PG&E Plans Utility-Owned ‘Remote Grids’ for Isolated Communities

By [email protected] The threat of power-grid-sparked wildfires is forcing California utilities to invest billions of dollars in hardening and monitoring their grids and to institute grid blackouts affecting up to hundreds of thousands of customers to reduce the risk of live wires causing conflagrations.

In some isolated cases, the cost of making remote power lines safe from fires may not be worth it — if the customers served by them could make do with an on-site power option instead.

That’s the idea behind Pacific Gas & Electric’s Remote Grid Initiative. It’s one of a long series of microgrid enablement plans being proposed

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