Will a Single Utility, PG&E, Boost the 2020 Microgrid Market by $1 Billion?

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By some estimates, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is creating a $1 billion opportunity for microgrids, meaning one utility in one year could boost the worldwide market by 10%. Not surprisingly, the California utility by its own account received a “robust” number of bids by companies that want to provide the microgrids. PG&E issued a … [Read more...]

Long Beach, Calif., Urges Regulatory Reforms to Overcome Microgrid Delays

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Pointing to delays in getting a microgrid built, the city of Long Beach, California, is urging state regulators to make changes to speed up the process. The city is focused on two issues: utility rules governing power supply to separate premises and the California Public Utilities Commission’s interconnection rules. Long Beach’s concerns … [Read more...]

Santa Barbara School District Looks at 18 Sites for Microgrids. Intends to Issue RFP

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California’s rapid embrace of microgrids continued this week with a Santa Barbara school district approving feasibility studies for solar microgrids that it wants to fast track at as many as 18 sites. The Santa Barbara Unified School District voted Monday to hire the Clean Coalition and Sage Energy Consulting to conduct the studies and … [Read more...]

Threat of Wildfires and Power Shutdowns Heightens Urgency for Microgrid in California Community

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Recent power shutdowns by Pacific Gas &Electric (PGE) -- and the likelihood of more to come -- has renewed the urgency of a microgrid feasibility study being carried out for the Northern California City of Calistoga. California utilities undertake the shutdowns, known as Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) when wildfire risk heightens. … [Read more...]

Utilities Propose Resiliency Adders that Could Benefit California Microgrids

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As California braces for a hot summer and another wildfire season, the state’s two largest utilities have put forward proposals aimed at mitigating those risks, including "resiliency adders," incentives that could encourage the development of microgrids. Both Pacific Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison (SCE) have petitioned the … [Read more...]

Why It’s Hard to Create a Network of Community Microgrids in California

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Clean Coalition is on a mission to alter transmission access charges that the organization says unfairly boost the cost of local renewable energy and community microgrids in California. Eliminating the charges for locally produced renewables would lower the cost of renewable energy and microgrids, paving the way for more of both, says Craig … [Read more...]

Montecito Community Microgrid Emerges from Mudslides and Wildfires

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A little more than a year ago, California's Ventura and Santa Barbara counties suffered from a month-long fire that destroyed 1,000 structures. And a month later, in January 2018, heavy rains drenched the hillsides and caused mudslides, all in the same general area. Twenty-three lives were lost, not to mention the loss of 100 homes. … [Read more...]

California Wildfires and Related Outages Get City Thinking about a Microgrid

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The City of Calistoga, California is moving forward with early-stage discussions with the non-profit Clean Coalition for a community microgrid -- with risk of wildfires and utility power shutdowns driving talks. "We are at the very initial stages of discussion. We had our first meeting with the city council last week and presented various … [Read more...]

Study Finds Large Potential for Solar and Community Microgrids in San Diego

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San Diego — already one of California’s greenest cities — has the potential to develop 2 GW of solar, opening up new opportunity for community microgrids, according to the Clean Coalition. The non-profit organization recently completed a study of solar potential in San Diego as part of an effort by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) … [Read more...]

Making Way for Wholesale Distributed Generation: Not for the Faint of Heart

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Craig Lewis, founder and executive director, the Clean Coalition, is taking on the formidable task of galvanizing policy support in California for wholesale distributed generation, or WDG. This means nothing short of changing the way transmission costs are considered. In addition, the Clean Coalition is advocating for the use of feed-in … [Read more...]