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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...]

Confused about How to Develop a Microgrid?

If you’d like to develop a microgrid for your business, campus or community, but don’t know where to start, you’re not alone. In the US, the race is on to build these mini-grids that can keep the power flowing when the larger grid goes down. But it’s a race without a pathway or clear rules in many states. Regulators appear to be chasing the market … [Read more...]

CPUC Proposes to Replace Power from San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station with Energy Efficiency and Mix of Other Resources

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is proposing a strategy to replace the electricity generated by the retired San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) with a mix of resources, including energy efficiency. The replacement strategy is a critical issue for communities within the greater Los Angeles region and in San Diego because … [Read more...]

California Sets Big Precedent With Long-Awaited Energy Storage Plan

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously approved a proposal to bring 1.3 GW of energy storage online in California by 2020 in what the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) called “the biggest regulatory decision of its kind in the world.” The move sets targets for California’s investor-owned utilities and direct access … [Read more...]

California’s Focus on Lighting As a System

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Zach Gentry, vice president of marketing and product management for Enlighted Inc., an energy efficiency and building information company creating networked control systems. He explains how the California Public Utilities Commission is restructuring incentives by focusing on lighting as a … [Read more...]