California Seeks Way to Get Energy Choice Right This Time

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Given its influence, it’s never a pretty sight when California goes astray on energy policy. The energy crisis of 2000-01 still looms large. Its rolling blackouts and skyrocketing costs impaired America’s then nascent customer choice movement. But fast forward nearly two decades and customer choice is reborn -- although not in the way the … [Read more...]

Surprise, Confusion and Now a Closer Look at the Carson Microgrid

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The city council of Carson, California has opted to take a closer look at a community microgrid proposed by Charge Bliss, although the city manager recommended that the project be nixed. With a September deadline looming for a potential $10 million state grant, the council scheduled a workshop on the microgrid for Tuesday, August 14. The … [Read more...]

Will this California City Become a Shining Example for Microgrids or a Cautionary Tale?

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To David Bliss the proposed Carson solar project offers the best of what the microgrid industry offers: a way to help green the energy supply of a disadvantaged community, save it some money, and provide electric reliability. So the founder of Charge Bliss is bewildered by what he’s about to face today: a possible vote by the city council to … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Lawmakers Pass Bill that Opens New Prospects for Microgrids

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Energy insiders see the emergence of new microgrid opportunities in Massachusetts from clean energy legislation passed last week and now awaiting the signature of Gov. Charlie Baker. An Act to Advance Clean Energy (H.4857) won unanimous Senate support and near-unanimous House support, with only one nay vote. The legislation opens up … [Read more...]

Tribe Seeks Energy Sovereignty With Solar Microgrid, Eco-Village & Utility

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A tribal community in Cape Cod, Massachusetts is pursuing energy sovereignty with a solar microgrid, eco-village and Tribal Utility Authority, and to date has received two federal grants to support this effort. The Mashpee Wampanoag Community Development Corp (MWCDC) hopes to establish energy self-sufficiency that supports its sustainability … [Read more...]

Utility Non-Wires Alternative RFPs Coming to Massachusetts?…Enel X Expands Canadian Footprint

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Massachusetts House paves way for non-wires alternative solicitations The Massachusetts House of Representatives yesterday approved a grid resiliency bill that could open the way for utilities to issue competitive solicitations for non-wires alternatives. HB 4739 would require that utilities file annual resiliency reports to show areas of … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Seeks Developers for Five Industrial Microgrids

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Puerto Rico continues to make good on its promise to rebuild with microgrids, issuing five solicitations this week for industrial microgrids that can operate independently from the grid indefinitely. The solicitations are the island's latest move to segment its grid after a near total collapse from the September 2017 Hurricane Maria. The … [Read more...]

California Bill Would Make it Easier to Develop Clean Energy Microgrids; Nixes Fossil Fuels

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California lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it easier to develop clean energy microgrids and prohibit those that use certain fossil fuels. Now in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, Senate Bill 1339 passed the Senate in a 29-8 vote in late May and underwent revision in committee July 5. The legislation would prohibit … [Read more...]

NEC and Distributed Energy Storage in Brazil…California’s Grid and WildFires…CHP in Maryland

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NEC supplies distributed energy storage system for archipelago NEC Energy Solutions is supplying its first distributed energy storage system in Brazil for a research and development project that will focus on demand charge management and firming of solar power for an archipelago. Supplied for the Neoenergia Group, one of the largest Brazilian … [Read more...]

“We Want Microgrids Everywhere,” says Puerto Rico’s Gov. Rosselló

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“We want microgrids everywhere,” said Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló in a recent discussion of his Energy 2.0 plan and a future that allows citizens to choose whether they want to stay on the grid or leave it. Part of his "New Vision for Puerto Rico" speech at the Aspen Ideas Festival June 26, Rosselló's remarks signaled the continued … [Read more...]