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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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Smart Energy Communities Can Make Our Grid More Human-Centric

Grant Samms, POWER Summary I’ve always been drawn to the swarm ship design concept in science fiction. The idea is that what initially looks like one massive spaceship is actually a cluster of really small vessels that can split apart when the going gets tough. As one, it’s efficient; as...

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First offshore wind farm goes offline: An industry warning?

Heather Richards and Arianna Skibell , E&E News reporters Summary In the new year, the first offshore wind farm in the United States will shut off its turbines, and its customers on nearby Block Island in Rhode Island will revert to diesel generation. The rocky saeabed around Block...

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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. ...

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Massachusetts City Plans “Microgrid without Borders”

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary As energy democracy and social justice increasingly drive energy planning, Chelsea, Massachusetts hopes to become a model for how it’s done by developing a ‘microgrid without borders.’ Community and climate activists, city officials and energy...

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MRC Submits Notice of Ex Parte Meeting Pursuant to SB1339 in CA

On September 14, 2020, the Microgrid Resources Coalition filed a Joint Parties Notice of Ex Parte Meeting in the Order Instituting Rulemaking Regarding Microgrids Pursuant to Senate Bill 1339 and Resiliency Strategies. The ex parte meeting took place on September 9, 2020 between Advisor...

R.19-09-009 MRC Joint Parties Ex Parte Comms Notice 9.14.20.pdf

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25 Stakeholders Pressing California to Move Ahead with Microgrid Tariffs

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary Twenty-five parties today urged California regulators to finalize microgrid tariffs by January, underscoring the need to incentivize the technology in a state now characterized by wildfires, blackouts and safety power shutoffs. In a filing...

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FERC Lowers Barriers on DERS, Paving the Way for Microgrids

On Sept 17, 2020, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order 2222 , a landmark rule that levels the playing field for participation of microgrids and aggregated distributed energy resources (DER’s) in all regional organized wholesale electricity markets, including Regional...

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FERC Order May Undermine Renewables, Energy Storage in New York’s Capacity Markets

GTM Summary The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected the latest proposal from New York's grid operator to allow renewable energy and batteries to compete against fossil fuels in its wholesale capacity market. That may give the state's regulators and policymakers more reason to...