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$11 Million for Big Charging and Green Energy

This week the California Energy Commission approved $11 million in research grants for projects including a truck-mounted, non-polluting backup generator and a pilot program for a universal charger for electric vehicles.

Another project that got funded, and the one that grabbed the most attention is a ChargePoint effort to create an unprecedented 600 kW automated, […]

February 16, 2022|

Emerging Technologies: Virtual Power Plants Advance in California

California regulators and utilities are finally beginning to seize the emerging virtual power plant (VPP) opportunity that allows aggregations of rooftop solar and small-scale energy storage to deliver the value of a conventional power plant but with more flexibility.

VPPs are distributed energy resource aggregations that typically also include smart water heaters and heating-cooling […]

February 14, 2022|

California Will Finally Get Solar on Some Irrigation Canals

A long-discussed idea to address water losses and generate power took a step forward with a Tuesday announcement that the Department of Water Resources will give $20 million to a public utility south of Modesto to install 5 MW of solar panels over its irrigation canals.

This project at the Turlock Irrigation District will test […]

February 8, 2022|

Grid Operator Proposes $30 Billion for Green Grid

For the first time, the California grid operator has released a draft 20-year plan for a grid that supports total decarbonization of electricity in the state by 2045. The plan from the California Independent System Operator estimates a cost of $30.5 billion for new and upgraded high voltage lines needed to accommodate additions of […]

February 3, 2022|

Million$ More in Energy Commission Grants Approved

The California Energy Commission gave the green light to nearly $20 million in clean energy research and development grants midweek. The funding is roughly split between advancing electric vehicle charging and research projects unable to secure private funding.

More than $9.5 million will now go to EV infrastructure as follows:

  • $4.7 million was awarded to […]
January 27, 2022|
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