In recent years, extreme weather events have resulted in power outages of increasing frequency, power, and duration across the country, driving up the cost of electricity and demonstrating the fragility of the utility grid. This situation is perhaps felt most acutely in California, where heatwaves, aging infrastructure, and an increasing number of severe wildfires have resulted in rolling blackouts and extended power outages. These include public safety power shutoff (PSPS) events in which utilities intentionally turn off power to millions of their customers.

A report from utility research firm E Source found that U.S. businesses lose more than $27 billion a year due to power outages, and even outages that…

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