California to Include Avoided Transmission Costs in DER Benefits Calculation

The California Public Utilities Commission has agreed to consider avoided transmission costs for the state’s three investor-owned utilities as part of its cost-benefit analysis for distributed energy resources (DERs). The issue centers on the PUC’s “avoided cost calculator,” or ACC, a methodology used to determine the benefits of DERs that … [Read more...]

CHP Microgrid Can Serve Needs of 26,000 at College When Grid is Down

A combined heat and power (CHP) microgrid operated by Veolia can supply 100% of the power needed for the 26,000 people at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California, switching into island mode automatically when the grid is down. The CHP microgrid, which has been operating for six years, is an example of how colleges and other … [Read more...]

CAISO Confident Microgrids Can Move through Review Process before California’s Fire Season

The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) is confident its existing rules and processes will allow planned microgrids and resiliency projects to be built before the next wildfire season. CAISO’s rules and procedures can handle the microgrids recently proposed by the state’s investor-owned utilities to help prevent planned power … [Read more...]

Utility Microgrids Come to California with Speed — and Invention

Utility microgrids are coming to California — and fast — according to plans filed before state regulators last week by the state’s three investor-owned utilities. At the urging of the public utilities commission, the utilities are trying to install microgrids quickly, many in 2020, to reduce power outages when the next wildfire season … [Read more...]

With California’s Wildfire Season Coming, San Diego Microgrids Face Two-Year Delay

As California’s wildfire season approaches, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) faces regulatory delays of up to two years for 100 MW of proposed storage-backed microgrids that aim to provide resiliency, especially to protect essential community services. “As a utility company, our mandate and charge is to provide safe and reliable … [Read more...]

Move Over, Lithium Ion: Thermal Energy Storage Finds a Niche

Thermal storage is gaining ground in refrigeration applications, providing demand management for one of utilities’ most energy-intensive industries. Industrial refrigeration consumes more energy per cubic foot than any other utility load, said Collin Coker, vice president, sales and marketing, Viking Cold Solutions. Thermal energy storage … [Read more...]

SDGE Plans to Release an RFP Seeking a Microgrid Controller

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE) plans to release a request for proposals (RFP) next month seeking a microgrid controller to help it manage energy storage and renewable energy. The California utility issued a notice Tuesday signaling the upcoming RFP, scheduled for release Wednesday, December 21. The utility seeks microgrid … [Read more...]

San Diego Zoo Adds Storage to its Energy Menagerie

San Diego Zoo Global has chosen a unit of EDF Renewables North America to provide a 1 MW/4 MWh energy storage system that is designed to reduce energy costs while limiting emissions at the zoo. The zoo will use the storage project to smooth spikes in energy usage, thereby, lowering demand charges. The system will also minimize energy costs by … [Read more...]

Mitsui & Co Takes Equity Stake in Sempra’s PXiSE Energy Solutions

Global giant Mitsui & Co has acquired up to 20 percent of PXiSE Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, in a move that is expected to accelerate the software company’s microgrid play. Announced today, the multi-million dollar investment deal brings Mitsui’s sales and marketing reach to PXiSE’s high-speed software, designed for … [Read more...]

New Microgrid for South Australia, Storage for San Diego, and Off-Grid Electricity for Uganda

South Australia microgrid to provide secure power for transmission network Australia continues to be a mecca for microgrid projects with another announced today, this one for Electranet, South Australia’s principal transmission network service provider. The microgrid is being installed to ensure stable power supply in an area with … [Read more...]