- Aug 23, 2019 3:55 pm GMT
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PG&E, other California IOUs and regulators decision to allow utilities to shut down the grid when high wildfire risks are detected has all stakeholders rushing to come up with the ways and means to keep the lights on and the "juice" flowing in the event so-called Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) are carried out.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) proposed a decision last week to carve out $100 million of state energy storage incentives included in its behind-the-meter Self-Generation Incentive Program's (SGIP) equity budget to those living in parts of the state where wildfire risks are highest, according to an industry news report.
SGIP's equity budget offers anywhere from 35-50 cents per kilowatt-hour incentives to those installing behind-the-meter energy storage systems. California legislature voted last year to extend the SGIP for another five years and funded it with some $830 million of capital.
The $100 million would be reallocated from funds set aside to foster behind-the-meter energy storage systems among low-income households, critical services facilities and low-income solar program customers in what's known as Tier 3 high-fire districts, the news report explains.