Helping Customers and Hometowns PG&E Lays Groundwork for Permanent, Multi-Customer Microgrids - Seite 2
North Coast Project Underway
The first project under the program is the Redwood Coast Airport Renewable Energy Microgrid, a collaboration among PG&E, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority, Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University, Humboldt County, and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, among others.
This front-of-the-meter, multi-customer microgrid featuring solar power generation paired with battery energy storage is under construction and on schedule for full operation in December 2021.
The Redwood Coast Airport Microgrid will provide renewable energy for 18 customer meters, including the Arcata-Eureka Airport and a U.S. Coast Guard Air Station, and serve as a lifeline for Humboldt County in a natural disaster or other emergency. The microgrid will be capable of disconnecting from the broader grid (island mode) and operating as an independent, PG&E-operated grid segment during a planned or unplanned power outage.
PG&E has already heard from additional communities interested in deploying multi-customer microgrids through CMEP, including the Yurok Tribe, located along the Klamath River on California’s North Coast. PG&E supports the Yurok Tribe’s goal of building a multi-customer microgrid in Tulley Creek.
“The Tulley Creek microgrid is a key piece of infrastructure that will dramatically increase the energy resilience and disaster preparedness of the Yurok Tribe on the upper half of the Reservation. We appreciate the critical technical support and capital that CMEP offers to help make this project a reality," said Michael Gerace, Planning Director for the Yurok Tribe Department of Planning and Community Development.
Where to Learn More About Microgrids
For more information about CMEP or to begin exploring developing a community microgrid, visit www.pge.com/cmep. The site includes information on:
- How the program works and directions for getting started
- Project eligibility and prioritization
- Financial and enhanced technical support
- Tariff and agreements for the operation of community microgrids
- Frequently asked questions
PG&E’s CMEP website also includes the Community Microgrid Enablement Program - Resilience Planning Guide to help local and tribal governments navigate the relevant processes for developing a community resilience project; and the Community Microgrid Best Practices Technical Guide to provide information to help development teams understand the key technical concepts and approved means and methods for deploying community microgrids on PG&E’s system under the CMEP.