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Initial Resilience – Part 3

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In part 3 of this series we will look at how some major changes in the requirements for electric utilities will impact their operations. Most of these changes resulted from new bills passed recently in my home state (California). In this post we will drill down and define some of the requirements for utilities and how they are likely to be implemented.

However, first we will briefly review some of other challenges that California IOUs (and potentially other utilities). Must deal with in moving to a more resilient grid.

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Matt Chester on Dec 24, 2019 4:58 pm GMT

Pretty wild that a Wildfire Safety Board or other official groups weren't already in place in California-- are there comparable safety-related boards tied to specific types of disasters/events in other states? I imagine the utility sector in hurricane areas of the Gulf of Mexico have such measures in place?

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John Benson on Dec 24, 2019 6:00 pm GMT

Thanks for the comment, Matt.

We have always had wildfires, but until the weather pattern change in conjunction with climate change (starting around 2010), they have been pretty rare, now we get a couple of thousand per year. That is why utilities could get away with sloppy vegetation management and T&D maintenance earlier. There will be future challenges and we will deal with them as best as we can.

Florida (and other eastern coastal regions), have challenges with climate change. The two we have seen so far are sea-level rise, and stalled hurricanes. Still to come (according to Dr. Hansen) are superstorms, and much more sea level rise.

Although I have written briefly about east/gulf coast issues (link below), I try to stay pretty close to California - we have enough issues to keep me busy.


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Matt Chester on Dec 24, 2019 10:16 pm GMT

I try to stay pretty close to California - we have enough issues to keep me busy.

I know that's true

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