Florida Hardened Its Electric Grid, Is California Next?
A recent story on Real Clear Energy touches on the work Florida has done to harden its electric grid and how other states may soon follow suit.
For example, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is facing a critical decision regarding proposed investments to improve the reliability of the State’s grid. Ronald Brisé, a former Chair of the Florida Public Service Commission and a former member of the Florida House of Representatives, shares his insight and cites his experience in the story.
“I have been in their position. I know how it feels to balance badly needed upgrades to the grid that can help improve resiliency and safety versus increasing costs for customers as they are facing higher costs for everyday expenses,” Brisé said.
Experience in Florida proves the old adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Florida is already realizing the benefits of a hardened grid. Emergency repairs after a storm or other disaster simply cost more in the long run. With this in mind, PG&E, the largest electric utility in California, has proposed burying 10,000 miles of lines in the areas with the greatest fire risk.
Irby is proud to be a part of the hardening efforts in Florida, helping to provide more reliable and cost-efficient electricity for every resident.