FERC Tariff Approvals Open Way for Energy Storage in Wholesale Markets

energy storage

US regulators gave energy storage a boost with recent approvals of tariffs filed by grid operators that create standardized ways of offering the resource to wholesale markets. “The tariffs improve prospects for storage by clarifying and standardizing the rules under which it participates, and tell market operators they need to accommodate … [Read more...]

Homes to Sell Renewable Energy to Businesses in Vermont’s First of a Kind Local Energy Marketplace

local energy

The Holy Grail of local energy lies in the ability of customers to sell to one another. LO3 Energy, a leader in the quest, took a big step today with a program that lets homeowners sell renewables directly to businesses served by Vermont utility Green Mountain Power. Called Vermont Green, the pilot project also looks to solve some haunting … [Read more...]

Will New Jersey Lawmakers Step up for Microgrids before the Next Disaster?

town center microgrids

As New Jersey prepares for a second round of funding for town center microgrids, some worry that the microgrids may never see the light of day. The problem? The projects need an infusion of private money to go forward. But state rules make it difficult for government to partner with private industry on energy projects. Town center … [Read more...]

A Good Trade to Keep the Lights on in San Francisco’s Bay Area

energy resilience

With electric reliability now precarious in the San Francisco Bay Area, community power suppliers are making a deal with customers that benefits both: We give you low-cost energy resilience, you let us tap into your battery storage. Part of the goal of the innovative program is to help customers avoid public safety power shutoffs from … [Read more...]

Life Won Thanks to the Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid

Blue Lake Rancheria microgrid

There is no way to say it that doesn’t sound dramatic. The Blue Lake Rancheria microgrid saved lives when its owner welcomed in the broader community during the recent sweep of wild-fire related power shutoffs in northwest Humboldt County, California. Some came to the tribal rancheria because they depend on medical equipment that runs on … [Read more...]

Microgrid Industry to California: Help Us Help You

microgrid companies

We can move faster installing microgrids, but you need to make some changes. That’s the overarching message from microgrid companies to California regulators as the state faces utility power shutoffs for years to come. The recommendations are pouring into the California Public Utilities Commission as it attempts to translate into regulation … [Read more...]

Report Predicts Jump in Natural Gas Prices as California Communities Pursue Electrification

natural gas

Two more cities are choosing electrification in California, efforts that are expected to lead to defection from natural gas and a consequent rise in its prices, according to a draft report submtted to the California Energy Commission. The cities — Mountain View and Morgan Hill — became the 11th and 12th communities in the state to pass … [Read more...]

Philadelphia Tackles Climate Change through Partnerships

Philadelphia

Philadelphia will be the site of Microgrid 2020, June 2-3. Here Peter Maloney of Microgrid Knowledge looks at the city's innovative climate strategies. Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney earlier this month announced the creation of a private-public partnership that marks the city’s latest effort in battling climate change. Registration is now … [Read more...]

More Power Outages in California? No Big Deal for Fremont Fire Department

Fremont

Utilities in California are pre-emptively turning off transmission lines that could spark wildfires, but residents of Fremont can sleep a little more soundly knowing that the city’s microgrids will be there. About two years ago, Fremont installed microgrids at three of its fire stations. At the time, the city was interested in getting clean … [Read more...]

Good Microgrids Make Good Neighbors: EcoBlock Seeks Model Way to Share Energy

neighborhood microgrid

As a neighborhood microgrid forms in Oakland, California, project planners find themselves grappling with a question unique to the age of local energy: How will neighbors cooperate with one another to share electricity? Being developed by a team from the University of California, Berkeley, the Oakland EcoBlock Project aims to provide an … [Read more...]