Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s preemptive power outages during times of high fire risk are prompting some West Marin officials to consider other ways to be more self-sufficient with its energy.
Utilities are proposing a range of costly investments to the central grid that may take decades, which still leave “substantial risk” for power outages, says “California’s Critical Facility Challenge: The Case for Energy as a Service Municipal Microgrids,” prepared by Navigant for Schneider Electric.
In response to the wildfires that plagued California over the past 2 years (which led to the bankruptcy filing of Pacific Gas and Electric [PG&E]), a series of proposed solutions are on the table. One such solution includes the intentional shut-downs of the power grid during times of high fire risk.
A plan by California’s biggest utility to cut power on high-wind days during the onrushing wildfire season could plunge millions of residents into darkness. And most people aren’t ready.
PG&E Corp. can’t prevent its power lines from sparking the kinds of wildfires that have killed scores of Californians. So instead, it plans to pull the plug on a giant swath of the state’s population.