Grid Operations - Prepare for the Worst or Hope for the Best?
- Jun 23, 2021 4:17 am GMT
Late last week, the National Weather Service issued excessive heat warnings for five states - California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and parts of Colorado. For the first day of summer, temperatures in many areas had already exceeded 100 degrees. “One of the biggest lessons we have learned is how unpredictable fire dangers and climate both are, and we’re still grappling somewhat with how to prepare for the unknowable,” said regulator Clifford Rechtschaffen of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Extreme weather has been the cause of past and present problems for the grid. California has invested $200 million in clean energy microgrids and $600 million in self-generation back-up power systems for individual customers in high-risk fire areas. CAISO Chair Angelina Galiteva commented, “These are valuable inputs to the grid that are decarbonized, digitized and decentralized because we want to be able to isolate areas for both public safety and reliability concerns.”
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