Disruptions caused by the current public health crisis may help provide an opportunity to accelerate the Advanced Community Energy transition – toward an energy system which is clean, affordable, resilient, equitable and safe — starting with development of microgrids to support critical facilities. The Climate Center is seeking organizational sign-ons to support two new bills in the California legislature to help achieve this transformation:
- SB 1314 (Introduced by Senator Bill Dodd). The Community Energy Resilience Act requires the Strategic Growth Council to develop and implement a grant program for local governments interested in developing clean energy-based community energy resilience plans.
- SB 1240 (Introduced by Senator Nancy Skinner). This bill would require the California Energy Commission, in consultation with the California Independent System Operator (which manages the flow of electricity into and across the state), to identify and evaluate options for transforming the electricity distribution system to becoming an open local electricity market.
Also, the application window for the new Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) incentives levels just opened, following up on a California Public Utilities Commission Decision in January authorizing adding funds to SGIP’s energy storage budgets. Of particular note, the newly-created Equity Resiliency Budget ($513M) provides enhanced SGIP incentives for on-site residential and non-residential storage systems for low-income, vulnerable customers in high-risk fire threat districts (HFTD) or those who have been affected by planned blackouts (also known as Public Safety Power Shutoffs). Public facilities are eligible SGIP program participants. The new SGIP Decision also created a $0.15/Wh resiliency adder for non-residential customers with critical resilience needs such as police stations, fire stations, hospitals, etc. Additional information is available in the new SGIP Handbook.