California’s wildfires may be the best thing to happen to home batteries

by Michael J. Coren, QZ

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) may leave millions of Californians in the dark this summer. The alternative is worse. Last summer, power lines sparked wildfires in remotes areas of the Sierra Nevada mountain range that killed at least 100 people, some still trapped in their cars, as fires consumed whole towns and more than 1.5 million acres.

The state’s bankrupt utility, which is facing a $30 billion bill (paywall) for wildfire damages, according to filings with regulators, see few options but to intentionally cut off power for millions of peopleduring days with high fire risk. The intentional blackouts will be the largest in US history, reports the Wall Street Journal (paywall).

Read more: https://qz.com/1632555/californias-wildfires-may-benefit-home-batteries-and-solar-panels/

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