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Northern California’s wildfires in 2019 forced the nation’s most populous state to reevaluate the role that electric utilities will play in a future plagued by more wildfires. Pacific Gas & Electric, California’s largest utility, not only declared bankruptcy but was found liable of starting the deadly Camp Fire of 2018. In addition, the City of San Francisco proposed to buy back its power grid from PG&E which ignited a debate about investor-owned utilities and whether microgrids are the solution to deliver reliable power in California.
Experts fear that a dry winter in the West could bring more wildfire danger in 2020, at the same time the deployment of microgrid technology is expected to rapidly accelerate. It will certainly be a technology to watch in the coming year.
Why This Matters: Grappling with the effects of climate change will inevitably be a theme in 2020. We’re truly at a crossroads where we can choose to embrace and fully fund the deployment of carbon-free energy or ignore the solutions that might help us grapple with a warming planet. California is looking to the future (even if out of necessity), hopefully, other states will take note.
Yesterday, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state will phase out sales of all gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. As Governor Newsom said in a separate event with Democratic governors yesterday, people have climate “goal fatigue” and are ready for the application of those goals–this move on gas-powered cars walks the walk on California’s ambitious […]
H/T to renews.biz, an energy news platform, for that headline, and to PepsiCo for making it possible. PepsiCo, one of the largest companies in the world — with a global carbon footprint — announced plans this week to transition to 100% renewable electricity across all of its company-owned and controlled operations globally by 2030 and […]
Why This Matters: Methane leaks are dangerous — they have led to reports of tap water catching fire, toxic groundwater, and fatal explosions, all of which have been motivators for the federal government to track and seal these wells.
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