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 some of the requirements of SB 1339 to build a meaningful pathway to the broad commercial deployment of microgrids by private industry, the MRC feels that the track 2 proposal, similar to the track 1 proposals before, lack meaningful effort to address the requirements of SB 1339 and is not making a meaningful effort to address the needs of California communities for a resilient delivery of electric power.
"SB 1339 requires the Commission to create a microgrid tariff and to remove regulatory barriers to commercialization of microgrids. The Commission has not done so. Track 1 addressed certain interconnection issues for a narrow class of microgrids. Track 2 introduces the concept of a tariff in Proposal 3 and acknowledges that certain regulatory charges are a barrier to microgrids,3 but the proposal is not well explained and appears to again be limited to a narrow class of microgrids. California deserves better."
The MRC, once again, suggests that the Commission adopt a unified microgrid tariff on a proforma basis in an open proceeding.
To read the full list of comments and recommendations submitted by the MRC, click here (or see below).
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