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Barriers to Maximizing the Value of Behind-the-Meter Distributed Energy Resources -- California Solar & Storage Association White Paper Attached (Ind. Report)
California Independent System Operator
Date: 2019-02-06
"The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) have developed various programs that allow distributed energy resources (DERs) to compete with traditional generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure to provide capacity and ancillary services.

"Customer-sited, or behind-the-meter (BTM), resources can provide multiple grid services at the distribution and transmission levels,1but numerous barriers have hindered the efforts of the CPUC and CAISO to enable BTM resources to provide these services. This report builds on several documents that industry stakeholders have produced for staff in the CPUC's Energy Division describing these barriers."

Download the Barriers to Maximizing the Value of Behind-the-Meter Distributed Energy Resources White Paper HERE. (Source: California Solar & Storage Association, Feb., 2019) Contact: California Solar & Storage Association, https://calssa.org; California Independent System Operator, www.caiso.com

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Calif. Radox Flow Battery Energy Storage Pilot Underway (Ind. Report)
CASIO,New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation
Date: 2019-01-07
The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) -- Japan's largest public management organization promoting research and development as well as deployment of industrial, energy and environmental technologies -- and Sumitomo Electric Industries are reporting the second stage of a 2MW/8MWh stationary radox flow battery energy storage pilot in California is underway.

The pilot, which includes partnering with the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), is the first to connect a battery storage system in the US wholesale energy market.

The project follows an agreement signed between NEDO and the California state government's Office of Business and Economic Development to promote the use of energy storage in the state. Californian utilities are required under State law AB 2514 to complete the installation of storage battery capacity up to a certain proportion by 2024. (Source: NEDO, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, Jan., 2019) Contact: New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, www.nedo.go.jp/english; Sumitomo Electric Industries, https://global-sei.com

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California Sets Solar, Renewables Records (Ind. Report)
California Independent System Operator
Date: 2018-05-04
The California Independent System Operator reported a new utility-scale solar power generation record on April 26 of 10,521 megawatts. It was the first time in the state’s history that utility-scale solar surpassed 10.5 gigawatts. Then two days later, on Saturday, April 29, that record was broken when 10,539 megawatts were generated at 1:40 PM.

The Golden State also seta new record for the instantaneous portion of demand met by renewable energy on Saturday at 73 pct, just 15 minutes before the solar record, with solar and wind alone meeting 64 pct of demand, exclusive of an estimated 6.6 gigawatts of behind-the-meter solar available in the state.

In 2017, California's renewable energy sources -- excluding large hydro plants -- represented 31 pct of Californias in-state electric power generation.(Source: California Independent System Operator Contact: California Independent System Operator, www.caiso.com

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CAISO OKs PG&E's Oakland Clean Energy Initiative (Ind. Report)
Pacific Gas and Electric, California Independent System Operator
Date: 2018-03-26
San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reports the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has given the nod to its Oakland Clean Energy Initiative (OCEI) plan to provide a clean alternative to a decades-old fossil-fuel power plant in Oakland. OCEI will provide a green and innovative option that uses local clean-energy resources, including energy storage, energy efficiency and electric-system upgrades, to ensure transmission grid reliability in Oakland when the current 40-year old power plant is retired. PG&E will seek proposals and expressions of interest this spring.

The system operator has a Reliability Must Run contract with the existing plant's owner, Dynegy, to purchase power during peak periods. The Oakland Clean Energy Initiative is expected to come into service by mid-2022. (Source: PG&E, 23 Mar., 2018) Contact: PG&E, Roy Kuga, VP Grid Integration and Innovation, Media Relations, (415) 973-5930, www.pge.com; California Independent System Operator, (916) 351-4400, www.caiso.com

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Calif. Grid Sets 67 pct Renewable Energy Record (Ind. Report)
California ISO
Date: 2017-05-24
According to California Independent System Operator (ISO, renewable sources produced a record 67.2 percent of the electricity on the portion of the Golden State's power grid on May 11th. The 67 pct figure does not include large hydropower facilities, which added another 13.5 pct, nor electricity from rooftop solar arrays. The ISO runs 80 pct of the California grid.

California legislation requires utilities to source 33 pct of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020, rising to 50 percent by 2030. In 2016, the state's three large electric utilities collectively sourced 32.3 pct of their electricity from renewables. (Source: California ISO, SF Gate, 18 May, 2017) Contact: California Independent System Operator, (916) 351-4400, www.caiso.com

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