How to Reduce PG&E’s Diesel Use During Fire Emergencies and Shutoffs?

Microgrids and distributed energy resources (DERs) can help reduce Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) diesel use during California fire emergencies, but only if new incentives are implemented and DER integration systems are created. Microgrids and DERs will be most helpful, at least in the short-term, if paired with other technologies, … [Read more...]

Bundling Competitive Supply and DERs Could Reap Benefits for Texas Market

A new report from NRG explores the value of bundling competitive supply and distributed energy resources (DERs). According to NRG, Texas businesses often pursue them as two distinct energy strategies. "One approach focuses on competitive supply, which can offer low and predictable rates," says the report, while "the other encompasses … [Read more...]

Santa Barbara Selects Winner in School Microgrid RFP

The Santa Barbara, California, school district has agreed to move forward with contracting for 14 solar facilities, including six solar microgrids with Engie Services US. The Santa Barbara Unified School District board is slated to vote on a 28-year power purchase agreement with Engie at a November meeting, Steve Vizzolini, the school … [Read more...]

97% Renewable Microgrid to Replace Fire-Vulnerable Line in California During Wildfire Season

A 97% renewable microgrid will allow Liberty Utilities to de-energize four miles of transmission line located in a remote Sierra Nevada location during wildfire season in California. The microgrid, from BoxPower and owned by Liberty Utilities, a regulated utility with about 50,000 customers on the West side of Lake Tahoe, is made up of 20 kW … [Read more...]

New Report Explores the Potential of Combining Solar and Storage in Microgrid Applications

Over the past two decades, the renewable energy industry has evolved, changed, and grown into a significant force shaping both the environment and the economy.  Solar and storage, in particular, has gained heightened attention from industries that value energy reliability. But, as a CleanSpark report reminds us, these “gains” have not been … [Read more...]

PXiSE, Toshiba Form Alliance Targeting Japanese Microgrid Market

PXiSE Energy Solutions and Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions have formed an alliance to develop microgrids, with an initial focus on Japan and growing to the global market. Mitsui & Co., a Japanese company and a PXiSE investor, will also participate in the venture, the companies said Sept. 23. PXiSE, a Sempra Energy subsidiary, … [Read more...]

New York Regulators Approve Demand Response Change to Spur Storage

The New York Public Service Commission approved demand response program rules aimed at giving energy storage resources long-term contracting opportunities. In its September 17 decision, the commission changed proposed dynamic load management (DLM) implementation plans for New York’s six major electric utilities (CASE 18-E-0130). The plans … [Read more...]

Free Educational Webinar on Tier 4 Diesel Generators September 29

Diesel generators are increasingly in the news in light of their growing use in places like California where utilities have installed quick-build diesel microgrids to ward off wild-fire related power outages. What’s often missed in the conversation is that not all diesel generators are created equal. The US Environmental Protection Agency … [Read more...]

Did the Calistoga Microgrid Fail September 8? Nope.

Although it has a fully-ready microgrid, Calistoga, California experienced a series of unfortunate events that led to loss of power for more than 2,000 utility customers, a side effect of a preventative power shutoff in neighboring regions. On September 8 dangerous wildfire conditions caused Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to trigger … [Read more...]

Wildfire Smoke Clouds Solar Panels in California Microgrids. Can Fuel Cells Help?

Because some California microgrids aren’t producing enough solar energy due to smoke from wildfires, one microgrid developer is installing fuel cells as back up. AJ Perkins, president of Instant On, said that 25% of his microgrids in the Bay Area — which has been hit hard by wildfires — aren’t producing much solar because smoke is blocking … [Read more...]