In August, California’s grid operators shut off energy for hundreds of thousands of residents throughout a historic warmth wave.
The blackouts prompted confusion and outrage within the state. Individuals have been searching for somebody or one thing guilty: an company, a utility or perhaps a know-how like renewables.
We now know what occurred. The trigger was detailed in a prolonged, multi-agency investigation. It was a novel mixture of things, together with a scarcity of preparation for excessive occasions. So will this harm California’s decarbonization efforts?
“I don’t assume it adjustments the decarbonization targets. I feel, if something, it requires the acceleration of transferring towards a system that’s extra resilient, that’s decarbonized,” says Amisha Rai, managing director at Superior Vitality Financial system.
So if California’s blackouts speed up clean-energy efforts additional, how can we apply classes from this summer season? That’s what we’re masking on this episode, produced in collaboration with Wärtsilä.
“It is extremely vital to determine a sensible and real looking plan. I feel California is working very onerous on it. With out the plan, you’ll find yourself in advert hoc conditions,” says Jussi Heikkinen, director of development and improvement for the Americas at Wärtsilä.
On this episode, Jussi will define all the optimum eventualities for decarbonizing California’s grid — even whereas managing the specter of excessive occasions.
Wärtsilä creates sensible, versatile energy applied sciences to allow a cleaner grid and put the world on a path to 100% renewable vitality. Learn the “Path to 100% for California” report mentioned on this episode.