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California Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop to solicit public input to help identify research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) gaps and provide recommendations to guide future RD&D investments by the California Energy Commission in Microgrid technologies and demonstrations. The workshop will be held:
Friday, March 6, 2015
Beginning at 10:00 a.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room (Hearing Room A)
Microgrids offer resiliency over a geographic area during grid outage events, provide cost saving opportunities, and can deliver additional social benefits such as a reduced carbon footprint, and higher penetration levels of renewable resources than would otherwise be possible. Distributed energy resources (DER) are now available at lower cost. However, there are still issues that need to be addressed concerning: interconnection technology, communication and control technology, and regulatory constructs.
The operation of DER and coordination of loads with the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) is becoming more complex. Therefore, it is critical to identify and develop research that will address the technical, economic, regulatory, and market issues for renewables-based microgrids to provide lower carbon and lower-cost energy, improved grid stability, increased reliability, and adaptation of the grid for climate change impacts.
This staff workshop aims to identify RD&D investments that address technical, economic, market and commercialization issues to better enable stable microgrids that can potentially provide better and more reliable services to energy customers; while, at the same time, improve the stability of the larger grid. Staff seeks comments on performance metrics and standardization of microgrid configurations that will accelerate microgrid deployment and help customers realize the many potential benefits from microgrids.
TELECONFERENCE OPTION: Parties and the public may attend the Public Workshop in person at the above location or by telephone and/or by computer via our "WebEx" web conferencing system. For additional details on how to participate via WebEx, please see the notice at:
WebEx and Conference Call-in-toll-free number: 1-866-469-3239
Please go to https://energy.webex.com
Access code: 929 182 542
Meeting Password: Meeting@10
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