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MRC Member Bloom Energy Among California Companies Helping to Supply Ventilators Needed in Coronavirus Fight

Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times Summary Last week, Bloom Energy Chief Executive KR Sridhar realized his fuel-cell business could help alleviate the state’s critical shortage of ventilators. The San Jose company repairs and refurbishes the fuel-cell power generators it sells to large...

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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

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Engie EPS Cites Earnings Uncertainty from Coronavirus. Sticks to Long-term Microgrid Strategy

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary Engie EPS sees microgrids and energy storage as key to its growth, but expects a short-term disruption because its manufacturing facilities are in Italy, which has been heavily hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19). The technology division of France...

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PG&E, SCE Abandon Big Microgrid Plans for Temporary Emergency Measures as Wildfire Season Nears

Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive Summary California's plans to use microgrids to limit the 2020 impacts of preventive power outages will be delayed after utility solicitations revealed cost and deployment complexities. The top priority of a California microgrid proceeding is to...

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MRC Supports NY Assembly Bill A8240-A

On March 8, 2020, the Microgrid Resources Coalition submitted a memorandum in support of NY Assembly Bill A8240-A, which seeks to encourage the development of resilient, behind the meter, distributed energy resource projects that will ensure uninterrupted electric power at facilities that...

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PJM MOPR Compliance Plan Allays Renewable Sector Concerns of Being Shut Out of Capacity Auctions

Summary PJM Interconnection on Wednesday issued a compliance filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that largely satisfied some of the biggest critics of the regulatory body's controversial Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) order. FERC's December order attempted to effectively...

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Senator Stern Introduces Senate Bill No. 1215 in Support of Microgrids

On February 20, 2020, Senator Stern (D-CA) introduced Senate Bill 1215, which would establish the Local Government Deenergization Event Resiliency Fund. The bill would also require Cal Office of Emergency Services to create and manage a statewide database of critical facilities and...

SB 1215 OES Funding for Microgirds and more Introduced 022020.pdf

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Brooklyn Microgrid Gets Approval for Blockchain-based Energy Trading

Rakesh Sharma, Energy Central Summary Brooklyn Microgrid, a blockchain-based peer-to-peer energy trading system, has been approved to conduct a 12-month pilot program for energy trading on its platform, according to Adrienne Smith, executive director of the project. The pilot will begin in...

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PG&E Rate Case Compromise Cuts $1.1B Proposal to $575M for Wildfire Mitigation

Kavya Balaraman, Utility Dive Summary Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) reached a proposed settlement with ratepayer advocates, safety officials and other stakeholders that would increase its 2020 revenue by 6.8%, largely to fund wildfire mitigation measures. The proposal is $483...

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US Microgrid Market Slowed in 2019. PG&E Could Single-Handedly Reverse the Trend

Julian Spector, GreenTech Media Summary The burgeoning U.S. microgrid industry is set to install less controllable capacity this year than it did last year. But that setback may prove a temporary blip, especially if a new effort to back up the beleaguered Northern California grid comes to...