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Gridworks is pleased to partner with Navigant and Gregg Ander to develop the California Research Roadmap for System Transformation Initiative. The Roadmap will identify, describe and prioritize key RDD&D needs to efficiently transform the electric system to enable high penetrations of DER.  This initiative will rely heavily on stakeholder input, including at least three Gridworks led workshops […]

July 15, 2019

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GridLAB-D is an open-source distribution system simulation and analysis tool that provides insights to users who design, operate, or contribute to electric distribution systems. Originally developed by the US Department of Energy at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, GridLAB-D has been underused. But that’s all about the change. Gridworks, Stanford National Accelerator Laboratory, Hitachi, National Grid, and […]

January 18, 2019

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On September 6th Gridworks hosted our third workshop in our “Sharing Power” series, a collaboration between California, Oregon and Washington to achieve greater benefits for West Coast consumers as the resource mix on the western grid evolves to include a higher percentage of renewable resources. The workshop was attended by almost fifty people from a […]

September 24, 2018

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Resource Adequacy, commonly referenced as “RA” for short, is a term that is often heard but frequently not well understood in the electricity sector. In the simplest terms, RA is just a regulatory construct developed to ensure that there will be sufficient resources available to serve electric demand under all but the most extreme conditions.

June 17, 2018

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It has been a truly exciting year for major developments in the Western electricity market.  Numerous independent initiatives have combined to make this one of the most active years in recent memory.  Gridworks has been actively supporting many of these initiatives. For your convenience, we have organized the highlights, along with some context to help […]

May 31, 2018

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On February 15, FERC issued Order 841 to remove barriers to the participation of electric storage resources in the capacity, energy, and ancillary service markets operated by Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO) and Independent System Operators (ISO). The Order solidified FERC’s commitment to opening the nation’s wholesale markets to distributed storage. The FERC push has been lauded by many as landmark, a […]

March 12, 2018

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As I look forward to 2018, I see much work ahead for all of us involved in the California energy scene. Continued progress on renewable energy deployment, energy efficiency improvements, and vehicle and building electrification are all necessary to keep us on track toward meeting our goals for 2030 and beyond, and will require continued […]

January 8, 2018

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The key to successful regionalization is a governance framework that clearly preserves each state’s existing authority to control the resource planning, resource mix and resource adequacy of its jurisdictional utilities. In the waning days of the recent California legislative session, bill language was introduced into the final weeks of action in Assembly Bills 726 & […]

October 3, 2017

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Resource Adequacy, commonly referenced as “RA” for short, is a term that is often heard but frequently not well understood in the electricity sector. In the simplest terms, RA is just a regulatory construct developed to ensure that there will be sufficient resources available to serve electric demand under all but the most extreme conditions.

July 19, 2017

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