If California Goes All-Electric, What Happens in a Power Outage?

San Francisco Chronicle: California has ambitious goals to end natural gas usage in the coming years. But there’s one problem: The power keeps going out, leaving residents in the dark for days or even weeks.

According to EcoBlock Senior Advisor Dr. Alexandra “Sascha” von Meier, microgrids are “probably the best solution” to maintain reliable power in areas that feel the brunt of climate impacts. These smaller, localized electrical grids can operate independently, with some designed to connect to the larger utility grid during normal operation and disconnect when outages occur.

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Register: 2024 National Institute (January 4-5)

The National Institute is the premier event for college faculty, students, and technical professionals aspiring to improve their knowledge and application of high-performance building operations. This year’s theme is “Less Carbon, More Action! Strategies for Buildings & Technician Education.”