MRC Supports Funding for Clean Energy Resilience Infrastructure as Part of Economic Stimulus Plan

By Microgrid Resources Coalition posted 04-27-2020 00:00



On April 24, 2020, the MRC was a sign-on party to a recommendation letter in support of new state funding for clean energy resilience infrastructure in California as part of any potential Covid-19 economic stimulus plan. The MRC signed on with other interested parties to support the inclusion of clean energy resilience infrastructure as part of any Covid-19 recovery and economic stimulus plan that is being developed within the state. 

One of the most pressing local climate impacts in California is increased risk of wildfire. Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) during the 2019 fire season caused billions of dollars in costs for California, provoking a rush by utilities, businesses, local governments and homeowners to purchase fossil-fuel back-up generators, many of which are diesel powered. As we know, Covid-19 attacks the respiratory system, making now an even graver time to deploy new diesel generation. With experts now suggesting that Covid-19 outbreaks will become seasonal and may still be with us during future fire seasons, we need to address future power outages without increasing stress on human respiratory systems. 

Read the full letter here.