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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...

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UCSD Gets $39 Million Grant for Renewable Energy Testbed

Times of San Diego Summary UC San Diego will receive a $39 million grant to build a testbed to allow universities, utilities and industry leaders to gain a better understanding of how to integrate renewable energy resources into the power grid, it was announced Monday. The grant from the...

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MRC Files Reply Comments on the Track 2 Microgrid and Resiliency Strategies Staff Proposal

On August 28, 2020, the Microgrid Resources Coalition filed reply comments on the Track 2 Microgrid and Resiliency Strategies Staff Proposal, Facilitating the Commercialization of Microgrids, pursuant to Senate Bill 1339. In the reply comments, the MRC reinforced the need for the Commission...

MRC CPUC Reply to Track 2 Comments 8.28.20.pdf

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Concentric to Build 35-MW Microgrid in California with Innovative Wholesale Power Agreement

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary Concentric Power has struck a deal to build a 35-MW microgrid project in Gonzales, California that will operate under an unusual wholesale power agreement that involves a municipal utility, a local electric authority and retail customers. ...