US Rep. Panetta to Deliver Microgrid California Keynote Today

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Congressman Jimmy Panetta, a Democrat from California, will be the keynote speaker today at  Microgrid California: Keeping the Power Flowing During Grid Disruption, a one-day regional event hosted by Microgrid Knowledge in the San Francisco Bay Area. The educational forum is designed for California businesses, institutions and communities that are curious about how microgrids can benefit them.


US Rep. Jimmy Panetta, author of the MICROGRID Act

A supporter of clean energy, Panetta represents California’s 20th Congressional District, which includes Monterey and San Benito counties, as well as other parts of the central coast. The region is seeing an increased interest in microgrid projects, in part, because of the growing number of public safety power shutoffs as utilities attempt to prevent new wildfires from sparking during severe weather. According to Panetta, “You’re seeing not just towns but also individuals and homes and remote areas in my district — they’re all pivoting to microgrids.”

Earlier this year, Panetta introduced a bill (H.R. 2482) into the US House of Representatives that’s designed to increase the deployment of microgrids in California and beyond by making them more affordable. The bill is called the Making Imperiled Communities Resistant to Outages with Generation that is Resilient, Islandable and Distributed Act, or MICROGRID Act. “Expanding and deploying microgrids can harness clean energy sources, keep our homes and critical infrastructure connected when the larger grid fails, and lead to reliable and consistent electricity for our homes and safety for our communities,” Panetta said.

If passed, the bill would provide a 30% tax credit for new 4-kW to 50-MW microgrids through 2025. The credit would decrease each subsequent year until 2028 when it would be 10%. The tax credit would expire in 2029.

Microgrid California: Keeping the Power Flowing During Grid Disruption will provide opportunities for attendees to participate in four problem-solving sessions with microgrid experts. All sessions will focus on microgrid issues important to Californians, including the technology’s use in agriculture, education, business and government. The event also offers a technology exhibit hall and extensive networking opportunities. Panetta is scheduled to speak at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.

The event is sold out.

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  1. “If passed, the bill would provide a 30% tax credit for new 4-kW to 50-MW microgrids through 2025. The credit would decrease each subsequent year until 2028 when it would be 10%. The tax credit would expire in 2029.”

    Sounds good for residential up to C&I entities. IF IOU entities like PG&E keep invoking the PSPS, some larger communities may just want their own Macro-grid. Depending on where this community is located IE) Southern California during the summer months or Northern California during the summer months. One might need about 8 to 15GWh of energy availability per 100,000 population. California as a whole will need a few (hundred) GWh of energy storage, much better transmission interconnection from North to South and East to West within the State. When all of these mandates hit around 2035, more homes and businesses will be all electric, many more BEVs will be on the road and having public charging infrastructure is tantamount to success in decarbonizing the grid by 2035 and beyond. Diablo Canyon nuclear plant still seems to be on track for decommissioning by 2025, by losing this baseload generation California will need approximately 4 GWp of solar PV and wind generation installed and about 48GWh of distributed energy storage to handle this much generated power each day.

    Depending on how the no ICE vehicle sold (in) California after 2035 is accepted by the consuming public one will probably need a “combined” 270GWh of energy storage to maintain a charging infrastructure just for the daily drive. Infrastructure is in place, it just needs to be revisited, refurbished and built out to the “original design” criteria when the project was started. The old McCoy solar PV project near Blythe was originally supposed to be a four phase solar PV farm and would have been built out to 1GWp. This should be revisited and refurbished with the latest/greatest technology and it could accommodate about 1.48GWac output or a 10GWh redox energy storage system could be installed onsite and take the place of the once promised Sun Desert nuclear plant that was to be built near Palo Verde in 1976 and cancelled by Jerry Brown with the stroke of a pen.

    IF about half of the single family homes in California, had 10kWp of solar PV installed on these roofs (right at 550 to 600 square feet) and assuming a conservative 4 sun hours a day, one could generate about 230GWh of energy a day. Individuals, businesses, communities will all have to adopt the technology to garner enough to run California 24/7, 365-6.