Clean and Resilient: Policy Solutions for California’s Grid of the Future

June 15, 2020
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Ted Lamm, Ethan Elkind

California’s electrical grid stands at the center of the state’s climate challenge. State greenhouse gas emission reduction plans rely on achieving 60 percent renewable power by 2030 and 100 percent carbon-free power by 2045. At the same time, aging grid infrastructure has contributed to record-setting wildfires, leading utilities to impose preemptive system shutoffs for public safety. A range of technologies are available to simultaneously promote resilience and decarbonization, but policy reforms will be necessary to bring them to scale. 

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