California Regulators Redirect Electric Transportation Strategy; Stakeholders Protest

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The California Public Utilities Commission late last week terminated its docket on transportation electrification and opened a new one to create a more coordinated strategy for electric vehicles and their integration into the electric grid. The order, particularly in its draft form, attracted opposition from industry stakeholders, who filed … [Read more...]

Culver City, California Considers a Microgrid Following Move to Community Aggregation

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Culver City, California, better known as the home of movie studios, is setting the stage to host a microgrid, with a feasibility study underway by Willdan Group. The city plans to pursue the microgrid for two main reasons: “We want to save money and energy,” said Charles Herbertson, Culver City’s public works director and engineer. The city … [Read more...]

Microgrid to Safeguard Emergency Medicine Supply for Disaster Relief Group

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Direct Relief, a not-for-profit charitable organization, has installed a microgrid at its 155,000 square foot warehouse in Santa Barbara, Calif., to help ensure it can fulfill its mission to provide medicine and medical supplies for disaster relief. The idea for the installation was “largely informed by our experience in Puerto Rico” where … [Read more...]

Microgrids for Energy-Hungry Cannabis Growers in California City

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SALT Energy, a Maryland based developer of renewable energy and microgrid projects, has teamed up with Baker Energy Team of Roseville, Calif., to explore the development of microgrids to serve new businesses in California City, especially cannabis growing operations. A microgrid project could be in operation as soon as next summer, according … [Read more...]

Barrier to Energy Storage in New York?

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New York is crafting one of the most ambitious energy storage targets in the nation, but major barriers could make it difficult to meet the target, according to a recent filing with state regulators by storage developer GI Energy. The affiliate of Shell New Energies US argues that energy storage developers face “massive uncertainty” … [Read more...]

PJM Rule Changes Could Reduce Revenue for Energy Storage

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The PJM Interconnection has made a temporary change in the rules for its frequency regulation market that could mean lower revenue and market participation for energy storage. The proposed rule -- which still requires approval by federal regulators -- addresses price spikes, or "price excursions," observed by PJM staff. Reinstates floor … [Read more...]

What Ohio’s New PowerForward Collaborative will Tackle

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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio advanced its grid modernization planning last week by creating a PowerForward Collaborative. Led by commission staff and comprised of utility stakeholders, the collaborative will hold its first meeting December 6 (Cases 18-1595-EL-GRD, 18-1596-EL-GRD, 18-1597-EL-GRD). The collaborative is charged … [Read more...]

San Diego Zoo Adds Storage to its Energy Menagerie

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San Diego Zoo Global has chosen a unit of EDF Renewables North America to provide a 1 MW/4 MWh energy storage system that is designed to reduce energy costs while limiting emissions at the zoo. The zoo will use the storage project to smooth spikes in energy usage, thereby, lowering demand charges. The system will also minimize energy costs by … [Read more...]

Leveraging Wholesale Markets to Create the Affordable Microgrid

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Microgrids are not just for reliability. They also are used to manage energy pricing through leveraging wholesale markets. We explain how in part five of this six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series on reliability-as-a-service and the affordable microgrid.   Gas-fired microgrids offer operational flexibility that is crucial to … [Read more...]

Why Use Natural Gas in Microgrids?

We explore the advantages of natural gas-fired microgrids in part four of a six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series on the affordable microgrid. Microgrids can use a variety of generation sources: natural gas, diesel, flywheels, fuel cells, energy storage, solar panels and even wind turbines. Here we look at what natural gas … [Read more...]