Navigating Dual Disasters: What are the Next Steps for California as it Emerges Out of Covid-19 and into Wildfire Season?

Sept. 2, 2021
In this video, we look at the steps policymakers, regulators, utilities and the microgrid industry must take to ensure California stays the course in capturing clean energy.

Before Covid-19, California was emerging as one of the world’s largest microgrid markets, with the prospects of adding the largest capacity of any jurisdiction in the world in 2020. That reality is now in jeopardy for a variety of reasons. What steps must policymakers, regulators, utilities and the microgrid industry take to ensure the state stays the course in capturing resilient and clean energy? What’s worked in the past, what’s happening now, and what does the future hold?

The experts in this video share their knowledge and insights on the challenges California now faces when it comes to energy resiliency, clean energy, and the wildfire threat that’s ravaged the state for three years in a row. 

The session is moderated by Peter Asmus, Research Director at Guidehouse.

Featured speakers include:

David Erne, Supervisor, Grid Integration Research, at the California Energy Commission

Tim Hade, COO and Co-Founder, Scale Microgrid

Juan Macias, CEO, AlphaStruxure

Andrea Ruotolo, Global Lead, Distributed Energy Systems, Worley

This video was recorded during Microgrids as a Recovery Tool During Social and Economic Disruption, a three-day virtual conference held in June of 2020. The conference featured opportunities for businesses, institutions, communities, and homeowners to learn how microgrids aid society during periods of disruption – from pandemics to storms to economic downturns. The conference also featured a number of real world examples that showed microgrids in action. Although this was previously recorded, you’ll find many of the examples and insights are timeless in their strategic value.

With more than 50 speakers and 15 different sessions, the event covered three key areas:

  • The Health, Economic and Environmental Influences Giving Rise to Microgrids
  • Who Microgrids Serve: From Business to Education to the Clean Energy Revolution
  • How Microgrids Reduce Costs, Cut Carbon and Ensure Power Supply in Tough Times & Places

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