California puts pedal to the metal to gain acceptance of vehicle-to-microgrid technology

Only a few programs are now in place to test the viability of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and vehicle-to-microgrid programs. But in California — a state that is threatened by wildfire-related power outages — the pressure is on to speed adoption of the promising technology. To explore the intricacies of V2G and vehicle-to-microgrid programs, … [Read more...]

PG&E’s ‘personal microgrid’ device aims for home resiliency in fire-prone areas

The use of fossil-fuel generators and home microgrids has increased in Pacific Gas & Electric's (PG&E) territory in response to fires and public safety power shutoffs (PSPS), and now the California utility has unveiled a device that makes it easier for homeowners to disconnect personal microgrids from the grid during outages and reconnect … [Read more...]

PG&E Turns to 3 Kinds of Microgrids to Avert Wildfire Power Shutoffs

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)  has launched a multifaceted microgrid strategy to keep power flowing to customers when conventional electrical equipment becomes a wildfire threat. As part of its wildfire safety plan, the utility is pursuing three kinds of microgrids to help avert public safety power shutoffs (PSPS): Remote, … [Read more...]

PG&E Power Outages Could Jump under Judge’s Proposal. But is PSPS Even Needed?

A federal judge is considering requiring California utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to change its criteria for instituting public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) in a way that is expected to sharply increase the number of planned power outages across the utility’s service territory. California’s investor-owned utilities cut off … [Read more...]

Most Read Microgrid Stories for the First Half of 2020…California, California, California

Microgrid Knowledge keeps a close eye on trends and interests in this fast-growing industry. One way we do that is by analyzing the stories that attract the greatest readership. Below you'll find the 10 most read microgrid stories for the first half of 2020. The first six months of the year brought new utility and community opportunities and … [Read more...]

Are California Utilities Heading Down the Wrong Path as Wildfire Season Approaches?

A new report warns that California may be heading down the wrong path when it comes to preparing its grid for wildfires and points to microgrids as a better solution. Utilities are proposing a range of costly investments to the central grid that may take decades, which still leave “substantial risk” for power outages, says “California’s … [Read more...]

The Hurricanes of the West — Wildfires — Spur More Microgrids in California

After wildfires caused power outages in California, the tinder box state is considering more microgrids in a proceeding before state regulators. “Wildfires are now to California what Sandy was to New York,” said Rick Bolton, CEO of Compass Energy Platform, referencing the 2012 superstorm that spurred a government push for microgrids after … [Read more...]

Higher-Priced, Fast EV Charging Proposed for Some PG&E Areas

PG&E customers have told the utility they want more fast EV charging options, but those come at a higher price, as outlined in a new proposal from the utility that aims to get more of the vehicles on the road. To create the infrastructure needed for DC fast chargers, which can fully charge an EV in about 20 to 30 minutes, the utility must … [Read more...]

Proposed Decision on EV Charging Wins Praise in California

Private EV charging providers and users are hailing a proposed decision before California regulators for its handling of competitive concerns. An administrative law judge filed the proposal November 14 before the California Public Utilities Commission (A.15-02-009) on a plan by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to install 7,500 charging … [Read more...]

PG&E Seeks Bids for Energy Storage, for Renewable Energy

Pacific Gas & Electric seeks bids for energy storage as part of its January 5  solicitation for up to 1,600 GWh of renewable energy. PG&E hopes to increase its renewable energy production while simultaneously adding energy storage capacity that can be counted towards its energy storage procurement targets. The utility will only … [Read more...]