As part of an ongoing workshop series discussing the opportunities and challenges associated with the creation of a microgrid in California, the CEC, CPUC and ISO will be hosting the final joint workshop with stakeholders at the ISO on October 2, 2017.
A microgrid roadmap for California is being developed in an effort to make California’s electric grid more resilient and adaptable to the state’s anticipated future needs. The agencies will be reviewing and discussing a draft of the roadmap, which is based on stakeholder input from the previous four workshops. This coordinated effort will address the full range of issues that are delaying or hindering the commercialization of microgrid technologies in California.
Microgrids are able to manage critical customer resources, provide services for the utility grid operator, disconnect from the grid when the need arises, and provide the customer and the utility different levels of critical support when the need exists. Microgrids can incorporate clean, low-carbon energy resources with increased energy efficiency, and distributed energy resources, such as energy storage, distributed renewables, demand response, electric vehicles, and other advanced generation and advanced distributed energy systems.