Are Energy-as-a-Service Microgrids the Next Logical Step for California…and the Rest of the U.S.?

California often serves as a bellwether, and now it’s ringing an alarm about a new electric grid vulnerability. As other states brace for the impact of climate change, they watch California's wildfires and power shutoffs and wonder what's in store for them. A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and AlphaStruxure explores energy-as-a-service … [Read more...]

CAISO Confident Microgrids Can Move through Review Process before California’s Fire Season

The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) is confident its existing rules and processes will allow planned microgrids and resiliency projects to be built before the next wildfire season. CAISO’s rules and procedures can handle the microgrids recently proposed by the state’s investor-owned utilities to help prevent planned power … [Read more...]

Southern Cal Edison to Seek Cost, Feasibility Information for Six Microgrids

Southern California Edison (SCE) says it plans to seek cost and feasibility information from vendors soon for six possible microgrids with the intent of making a selection in March. The projects are in Fillmore, Fontana, and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. California's second largest … [Read more...]

Utility Microgrids Come to California with Speed — and Invention

Utility microgrids are coming to California — and fast — according to plans filed before state regulators last week by the state’s three investor-owned utilities. At the urging of the public utilities commission, the utilities are trying to install microgrids quickly, many in 2020, to reduce power outages when the next wildfire season … [Read more...]

CPUC Should Adopt an Ambitious 2030 Carbon Emissions Target

A California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) proposal may not be the most efficient way for the state to attain a zero-carbon electric sector by 2045, which is required by state law. Mohit Chhabra and Sergio Sanchez Lopez of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) explain. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) should set … [Read more...]

How to Get to 100% Renewables? Use Microgrids Says Plan for Cranston, Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats have launched an ambitious project that aims to ensure the city of Cranston achieves 100% renewable energy by 2030 using a series of solar and wind microgrids, a central microgrid, a virtual power plant (VPP) and a municipal utility. The hope is that the Cranston project, led by a group called Ocean State … [Read more...]

City/Utility Partnership Leads to Microgrid at Fire Station in Portland, Oregon

The city of Portland, with financial support from Portland General Electric (PGE), has installed a fire station microgrid that will not only ensure power for crucial services, but also train emergency workers in use of the technology. The project, at Fire Station 1, is one of three microgrid projects by PGE, which is seeking resiliency, … [Read more...]

Xcel Energy to Build 7 Community Microgrids. Negotiating with Siemens and Fluence

Xcel Energy is seeking regulatory approval to move forward with seven microgrids, at a cost to the utility of $23.4 million, chosen from a community resilience solicitation that the Colorado utility issued in May. The microgrids will serve the Denver International Airport Automated Guideway Transit System; National Western Center; Denver Rescue … [Read more...]

Microgrids Up and Running Despite Earthquake and Massive Power Outage in Puerto Rico

With a large swath of Puerto Rico in the dark as a result of this week’s earthquake, there is some good news from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Microgrids in 10 schools are up and running. The solar plus storage microgrids were recently installed by RMI, Save the Children and Kinesis Foundation. Built in remote regions, the microgrids … [Read more...]

California’s Largest Utility Seeks 20 Microgrids to Ward off Wildfire-related Power Outages

Racing to beat California’s next wildfire season, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is seeking companies to install microgrids near 20 substations. The microgrids will be used to keep electricity flowing when the utility shuts down power lines that could spark wildfires during windy and dry weather. California’s largest utility issued … [Read more...]