Pacific Gas & Electric Temporarily Suspends Microgrid Solicitation

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Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) says it has temporarily suspended — but not canceled — a request for offers (RFO) issued in December for 20 microgrid projects. The decision came after various stakeholders expressed concern about the California utility's aggressive deadline to get the microgrids built in 2020. PG&E had hoped the … [Read more...]

Cost Savings Drives Decision to Install Microgrid at California Wastewater Treatment Plant

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The McKinleyville Community Services District in northern California has selected Ameresco to build a $2 million microgrid at a wastewater treatment plant. While California has seen a wave of microgrid projects in response to wildfire-related power outages, the McKinleyville project is driven by a desire to cut electricity costs. The … [Read more...]

Update: Senate Energy Bill with Implications for Microgrid Projects Stalls over Unrelated Issue

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Sweeping energy legislation with implications for microgrid development stalled this week in the US Senate over a dispute on limiting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), an unrelated issue. It appeared the bipartisan American Energy Innovation Act was set for a quick vote after its was introduced in late February by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, … [Read more...]

US Senate Debates Energy Bill that Could Affect Microgrid Development

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The US Senate is debating broad-based energy legislation that could affect microgrid development, partly through funding for energy storage and renewable energy programs. The American Energy Innovation Act was introduced in late February by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., after a year of hearings on scores of energy … [Read more...]

New California Bill Would Fund Critical Microgrids for Vulnerable Populations

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California lawmakers are considering a bill that would fund critical microgrids to help municipalities and others deal with power outages. S.B. 1215 was recently introduced by Sen. Henry Stern, a Democrat and the lead sponsor of S.B. 1339, which launched a current effort by the California Public Utilities Commission to take steps to support … [Read more...]

Maryland Agency Offers Grants for Microgrid, DG Planning

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The Maryland Energy Administration has launched a pilot grant program to help municipalities and other organizations plan microgrid and distributed energy projects. “MEA recognizes that the costs incurred in designing successful projects can be significant, and also that well-engineered and analyzed plans lead to shovel-ready designs which … [Read more...]

How Western Australia Can Lead on Renewable Energy Microgrids

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Sophie Vorrath, editor of One Step Off The Grid, describes a new report that outlines the potential for Western Australia to lead on renewable energy microgrids — and what stands in the way. Western Australia has the potential to become a global leader in renewable energy microgrid development and export, a new report has found, but only with … [Read more...]

Will a Single Utility, PG&E, Boost the 2020 Microgrid Market by $1 Billion?

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By some estimates, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is creating a $1 billion opportunity for microgrids, meaning one utility in one year could boost the worldwide market by 10%. Not surprisingly, the California utility by its own account received a “robust” number of bids by companies that want to provide the microgrids. PG&E issued a … [Read more...]

Progress on Puerto Rico’s IRP Plan: What it Means to the Grid and Microgrids

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The Environmental Defense Fund's Daniel Whittle and Agustin Carbó report the latest on the Puerto Rico IRP proceeding, a complex and lengthy regulatory undertaking expected to influence microgrid and renewable energy development on the island. Puerto Rico’s electric grid is extremely fragile and in need of repair. The natural disasters that … [Read more...]

Long Beach, Calif., Urges Regulatory Reforms to Overcome Microgrid Delays

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Pointing to delays in getting a microgrid built, the city of Long Beach, California, is urging state regulators to make changes to speed up the process. The city is focused on two issues: utility rules governing power supply to separate premises and the California Public Utilities Commission’s interconnection rules. Long Beach’s concerns … [Read more...]