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

Puerto Rico IRP

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...]

Judge Rules Against Ban on Natural Gas Fuel Cells in Santa Clara, California

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In a ruling that could affect microgrid options in California, a judge said Santa Clara, California, violated state law when it passed a resolution banning non-renewable fuels for distributed generation, including fuel cells. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Thomas Kuhnle last month agreed with Bloom Energy that the California … [Read more...]

Final New Jersey Energy Master Plan Makes Way for Microgrids

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy this week unveiled the state’s energy master plan, which includes provisions to facilitate the proliferation of microgrids in the state. The plan is intended to move the state toward a goal of 100% clean energy by 2050. To bolster the plan, Murphy also signed Executive Order No. 100, which directs the New Jersey … [Read more...]

CPUC Should Adopt an Ambitious 2030 Carbon Emissions Target

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A California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) proposal may not be the most efficient way for the state to attain a zero-carbon electric sector by 2045, which is required by state law. Mohit Chhabra and Sergio Sanchez Lopez of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) explain. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) should set … [Read more...]

How to Get to 100% Renewables? Use Microgrids Says Plan for Cranston, Rhode Island

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats have launched an ambitious project that aims to ensure the city of Cranston achieves 100% renewable energy by 2030 using a series of solar and wind microgrids, a central microgrid, a virtual power plant (VPP) and a municipal utility. The hope is that the Cranston project, led by a group called Ocean State … [Read more...]

City/Utility Partnership Leads to Microgrid at Fire Station in Portland, Oregon

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The city of Portland, with financial support from Portland General Electric (PGE), has installed a fire station microgrid that will not only ensure power for crucial services, but also train emergency workers in use of the technology. The project, at Fire Station 1, is one of three microgrid projects by PGE, which is seeking resiliency, … [Read more...]

Private Company Wants to Buy Utility on Hawaiian Island, Build Microgrids

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Pulama Lanai is in exploratory discussions with Hawaiian Electric to buy the electric utility’s assets on the small Hawaiian island and is looking to build microgrids at the island’s two hotels as a first step toward making the island’s energy sources 100% sustainable. Privately held Pulama Lanai was created in 2012 to manage Lanai’s … [Read more...]

US Clean Future Act Includes Grants and Support for Microgrids and Energy Storage

Clean Future Act

Lawmakers from the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week released the framework for a comprehensive clean energy bill, the Clean Future Act, that includes grants and other support for microgrids and energy storage. The bill lays out a climate plan to make the US net-zero for greenhouse gases no later than 2050 and gives states the … [Read more...]

Policy & Regulatory Shifts Opening Door for Agriculture Microgrids, More in California

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Agricultural regions don't always have robust electrical infrastructure, fast internet and other key services needed for manufacturers and large businesses to remain competitive. So operating at the grid edge has become "an increasingly risky proposition," particularly for agricultural and food processing companies in California, according to a new … [Read more...]

Frustrated with Outages, These Seniors Have Big Microgrid Plans, Even Bigger Obstacles

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Outage-weary seniors in an Oakmont, California community have encountered numerous regulatory obstacles to their ambitious microgrid plans. Residents of Oakmont Village Association, whose average age is 75, in 2019 endured five blackouts due to fires and also public safety power shut offs by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), said Ken Smith, … [Read more...]