Funding Puts Community-Scale Microgrid in Line for Wholesale Market Participation

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has approved a grant for a community-scalemicrogrid that will participate in California’s wholesale electricity market.

According to the CEC, it will give $5 million to the Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation for a renewable energy microgrid at the Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport. The CEC said that the project will demonstrate the first multi-customer, front-of-the-meter microgrid with renewable energy generation owned by a community choice aggregation (CCA). The microgrid circuit will be owned by an unnamed investor-owned utility. 

The project will allow the CCA to participate in the California Independent System Operator wholesale electricity market and provide resilience to a commercial airport and U.S. Coast Guard Air Station, 

The CEC also will give $5 million to the Sonoma County Junior College District for a microgrid demonstration project at the Santa Rosa Junior College campus. The project will use solar PV to meet 40 percent of the electricity needs at the campus. The CEC said that the project is designed to reduce peak load, optimize energy use, provide support to the surrounding grid, and create a resilient power system by allowing the campus to provide emergency services during power outages.

The grants are funded through the Energy Commission’s Electric Program Investment Charge, which supports clean energy innovations, strategies, and applications that help California meet its energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.

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