The Greening of California Continues with Upcoming Energy Storage Solicitations

The California Energy Commission (CEC) Oct. 30 will release two energy storage solicitations totaling $31 million to support the state’s goal under SB 100 of attaining 100% fossil-free electricity by 2045. The commission wants to get the word out now because preparing energy storage projects and proposals can be time consuming, said Mike … [Read more...]

Zero Net Energy Alliance Wins $5M Microgrid Grant from the California Energy Commission

The Zero Net Energy Alliance yesterday won approval of a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission to demonstrate advanced microgrids at schools and residential areas in the city of Lancaster. The project will create a virtual power plant to save money, generate revenue and enhance grid resilience. A non-profit, the Zero Net … [Read more...]

If Regulators Had a Magic Wand, How Would They Encourage Microgrid Development?

If you had a magic wand and could create one policy or rule that would help rollout more microgrids, what would that be? That’s the question with which panelists grappled at the Microgrid 2019 conference in San Diego on Tuesday — with answers ranging from pricing carbon to valuing resiliency. The underlying premise is that microgrids are … [Read more...]

David Hochschild Appointed as New Chair of the California Energy Commission

California Gov. Gavin Newsom this week appointed David Hochschild, a former solar energy executive and current commissioner, as new chair of the California Energy Commission. Hochschild replaces Robert Weisenmiller who plans to resign on February 21, after eight years as chair during the tenure of former Gov. Jerry Brown. Before joining … [Read more...]

California Approves $5M Grant for Microgrid at Naval War Center

The California Energy Commission Friday approved a $5 million grant to demonstrate a standardized, renewable energy microgrid at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division near Oxnard. The microgrid is part of a larger, $50 million effort by the commission to help commercialize microgrids — both for the military and private … [Read more...]

Translating DER and Microgrid Complexity into Simplicity & Bankability

The California Energy Commission (CEC) wants to make microgrids more bankable. But to do so it must first translate DER and microgrid complexity into simplicity. That's the aim of a $2 million grant that the commission awarded to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). In turn, EPRI has hired Bankable Energy/Xendee -- developer of … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to the Microgrid Industry

Following rejection of a microgrid by Carson, California, Craig Wooster, manager of the Stone Edge Farm microgrid, urges  the industry to join forces to create standards and better educate communities about the value of the technology. The City of Carson was given the opportunity to participate in a $10 million grant provided by the … [Read more...]

California Lawmakers Approve Bill to Bolster Microgrid Development, End Lengthy Wait

California lawmakers gave a final okay late last week to a microgrid bill (SB 1339), designed to boost microgrid development and streamline what at times is a lengthy wait to interconnect projects. The Assembly approved the legislation in a 54-19 vote during the waning hours of the legislative session August 31. The Senate had passed the … [Read more...]

Kaiser Permanente, Project Partners Showcase Hospital Solar-Storage Microgrid Demonstration

A solar-storage microgrid demonstration at a California hospital aims to deliver substantial energy cost savings, as well as enhance reliability, resiliency and environmental quality. Renewable energy microgrids, such as the one up and running at Kaiser Permanente's Richmond Medical Center, have the potential to reduce hospitals' energy bills by … [Read more...]

Port of San Diego to Demonstrate How Microgrids Benefit Ports Worldwide

The Port of San Diego aims to show the world just how much microgrids benefit ports with its solar microgrid project, supported with a $4.9 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC). About $4.4 million in matching funds will be provided by the port for the microgrid, which is expected to have 700 kW of solar and 700 kW of … [Read more...]