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Airport Microgrid in Northern California Looks to Create Replicable Model

Peter Maloney, Microgrid Knowledge Summary An airport microgrid is moving forward on the far northern coast of California that could provide relief for planned utility power shutoffs and be a template for other, similar projects. The Redwood Coast Airport Microgrid began about two years ago...


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MRC's Reply Comments on CA Microgrid Proceeding

On Tuesday, November 5, 2019, the MRC submitted reply comments on Order Instituting Rulemaking Regarding Microgrids pursuant to Senate Bill 1339. The MRC submitted initial comments on October 21, 2019 . #MRC #MRCNews #Microgrids #PolicyandRegulation #California #LocalPolicy

MRC Reply Comments to Rulemaking 19-09-009.pdf


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Will PG&E's Blackouts Catalyze California's Microgrid Market

Julian Spector, Green Tech Media Summary Bankrupt California utility Pacific Gas & Electric has come under fire on many fronts for the scope and execution of its self-imposed blackouts last month. The blackouts will continue as the company pursues a decade-long grid-hardening project....


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Microgrids Are Coming, Say Local Energy Watchdogs

Anne Ward Ernst, Index-Tribune Summary The region’s recent round of PG&E-forced power outages caused long lines at gas stations, demand for bags of ice and generators, and spurred more conversation around the concept of electrical microgrids. The microgrid concept is broad and can be...


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Southern California Tribe Issues RFP for Microgrid

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary California’s San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians (SPBMI) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) that seeks design-build services for a hybrid microgrid that would supply electricity to essential buildings during utility outages. Release of the RFP...


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Airports Consider Going Off Grid

Kallanish Energy Summary A growing number of U.S. airports, such as Pittsburgh International Airport, are determining whether they should leave the power grid, Kallanish Energy understands. No airport operator or airline wants to go through what happened at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta...


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More Power Outages in California? No Big Deal for Fremont Fire Department

Peter Maloney, Microgrid Knowledge Summary Utilities in California are pre-emptively turning off transmission lines that could spark wildfires, but residents of Fremont can sleep a little more soundly knowing that the city’s microgrids will be there. About two years ago, Fremont installed...


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How Microgrids Can Reduce Planned Blackouts

Rob Thornton, IDEA Source: San Francisco Chronicle Summary Photo: Paul Chinn / The Chronicle 2018 During this month’s public safety power shut-offs, in which more than 2 million households and businesses lost electricity from a disabled grid, thousands of Californians exercised...


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Can Solar and Batteries Outlast an Extended Power Outage?

Emma Foehringer Merchant, Green Tech Media Summary Even by the standards of the generally well-informed clean-energy customers in California's Bay Area, Todd Karin is a savvy one. Karin works as a postdoctoral researcher in the energy storage and distributed resources division at Lawrence...


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San Jose Without PG&E? Mayor Wants to Explore City-Owned Utilities

Maggie Angst, Bay Area News Group Summary One week after California’s biggest utility cut power to hundreds of thousands of residents , Mayor Sam Liccardo says he wants to explore a San Jose without Pacific Gas and Electric. Last week’s blackout aimed at reducing the risk of wildfires in...