The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 Wednesday to advance a proposal to assist unincorporated space residents throughout energy outages, together with offering them with backup turbines if wanted.
Supervisor Jim Desmond mentioned the aim is to make sure that residents have entry to dependable electrical energy throughout a time of looming threats attributable to points comparable to provide chain interruptions and worldwide crises like Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“It’s essential we begin making ready for potential grid failures and different vitality emergencies, and potential fires,” Desmond mentioned.
In an earlier information launch, Desmond mentioned lots of the grid issues the county now faces are “from failed state insurance policies in Sacramento. However San Diegans are sturdy, and county authorities must work proactively to associate with and defend the folks we serve,” he added.
Supervisors directed County Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer to check choices for higher neighborhood resiliency, together with teaming up with San Diego Gasoline & Electrical, which has a generator help program.
Robbins-Meyer will even analysis the advantages or potential drawbacks of organising a county program to supply rebates to residents or native companies, and the necessity for microgrids (or stand-alone vitality sources), in addition to looking for out public suggestions.
Supervisors additionally voted to exempt the proposal from environmental evaluation, in accordance with the state Environmental High quality Act.
Primarily based on solutions from Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Nora Vargas, the proposal would additionally:
— add or embody different vitality suppliers comparable to San Diego Neighborhood Energy and Clear Vitality Alliance;
— request emissions information for listing of certified (or extra environmentally pleasant) turbines;
— coordinate analysis with emissions research being ready by the county Workplace of Environmental and Local weather Justice, and the College of San Diego’s Vitality Coverage Initiatives Heart;
— embody coordination throughout federal, native and state ranges; and
— embody inexperienced and zero-emission options, if the county will present assist.
Robbins-Meyer will report again to the board inside 180 days with choices, though Desmond urged that she and fellow staffers return sooner, if potential.
Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer was absent from Wednesday’s assembly, which targeted on land use and environmental points, based on her spokesman.
–Metropolis Information Service