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Microgrids and Data Centers: A More Holistic Approach to Power Security

Data Center Frontier Summary During last fall’s wildfires in California, the largest electric utility provider in the state was forced to shut off power for millions of customers. In early October, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), curtailed power to more than 30 counties in Central and...

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Nonprofit Coalition Urges State Leaders to Prioritize Community Energy Resiliency in COVID-19 Recovery

PRESS RELEASE (Sacramento, CA) — In a letter sent to Governor Newsom and state leaders, a coalition of 18 California nonprofit organizations urged state policymakers to emphasize community energy resilience as part of state strategy to address COVID-19 recovery and prepare for future power...


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PUC Greenlights Microgrid, Grid Resiliency Policies Ahead of Fire Season

Colby Bermel, Politico Summary The Public Utilities Commission on Thursday unanimously approved policies to boost microgrids and other grid resiliency measures ahead of wildfire season this fall. Impact: Regulators hope the programs will not only help California better weather...

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As PG&E highlights potential need for fossil fuels to address power shutoffs, groups press for more storage

Utility Dive Summary PG&E’s broader strategy to reduce the impacts of its shut-offs includes three programs: upgrading certain substations so they can operate as islands when transmission lines are de-energized, providing technical and financial support to communities that want to...

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Undergraduate student teams win UC Berkeley carbon neutrality competition

The Daily Californian Summary A multistep plan focused on campus fleet emissions, solar paneling and the cogeneration plant won in a campus competition that aimed to achieve carbon neutrality. The first and second place winners were chosen from five finalists. The competition was held by...

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Disadvantaged California Community to Host the Largest Advanced Energy Community Built on Blockchain

Emily Holbrook Summary The Energy Coalition and Community Electricity, in collaboration with UCLA and a consortium of partners, have been awarded a $9 million California Energy Commission (CEC) EPIC grant. The Bassett-Avocado Advanced Energy Community (BAAEC) is a local,...

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PG&E’s Plan to Mitigate Blackouts This Wildfire Season: Lots More Diesel Generators

Greentech Media Summary Pacific Gas & Electric is turning to a decidedly low-tech solution to keep its customers’ lights on for this year’s coming fire season: mobile diesel generators. The bankrupt utility is struggling to secure its grid from causing more deadly wildfires and has...

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Microgrids for a More Resilient California: Key legislation and outlook for regulatory evolution

Summary Against the backdrop of uncertainty caused by COVID-19, legislators and regulators in the state of California continue to advance policies intended to enhance community resiliency, strengthen infrastructure and reduce carbon emissions. Following the framework set by SB 1339, the...

MRC Webinar Microgrid Policy Legislation in California_FINAL.pdf

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MRC Supports Funding for Clean Energy Resilience Infrastructure as Part of Economic Stimulus Plan

Summary On April 24, 2020, the MRC was a sign-on party to a recommendation letter in support of new state funding for clean energy resilience infrastructure in California as part of any potential Covid-19 economic stimulus plan. The MRC signed on with other interested parties to support the...

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SCE Submits Supplemental Letter to California PUC in Response to Resiliency Proposal

On March 16, 2020, Southern California Edison Company submitted a motion to supplement their January 21, 2020 Resiliency Proposal and Response to Administrative Law Judge's Ruling. The SCE January 21 proposal provided the Commission and stakeholders with an overview of its microgrid-related...

R1909009-SCE Motion to Supplement Response.pdf