|COVID-19, Severe Weather, and Power Outages
June 24, 2020 by Marriele Mango
Wildfire and hurricane season is here and with it comes an influx of weather-related power outages. The health implications of power outages this summer are further compounded this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
|COVID-19 and Resilient Power
March 30, 2020 by Marriele Mango
As we evaluate and re-evaluate the undoubtedly substantial and lasting impacts COVID-19 will have on our work and the work of our partners across the country moving forward, it is more evident than ever that resilient power is a critical component to improving health outcomes in the event of a crisis like the world is currently experiencing.
|Oregon Invests in Resilient Energy
February 25, 2020 by Marriele Mango
In Oregon, resilient power is increasingly being recognized as an emergency preparedness and mitigation tool as state leaders and emergency managers prepare for the next Cascadia event, an anticipated magnitude 9.0 earthquake to occur along the Cascadia Subduction Zone fault line which stretches from Canada’s Vancouver Island to Northern California.
|New Orleans is ready for resilient power
December 9, 2019 by Marriele Mango
If you live in New Orleans, you know how often the electricity goes out. Advisers hired by the New Orleans City Council found that, between June 2016 and May 2017, there were a total of 2,599 outages and roughly half lasted two hours or more.
|Preventative Shutoffs are Resulting in a Medical Crisis: Resilient Power Can Help
October 29, 2019 by Marriele Mango
This month millions of people lost power in California. The blackouts were not due to a natural disaster, but rather the result of utilities, primarily Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), intentionally suspending power to hundreds of thousands of customer accounts in across California. Battery storage and solar PV could provide reliable backup power for those affected by the outages.
|It’s Time for a More Resilient Florida
September 30, 2019 by Marriele Mango, Zelalem Adefris
Despite not sustaining a direct hit, Hurricane Dorian still left parts of Florida flooded and over 170,000 people without power. In the past, a single extreme weather event has left hundreds of thousands of people in Florida without power, in some cases for more than a week.
|Energy Freedom Act: South Carolina Takes Steps Towards Resilience
July 30, 2019 by Marriele Mango
Hurricane season is here, and South Carolina is no stranger to the devastating impacts that natural disasters and extreme weather can have on communities.
|Solar+Storage Makes Sense for Southeastern Energy Resilience
May 14, 2019 by Marriele Mango, Seth Mullendore
Southeastern utilities have made headlines recently with plans to incorporate battery storage at solar installations across their service territories. It turns out that the communities they serve could greatly benefit from installing solar+storage as well.
|Health Care at Home: The New Risks from a Growing Trend
March 25, 2019 by Marriele Mango
As more people opt to receive medical care at home, access to resilient emergency backup power will need to be prioritized and made more accessible, especially to low-income households.
|Solar+Storage Powers Critical Community Services in Boulder, Colorado
September 27, 2018 by Marriele Mango
For the City of Boulder, a September 2013 flood emphasized the need for energy resilience as critical to providing emergency services. The city partnered with two leading nonprofit services providers to demonstrate how solar+storage systems can reliably support critical loads during an outage.