California to Utilities: Move Faster On Microgrid Interconnection

Acknowledging that microgrids face tougher interconnection hurdles than other energy sources, California regulators are scheduled to take a vote that would push utilities to speed things up as wildfire season nears. The California Public Utilities Commission plans to vote June 11 on a proposal that would require large electric investor-owned … [Read more...]

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...]

California’s Largest Utility Seeks 20 Microgrids to Ward off Wildfire-related Power Outages

Racing to beat California’s next wildfire season, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is seeking companies to install microgrids near 20 substations. The microgrids will be used to keep electricity flowing when the utility shuts down power lines that could spark wildfires during windy and dry weather. California’s largest utility issued … [Read more...]

California Regulators Open Proceeding to Boost Microgrid Development

California regulators are looking at ways to boost microgrid development, possibly through a microgrid tariff, as part of newly opened proceeding. The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) initiated the rulemaking in response to a state law enacted last year (SB 1339) that requires steps be taken to facilitate microgrids and reduce barriers to … [Read more...]

California Prepares to Tap into a Wealth of Local Energy Resources

California regulators are exploring a range of possible incentives to encourage local energy. Merrian Borgeson of the Natural Resources Defense Council explains. The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) unanimously voted yesterday to tackle how to better integrate local energy resources like onsite solar generation and energy efficiency … [Read more...]