Community Microgrid Gets Boost from Energy Storage in California’s Goleta Load Pocket

As part of an ambitious project that aims to deploy a community microgrid that will help avoid outages due to fires, earthquakes, mudslides and other disasters in the Goleta Load Pocket, 40 MWh of utility-scale storage will go online in December. Groundbreaking on the project, called the Vallecito Energy Storage Resilience (VESR) project, has … [Read more...]

Homes Gain Momentum as ‘Grid Flexibililty’ Resources

Call them nanogrids, smart homes, or something else, households are increasingly shaping up as a means to leverage grid flexibility, and energy companies are stepping forward with a range of products to advance the market. Circuit breakers, energy control platforms, batteries, aggregations, virtual power plants, non-wires alternatives and … [Read more...]

Yes, the Grid Can Handle Electric Vehicles Just Fine: Report

NRDC's Noah Garcia describes the latest utility research on how electric vehicles affect the electric grid -- and it's good news. “Clean up the grid. Electrify everything.” That’s a brief summary of what Southern California Edison and a growing number of U.S. electric utilities are aiming for to decarbonize the power and transportation … [Read more...]

Microgrids are Eligible to Bid in SCE’s 100-MW ‘Preferred Resources’ Solicitation

Microgrids are eligible to bid into a 100-MW solicitation for new preferred resources that was issued this week by Southern California Edison, said a utility spokesman. SCE issued the request for offers Sept. 28, 2015 to acquire renewable energy, capacity and load reduction. The utility wants the resources to also serve the local system, … [Read more...]

Advanced Microgrid Solutions & SunEdison to Deliver 50 MW of Storage to Southern Cal Ed

Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) and solar giant SunEdison have teamed to finance and deliver 50 MW of energy storage for Southern California Edison (SCE) under long-term capacity contracts. Known for its hybrid electric building approach, AMS won the contract through an SCE request for proposals in 2013, issued to fulfill a local capacity … [Read more...]

Advanced Microgrid Solutions:  How to Make Building Fleets into a Peaker Plant

Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) plans to store energy from fleets of buildings that can act as peaker plants on the grid, under a contract it won this week with Southern California Edison. The new company was among nine firms selected November 5 by the utility in a solicitation that netted 2, 221 MW in long-term capacity contracts, more than … [Read more...]