O&M

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Gas Technology Institute (GTI) announced this week that they are embarking on a five-year initiative to accelerate the development and demonstration of low-carbon energy technologies. With the increase of decarbonization goals from private companies and governments, existing technology is not enough to achieve these targets. The Low-Carbon Resources...
Storage

This week, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced a new financial assistance pilot for residential customers to install home battery storage systems through the statewide Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP). Approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on July 16, 2020, the pilot will allow eligible customers to install the technology at no cost...
Storage

Utility-scale battery storage took a major jump forward this month as Pacific Gas & Electric and Tesla began construction on a 182.5-MW lithium ion system in Monterey County, California. PG&E will own the facility at its substation in Moss Landing, but the design, construction and maintenance operations will be joint effort both by the San...
Storage

Wildfire and hurricane season is here and with it comes an influx of weather-related power outages. The health implications of power outages this summer are further compounded this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hydropower

The Nevada Irrigation District (NID) in the U.S. says its plans to begin using 95% clean, renewable energy to power all its operations became effective in June. NID says this change will help it do its part to meet California’s goal of 100% clean energy by 2045. NID has switched from PG&E providing only about...
Storage

Northern California utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is asking for approval from state regulators to procure more than 400 MW of lithium-ion energy storage from five projects. The filing with the California Public Utilities Commission details agreements on the five energy storage projects all across the state. The agreements are results from a competitive...
Hydropower

Portland General Electric Company and Douglas County Public Utility District No. 1 have signed a five-year power purchase agreement to supply PGE customers with up to 160 MW of additional capacity from the 840-MW Wells Hydroelectric Project on the Columbia River north of Wenatchee, Wash. The agreement also provides Douglas County PUD with PGE load...
Storage

In Oregon, resilient power is increasingly being recognized as an emergency preparedness and mitigation tool as state leaders and emergency managers prepare for the next Cascadia event.
C&I

Portland General Electric and Avangrid Renewables this week announced that PGE has agreed to purchase the output of a new 162-MW solar facility that Avangrid is building in eastern Oregon. The new facility will supply power and the accompanying renewable energy credits to PGE’s Green Future Impact customers, helping them source up to 100% of...