The California Independent System Operator (ISO) is using the energy challenges of the past year to pave the way for new opportunities to foster alternative energy resources.
The grid operator is launching a pilot program that will maximize megawatts by allowing the output from units that generate less than a megawatt of electricity to be aggregated and sold into the market just like any other power source. The ISO`s Aggregated Distributed Generation Pilot Program (ADGPP) has the potential of adding a significant number of megawatts to California`s resources, while fostering the development of renewable generation and emerging technologies205
In California, local Anaheim businesses have until April 30, 2002 to apply for Anaheim Public Utilities` Innovative Energy Technologies (IET) incentives program. The IET program gives business customers the option to plan and develop their own energy-related projects that fall within the following categories:
energy-efficient technologies, renewables, and product development and demonstration. It provides flexibility to business customers by allowing them to tailor projects to their individual needs.
Under the program, Anaheim Public Utilities will award funding up to 75 percent of the project cost, not to exceed $100,000 per project. Project applications are evaluated based on judging criteria, which includes concept description, electricity-related innovation, energy savings, environmental impacts, economic competitiveness, commercialization/technology transfer, and community benefits...
The 12 million customers of German utility E.On Energie now have the ability to customize their power mix. Using the MixPower online mixer, customers can move virtual levers up and down to change how much of their electricity comes from various sources. They instantly see the impact this has on their monthly energy bill and on carbon dioxide emissions. For now, the power sources from which customers can choose are hydro, wind, solar, biogas, nuclear, and coal-fired power plants. (Source: Business Wire)