Where’s the Resilience? California’s Climate Strategy Found Lacking

The current draft of the California Climate Adaptation Strategy fails to mention power outages and doesn’t suggest distributed energy resources (DER) and microgrids as resilience measures, say several stakeholders. The draft aims to accelerate climate adaptation movement in the state and identify how state agency measures can fit together to … [Read more...]

Inside Xcel Energy’s Transportation Electrification Plan

Miles Muller and Max Baumhefner of NRDC, along with co-authors Joe Halso of Sierra Club and Aaron Kressig of Western Resource Advocates, describe a sweeping transportation electrification plan proposed by Xcel Energy and approved by Colorado regulators. Xcel Energy will deploy approximately 20,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at … [Read more...]

Groups Urge California Governor to Support Community Microgrids: “A Just Transition to Clean Energy”

Because microgrids offer communities greater control over their energy supply, they’re viewed as a mechanism to help marginalized communities that struggle with the dual burden of poverty and dirty air. Clean energy microgrid projects in rural Africa and India demonstrate the idea. But in the US, use of microgrids as a community-improvement … [Read more...]

California to Include Avoided Transmission Costs in DER Benefits Calculation

The California Public Utilities Commission has agreed to consider avoided transmission costs for the state’s three investor-owned utilities as part of its cost-benefit analysis for distributed energy resources (DERs). The issue centers on the PUC’s “avoided cost calculator,” or ACC, a methodology used to determine the benefits of DERs that … [Read more...]

Solar Advocates See Opportunity to Take Microgrids to the Next Level in California

California’s response to the twin threats of wildfires and power shutoffs should encompass solar-plus-storage solutions, including large scale microgrids, according to a new report from advocacy group Vote Solar. The report raises concerns that Pacific Gas & Electric will choose only fossil fuel generators at 20 substations in Northern … [Read more...]

What to do about Massachusetts’ Sputtering Solar Market?

With solar installations down dramatically in Massachusetts, a national advocacy group is calling for the state to triple its solar energy target to 4,800 MW. In a new report, Vote Solar says that the policy change is crucial if the state expects to meet its clean energy goals and generate solar jobs. The new target would apply to Solar … [Read more...]