Tapping into solar-charged batteries could help prevent blackouts – CALmatters

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Changing regulations in California would help keep the lights on by enabling customer-owned solar-charged batteries to provide energy to the grid.

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By Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, Special to CalMatters

Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, a Democrat from Orinda, represents California’s 16th Assembly District, assemblymember.bauer-kahan@assembly.ca.gov.

Like many of you, I worried for my family, friends and constituents during the recent rolling power outages. Losing electricity during an oppressive heat wave should not happen, it’s simply unacceptable.

One week we were suffering from an unprecedented heat wave, and the next our state is burning. It is clear that climate change is real and it is here. We cannot seek answers in the dirty energy that has significantly contributed to climate change.  Fossil fuel interests have used the opportunity to blame clean, renewable energy sources like solar power for the blackouts. Not only is that absurd, but the answer to these outages rests in clean energy.

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