What Does the Extension of California’s Cap-and-Trade Mean for Microgrid Development?

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California lawmakers voted this week to extend the state's cap-and-trade program to 2030, a move expected to boost microgrid development, especially when coupled with other climate plays. Backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, the legislation won passage by a two-thirds vote in the Assembly and the Senate. By itself the extension isn't expected to … [Read more...]

California Microgrid Dream Getting Real…Navigant & Energy Storage…Hawaii & Renewables

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California Microgrid Dream Getting Real The California microgrid market is expected to get a boost in July with two key events: release of a solicitation that will offer $44.7 million in microgrid grant money and the next meeting to map out a road forward on state policy. The fourth microgrid roadmap meeting is set for July 26 at the … [Read more...]

Grid Modernization Slow in Massachusetts: Where are the Microgrids?

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Massachusetts is coming up short in its five-year grid modernization effort, according to several stakeholder groups who recently filed comments on utility plans being reviewed by state regulators. At issue is the lack of innovation and vision by Massachusetts utilities, which some critics say will impede the state’s ability to accommodate … [Read more...]

Con Ed Gets Okay on More Non-Wires Alternatives: “What Was New Has Become Normal”

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Not so long ago, mentioning the term non-wires alternatives evoked a “Huh?” But now in New York, non-wires alternatives are becoming standard utility business practice, as evidenced Thursday by an important state Public Service Commission vote. The commission approved an indefinite extension of Consolidated Edison's Brooklyn-Queens Demand … [Read more...]

A Look at the 13 New Jersey Microgrid Projects that Won State Funding

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Thirteen New Jersey microgrid projects won state funding for feasibility studies in late June. Here are details of their plans, supplied by the Board of Public Utilities, including the incentive amounts, time expected to complete the feasibility studies and description of the microgrid projects. See related story about these microgrid projects: … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Energy Storage Target Comes with Less Clout but More Money

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Massachusetts' new energy storage target isn't mandatory as some industry players had hoped -- but comes with more money. The state Department of Energy Resources (DOER) on Friday announced the much-awaited specifics of the program. The state called for utilities to secure 200 MWh of energy storage by 2020. But the target is “aspirational” -- … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Industry Hopes for Stroke of Gov. Cuomo’s Pen

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New York looks poised to be another big win for the energy storage industry, pending the signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo on a recently passed bill to create an energy storage target. Cuomo has yet to show his hand, but energy storage advocates are hopeful that the already green-leaning governor will sign SB 5190/AB 6571. The bipartisan … [Read more...]

Bigger is Not Better: Grid Modernization and the Antiquated Concept of ‘Baseload’

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The US electric grid is having its smart phone moment. Will the federal government get in the way? That’s the worry of clean energy groups that are arming themselves with research on grid modernization. The groups are responding to an April 14 memo where U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry questions policy that encourages renewable and … [Read more...]

NY Green Bank Exceeds Financial Goals, Readies for Significant Microgrid Investment

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The NY Green Bank, which is financing microgrids, solar, wind and a range of other green energy projects, has beat its financial goals for the year, according to a report issued late last week. The public/private fund generated $2.7 million in net positive income for 2016/17, with revenue exceeding costs one year ahead of expectations. In … [Read more...]

California to Offer $44.7M Next Month in Quest of the Standardized Microgrid

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California plans to put $44.7 million behind the industry quest for standardized microgrid configurations, a move to drive down costs. The California Energy Commission (CEC) will award the funds by way of a request for proposals (RFP), scheduled for July. Because most microgrids are customized, it has been difficult for the industry to drive … [Read more...]