Transmission is the answer for Calistoga
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What on earth should be done about California’s power problems?
If you pay attention to the mainstream media, the solutions are all pretty cool. The golden state needs a robust network on interconnected microgrids fed by renewable energy sources. Maybe some of the miniature grids could be housed in repurposed shipping containers. Of course, there will need to be huge investments in new AI and tech systems. Afterall, a more complex and diverse grid will require a much higher IQ brain. It seems daunting, but believe me, it will be totally worth it. It will be perfect.
Beware of those who promise you a utopia. Yes, the entire world, including California, should and will move towards a power system like the one mentioned above, but it will take time—something PG&E doesn’t have. Communities in Northern California are suffering after three years of “Power Safety Shutoff events”—i.e. blackouts. Food at homes and in restaurants spoils, workers can’t work, students can’t study, and those living alone during a pandemic can’t video chat with their loved ones. This is serious business.