Microgrids are Eligible to Bid in SCE’s 100-MW ‘Preferred Resources’ Solicitation

Microgrids are eligible to bid into a 100-MW solicitation for new preferred resources that was issued this week by Southern California Edison, said a utility spokesman. SCE issued the request for offers Sept. 28, 2015 to acquire renewable energy, capacity and load reduction. The utility wants the resources to also serve the local system, … [Read more...]

Advanced Microgrid Solutions & SunEdison to Deliver 50 MW of Storage to Southern Cal Ed

Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) and solar giant SunEdison have teamed to finance and deliver 50 MW of energy storage for Southern California Edison (SCE) under long-term capacity contracts. Known for its hybrid electric building approach, AMS won the contract through an SCE request for proposals in 2013, issued to fulfill a local capacity … [Read more...]

What Politicians Need to Know about Clean Energy Jobs

American politics is mired in team picking. Unfortunately, most  causes are designated as friend to one political party or the other. And if you're not my friend, you're my enemy. Job creation, however, captures the allegiance of  both Republicans and Democrats.  Job creation also is one of the major paybacks from a clean energy economy. That’s … [Read more...]

Advanced Microgrid Solutions:  How to Make Building Fleets into a Peaker Plant

Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) plans to store energy from fleets of buildings that can act as peaker plants on the grid, under a contract it won this week with Southern California Edison. The new company was among nine firms selected November 5 by the utility in a solicitation that netted 2, 221 MW in long-term capacity contracts, more than … [Read more...]

Southern California Edison Shows Love to Energy Efficiency & Storage to Replace Nuke and Gas Plants 

Southern California Edison has selected more than 500-MW of clean energy and storage to help replace the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and retiring natural gas plants. In all, the utility chose 69 clean energy projects, what California calls preferred resources, through a local capacity solicitation. They include demand response, energy … [Read more...]

Demand Response World Forum Oct. 13-15 Looks at DR's Role in Grid Modernization

Energy professionals from around the world will gather for the Demand Response World Forum 2014 in Costa Mesa, California, October 13-15 .  The international event will explore the latest automated demand response (ADR) technologies and strategies for meeting the changing energy landscape of the 21st Century. Over 40 speakers will join technology … [Read more...]

Solar Decathlon Village Powered by Microgrid and Sponsor Support

Since the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2009, a temporary, ground-laid electrical grid (or “microgrid”) has connected Solar Decathlon houses with one another and the local utility. The village microgrid allows excess power generated by the houses’ solar electric systems to be sent back to the larger city utility grid and its customers. … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency, Nuclear, and California's Future: An Interview with the Energy Commission Chairman Robert Weisenmiller

Before its retirement in 2012, the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) represented about 16 percent of the local electricity generation supply covering an average of 1.4 million homes serviced by Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric and the City of Riverside in southern California. The plant was especially important … [Read more...]

The New Power Couple: Energy Efficiency + Demand Response

Move over Bill and Hillary. An even more electrifying power couple is emerging: Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, or EE and DR as their fans call them. EE and DR may not be well-known beyond the world of energy geeks, but their pairing was the focus of intriguing discussion last week in Washington, D.C. at the National Summit on Integrating … [Read more...]

RFP: Southern California Edison Seeks Energy Efficiency, Demand Response…

Southern California Edison (SCE) launched a request for proposals for local capacity requirements (LCR) for resources that will help enhance the reliability of the power grid in specific geographic locations. SCE is seeking new resources to replace aging gas-fired power generation resources that use ocean water (also known as “once-through … [Read more...]