Intentional blackouts in California are tailwind for microgrid adoption

October 16, 2019
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by Benjamin Torda
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California utilities PG&E and Southern California Edison cut power to more than 750,000 households in early October as high winds and dry conditions led to heightened wildfire risk. Millions of residents were without power, with noted outrage given PG&E's inability to restrict outages to only the areas at risk. The threat of wildfires coupled with strict green electricity mandates make California a ripe market for microgrid adoption – as traditional, centralized power production and distribution methods struggle with the flexibility to adapt in the face of natural disasters. Clients should expect growth in microgrids across the fire-prone American West, especially when storage provides the added benefit of backup power.

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