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The California Public Utilities Commission has started a process to create a policy framework for commercializing microgrids. The rulemaking, approved last month, grew out a bill that requires the PUC to develop standards, protocols, guidelines, rates and tariffs that support microgrid development
Seattle City Light is building a $3.3 million demonstration project that includes a microgrid controller, rooftop solar panels, and a lithium-ion battery storage system at a community center in the city.
Palo Alto Utilities in California, working with EDF Innovation Lab, has used a grant from the American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments program to produce studies and develop tools for testing thermal microgrids.
A new community solar project is one of three components proposed as part of a Clallam County Public Utility District microgrid demonstration project, the Washington State-based PUD recently said.
Software company VMware and the City of Palo Alto Utilities in California will explore the potential for a collaborative relationship between a public power utility managing the electric distribution grid and a private company generating electricity on-site combined with storage for access to power when the grid goes down.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy on Sept. 5 announced the release of $5 million of state grant money to establish a microgrid at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) in Groton. A key part of the microgrid project hinged on the participation of the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative,
Snohomish County Public Utility District in Washington state broke ground on its $9.5 million Microgrid and Clean Energy Technology Center this week, which plans to demonstrate new energy technologies, including energy storage coupled with a solar array.
Illinois utility regulators approved Commonwealth Edison’s request to construct a full-sized, utility-scale microgrid in Bronzeville, a community located on Chicago’s South Side. The Bronzeville Community Microgrid will interconnect with an existing, fully functional microgrid, creating one of the first microgrid clusters in the U.S.
An official with Washington State-based Snohomish County PUD recently detailed the PUD’s plans to develop a microgrid that will have a disaster recovery focus, while an executive with Florida-based Gainesville Regional Utilities offered details on a microgrid the utility has set up in partnership with a local health care provider.