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Accelerating Microgrids and Other Resiliencies to Reduce the Impact of PSPS Events

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today issued for public comment proposed solutions to help accelerate microgrids in the state, as the CPUC continues its efforts to implement strategies that could reduce the impact of utility Public Safety Power Shut-offs (PSPS).

A CPUC staff report published today proposes strategies related to microgrids and other resiliencies that could reduce the impact of PSPS events. The report identifies solutions that accelerate interconnection of resiliency projects, modernizes tariffs to maximize resiliency benefits, and shares information with local governments for investment and operational decision-making. Comments from the public on the staff report should be submitted by Feb. 5, 2020 to public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov. Please reference proceeding number R.19-09-009.

Responses to the report and its accompanying questions that are being asked will support the CPUC’s focus on delivering a Spring 2020 decision directing mitigation measures that will be in place no later than Fall 2020. This effort is the first of three tracks implementing the framework for commercialization of microgrids associated with Senate Bill 1339 (Stern, 2018) and other resiliency strategies. Subsequent tracks will develop guidance for providing solutions that assure the long-term safety and resiliency of the electric grid in a manner consistent with the state’s policy goals.

Documents related to the proceeding can be found here.

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