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Are PG&E Outages Going to Continue and What can you do to Protect Your Business?


Pacific Gas & Electric power outages have affected hundreds of thousands of customers, but will they continue?

Unfortunately, there is no end in sight to the outages. PG&E calls for shutdowns as preemptive strikes, fearing potential expensive and dangerous fires sparked by faulty equipment. PG&E has been criticized and fined for its involvement in several fires, including the Camp Fire in November 2018, the deadliest fire reported in California. PG&E makes the decision based on weather conditions, usually in areas where it is forecasted to be dry with strong winds or in spaces that have power lines connected to those regions.

So how do you protect your business from this imminent threat if you’re a PG&E customer? You need back-up power – a power supply that can instantly take over if you’re cut off from the grid. That way you don’t have to deal with the expense, stress, and disruption of a shutdown to power and essentially to your operations.

Battery storage is one of the most cost-effective and simple solutions to PG&E’s reliability challenges. Through battery storage, a business can store energy for later use. Businesses and homeowners can use battery storage to integrate other renewable energy, like solar, into their power systems to take advantage of California’s aggressive incentive programs. Battery storage not only allows you to conserve power in the event of a power outage, but it also helps you avoid paying the highest peak energy rates by using battery power during those periods. 

If this is something you are considering or already had problems in your facility, do not wait to act. The Self-Generation Incentive Program or SGIP has a limited amount of funds and interest has skyrocketed with PG&E’s challenges. Act today by calling U.S. Energy Recovery at (800) 834-8737 to determine your eligibility.

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Published April 9, 2020 by Vanessa Peng