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California’s deliberate blackouts were outrageous and harmful. They’re going to happen again.

California’s deliberate blackouts were outrageous and harmful. They’re going to happen again.

What California went through last week was absolutely bonkers. To avoid sparking wildfires during particularly dry, windy conditions, Pacific Gas & Electric — PG&E, the state’s largest utility provider — shut off electrical service to some 738,000 people, a deliberate blackout unprecedented in the history of the nation’s electrical system.

Microgrids, the Solution to CA’s Wildfires?

Microgrids, the Solution to CA’s Wildfires?

Last week the massive power shutoffs enacted by California’s largest electric utility, PG&E, affected millions of people and even lead to the death of a man whose ventilator stopped working. In the aftermath, there’s a lot of anger among PG&E customers and across the state, people are grappling with how to best address wildfire prevention.

Decentralization is More Than a Dream

Decentralization is More Than a Dream

The idea that rooftop solar and other distributed resources could avoid the need for new power lines isn’t theory. In its 2017-2018 transmission plan, California’s grid operator cancelled 20 new transmission projects and revised 21 more due to energy efficiency and residential solar power altering load forecasts, with a projected savings of $2.6 billion.

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