California Offers up to $2M for Microgrid Modeling Tool to Quantify Value

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California is making up to $2 million available for development of a microgrid modeling tool that will help in quantifying the value of a microgrid for both customers and the larger electric grid. The microgrid grant is part of a larger $9.074 million offering, called the Distribution System Modeling Tools to Evaluate Distributed Energy … [Read more...]

California Releases $44.7 Million for Microgrid Grants; Applications Due Oct. 31

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California has begun offering microgrid grants totaling $44.7 million to woo projects that will help it achieve its clean energy goals. Issued August 4, the grant offering (GFO-17-302) adds California to a group of states now actively courting microgrids with grant money.  Others include Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey. … [Read more...]

California Microgrid Roadmap Effort Identifies 120 Microgrids in the State

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In the California microgrid roadmap April 25 meeting, Navigant Research presented data showing that California boasts more than 120 existing, developing and proposed microgrid  projects, adding up to 650 MW of peak capacity, with many using solar PV. More than 160 people participated in the workshop in San Diego, either in person or online, said … [Read more...]

California Seeks to Put a Monetary Value on Microgrid Reliability, Other Benefits

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How do you place a monetary value on microgrid reliability and other benefits, such as providing greenhouse gas reductions and boosting public confidence? That's just one of the many issues being explored as the California Energy Commission (CEC) continues to map out microgrid policy in a series of workshops. As part of the … [Read more...]

California Aims to Simplify and Standardize Microgrids

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Cars have standard configurations: vans, mini-vans, and sports cars. Can we standardize microgrids the same way? That’s one of the issues that was explored Tuesday in the second of five workshops organized by the California Energy Commission in its effort to map out microgrid policy. "We may find in microgrids, there are four or five … [Read more...]

California Awards $1.5M to Plan Advanced Microgrid in Santa Monica

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The California Energy Commission last week granted $1.5 million for planning and design of an advanced microgrid in Santa Monica. The funding comes from the state’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program, created to bring innovative clean energy ideas to market. Santa Monica won the money from an EPIC competition earlier this year, … [Read more...]

Planning Begins on California Microgrid Road Map

State policymakers will begin work this week on a California microgrid road map, an effort to remove barriers to microgrid development. The California Energy Commission will hold a workshop May 24 at 1:30 p.m. (Pacific time) with the Public Utilities Commission and the California Independent System Operator. The session is geared toward … [Read more...]

California Offers R&D Grants for Microgrid Controls to Manage Renewables

California is offering $11.7 million for research & development into smart grid technology, including microgrid controls, to help reach the state’s goal of 20 GW of renewable generation by 2020. Issued November 30 by the California Energy Commission, the grant solicitation focuses on smart technologies that make it easier to integrate large … [Read more...]

California Energy Commission to Issue $120M in Solicitations for Energy Resiliency, Smart Grid, Efficiency, Grid Planning

The California Energy Commission plans to issue solicitations for energy resiliency, smart grid, and other energy technology and programs totaling more than $120 million in the second half of 2015. Below is a listing of the planned solicitations, expected date of release, and amount of money to be offered. Conduct Energy Research Gap … [Read more...]

California Awards $27.3M for Microgrid and EV Charging Projects

The California Energy Commission staff has recommended $27.3 million in funding for 10 microgrid and electric vehicle charging projects as a result of a competitive solicitation  (PON-14-301). Announced February 3, the winners were among 40 projects that bid into a request for proposals by the November 17 deadline. The winners will provide more … [Read more...]