Every city should have a resilient power plan for critical public and private facilities to keep the lights on, the communication systems running, and emergency services operational when the grid goes down. Most cities don’t, and that leaves millions of their most vulnerable residents at risk from the damaging effects of long-duration power outages. Clean Energy Group’s report, What Cities Should Do: A Guide to Resilient Power Planning, describes a plan of action for cities to become more “power resilient” using new technologies like solar and battery storage, which can be more reliable than diesel generators to protect vulnerable populations from harm due to power outages caused by severe weather. In addition, resilient power systems can provide power continuously as well as provide power protection when the grid goes down. Solar PV and energy storage (solar+storage) systems could also save money, generate revenue from ancillary services such as frequency regulation services a... Read the Full Post »