California's planned power shutdowns have communities, cities and companies scrambling for solutions, and microgrids are at the top of the list.
Two keys to developing resilience: plan ahead and store energy.
Utilities expand the grid without building power plants. Consumers get backup power and a virtually free electric car. Such are the promises of V2G tech, even if the infrastructure isn't quite here yet.
No one organization, industry or government can do it alone, especially by 2050.
On the VERGE 19 main stage, selected finalists pitch to a live audience of business leaders, government officials and investors, as well as to a global online audience.
Entities are looking more closely at microgrids and other technologies as a solution.
Installations covering municipal and rural county critical facilities, especially fire stations and water districts, are an important first step.
The opportunity to invest is massive, and new ownership models from subcontracting to cooperatives can help communities get in on the action.
A resilient electrical production and distribution system is possible — if we learn from past experience.
The shift can promote energy equity, foster local ownership and avoid expensive and polluting investments in fossil fuels.