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Can California Shape Microgrid Development? Because it’s Coming Anyway

Promote them or not, microgrids are coming to California. So how can policymakers shape microgrid development to get the most out of it for consumers and the grid? That's how Gabe Petlin, supervisor of grid planning and reliability at the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC), framed California’s upcoming quest to create a microgrid road … [Read more...]

Demand Response in California Gets a Big Boost From New Bill

Demand response in California will be considered one of the top choices for meeting the state's resource needs, thanks to the approval of a bill, SB 1414, awaiting the governor's signature. Once again, the state leads the way in energy efficiency — and hopefully, other states will follow, focusing on the many benefits of meeting load with demand … [Read more...]

What Will the 21st Century Grid Look Like?

We cannot run a 21st century grid with 1950s technologies, fuel sources and practices. The good news is steps are being taken to usher in the new grid, says Carl Zichella, NRDC's director for western transmission, in this guest blog post. It seems everyone involved with renewable energy and climate change is asking the same question these days.  … [Read more...]

Behind-the-Meter Storage Competes with Generation in California: Pilot

In a one-of-a-kind pilot, Stem, an advanced energy technology company, is participating in the California ISO market, providing aggregated, behind-the-meter storage in competition with generators. Stem combines behind-the-meter storage and real-time data analytics to help commercial and industrial businesses manage energy use. In this pilot, the … [Read more...]

Joule Assets Part 2: How to Achieve the Real Potential of Microgrid

Two topics keep cropping up in our conversations with energy efficiency insiders: 1) Joule Assets' new investment fund 2) Microgrid. So we recently brought the two together by asking Joule Assets CEO Mike Gordon about the investment potential for microgrid. Joule Assets made headlines in January with the launch of its $100 million Energy … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency MicroNews: California ISO, SWEEP, Johnson Controls

 This week in energy efficiency news… The California Independent System Operator laid the path for advancing low-carbon demand response and energy efficiency in a recent report, “Demand Response and Energy Efficiency Roadmap: Maximizing Preferred Resources."  The roadmap builds upon California’s progressive policies that promote microgrids, … [Read more...]