CEC: Commercializing Community Microgrids

Reason for submission: Comments encouraging the California Energy Commission to make funds available to stage, design, and plan Community Microgrids in each utility service territory that would pilot the successful German wholesale distributed generation model of distributed energy resources in California

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This filing represents the Clean Coalition’s comments in response to the April 25th Joint Energy Agency (California Energy Commission (CEC), California Public Utilities Commission, California Independent System Operator) Workshop for the Development of a Roadmap to Commercialize Microgrids in California. The comments encouraged the CEC to make funds available to stage, design, and plan Community Microgrids in each utility service territory that would pilot the successful German wholesale distributed generation model of distributed energy resources in California. The comments also address the enormous potential for Community Microgrids to replace peaker plants and synchronous condensers at the utility distribution level, to prevent the repowering of peaker plants such as the Elwood Peaker Plant. Finally, the comments describe how the Clean Coalition is addressing various policy and financial barriers, but encourage the CEC to make funding availble to research the barriers and develop appropriate, timely solutions.

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