Google’s 24/7 carbon-free energy deal for its California offices ‘could be replicable model’

Energy Storage News

California community choice aggregator (CCA) electricity supplier Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) announced last week that it has signed PPAs with the technology giant that matches Google’s local energy demand 24/7 with clean energy production.

Google is targeting carbon emissions-free running of its operations by 2030 and, like SCVE is headquartered in California, which has a state policy goal of 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045.

SCVE meanwhile is a community-owned energy agency which provides energy to members in six California jurisdictions. The 10-year deal will see SVCE serving the load of Google’s Mountain View and Sunnyvale offices to match demand with carbon-free energy for at least 92% of hours a year.

Read more here: ‘Energy storage vital to Google’s carbon-free energy ambitions’ (energy-storage.news)

$40 million solar and battery project planned at Sonoma baylands hunting club

North Bay Business Journal

Sonoma Clean Power this month inked a power purchase agreement with San Diego-based Luminia to build a 11.6-megawatt photovoltaic system with 32 megawatt-hours of lithium-ion battery backup on 75 acres of Wing & Barrel Ranch at 6600 Noble Road. It would connect to the grid via a nearby substation.

The project is envisioned to go online in the second half of next year, according to the Thursday announcement. Proponents have yet to submit a formal application but have been in talks with Permit Sonoma officials about what would be required, including a zoning change and environmental review, according to Bradley Dunn, policy manager for the department.

The goal of utility-scale battery energy storage systems, or BESS, is to capture excess solar power during peak daylight hours then discharge it to the grid in the high-demand evening hours. BESSes are typically sized to discharge over four or eight hours, so the 32 megawatt-hours could supply up to 8,000 homes for four hours, based on U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates of residential consumption in the West.

Read more here: $40 million solar and battery project planned at Sonoma baylands hunting club (northbaybusinessjournal.com)

California Community Choice Aggregator Unveils Virtual Power Plant Program

Public Power Current

California community choice aggregator (CCA) Marin Clean Energy (MCE) on June 21 unveiled a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) program that is slated to launch in 2025.

MCE said the program will provide bill savings and increase local grid reliability, safety, and efficiency for low-income residents as part of Richmond, Calif.’s Advanced Energy Community project, which includes $3 million in funding from the California Energy Commission and will rehabilitate abandoned homes with energy efficiency retrofits and establish a VPP.

Similar to traditional power plants, VPPs provide electricity to the grid, but instead of coming from a single source, VPPs are made up of a network of digitally-connected technologies distributed across a community. VPPs help stabilize the power grid by quickly dispatching power to and from resources on the grid to shift energy consumption out of peak hours and take greater advantage of midday solar generation.

MCE’s VPP will include energy storage, smart thermostats, rooftop solar, heat pump space and water heating, and EV charging.

Read more here: California Community Choice Aggregator Unveils Virtual Power Plant Program | American Public Power Association

Ormat (ORA) 3rd BESS Facility Starts Operation in California

Nasdaq

Ormat Technologies, Inc. ORA recently announced that its 5-megawatt (MW)/20 megawatt-hour (MWh) Tierra Buena Battery Energy Storage System (“BESS”) facility in California has commenced its operations. With this facility in operation, Ormat finally excels in taking its portfolio of energy storage to 88 MW/196 MWh. This, in turn, should boost ORA’s revenue generation prospects through the next-generation source of energy.

The BESS facility, which is expected to be earnings accretive for the company from the onset of July 2022, aims to offer local resource adequacy under 10-year agreements to two Community Choice Aggregators, namely Redwood Coast Energy Authority and Valley Clean Energy, comprising 2.5 MW each.

Also, the facility will offer ancillary services and energy optimization facilities through participation in merchant markets run by the California Independent System Operator.

Read more here: Ormat (ORA) 3rd BESS Facility Starts Operation in California | Nasdaq

Google and SVCE devise a carbon-free energy plan

Solar Builder Magazine

Renewable energy accounting by commercial and governmental entities has followed global guidelines based on annual generation and usage. Historically, Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) has provided electricity that is carbon-free as measured on an annual basis. This week, SVCE and Google have created a fundamentally new 24/7 renewable energy service that establishes a standard retail product where renewable and carbon-free energy is matched hourly with electric demand.

This deal features hourly renewable energy matching, integrated demand management, and a commitment to ongoing community investments in local building and transportation electrification.

“The SVCE 24/7 carbon-free energy service with Google serves as a model for how large commercial energy customers and energy providers can work together to further advance clean, carbon-free electricity on the grid, coupled with electrification efforts in the local community,” said Girish Balachandran, SVCE CEO. “This type of forward-thinking collaboration is a real difference-maker in our full-scale transition from fossil fuels to clean electricity.”

Read more here: Google and SVCE devise a carbon-free energy plan | Solar Builder (solarbuildermag.com)

New San Diego power company boasts 765,000 accounts with more coming

ABC 10

The community-owned nonprofit provides clean energy to the area and is the first company to break the monopoly that San Diego Gas and Electric held on the local energy industry.

San Diego Community Power has about 765,000 accounts and reports about 3% of customers have opted out. It’s currently about 2% cheaper than SDG&E.

Steve Padilla, current Chula Vista council member and Vice Chairman of San Diego Community Power said this company is important for becoming 100% renewable by 2035.

“We’re never going to hit our reduction goals statewide, we’re never going to truly take action to address climate change if we don’t start taking concrete action right where we’re at,” said Padilla.

Read more here: New SD power company boasts 765,000 accounts so far (10news.com)

First 100% renewable multi-customer microgrid online in California

Energy Storage News

A front-of-meter microgrid combining 2.2MW of solar PV with a 9MWh battery has gone online in Humboldt County, northeast California, which its developers claim is the first of its kind.

The Redwood Coast Airport Microgrid (RCAM) is the first 100% renewable energy, front-of-meter, multi-customer microgrid to go online in the state, the press release said.

With the aid of a 2MW/9MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) made up of Tesla Megapacks, it will provide energy resilience for 19 customer groups including the California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport and US Coast Guard Air Station.

The Schatz Energy Research Center is the prime contractor and technology integrator, leading the design, testing and deployment of the microgrid. The owner of the BESS and solar PV is Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA), a local Community Choice Aggregator (CCA), a type of non-profit utility.

Read more here: First 100% renewable multi-customer microgrid online in California (energy-storage.news)

Air district recognizes Marin Clean Energy with leadership award

Daily Republic

The alternative clean energy provider company MCE has received the Spare the Air Leadership Award from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

“MCE continues to be a leader statewide in bringing clean energy programs to historically marginalized communities,” Marin County Supervisor Katie Rice, a board member for the air district, said in a statement released Monday.

Marin Clean Energy offers its plans to 37 communities across Solano, Napa, Marin and Contra Costa counties, including Fairfield, Benicia, Vallejo and in the unincorporated area of Solano County.

“MCE’s LIFT Program targets owners of low-income multifamily properties and underserved residents. This is a group often overlooked by grant retrofit programs, especially for newer technologies. MCE worked with both tenants and property owners to help navigate the process of installing appropriate appliances to lower emissions, reduce utility costs and improve indoor air quality as well as health and safety outcomes,” the statement said.

Read more here: Air district recognizes Marin Clean Energy with leadership award (dailyrepublic.com)

Fervo Energy signs 40 MW geothermal PPA with EBCE

Think GeoEnergy

Clean energy provider East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), announced a partnership with Fervo Energy to equip EBCE with geothermal power, adding non-weather-dependent clean energy to its power supply. For EBCE this is the first geothermal power purchase agreement.  EBCE is a not-for-profit public agency that operates a Community Choice Energy program for Alameda County and fourteen incorporated cities, serving more than 1.7 million residential and commercial customers

EBCE tapped Fervo Energy, a next-generation geothermal company applying transformative geothermal technology to address climate change, to increase its carbon-free energy deployment in response to a State of California mandate to procure 1,000 MW of non-weather-dependent, zero-emission energy by 2026. This project will dispatch 40 MW of firm, 24/7, zero-emission geothermal energy from Churchill County, Nevada to California’s regional grid, with expected operation in Q4 2026.

Fervo Energy brings a variety of innovative technologies to geothermal including horizontal drilling and distributed fiber optic sensing to deliver more reliable and cost-effective projects. This approach makes geothermal power accessible in far more places than before and dramatically increases its potential as a widespread energy source.

Read more here: Fervo Energy signs 40 MW geothermal PPA with EBCE (thinkgeoenergy.com)

BOEM’s final environmental review finds no significant impacts for offshore wind leases in Humboldt Bay

Times-Standard

The federal government has completed an environmental review for developing a wind project 20 miles off the coast of Humboldt Bay. That review found developing offshore wind will have no significant impact on the environment.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Thursday released the final draft of its environmental assessment, which broadly examines how offshore wind activities in the roughly 207-square-mile Humboldt Wind Energy Area would affect the surroundings. Any specific project that is proposed in the future would still need to undergo its own environmental review.

Offshore wind development should help the Redwood Coast Energy Authority’s Community Energy Choice Program, which enters its fifth year this month, meet its goal of providing about 63,000 customers in the county with 100% local renewable energy by 2030, according to a news release from the energy authority.

“This fall, the federal government will auction off leases to developers who wish to explore the feasibility of wind energy projects 20 or so miles off Humboldt Bay, which could be operational by 2030,” the energy authority’s executive director Matthew Marshall said in a statement. “Offshore wind will be a critical tool in combating climate change while creating skilled jobs and driving economic development up and down the California coast. RCEA will continue to work with our community, the local fishing industry, tribes, local labor organizations, and other stakeholders to maximize offshore wind’s benefits for our community.”

Read more here: BOEM’s final environmental review finds no significant impacts for offshore wind leases in Humboldt Bay – Times-Standard