Following the October 2019 Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) by PG&E, MBCP investigated how we could play a key role in making our community more energy resilient, and more importantly reducing the negative outcomes of PSPS events for our most critical facilities and vulnerable community members. MBCP will help increase energy resiliency locally through microgrids* and energy storage.
Uninterruptible Power Supply for Critical Infrastructure - Coming Soon
MBCP is in a position to provide $25 million in funding to public and private entities deemed as “critical infrastructure” such as hospitals, police stations, fire stations, with the possibility of additional sites such as grocery stores and schools. The anticipated launch for this program is April 2020.
Residential Back-up Power Supply - seeking board approval
MBCP recognizes the need for residents to have access to back-up power supply in wake of the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). MBCP is seeking board approval for $1 million in funding for residential customers in certain fire zones. Residential customers on CARE, FERA or Medical Baseline benefit from increasing their energy resiliency the most. Anticipated launch for this program is Fall 2020. Join our monthly newsletter to be alerted when this program becomes available.
* What is a microgrid? A microgrid, also known as a distributed energy resource, can connect and disconnect from the electrical grid to be a stand-alone power source for a site. One example of a microgrid is solar power in combination with battery storage on-site for a business or residential building that can run independently when the power goes out.