California Agency Highlights Funding for Microgrid, Innovative Projects. Considers ‘VOR’ Research

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has provided $151 million in funding for grid resilience and safety research and demonstration projects, including microgrids, the agency said in an annual report on its Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) initiative. EPIC-funded microgrids, like those installed at fire stations in Fremont, … [Read more...]

California Considers Lifting Microgrid Standby Charges

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will consider lifting or reducing standby charges for microgrids in the third phase of its effort to help commercialize microgrids. Standby charges — rates utilities use to cover their costs for self-generation customers — are viewed as a potential financial barrier to microgrids. Initial … [Read more...]

California Regulators to Tackle Payment for DERs Acting as Non-Wires Alternatives

California is on a cutting edge quest to find ways to accurately value decentralized energy, as evidenced last month in its microgrid tariff decision, and this week as it takes up a proposal on using distributed energy as non-wires alternatives. The California Public Utilities Commission is slated Thursday to consider two pilot programs that … [Read more...]

California Approves Microgrid Tariffs as Grassroots Groups Push for More Local Control of Energy

In a decision likely to be eyed closely by other states, California regulators yesterday approved microgrid tariffs and rules to hasten the deployment and commercialization of the technology. Approval of the tariffs, as well as accompanying microgrid incentives, followed a year-long effort by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) … [Read more...]

Google Spells Out What California Must do to Unlock the “Tremendous Potential” of Microgrids

To unlock "the tremendous potential of microgrids,” California regulators need to make two key changes to microgrid rules proposed earlier this month, according to technology giant Google. One of the provisions would allow microgrids to serve multiple commercial buildings without being categorized as ‘utilities,’ a designation that imposes a … [Read more...]

California Judge Recommends Next Steps for Microgrid Tariffs

California took a significant step in its quest for microgrid tariffs yesterday with the release of a draft decision by Administrative Law Judge Colin Rizzo. The judge’s recommendations represent the latest step in Track 2 of the California Public Utilities Commission’s move to commercialize microgrids, as laid out by state lawmakers in … [Read more...]

California Offers New Proposal to Break Down Barriers to Microgrids

Staff at the California Public Utilities Commission released a proposal last week that calls for a new microgrid pilot program, a special tariff for microgrids, and other measures to overcome barriers to microgrid development. The proposal comes in the second phase of a commission proceeding to help commercialize microgrids. The first phase … [Read more...]

California Regulators Move into Phase 2 of Proceeding to Commercialize Microgrids

California regulators are set to dive into microgrid tariffs and other complex approaches to advance the technology, as they enter the second phase of their effort to commercialize microgrids. The Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) expects to issue a staff proposal July 22 and will seek comment on the proposal from stakeholders by August 14 … [Read more...]

SCE Delays Pilot Microgrids after Tight Schedule Drives up Costs 

Saying a tight schedule is driving up costs, Southern California Edison (SCE) yesterday canceled plans for pilot microgrids in 2020 and instead will re-seek them for 2021 and 2022. The utility spelled out its new microgrid plan in a filing with California Public Utilities Commission (R.19-09-009 ). The postponement came in response to … [Read more...]

CPUC Should Adopt an Ambitious 2030 Carbon Emissions Target

A California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) proposal may not be the most efficient way for the state to attain a zero-carbon electric sector by 2045, which is required by state law. Mohit Chhabra and Sergio Sanchez Lopez of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) explain. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) should set … [Read more...]