In January, the Peninsula Clean Energy Board of Directors approved a three-year, $10 million energy resiliency strategy aimed at addressing problems created by Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events and natural disasters.
PSPS events occur when PG&E decides it is necessary to turn off electricity in certain areas due to dry conditions, gusty winds, and a heightened fire risk. Power outages can put lives at risk, cause significant economic impacts, and generally disrupt operations. They can also increase greenhouse gas emissions and worsen local air quality when diesel generators are used for backup power.
Our energy resiliency programs will help our customers withstand and recover from these electric service disruptions. Our strategy focuses on three areas:
1. Backup generation for medically fragile residential customers
2. Community-scale emergency response centers outfitted with energy resiliency
3. Critical facilities including fire, police, and hospitals