What steps do we need to take now to protect our communities and critical infrastructure? And how do we balance this need with our transition to a cleaner, carbon-free grid?
There is a lot of talk about electrical resiliency today, as the severe weather season and the California fire season kickoff during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Given goals for a cleaner U.S. power supply, utilities and policymakers are seeking more environmentally-responsible alternatives to deploying traditional diesel generators for backup power. A critical question facing utilities, regulators, communities, large energy users, and other industry stakeholders is whether the same level of local community resilience provided by diesel backup can be achieved through economical microgrid alternatives that are more consistent with clean energy goals.
The Brattle Group has taken on this timely topic in their research report, "Decarbonized Resilience: Assessing Alternatives to Diesel Backup Power," and a co-author of the paper, Peter Fox-Penner, explores subject even further in a webinar with Utility Dive.