During a widespread heatwave this summer, California Independent System Operator ordered the first rolling blackouts in 20 years, causing hundreds of thousands of Californians to lose power.
Last October, the state's largest investor owned utilities deliberately turned off the power to millions of people to prevent wildfire ignitions. Experts agree that these events are a preview of the next decade.
The frequency of power outages due to rolling blackouts, Public Safety Power Shutoffs, or natural disasters is increasing each year. To manage California's higher demand and increasingly unreliable grid, the entire system needs to be reimagined.
How can microgrid's play a role?
· Microgrids are typically connected to the centralized grid, but at times when local electricity is needed, the microgrid can be disconnected or 'islanded' from the main grid and can operate on its own, providing power to critical facilities and local businesses.
· Microgrids are also uniquely positioned to offer services to the grid by providing flexible load, providing an opportunity for additional revenue streams for the host customer and helping the community keep the lights on.
We've put together a library of resources for you to learn more about what's happening in California and why.