California Seeks Bids for Building Energy Efficiency Standards

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is seeking bids for technical support to develop building energy efficiency standards, as part of a periodic update required under the Warren-Alquist State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Act. These building standards address newly constructed buildings and additions, as well as alterations to … [Read more...]

California’s Brown Envisions Doubling of Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Microgrids, Battery Storage…

California Gov. Jerry Brown called for a doubling of energy efficiency in buildings, microgrids, distributed generation and other ways to cut greenhouse gases more,  in his inaugural speech this week. Brown also wants to increase the state’s renewable portfolio standard from 33 percent to 50 percent. “I envision a wide range of initiatives: more … [Read more...]

California Gov. Brown Pushes Microgrids…PG&E Seeks Energy Storage

California Gov. Jerry Brown pushed microgrids and a doubling of energy efficiency in buildings, in his inaugural speech this week. Brown also wants to increase the state’s renewable portfolio standard from 33 percent to 50 percent. The governor described an emerging distributed grid that will help the state reduce greenhouses gases. “I … [Read more...]

Microgrid Demonstration Project Tests Military, Other Uses

A microgrid demonstration project hosted by the US Navy and sponsored by the California Energy Commission will shine a light on how effective microgrids can be in providing demand charge management, load shifting, and solar firming. Just as important, the project will evaluate how well a photovoltaic solar system, used with batteries, … [Read more...]

New Study Reveals Computer Insomnia, Higher Energy Costs and Pollution

Think your fancy new computer is uber energy efficient? Think again. Computer insomnia may make it a big energy drag. NRDC's Pierre Delforge explains. A new study released last week defies the conventional assumption that computers spend approximately half of their time switched on and the other half either in “sleep mode” using very little … [Read more...]

California Extends Deadline in $26.5M Microgrid Solicitation

The California Energy Commission has extended the deadline for  its $26.5 million microgrid solicitation  (PON-14-301) from November 3 to  November 17. California hopes to use microgrids to reduce carbon emissions and increase use of renewable energy and electric vehicles.  The solicitation also seeks proposals for grid-linked electric vehicle … [Read more...]

California Offers $19.5 Million for Distributed Generation Research

The California Energy Commission is offering $19.5 million in awards for distributed generation research projects that solve specific problems in the electricity sector. Issued August 12, the request for proposals (PON-14-303) will fund pre-commercial research and development of distributed biopower and photovoltaics. The commission plans to … [Read more...]

California Offers $19.5 Million for Distributed Generation Research

The California Energy Commission is offering $19.5 million in awards for distributed generation research projects that solve specific problems in the electricity sector. Issued August 12, the request for proposals (PON-14-303) will fund pre-commercial research and development of distributed biopower and photovoltaics. The commission plans to … [Read more...]

California Offers Up to $26.5 Million in Microgrid Grants

The California Energy Commission is offering up to $26.5 million for microgrid grants, in a request for proposals issued July 3. The RFP seeks microgrid projects that demonstrate ways to reduce carbon emissions and increase use of renewable energy and electric vehicles. “California’s electric grid must become more resilient and adaptable to … [Read more...]

California Offers Up to $26.5 Million in Microgrid Grants

The California Energy Commission is offering up to $26.5 million for microgrid grants, in a request for proposals issued July 3. The RFP seeks microgrid projects that demonstrate ways to reduce carbon emissions and increase use of renewable energy and electric vehicles. “California’s electric grid must become more resilient and adaptable to … [Read more...]