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COVID-19 propels microgrids in healthcare sector, but regulatory, awareness hurdles remain

Kavya Balaraman, Utility Dive Summary In 2018, with a nearly $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC), a company called Charge Bliss built a 250 kW, 1 MWh solar and battery storage microgrid on top of a medical center in Richmond, California. The center saw...


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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...

CommunityEnergyResilience_CleanEnergyCoalitionLetter_061120.pdf


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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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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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Microgrid Tariff Proposed by Hawaiian Electric Faces Industry Criticism

Lisa Cohn, Microgrid Knowledge Summary A microgrid tariff proposed by Hawaiian Electric (HECO) is receiving mixed reviews as the state attempts to break new ground in creating microgrid compensation. Now before the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC), the utility proposed the...


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MRC Authors Letter in Support of CA Microgrid Bill

On April 30, 2020, the MRC authored a letter in support of Senator Stern's SB1215 bill, which will create the Local Government Deenergization Event Resiliency Program that allocates funding for public agency microgrids. This bill provides the "seed money" for local governments and critical...

SB 1215 Support Letter MRC 4.30.20 sign.pdf


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MRC Submits Comments on Hawaiian Electric's Transmittal of a Draft Microgrid Services Tariff

On April 27, 2020, the MRC submitted comments on Hawaiian Electric's Transmittal of a Draft Microgrid Services Tariff. The MRC supports the Commission's efforts to develop a tariff that responds to the unique capabilities and characteristics of microgrids, and has participated in a working...

MRC Comments to Hawaiian Electric's Transmittel of a draft Microgrid Services Tariff.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


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MRC Submits Comments on CA Microgrid and Resiliency Strategies Staff Proposal

On January 30, 2020, the Microgrid Resources Coalition submitted comments on the Track 1 Microgrid and Resiliency Strategies Staff Proposal issued as part of the California PUC proceeding instituted in its Order Instituting Rulemaking Regarding Microgrids Pursuant to Senate Bill 1339. In the...

MRC Comments on Track 1 Microgrid and Resiliency Strategies Staff Proposal_FINAL.pdf