Workable solutions come from knowing what stakeholders need and what technical experts can do. CIEE works with both, gaining a deep understanding of stakeholders’ objectives, the obstacles they face in reaching them, and the possibilities for innovative solutions. That approach yields a problem-solving research program, and valuable, concrete results that are transferred quickly and effectively into wide use.

New California Target for Energy Storage

Transmission & Distribution World interviewed CIEE’s Merwin Brown in response to the California Public Utility Commission’s October 2013 ruling setting an energy storage target of 1,325 megawatts for California. Read the full article >>

CIEE’s electric grid research is funded largely by the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. The commission sets the research strategy and heads a Policy Advisory Committee that provides high-level guidance on the research priorities and program. Members include senior officials from Pacific Gas and Electric, San Diego Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, the California Independent System Operator, the Bonneville Power Authority, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Utility Wind Interest Group.

This thorough process of involving all players grounds the research agenda in the real world of grid operation and challenges, and ensures a flow of innovative new technologies to make steady progress toward a new energy future.

CIEE has been awarded a sub-contract under a $1.2M DOE grant to ALSTOM to advance microgrid technology for grid resiliency.  The 2015 sub-contract supports CIEE's role in researching and designing a community microgrid at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.  Once a shipyard, the 1,200-acre property is now a business park with over 145 resident companies.  The other demonstration project partners are the Philadelphia Water Department, Philadelphia's public-private economic development corporation, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Washington State University (WSU), The Burns Group, and PJM and PECO in an advisory capacity.  Our team is one of seven teams receiving DOE microgrid funding for President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. (Full article at http://www.alstom.com/press-centre/2014/10/alstom-receives-12m-doe-funding-to-advance-philadelphia-microgrid-project-/ )