Power shutoffs in recent years have imposed enormous costs on California and are particularly damaging for California’s most vulnerable populations. While all communities feel the adverse effects of power outages, lower-income areas often suffer the most as they typically have fewer resources to call on for protection and less ability to absorb financial losses incurred during outages. AB 1325, introduced by Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke, directs the California Public Utilities Commission to establish an ongoing program to enhance energy resilience for California’s most vulnerable communities by developing microgrids for critical public facilities like community centers, clinics, schools, and senior centers. The bill seeks to sustain the development of clean community microgrids controlled by local communities across the state, following up on the CPUC’s January 2021 Decision.
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