Sunnyvale, California, and Others in Silicon Valley Exploring Microgrid Projects

Sunnyvale, California, is in the early stages of exploring a microgrid in a planned innovative district to boost energy resilience and meet clean energy goals. A city of about 150,000 people, Sunnyvale is creating an “ecological innovative” district covering close to 1,200 acres in an area called Moffett Park. The Sunnyvale City Council in … [Read more...]

Microgrid Costs, How to Lower Them and What They Mean for the Sector’s Growth

Factors like generation choice, battery size and interconnection upgrades affect microgrid costs, but there are ways to manage them so projects can move forward with satisfied customers, according to panelists at a Microgrid 2021 conference session called "Why Does a Microgrid Cost What It Costs?" A 2018 study by the National Renewable … [Read more...]

Study: Using EVs Instead of Stationary Batteries Could Save Billions

NRDC's Pamela MacDougall and Vignesh Gowrishankar report on new energy storage research that indicates that using EVs for grid storage instead of stationary batteries could save electricity customers billions of dollars. Our clean energy future will require more energy storage to help ensure the lights stay on when the sun isn’t shining or the … [Read more...]

Berkeley Gets Nod to Seek Community Microgrid Funding

Berkeley, Calif. got an okay this week to take preliminary steps toward installing a community microgrid to power public and private essential services in a crisis. The city council authorized the city to pursue yet-to-be specified grants with a team that includes AECOM and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The team is poised to … [Read more...]