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DSRSD approves five-year strategic plan Summary A new five-year plan approved by the Dublin San Ramon Services District Board of Directors on Tuesday includes nine "strategic goals" addressing the district's financial sustainability, long-term management strategy, local partnerships, and more. The 2022...

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Arvin potato plant orders Kern's first microgrid to boost energy resiliency, efficiency

Yahoo! News Summary Microgrid technology promising greater energy flexibility and independence arrived in Kern Wednesday with the start of construction on an integrated power generation and storage system at an 1,100-employee ag facility in Arvin. The 5-megawatt solar, natural gas and...

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Sunrise brief: California approves electric microgrid program for vulnerable communities

pv magazine Summary The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved a microgrid plan for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to support local governments and tribes and provide resiliency in the event of utility outages. One-time matching funds of up to $27 million...

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California approves PG&E, SDG&E, SCE microgrid tariffs with eye to upcoming fire season

Utility Dive Summary California regulators have focused on short-term solutions for the next wildfire season, using last week's decision to speed up the development of microgrids in the last year as an attempt to increase reliability and mitigate energy security concerns during Public Safety...

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PG&E begins construction on microgrid site in Arnold

Calaveras Enterprise Summary Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) has begun construction on a microgrid in Arnold aimed at mitigating the impacts of Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). The microgrid is “designed to provide electricity to certain customers and shared community...

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Air District’s Climate Tech Finance Program paves the way for innovative microgrid solutions project

IBank Summary The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has awarded a loan guarantee to Gridscape Solutions, a developer of renewable energy microgrid solutions in California. Gridscape’s microgrids integrate several technologies including solar panels and lithium-ion battery energy...

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US winemaker mitigates power shutoffs with EDF microgrid

Power Engineering International Summary US winemaker Domaine Carneros has selected EDF Renewables to ensure its long-term financial and sustainability goals are achieved. The wine maker has tasked the independent power producer to design, build, and operate a resilient solar photovoltaics ...

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California Awards $3.5 Million for Microgrid at Frito-Lay Food Processing Plant

Ethan Howland, Microgrid Knowledge Summary The California Energy Commission has awarded Frito-Lay a $3.5 million grant to build a solar-powered microgrid at a food processing facility in a project the agency is touting as a model for the industry. The microgrid will be installed at a...

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Preparing for Disaster While Making Electricity

Heather Smith, Sierra Summary Humboldt County, California, is at the end of the line, electrically speaking. Earthquakes, floods, landslides, and wildfires cut off utilities—and roads—into the area. PG&E, the state's largest utility, has begun preemptively cutting power when the fire...

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Butte County could be model for biomass, co-generation, experts say

Enterprise-Record Summary Butte County could be in a place to be a leader in biomass and co-generation for California. Considering the role that biomass and co-generation has in a state where wildfires consumed more than 4 million acres so far this year, advocates says co-generation is...