Archive Category : California News: Caiso, Grid & Storage

California solar plus storage shows consistent installs, residential growth

The California Solar & Storage Association (CALSSA) has collected and shared data on California’s behind the meter solar+storage activity in the first half of 2019, with data that goes back to the beginning of 2016. The data suggests that within the three main investor owned utilities – San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric – commercial interconnections are running slightly behind the 2018 numbers in terms of projects interconnected. However, residential systems seem to be picking up a bit.  Read More →

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Distributed residential solar+storage takes a seat at the adult table

Sunrun won a bid to provide 20 MW from the company’s residential solar+storage systems to the New England grid operator’s capacity market beginning in 2022. This announcement comes of the heels of two very significant recent legislative victories for solar+storage in California and Massachusetts.  Read More →

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Opinion: How Lackluster Grid Maintenance Jeopardizes California’s Green Energy Future

PG&E has been a key partner in California’s green energy agenda, investing aggressively in solar, wind, and other renewable energy projects over the past decade. Last year renewables accounted for 33% of PG&E’s power mix — an impressive amount by industry standards. However, PG&E’s bankruptcy in the wake of the Camp Fire means that a lack of trust (and credit) in the utility could imperil the state’s green energy sector, and with it dreams of 100% carbon-free power by 2045. Read More →

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The $2.5 trillion reason we can’t rely on batteries to clean up the grid

A pair of 500-foot smokestacks rise from a natural-gas power plant on the harbor of Moss Landing, California, casting an industrial pall over the pretty seaside town. If state regulators sign off, however, it could be the site of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery project by late 2020, helping to balance fluctuating wind and solar energy on the California grid. Read More →

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City of Los Angeles wants to turn Hoover Dam into world’s largest pumped energy storage facility

Hydroelectric power has many advantages. It is renewable and has no carbon emissions, but there is a catch. After the water passes through the turbines, it is discharged into the Colorado River and can no longer be used to make electricity until it is absorbed by the atmosphere, blown by prevailing winds upstream of the dam, falls as rain, and is redeposited in Lake Mead to begin the process all over again. Read More →

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Energy Storage Could Be Residential Solar’s Next Growth Product

Residential solar installers are quietly starting to expand their offerings to include energy storage, which could be a much-needed revenue Read More →

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California is shattering renewable records. So why are greenhouse emissions creeping up?

The green beacon that is the state of California is making clean-energy strides, according to new stats out this week. It’s harnessing Read More →

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California RA: ‘Fear and Loathing’ in Redondo Beach

California’s grid reliability will be increasingly at risk if the state doesn’t soon address its unfocused approach to resource adequacy Read More →

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Expanding the Energy Imbalance Market Is the Right Way to Regionalize California’s Grid

In a previous article, we touched on how this can be accomplished through a combination of regional markets and smart management Read More →

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How to Get Wyoming Wind to California, and Cut 80% of U.S. Carbon Emissions

Several miles south of Rawlins, Wyoming, on a cattle ranch east of the Continental Divide, construction crews have begun laying Read More →

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