To become more resilient in the face of severe weather events, communities should rely on proven distributed energy technologies like solar with energy storage to protect residents during power outages.
That’s according to a new report released today by the nonprofit Clean Energy Group (CEG). In a blueprint for how a city could become more “power resilient,” the report, Clean Energy for Resilient Communities, shows how Baltimore and other cities could use clean energy to create a more reliable electric system that protects vulnerable citizens during power blackouts. The report was written by CEG for The Abell Foundation, a leading private foundation in Baltimore.
“We have entered a new “normal” after Hurricane Sandy, where severe weather events are more frequent, leading to more power outages and increased risk to people and businesses,” said Lewis Milford, President of CEG and co-author of the report.
“Last week over a million people in the US lost power during damaging ice storms. Today, due to a record ice storm developing in the Southeastern US, hundreds of thousands of people have already lost power, with those numbers expected to rise. We need new strategies like distributed solar with energy storage to protect communities against the harmful effects of power outages. Relying only on the utilities to do the job is no longer safe or dependable.”
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