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...]

Calif. Moves to Boost Customer-Sited Energy Storage. Remains Industry’s “Undisputed King”

Described in a recent report as the "undisputed king" of the energy storage industry, California continues to blaze new trails, now with legislation to boost customer-sited energy storage. The California Senate recently passed SB 700, which creates incentives for customer-sited energy storage in homes, schools, farms and businesses. Next, … [Read more...]

California Doubles SGIP Benefits, Gives Big Boost to Energy Storage Funding

Citing the benefits of energy storage for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, providing grid support and promoting market transformation,  California regulators have doubled incentives for the Self-Generation Incentive Program, giving the lion’s share to energy storage funding. The state’s investor-owned utilities in 2017, 2018 and 2019 must … [Read more...]

Can California Shape Microgrid Development? Because it’s Coming Anyway

Promote them or not, microgrids are coming to California. So how can policymakers shape microgrid development to get the most out of it for consumers and the grid? That's how Gabe Petlin, supervisor of grid planning and reliability at the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC), framed California’s upcoming quest to create a microgrid road … [Read more...]

Confused about How to Develop a Microgrid?

If you’d like to develop a microgrid for your business, campus or community, but don’t know where to start, you’re not alone. In the US, the race is on to build these mini-grids that can keep the power flowing when the larger grid goes down. But it’s a race without a pathway or clear rules in many states. Regulators appear to be chasing the market … [Read more...]