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In the aftermath of the recent PG&E shutdowns, we wrote about the hardships that Californians faced–especially those who didn’t have solar and battery storage available to them. The ordeal exposed the inequity for those who can’t afford distributed energy. As High Country News reported,
How To Fix This: California has some of the most robust low-income solar incentive programs in the country like the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) and its Equity Budget which allocates 25% of the SGIP budget to help low-income communities have access to solar plus storage. But these programs haven’t flourished as there are so many upfront costs associated with distributed resources that still make them unaffordable. However, recent changes to the Equity Budget hope to alleviate some of these upfront costs.
Why This Matters: Distributed energy can help supply energy during blackouts and decreased reliance on transmission lines can help prevent wildfires from sparking. However, residential solar and battery storage cannot just be a luxury available for the wealthy, it should be a right for all communities capable of having it. Even as we make broader investments in renewable energy overall (as the Dept. of Energy recently did) we must ensure that deployment of green technology is equitable and accessible to everyone who needs it.
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Cities across the US are transitioning their buildings to clean energy, which would mean banning natural gas in new construction and promoting electric appliances. But the question remains whether or not infrastructure — foundational and historic — is ready to handle such a demand for electricity. Why this […]
As more people around the nation are taking to the roads and skies for their vaccinated vacations, one car rental company is making it easier for folks to not only travel in style, but travel green. Hertz has announced that it will be purchasing 100,000 Tesla electric vehicles by the end of 2022 alongside an […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Last year, the average American household experienced eight hours without power, as storms hammered electrical systems built with less erratic climate conditions in mind. That average outage time is double what it was five years ago. But only looking at the average obscures the experience of people who lived […]
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