Sonoma Vineyard Seeks Self-Sufficiency with Multi-Renewable Microgrid and Storage

Stone Edge Farm, a spa and vineyard in Sonoma, California, announced the selection of Emerson Automation Solutions on January 24 to provide efficient and reliable operation of its new microgrid – which Stone Edge describes as “a self-sufficient energy production and distribution facility relying on diverse sources of electricity, including solar power, wind power, hydrogen power, and advanced storage battery technology.”

Marin Clean Energy Could Cut Rates As Seven More Cities Join

Seven new municipalities are poised to join the Marin Clean Energy (MCE) joint powers authority, according to a report in the Marin Independent Journal – which could mean lower energy prices for all participants. MCE is a public, not-for-profit electricity provider that offers all 54.4 … Read more…

San Luis Obispo Approves Large Retrofit Project

San Luis Obispo Approves Large Retrofit Project

San Luis Obispo County in California has approved a large retrofit. The multiple simultaneous projects are collectively are the largest energy retrofit ever approved by the county’s board of supervisors. The county will enable work with Pacific Gas & Electric on two energy efficiency initiatives … Read more…

Controversial Two-Tier Rate Plan Approved in California

Following a 5-0 vote on July 3, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved a plan that returns the Golden State to two rate tiers for power, with a 25 percent difference between them. The strategy also imposes a surcharge on “super” electricity users … Read more…

Solar-Friendly Rate for Commercial Customers Adopted in California

Solar-Friendly Rate for Commercial Customers Adopted in California

The California Public Utilities Commission approved Thursday a solar-friendly rate for medium and large commercial and industrial customers in the Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Southern California Edison’s service territories. As part of the decision, the CPUC approved the Option R rate, which was proposed … Read more…

Siemens Becomes Sponsor Member of OpenADR Alliance

Siemens Becomes Sponsor Member of OpenADR Alliance

Siemens has become a sponsor member of the OpenADR Alliance. As such, Siemens joins the board of directors comprised of Southern California Edison, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), AutoGrid, EnerNOC and Honeywell. The Alliance has more than 100 members. Siemens says OpenADR … Read more…

California Avoids Blackouts Despite Heat Wave, Nuclear Outage

California Avoids Blackouts Despite Heat Wave, Nuclear Outage

The California power grid avoided problems earlier this week despite a heat wave and a nuclear plant outage. The state’s biggest nuclear plant, PG&E’s 1,122- MW Diablo Canyon Power Plant (pictured), shut down on June 27 before the heat wave started, resuming activity just prior … Read more…

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