Microgrid Tuesday

Dragon Sculpture

Desert Heat Dragon

Borrego Springs, California, is a quaint town of about 3,400 people set against the Anza-Borrego Desert about 90 miles east of San Diego. Summers are hot—often north of 100 degrees—and because it lies at the far end of a San Diego Gas & Electric transmission line, the town has suffered frequent power outages. High winds, lightning strikes, forest fires and flash floods can bust up that line and kill the electricity.

“If you’re on the very end of a utility line, everything that happens, happens 10 times worse for you,” says Mike Gravely, team leader for energy systems integration at the California Energy Commission.

The town has a lot of senior citizens, who can be frail in the heat. “Without air conditioning,” says Linda Haddock, head of the local Chamber of Commerce, “people will die.”

But today, Borrego Springs has a failsafe against power outages: a microgrid.

Resiliency is one of the main reasons the market in microgrids is booming, with installed capacity in the United States projected to more than double between 2017 and 2022, according to a new report on microgrids from GTM Research.


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12 Responses to Microgrid Tuesday

  1. Micki says:

    Dazzling sun here today! With frosty diamonds shimmering over the landscape.

    I can see the Canadian Cascades out the kitchen/family room window as I type this…now I’m GOING OUT THERE!

    Have a fabulous day everyone!


  2. Den says:

    I would like to build my own grid system and could if I had the funds. Being a slave to the power companies is no fun financially.

    The last house I built was super-insulated with a greenhouse along one end that gathered passive solar to add to heating in the house. No facility for electric production however. I studied water power, steady stream needed but very efficient source and reliable at night.


  3. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    That hot dog face at the end of yesterday’s thread is damn creepy.

    Doc, I do take AREDS 2 Formula, faithfully for the past year along with the leafy green spinach and kale. I bragged to the doctor today about how faithful I’d been, only missing the food or capsule once in awhile.

    What was my results today? The doctor said there was no change! WOO HOO!!! Perhaps the spinach, kale and Areds 2 DID help slow it down.

    Got out of there so early Jill said we had time, before she had to be home for an electrician’s visit, TO GET A MARGARITA! So, we did. 🙂


  4. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Every town has to become a Borrego Springs, where I live could benefit. It’s been windier than hell today and I’m grateful we haven’t lost power. The electric companies are pretty slack at keeping trees away from power lines so something always falls on one. Also, there are no rules about where people can plant trees. Pretty slack of power companies to not nip the tree problem in the bud.


  5. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    I decorated the basement room for Xmas. I wasn’t going to do it after Bob died, my heart wasn’t in it but after the good news about my eyes, and the Margarita, my depression had lifted. I FELT like decorating.

    I need to hit the bank and grocery store tomorrow, but Pete is coming over to hang out with me so I’ll go Thursday. I made Shrimp Pasta yesterday, it has his name on it. I put a head of cabbage in it, and a box of frozen, chopped spinach. It also has a LOT of garlic. Everything pretty health in that meal, except the pasta which is the best part.


  6. Den says:

    More (Still) fires going on in CA, expected to receive peak (40mph) winds tomorrow, much destruction expected, a real bad time to lose your home before X-mas. 😦


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Fourteen whole minutes to the Hillside Cafe for a ham steak dinner.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Since the Hillside Cafe is cashless, the final step can’t be said to be the cashier. Since they just run cards through to obtain payment, are they swipers?

      Anyway, there are always some of these young ladies who enjoy exchanging quips while carrying out the mechanics.


    • David B. Benson says:

      For a slightly longer excursion went around both Bryan Hall and Holland Library on the left hand, finding a sidewalk which I had never previously trodden upon; 39 minutes. Nippy out with beet juice on the streets and the main campus walkways.

      Day 3: 146+39=185 minutes.


  8. David B. Benson says:

    Who woulda thunk it?

    Spokane 7th most hipster city in the USA, Tacoma 6th and Vancouver 1st. All 3 were Dullsville in the previous century.


  9. Den says:

    Turn yourself into a two wheeler:


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