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OSIsoft Releases PXiSE Case Study for Campus Microgrid

PXiSE Summary Even before the 2017 and 2018 fire seasons ravaged California with some of the most devastating fires in the state’s history, Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) in northern California understood the importance of sustainable energy production. The intensity of the fires, widely...

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San Diego Gas & Electric Will Upgrade Borrego Springs Electrical Microgrid

Times of San Diego Summary San Diego Gas & Electric will use a $4.5 million federal grant to upgrade the Borrego Springs microgrid with new technology so it can operate on completely clean energy, the utility announced Friday. The grant, from the U.S. Department of...

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MRC Member Christopher Berendt Explains The Power of Microgrids on The Cogeneration Channel

Chris Berendt, member of the Microgrid Resources Coalition board, comments on the recent microgrid decisions and explains which kind of lobbying activities the association is carrying out, especially at the CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission), but also on a legislative level, in order...

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Hydrogen May Be The Crucial ‘Jigsaw’ Piece For Green Microgrids

Forbes Summary After catastrophic wildfires in 2017 and 2018 had devastated the transmission lines owned by PG&E Corp ., it was forced to declare bankruptcy. And the fallout from that has been a move to localize both the supply and delivery of electricity — power to come from green...

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Microgrids and Data Centers: A More Holistic Approach to Power Security

Data Center Frontier Summary During last fall’s wildfires in California, the largest electric utility provider in the state was forced to shut off power for millions of customers. In early October, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), curtailed power to more than 30 counties in Central and...

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Nonprofit Coalition Urges State Leaders to Prioritize Community Energy Resiliency in COVID-19 Recovery

PRESS RELEASE (Sacramento, CA) — In a letter sent to Governor Newsom and state leaders, a coalition of 18 California nonprofit organizations urged state policymakers to emphasize community energy resilience as part of state strategy to address COVID-19 recovery and prepare for future power...


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PUC Greenlights Microgrid, Grid Resiliency Policies Ahead of Fire Season

Colby Bermel, Politico Summary The Public Utilities Commission on Thursday unanimously approved policies to boost microgrids and other grid resiliency measures ahead of wildfire season this fall. Impact: Regulators hope the programs will not only help California better weather...

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As PG&E highlights potential need for fossil fuels to address power shutoffs, groups press for more storage

Utility Dive Summary PG&E’s broader strategy to reduce the impacts of its shut-offs includes three programs: upgrading certain substations so they can operate as islands when transmission lines are de-energized, providing technical and financial support to communities that want to...

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Undergraduate student teams win UC Berkeley carbon neutrality competition

The Daily Californian Summary A multistep plan focused on campus fleet emissions, solar paneling and the cogeneration plant won in a campus competition that aimed to achieve carbon neutrality. The first and second place winners were chosen from five finalists. The competition was held by...

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Disadvantaged California Community to Host the Largest Advanced Energy Community Built on Blockchain

Emily Holbrook Summary The Energy Coalition and Community Electricity, in collaboration with UCLA and a consortium of partners, have been awarded a $9 million California Energy Commission (CEC) EPIC grant. The Bassett-Avocado Advanced Energy Community (BAAEC) is a local,...