PG&E: Partnering with Communities on Microgrids “Critically Important”

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) described partnering with communities on microgrids as “critically important” yesterday following approval by California regulators of the utility’s plan to use microgrids to reduce wildfire-related power outages. The approval was part of a larger order issued by the public utilities commission to … [Read more...]

California Regulators Approve Changes to Support Microgrids as State Braces for Wildfire Season

Microgrids are getting a boost in California with an eye toward accelerating deployments in advance of the 2020 wildfire season thanks to actions voted on today by the California Public Utilities Commission. The commission ordered a number of short-term modifications that large investor-owned utilities must implement immediately: Accelerate … [Read more...]

Battery Storage for Microgrids Growing Globally, But Needs Utility Support

Energy storage systems are on the rise as a component of new microgrids or portable energy supplies that have traditionally used fossil fuel-based resources. But utilities need to undertake more widespread usage of storage on permanent microgrids, according to Guidehouse Insights. Peter Asmus, who developed the “Energy Storage for Microgrids … [Read more...]

Today at the Microgrid Knowledge Virtual Conference: From Business to Education to the Clean Energy Revolution

Join us for a look at "Who Microgrids Serve: From Business to Education to the Clean Energy Revolution" on the second day of the Microgrid Knowledge Virtual Conference. With presentations from leading microgrid experts, today features six sessions. 10 am EDT: Staying the Course on Clean Energy in a Time of Societal Disruption, with: … [Read more...]

California PUC Urged to Order Clean Energy Solicitation to Reduce Wildfire Outages

The California Public Utilities Commission should require Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to issue a clean energy solicitation this summer to reduce the effects of wildfire-related power shutoffs, according to Tesla and other stakeholders who are participating in a state microgrid proceeding. The call for the solicitation is in … [Read more...]

California to Utilities: Move Faster On Microgrid Interconnection

Acknowledging that microgrids face tougher interconnection hurdles than other energy sources, California regulators are scheduled to take a vote that would push utilities to speed things up as wildfire season nears. The California Public Utilities Commission plans to vote June 11 on a proposal that would require large electric investor-owned … [Read more...]

Updated: What Worked and What Didn’t at Six School Microgrids in California

Salinas, California set out out to build six school microgrids two years ago as models for others. Today the project offers what schools do best — lessons — but not only about its successes. The project developers are talking about their challenges, an all too uncommon, but valuable gift to a rapidly growing industry that needs to know what can … [Read more...]

How are Utilities Supporting Distributed Energy Resources During the COVID-19 Crisis?

COVID-19 is hitting the economy hard and companies that develop microgrids and other distributed energy resources (DERs) are not immune. But there are ways that utilities can help them — and several are. Utilities have good reason to step up. Solar and other DERs are especially important during this crisis because they can lower costs for … [Read more...]

California to Include Avoided Transmission Costs in DER Benefits Calculation

The California Public Utilities Commission has agreed to consider avoided transmission costs for the state’s three investor-owned utilities as part of its cost-benefit analysis for distributed energy resources (DERs). The issue centers on the PUC’s “avoided cost calculator,” or ACC, a methodology used to determine the benefits of DERs that … [Read more...]

Deep Savings Make Electric Buses and Microgrid a “No Brainer” for Transit Authority in California

Choosing electric buses powered by a microgrid was an easy decision for the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA), which expects significant fuel savings, resilience and cleaner air from the project in the Los Angeles , Calif. area. “This is a no brainer,” said Macy Neshati, executive director and CEO of AVTA, which provides local, … [Read more...]