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Concentric to Build 35-MW Microgrid in California with Innovative Wholesale Power Agreement

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary Concentric Power has struck a deal to build a 35-MW microgrid project in Gonzales, California that will operate under an unusual wholesale power agreement that involves a municipal utility, a local electric authority and retail customers. ...


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Massachusetts City Plans “Microgrid without Borders”

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary As energy democracy and social justice increasingly drive energy planning, Chelsea, Massachusetts hopes to become a model for how it’s done by developing a ‘microgrid without borders.’ Community and climate activists, city officials and energy...


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MRC Files Comments on the Track 2 Microgrid and Resiliency Strategies Staff Proposal

On August 14, 2020, the Microgrid Resources Coalition filed comments on the Track 2 Microgrid and Resiliency Strategies Staff Proposal, Facilitating the Commercialization of Microgrids, pursuant to Senate Bill 1339. While the MRC is grateful that the Staff Proposal is beginning to acknowledge...

Comments Of MRC on the Track 2 Microgrid and Resiliency Strategies Staff Proposal, Facilitating the Commercialization of Microgrids.pdf


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MRC Submits Comments on CA Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Workshop

On July 30, 2020, the Microgrid Resources Coalition submitted comments to the California Energy Commission on the Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Workshop on Assessing the Future Role for Microgrids in California. The MRC commends the Commission for its leadership in recognizing the...

Docketed Microgrid Resources Coalition Comments on IEPR Commissioner Workshop on Mic.pdf


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25 Stakeholders Pressing California to Move Ahead with Microgrid Tariffs

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary Twenty-five parties today urged California regulators to finalize microgrid tariffs by January, underscoring the need to incentivize the technology in a state now characterized by wildfires, blackouts and safety power shutoffs. In a filing...


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Puerto Rico Approves Utility Plan with Microgrid Mandate

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary After two years of debate and planning, Puerto Rico finally appears positioned to re-create its electric grid with microgrids and renewable energy, mandated in a new utility integrated resource plan (IRP). The mandate came from the Puerto Rico...


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On Cue, Blackouts Roll Across California after Google and Others Press for More Microgrids

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary As if to underscore the point, power blackouts rolled across California late last week right after dozens of stakeholders urged state regulators to push harder to get more microgrids built. Hundreds of thousands of Californians lost power Friday...


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Secretary Brouillette Announces ARIES — a Visionary Energy Research Platform

Energy.Gov Summary Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette announced the launch of the Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) platform at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). ARIES is a cutting-edge research platform...


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Massachusetts Sees Shared Microgrids As Way To Boost Resilience, Cut Emissions

Sarah Shemkus, Energy News Network Summary A state program has helped dozens of Massachusetts organizations explore the potential costs and benefits of pooling energy resources with their neighbors. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center awarded grants to study the feasibility of 14...


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Smart Neighbourhood, Smart Microgrid

Molly Lempriere, Solar Media Summary Around the world, communities and companies alike are increasingly looking to microgrids, to help increase resiliency and energy security. In particular, as people turn to intermittent renewables such as solar PV to decarbonise electricity networks,...