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...]

PG&E May Speed Development of 40 Microgrids Following Power Shutoff

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) may speed development of 40 microgrids to help customers maintain electricity when wildfire threats force it to deenergize portions of its grid. The utility described its plans Friday in a four-hour emergency meeting called by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in response to the October … [Read more...]

No More Storing Dirty Energy: California Works to Cut Emissions Due to Energy Storage

We generally think of energy storage, especially when coupled with renewable energy, as clean and green. But the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), through its Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), has discovered that SGIP energy storage projects actually increase greenhouse gas emissions. Once again, the state is leading … [Read more...]

California Seeks Way to Get Energy Choice Right This Time

Given its influence, it’s never a pretty sight when California goes astray on energy policy. The energy crisis of 2000-01 still looms large. Its rolling blackouts and skyrocketing costs impaired America’s then nascent customer choice movement. But fast forward nearly two decades and customer choice is reborn -- although not in the way the … [Read more...]