In the News: John Farrell
January 21st, 2019
Media Outlet: Green Tech Media
ILSR co-director John Farrell, argues against a potential Pacific Gas & Electric bailout in a commentary for Green Tech Media. In light of PG&E’s negligence resulting in catastrophic wildfires, Farrell explains the need for a more distributed and less vulnerable transmission infrastructure. John details two major shifts in California’s electricity system since PG&E last filed bankruptcy nearly two decades ago and makes the case for publicly owned energy utilities.
Here is an excerpt:
Instead of investing billions in building and maintaining vulnerable transmission infrastructure, a publicly owned PG&E could, as a grid manager, focus on the electricity system democratization already in progress. It could invest in local infrastructure that supports rooftop solar and batteries, managed electric-vehicle charging, and smart grid tools to allow customers to use clean power when it’s most available and least expensive.