California’s major wildfires in 2017 and 2018 resulted in the bankruptcy of Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and the expansion of utility policies to shut off portions of the distribution grid during times of high fire risk. These intentional power shut-offs are expected to average 2–5 days, Concerns about the shutdowns have prompted proposed state legislation to study the effect a policy may have on water and wastewater treatment facilities. The impacts on other critical facility local government special districts are being studied, as well.
The challenges facing local governments mirror those of society at large. Extreme weather events restrict the ability of government agencies to fulfill their mission, whether that be healthcare, public safety, or provision of clean water.
If California does not modernize its grid and power delivery infrastructure via sustainable premium power provided by microgrids, the state will be thwarted in its efforts to meet not only its economic and public safety needs, but aggressive carbon reduction and renewable energy goals.
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