Rolling blackouts and wildfires are the desperate cries for load-shedding and microgrids
- Sep 25, 2020 9:18 pm GMT
In August, California announced its first non-wildfire-related rolling blackouts since 2001. The cause? A brutal heatwave that brought inclement temperatures to the west coast of the United States. Residents and businesses were readying to blast their AC units, placing an unsustainable burden on the state’s centralized electric grids.
Then, to close out the summer, the wildfires came, threatening large swaths of utility customers access to power. Such are the modern-day problems of centralized power grids.
But let’s focus on the mid-August threat of non-wildfire rolling black outs. Customers connected to the centralized grids faced black outs that could last 1-2 hours. That is worrisome in such a dramatic heatwave and threatening for people who rely on electrical life-supporting devices.
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