How Different the California Grid Will Look by 2025

Senate Bill 100

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

microgrids and electric vehicles

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...]

California Approves Compromise on Competitive EV Charging

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California regulators approved a competitive EV charging model on Thursday that is expected to spur a record number of charging stations. The much-awaited decision by the California Public Utilities Commission emerged from a compromise struck by environmental organizations, EV drivers, EV charging companies and Pacific Gas & Electric … [Read more...]

AEP Seeks Okay to Invest $52M in 8-10 Utility Microgrids

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American Electric Power (AEP) unveiled plans this week to invest $52 million to build 8-10 utility microgrids as part of a smart city design for Columbus, Ohio. AEP Ohio filed the microgrid proposal with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio as part of an update to the utility’s Electric Security Plan. The proposal makes AEP the latest in a … [Read more...]

Proposed Decision on EV Charging Wins Praise in California

EV Charging Station

Private EV charging providers and users are hailing a proposed decision before California regulators for its handling of competitive concerns. An administrative law judge filed the proposal November 14 before the California Public Utilities Commission (A.15-02-009) on a plan by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to install 7,500 charging … [Read more...]