Governor Newsom seeks funding to bolster state power grid

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PLACERVILLE, Calif. (KTXL) — Governor Gavin Newsom hopes to fix the power grid as California continues to deal with potential outages.

At Placerville Hardware, the company, like many others, has learned to adapt over the past few years.

“You never know what’s going to happen to you next,” said Albert Fausel, owner of Placerville Hardware.

Summer power outages are always at the heart of Fausel’s concerns.

“There are so many things you can do to prepare,” Fausel told FOX40.

The generators are one way for him to prepare, but he’s luckier than most as many Main Street businesses have lost thousands of dollars due to the power outages.

“They adapted well, but they learned because they lost their whole freezer. Breathing machines,” Fausel said.

In his revised budget proposal for the next fiscal year, Governor Gavin Newsom hopes to improve the electric grid by spending more than $5 billion to increase the state’s generating capacity by 5,000 megawatts over the next few years, enough energy to power approximately 375,000 homes.

It follows a week after the Independent System Operator, which runs the network, predicted potential outages this summer during heatwaves.

“We need to look at these challenges from a multi-year perspective,” said Emilie Olson of Advanced Energy Economy. “It’s a great starting point, an opportunity for conversation about what more we can do for reliability and affordability.”

She adds that as the state grapples with wildfires, heat waves and power outages, it needs to equip communities with localized clean energy solutions like microgrids and power. on-site solar, as well as storage systems to keep facilities like hospitals and grocery stores open — and finding ways to work with other states on clean energy.

“To ensure that we are able to take the great clean energy resources that we generate in our own state and share those resources with other states and vice versa,” Olson said.

While this is a long-term solution, Fausel hopes power outages will be a thing of the past. Meanwhile, his focus is on this summer.

“In the meantime, we’ll just manage and hopefully it’s not too hot because it hurt us,” Fausel said.

About $1.2 billion of the $8 billion plan will go toward helping struggling Californians pay their electric bills.

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