How to fix our unreliable power grid

Our electrical grid can be taken down by storms, fires, and squirrels. But there’s a better way to power the world.

A microgrid is a decentralized power system that doesn’t have a single point of failure. That means one squirrel can’t cause a massive blackout, and it also protects against the increasing number of severe weather events, storms, and wildfires.

Read more on the power of microgrids in David Roberts’ and Alvin Chang’s explainer on the topic:

More on how California can become more energy-resilient:

Umair Irfan’s reporting on PG&E’s power shutoffs in California:

For data on squirrel-related power outages, check out this map that shows all animal-related outages:

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