Resources: CA

  • Energy Storage Requirements for Achieving 50% Solar Photovoltaic Energy Penetration in California

    Posted: August 19, 2016 - 15:00 / CA / Reports

    The rapidly declining cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology in combination with renewable portfolio standards is driving increased PV deployment in California. However, the variability of the solar resource creates uncertainty about the amount of PV that could be deployed without enabling technologies such as energy storage. A key limiting factor for PV deployment is curtailment, or the PV energy that would need to be rejected by system operators due to the supply/demand balance of the system. Most published analyses of high PV penetration in California to date have focused on PV penetration levels up to about 20%–25% on an annual energy basis. In this paper, we go beyond previous analyses by exploring PV penetration levels of up to 50% in California (with renewable penetration over 66%), and we examine the potential role of storage.

  • Troutman Sanders LLP: Southern California Edison Executes Significant Energy Storage Agreements

    Posted: November 10, 2014 - 17:00 / CA / Law Firm Articles

    On November 5, 2014, Southern California Edison (“SCE”) announced that it entered into contracts for 2,221 MW of power to satisfy its customers’ demand, including contracts for 262 MW of long-term storage capacity. The energy storage agreements were in response to the California Public Utilities Commission’s (“CPUC”) rulemaking that set energy storage targets for investor-owned utilities in the State of California.

  • Foley & Lardner: 1-3 MW Solar RFP Issued in Palo Alto, California

    Posted: July 12, 2014 - 09:34 / CA / Law Firm Articles

    The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for 1-3 MW (AC) in order to create a CPAU-branded Community Solar Program. The CPAU has stated that its primary objectives for such program are to help facilitate reaching the City of Palo Alto’s target of meeting 4% of its energy needs from local solar energy by 2023 (from 0.7% in 2013), and to give all CPAU customers – including those who rent and those without sufficient solar access – the opportunity to experience and derive benefit from cost-effective local solar development.

  • SCPPA: Revised Request for Proposals for Renewable Energy and Energy Storage Projects

    Posted: March 17, 2014 - 19:41 / CA / FOA-RFI-RFP

    The Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) is soliciting competitive proposals for renewable energy projects or products consistent with the California Renewable Energy Resources Program (Public Resources Code sec. 25740 et seq.) and the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program (Public Utilities Code sec. 399.11 et seq.), including amendments enacted in 2011 by passage of California Senate Bill X1 2 (SBX1 2), and energy storage. RFP responses may propose (i) project ownership by SCPPA, (ii) a power purchase agreement (or, for storage, an equivalent commercial agreement with an ownership option, or (iii) a power purchase agreement (or, for storage, an equivalent commercial agreement without an ownership option. Effective February 1, 2014 this Request for Proposals (RFP)replaces all previous RFPs for renewable energy or energy storage projects posted by SCPPA.

  • SCPPA: Request for Proposals for Renewable Energy and Energy Storage Projects

    Posted: February 1, 2014 - 19:47 / CA / FOA-RFI-RFP

    The Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) is soliciting competitive proposals for renewable energy projects or products consistent with the California Renewable Energy Resources Program (Public Resources Code sec. 25740 et seq.) and the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program (Public Utilities Code sec. 399.11 et seq.), including amendments enacted in 2011 by passage of California Senate Bill X1 2 (SBX1 2), and energy storage.

  • Imperial Irrigation District (IID) QR 123: Utility Scale (20-40 MW) Battery Storage Project

    Posted: January 6, 2014 - 19:40 / CA / FOA-RFI-RFP

    Imperial Irrigation District (IID), an irrigation district established under Division 11 of the California Water Code, Sections 20500 et seq., provides non-potable water, farm drainage and power services to the lower southeastern portion of California's desert, is requesting qualifications from highly qualified Respondents to design, engineer, procure and construct a utility scale energy storage project that will accommodate, at a minimum, the following operational characteristics: 1. Provide Spin/Non-Spin Reserves 2. Provide automatic ramping 3. Provide Frequency Regulation 4. Provide Capacity (20-40 MW) 5. Support intermittent renewable integration 6. Peak shift energy 7. Provide Black Start Capability 8. Provide ancillary service capacity 9. Smooth intermittent resource output 10. Improve short-duration performance 11. Improve system reliability 12. Improve power quality 13. Integrate intermittent distributed generation 14. Provide uninterruptible power supply

  • Latham & Watkins: California Energy Storage Juiced By New Federal Guidelines

    Posted: December 19, 2013 - 10:35 / CA / Law Firm Articles

    New requirements by the California Public Utilities Commission ("CPUC") and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission enhance opportunities for energy storage technologies to play a larger role with California’s, and the nation’s, electrical grid. Energy storage offers numerous potential benefits, including facilitating the integration of intermittent renewable resources such as wind and solar power, performing a variety of ancillary services critical to grid reliability and stability, and allowing energy to be accumulated when demand is low for use during peak periods or emergencies.

  • Chadbourne & Parke: Environmental Standards ASTM E1527-13 Released By ASTM, Warsaw Global Climate Change Talks; California Battery Procurement, Energy Storage

    Posted: December 1, 2013 - 11:13 / CA / Law Firm Articles

    New standards have been released for phase I environmental site assessments that must be done on project sites as a condition to closing on financing. The new standards are in ASTM E1527-13. ASTM is the American Society for Testing and Materials, an international standards organization. The new standards apply to phase I assessments done on or after November 1, 2013 and update earlier standards that had applied since 2005.

  • Latham & Watkins: California Public Utilities Commission Approves Pioneering Energy Storage Mandate

    Posted: November 22, 2013 - 10:22 / CA / Law Firm Articles

    The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will require the state’s three large investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to invest in a combined 1,325 MW of energy storage by the end of 2020, the first-such mandate in the United States. The CPUC views increased deployment of energy storage as an important step towards a greater reliance on renewable energy to meet California’s electricity needs.

  • Morrison & Foerster: 2013 Alternative Energy Legislative Roundup: California Continues to Move Forward on Clean Energy

    Posted: November 4, 2013 - 10:27 / CA / Law Firm Articles

    California continued to add to its steady stream of laws and regulatory actions to promote renewable energy and clean technologies with significant new legislation on net metering and community solar projects. While AB 177 (Perez) – a two-year bill which would increase the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) from 33 percent to 51 percent – has been in committee since June, AB 327 sets the stage for an expansion of the RPS by changing the 33 percent standard from a ceiling to a floor.

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