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On Cue, Blackouts Roll Across California after Google and Others Press for More Microgrids

By Microgrid Resources Coalition posted 08-18-2020 17:02


Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge


As if to underscore the point, power blackouts rolled across California late last week right after dozens of  stakeholders urged state regulators to push harder to get more microgrids built.

Hundreds of thousands of Californians lost power Friday and Saturday night when electric demand exceeded supply because of extreme heat. Utilities imposed the rolling blackouts after receiving an alert from the California Independent System Operator.

By happenstance, comments were due Thursday — one day before the first blackout — in a microgrid proceeding before the public utilities commission.

The commission is seeking ways to make microgrids, which keep power flowing to customers when the grid is down, more commercially available.

Several commenters praised the state for the undertaking, perhaps the most ambitious yet in the US in support of microgrids. Still, many said California is not moving fast enough or far enough — in statements written even before the rolling blackouts.

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