Contents of this blog series:
- eleXsys® brings more clean local energy to California
- California Community Microgrids
- eleXsys® and the California business model
But there’s a problem; despite the significant benefit microgrids can provide to California, several barriers exist that prevent them from maximizing their economic, environmental and resilience benefits.
These include the rules governing Net Energy Metering (NEM) which artificially limits the size of microgrids, as well as limited market mechanisms to fairly compensate rooftop solar+batteries, restricting the ability of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) to provide its full value to both customer and the community. Under NEM, the size of behind-the-meter (BTM) solar+battery systems are limited as the utility has long argued that DER can destabilize the grid. Furthermore, there is a clear divide limiting BTM resources from participating in grid services markets, such as frequency control, ancillary services, and wholesale energy arbitrage. As a result, microgrids being installed in California today may be undersized by as much as 4 times representing significant lost opportunities to maximize the amount of clean DER to power West Coast communities.
Change is occurring as organizations such as the Clean Coalition generate debate and innovative solutions while leading the policy reforms necessary to achieve California’s target of 100% Clean Energy by 2045. To date, the Clean Coalition has been instrumental in influencing policy reforms related to inequitable Transmission Access Charges, arduous interconnection processes, and most recently, allowing DER participation in wholesale electricity markets. In addition to these policy innovations technologies like those developed by eleXsys Energy (eleXsys®) are critical to enabling the proliferation of DER across California and the rest of North America.