Utilities Propose Resiliency Adders that Could Benefit California Microgrids

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As California braces for a hot summer and another wildfire season, the state’s two largest utilities have put forward proposals aimed at mitigating those risks, including "resiliency adders," incentives that could encourage the development of microgrids. Both Pacific Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison (SCE) have petitioned the … [Read more...]

What are Non-Wires Alternatives?

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Non-wires alternatives (NWAs) use distributed energy resources and microgrids to defer or replace the installation of more traditional 'wires and poles' infrastructure. When utilities choose non-wires alternatives, they often save ratepayers money by avoiding investments in costly infrastructure. By utilizing distributed energy resources (DER) at … [Read more...]

The Hurricanes of the West — Wildfires — Spur More Microgrids in California

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After wildfires caused power outages in California, the tinder box state is considering more microgrids in a proceeding before state regulators. “Wildfires are now to California what Sandy was to New York,” said Rick Bolton, CEO of Compass Energy Platform, referencing the 2012 superstorm that spurred a government push for microgrids after … [Read more...]

How Different the California Grid Will Look by 2025

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Quickly growing community choice aggregations (CCA) are expected to play a significant role in drawing 85 percent of customers away from California's investor-owned utilities by 2025, according to a new report. The community aggregation report was one of three on grid disruption released by Next 10, an organization with a goal of improving … [Read more...]

Rebuilding with Community Microgrids in Wake of California Fires: Sonoma County

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In the wake of the fires that ravaged Sonoma County in October 2017, the Clean Coalition — a non-profit that aims to accelerate the use of clean energy and technologies — is working to create community microgrids in the area. The organization compares efforts in Sonoma County to work in Puerto Rico, where hurricanes ravaged the island and … [Read more...]

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Vehicle-to-Grid Services

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All eyes are on Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) as it tests the ability of EVs to help power homes during outages and provide demand response. Will vehicle-to-grid live up to its big promise? Industry insiders are both optimistic and cautious. “The biggest challenge to using EVs to flow power back to the grid is that doing so would … [Read more...]

Microgrids and Electric Vehicles: How One Will Drive the Other

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Schneider Electric’s Kevin Self illustrates the future of electrification by describing what it might be like in a coffee shop. Just as consumers today assume they will get Wi-Fi with their latte, those tomorrow might also expect some watts for the car. “You won’t need gas stations except to buy lottery tickets or get milk or beer. The cars … [Read more...]

EVs Provide Valuable Grid Services, But Regulations Needed: Pilot

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EVs provide valuable grid services, but regulations are needed to ensure that the benefits are maximized, according to a report about a BMW/PG&E pilot program, BMW iCharge Forward. BMW and PG&E partnered in a demand response program involving 100 BMW i3 cars in the San Francisco Bay area plus a solar-powered stationary BMW 2nd life … [Read more...]

PG&E Begins Offering $240M for Generation and Energy Storage Incentives through SGIP

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Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is inviting businesses and consumers to apply for $240 million in renewable and energy storage incentives through its self-generation incentive program (SGIP) for 2017. California regulators have directed PG&E and other investor-owned utilities to distribute $566,692,308 designated to the SGIP program … [Read more...]

Higher-Priced, Fast EV Charging Proposed for Some PG&E Areas

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PG&E customers have told the utility they want more fast EV charging options, but those come at a higher price, as outlined in a new proposal from the utility that aims to get more of the vehicles on the road. To create the infrastructure needed for DC fast chargers, which can fully charge an EV in about 20 to 30 minutes, the utility must … [Read more...]