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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|

Big Utilities Go Big on Utility Storage Deals

Pacific Gas & Electric will install 1.6 gigawatts of large energy storage projects between August 2023 and June 2024 to help meet its share of a requirement to add 11.5 GW of new resources by mid-decade to help balance the grid. The utility announced on Jan. 24 it signed nine 15-year agreements for large […]

January 25, 2022|

Energy Agency May Turn Automation of Grid-Connected Devices into Reality

The California Energy Commission took the key first step toward a customer-led power sector that would help balance the grid during times of stress with the launch of its Load Management Standards rulemaking in late December.

The proposed standards begin the process of capturing demand flexibility from customers’ distributed energy resources—from electric vehicles to […]

January 11, 2022|

Community Energy Teams Up to Acquire 670 MW of New Power

Three community energy providers have joined together to meet urgent clean energy requirements and are seeking bids for nearly 670 megawatts of fossil-free power that can be ready over the next two to four years.

The Jan. 7 request for proposals issued by Central Coast Community Energy, Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Sonoma Clean Power […]

January 11, 2022|
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