On June 11, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a Decision in the microgrid proceeding (19-09-009) which recognized the pivotal role of local governments in energy resilience planning, a core principle of The Climate Centers’ Community Energy Resilience program. The recent Decision directs investor-owned utilities to:
- Dedicate specific staff to help manage local jurisdiction resilience needs;
- Create a data portal for local governments to obtain data essential to effectively develop microgrid and resilience projects;
- Sponsor workshops and meetings to brief local jurisdictions on vulnerable transmission and distribution infrastructure; and
- Create a step-by-step guide to help fast track local jurisdictions’ ability to interconnect with the grid as part of projects dedicated to improving energy resilience.
The Decision reflects many of The Climate Center’s policy recommendations as reflected in formal comments submitted into the CPUC proceeding by The Climate Center and its coalition partners, as well as public and ex parte meetings with CPUC staff.
The Climate Center will continue working with its coalition partners to advocate for new state policy to strengthen community energy resilience, with a focus on ensuring a just energy transition, prioritizing energy resilience for low-income and disadvantaged communities.
To learn more, register here for The Climate Center’s energy resilience webinar series.