and Utilities Duke It Out Over Standby Charges in California

California utilities and microgrid advocates are at odds over whether microgrid customers should be spared paying standby charges, a fee that some argue stifles microgrid development. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is sorting through comments it received in an initiative that aims to spur the commercial development of … [Read more...]

Message for President Joe Biden: US Infrastructure Needs Microgrids

President Joe Biden is expected to release an infrastructure plan this month that sounds ready-made for microgrids. His goal, he said, is to make infrastructure “more climate resilient” to achieve “cheaper and cleaner” transport. Although microgrids seem like a perfect match for Biden’s plan, it’s uncertain how much they will play into it. … [Read more...]

California Approves Microgrid Tariffs as Grassroots Groups Push for More Local Control of Energy

In a decision likely to be eyed closely by other states, California regulators yesterday approved microgrid tariffs and rules to hasten the deployment and commercialization of the technology. Approval of the tariffs, as well as accompanying microgrid incentives, followed a year-long effort by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) … [Read more...]

Industry Bullish on Future of Microgrid Market Over Next 10 Years

The microgrid industry is bullish about the future of the microgrid market over the next 10 years, expecting the energy as a service model and modular microgrids to grow quickly worldwide. But in the US, regulatory challenges create hurdles,  said speakers Tuesday during the second day of the Microgrid 2020 Global Conference. “If we lay the … [Read more...]

California to Release Solicitation for Mobile Microgrids to Help During Power Shutoffs

The California Energy Commission (CEC) plans in late December to release a $14 million solicitation for mobile microgrids that will provide resilience during grid outages related to public safety power shutoffs (PSPS). The commission wants to develop and demonstrate ways to increase resilience during grid outages using clean energy … [Read more...]