Proposals to provide backup power facilities for emergency services in the event of grid outages have been unveiled by utility chiefs in California.
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) said it plans to add up to 166MW of energy storage capacity to support public-sector facilities “that provide safety, security and emergency services during power grid outages”.
The utility has submitted seven initial projects for approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) aimed at supporting “critical public-sector facilities such as fire and police stations, emergency operation centres and emergency evacuation sites”.
SDG&E president Scott Drury said: “Providing these public facilities with energy storage systems will help maintain vital operations that serve the public’s well-being.”
“The innovative projects were developed through close collaboration with local leaders and will significantly increase the resiliency of critical public-sector infrastructure,” Drury said.
Pending CPUC approval, the plan would be implemented in phases over the next few years with all projects in operation by 2024.