California PUC Orders Clean Energy Procurement, Launches DER Rulemaking

California continues blazing a trail in the US energy transition under two decisions last week, one that requires utilities to buy 11,500 MW of emissions-free power supply and a second that launches a new regulatory proceeding focused on preparing the grid for proliferating distributed energy resources (DERs), including electric vehicles. More … [Read more...]

Maryland RFI Seeks Microgrid Information to Help Electrify Bus Fleet

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has issued a request for information (RFI) for firms that can plan, provide, operate, and maintain facilities for bus electrification, and it is considering incorporating microgrids into the project. The due date for responding is July 21. The RFI (RFI-21-064-EQ) issued June 23 by the … [Read more...]

UC Berkeley Seeks Help as It Pursues Microgrid Project

The University of California, Berkeley, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a financial consultant to help the university set up a renewable energy microgrid covering its campus. After studying the issue for several years, the university late last year narrowed its options for replacing its aging natural gas-fired combined heat and … [Read more...]

DC Water Issues Request for Interest in Wastewater Microgrid Project

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority has issued a microgrid RFI (request for interest) for the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in Washington, D.C. DC Water is holding an outreach meeting at 3 p.m. May 25 to discuss the RFI. Letters of interest are due June 14. DC Water said it issued the RFI on May 14 to get … [Read more...]

Group Plans Community Microgrid in Los Angeles Neighborhood. RFP to Go Out this Year

A nonprofit group in Los Angeles, California, is preparing to develop a community microgrid in the city’s Pacific Palisades neighborhood. The group, Resilient Palisades, expects the community microgrid to boost resiliency in an area plagued by power outages, as well as lower electricity costs and improve the environment. In the project’s … [Read more...]

Go Slow to Go Fast When Writing a Microgrid RFP

When writing a microgrid RFP (requests for proposals), it’s important to go slow in order to go fast. This means that it’s critical to do as much upfront work as possible before issuing the microgrid RFP. “Adding extra time at the front end and thoughtfulness into the RFP with as much detail as possible can help you finish a more successful … [Read more...]

California Agency Highlights Funding for Microgrid, Innovative Projects. Considers ‘VOR’ Research

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has provided $151 million in funding for grid resilience and safety research and demonstration projects, including microgrids, the agency said in an annual report on its Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) initiative. EPIC-funded microgrids, like those installed at fire stations in Fremont, … [Read more...]

Australian Utility Issues Solicitation for New Way to Power Diesel-Dependent Regions

Sophie Vorrath, editor of the Australian publication "One Step Off the Grid," describes a recent solicitation for remote microgrids in Queensland. Queensland utility Ergon Energy has called for expressions of interest for the provision of low-carbon or renewable energy generation solutions for two diesel fuel-dependent remote communities in … [Read more...]

Menlo Park, California, Issues RFP for Microgrid at Campus Paid for by Facebook

Menlo Park, California, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) that seeks a company to design, build and operate a solar-based microgrid and electric vehicle chargers for a community center. The city is holding an optional prebid meeting on April 21 at 11 a.m. PDT. Bids are due May 18 and city staff expect to provide a contract to the … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County Sets March 3 Hearing Date for Plan that Calls for Multiple Microgrids

The Cuyahoga County Council on Feb. 23 took a first step toward adopting a plan for multiple microgrids in the northeast Ohio county when it referred the proposed ordinance to the “committee of the whole.” Cuyahoga County is preparing to issue requests for proposals (RFPs) for multiple microgrids in an effort to spur business … [Read more...]