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PJM MOPR Compliance Plan Allays Renewable Sector Concerns of Being Shut Out of Capacity Auctions

Summary PJM Interconnection on Wednesday issued a compliance filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that largely satisfied some of the biggest critics of the regulatory body's controversial Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) order. FERC's December order attempted to effectively...


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PG&E Rate Case Compromise Cuts $1.1B Proposal to $575M for Wildfire Mitigation

Kavya Balaraman, Utility Dive Summary Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) reached a proposed settlement with ratepayer advocates, safety officials and other stakeholders that would increase its 2020 revenue by 6.8%, largely to fund wildfire mitigation measures. The proposal is $483...


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Will PG&E's Blackouts Catalyze California's Microgrid Market

Julian Spector, Green Tech Media Summary Bankrupt California utility Pacific Gas & Electric has come under fire on many fronts for the scope and execution of its self-imposed blackouts last month. The blackouts will continue as the company pursues a decade-long grid-hardening...


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Microgrids Are Coming, Say Local Energy Watchdogs

Anne Ward Ernst, Index-Tribune Summary The region’s recent round of PG&E-forced power outages caused long lines at gas stations, demand for bags of ice and generators, and spurred more conversation around the concept of electrical microgrids. The microgrid concept is broad and can be...


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More Power Outages in California? No Big Deal for Fremont Fire Department

Peter Maloney, Microgrid Knowledge Summary Utilities in California are pre-emptively turning off transmission lines that could spark wildfires, but residents of Fremont can sleep a little more soundly knowing that the city’s microgrids will be there. About two years ago, Fremont installed...


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Wildfires and Blackouts Mean Californians Need Solar Panels and Microgrids

David Roberts Soure: Vox Summary California’s electricity system is failing. Earlier this month, in order to prevent wildfires, some 2 million people had their power cut by the state’s biggest utility provider, PG&E. It was the biggest deliberate blackout in history. That...


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PG&E CEO Says It Could Impose Blackouts in California for a Decade

Katherine Blunt, The Wall Street Journal Summary PG&E Corp. PCG +3.61% ’s chief executive said Friday that it could take as long as 10 years for the company to improve its electric system enough to significantly diminish the need to pull the plug on customers to...


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San Jose Without PG&E? Mayor Wants to Explore City-Owned Utilities

Maggie Angst, Bay Area News Group Summary One week after California’s biggest utility cut power to hundreds of thousands of residents , Mayor Sam Liccardo says he wants to explore a San Jose without Pacific Gas and Electric. Last week’s blackout aimed at reducing the risk of wildfires...


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Microgrid Provides Critical Services Throughout Northern California During Power Shutdown

Newswise Summary Newswise — Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid Provides Critical Services throughout Northern California Power Shutoff A groundbreaking microgrid developed to provide renewable power and energy resiliency for the Blue Lake Rancheria was put to the test during the recent...


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Duke Energy to Build Its First Large Battery in South Carolina

Julian Spector, GreenTech Media Summary Duke Energy has promised major investment in energy storage for its Carolina territory. It took another step toward substantiating that promise by designing a battery project to back up a South Carolina community center. The 5-megawatt/5-megawatt...