We have prepared this guide to help communities understand their options to increase energy resiliency. This guide explains the tools and information available that can help keep the power on.

 

What does energy resiliency mean for you or your community?

Energy resiliency means making the electric grid stronger and more reliable. This will help the grid become more adaptable to changing weather conditions. PG&E is taking steps every day to help improve the strength and reliability of the energy grid. There are steps that you can take, too.

 

Click the tabs below to see information that can help you or your community.

A stronger energy grid for customers and communities

There are several programs and resources designed to support the energy needs of local governments, tribes and communities.

PG&E Incentives, Financing and Resources

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Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)

The SGIP program provides financial incentives for installing battery storage or generation equipment. If your agency or community has been affected by Public Safety Power Shutoff events, consider applying to the SGIP program.

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Energy Efficiency Financing

PG&E offers no-interest financing for government agencies’, tribes’ and businesses' energy efficiency projects to help manage your energy needs.

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Backup Power

Backup power is an important part of resiliency planning. We have a variety of tools and information available to help you plan for your backup power needs. This includes details on loans and financing available to agencies, tribes and stakeholders (See the “Shop for backup power” tab).

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Community Microgrid Enablement Program (CMEP)

A microgrid is an electric system that can operate independently from the central energy grid. Interested in exploring if a microgrid may be a fit for your community? We can help. We help communities plan and implement their own microgrid projects. This can include technical expertise and potential, one-time cost offsets.


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Download CMEP resilience planning guide (PDF, 34 KB)
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Community Microgrid Technical Best Practices Guide

Microgrids can be complex. That is why we have developed a document outlining technical best practices to assist communities in designing single and multi-customer microgrids. This document provides information about key technical concepts as well as approved means and methods for deploying community microgrids.

Federal, State and Local Incentives, Financing and Resources

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Community Choice Aggregator Resilience Programs

Local Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) may offer additional funding for resilience projects. Check with your local CCA, as appropriate, to learn more.

Other resources

 

Interconnection information

 

Additional grid planning tools

  • Distribution Resource Planning Data Portal
    PG&E's maps can help you identify information on opportunities and limitations that may help you site a resilience project. Some of the resources here include the following:
    • Integration Capacity Analysis (ICA) Map – PG&E's Integration Capacity Analysis (ICA) map helps contractors and developers choose potential sites for distributed energy resources (DERs). The ICA map contains detailed information about the electric distribution system. This includes information about physical infrastructure, load performance and existing and queued generators. The ICA map can also simulate whether the electric grid can accommodate new DERs. It can identify possible issues that would impact the reliability and power quality of a potential connection. Identifying issues early in the process can help our customers avoid costs or changes in their project timeline.
    • Distribution Investment Deferral Framework (DIDF) Map – PG&E's Distribution Investment Deferral Framework (DIDF) map is designed to help contractors and developers find information on potential project sites for distributed energy resources (DERs). Grid needs are identified by distribution planners based on the grid's ability to meet forecasted demand in the Grid Needs Assessment (GNA) report These needs are addressed by planned investment projects, some of which are flagged as candidates for deferral by DERs in the Distribution Deferral Opportunity Report (DDOR).
    • CAISO Interconnection Study and Reports – CAISO can provide you with helpful interconnection studies and reports. Topics include resource adequacy deliverability, impacts on neighboring systems and the relationship between generation interconnection and the ISO's transmission planning process.
    • PG&E Interconnection Queue (XLSX, 1 MB) – This document has information about past distribution interconnection applications. It contains information about the location, requested capacity and status of past projects. This can help you determine how much capacity is being sought in particular areas, which may impact the amount of capacity available

 

Ready to get started?

Energy resilience planning can be complex. We are here to make it easier for you and your community to understand. Contact your PG&E contact, account manager, or email us at wildfiresafety@pge.com to ask questions and find out what tools and resources may be right for your community.

PG&E has several programs and resources designed to support the energy needs of business customers, vendors and contractors.

PG&E Incentives, Financing and Resources

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Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)

The SGIP program provides financial incentives for installing battery storage or generation equipment. If your business has been affected by Public Safety Power Shutoff events, consider applying to the SGIP program.

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Energy Efficiency Financing

PG&E offers no-interest financing for businesses' energy efficiency projects. Projects can include backup power and storage if bundled with other efficiency measures.



Learn more about Energy Efficiency Financing – Small and Medium Businesses

Learn more about Energy Efficiency Financing – Large Businesses

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Backup Power

Backup power is an important part of resilience planning. We have a variety of tools and information available to help you plan for your backup power needs. This includes details on loans and financing available to businesses (See the "Shop for backup power" tab).

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Critical Customers and Local Government Support

We encourage customers, especially critical service providers, to coordinate resiliency efforts with their local city, county, or tribe. PG&E’s Community Microgrid Enablement Program (CMEP), which offers support for local agencies to develop microgrids of their own, may be able to support some business customers for example.

Federal, State and Local Incentives, Financing and Resources

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Community Choice Aggregator Resilience Programs

Local Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) may offer additional funding for resilience projects. Check with your local CCA, as appropriate, to learn more.

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Tax Incentives for Resilience Projects

Some state and federal agencies offer resources, such as tax incentives, to help make communities more resilient. These include:

Other resources

 

Interconnection information

 

Additional grid planning tools

  • Distribution Resource Planning Data Portal
    PG&E's maps can help you identify information on opportunities and limitations that may help you site a resilience project. Some of the resources here include the following:
    • Integration Capacity Analysis (ICA) Map – PG&E's Integration Capacity Analysis (ICA) map helps contractors and developers choose potential sites for distributed energy resources (DERs). The ICA map contains detailed information about the electric distribution system. This includes information about physical infrastructure, load performance and existing and queued generators. The ICA map can also simulate whether the electric grid can accommodate new DERs. It can identify possible issues that would impact the reliability and power quality of a potential connection. Identifying issues early in the process can help our customers avoid costs or changes in their project timeline.
    • Distribution Investment Deferral Framework (DIDF) Map – PG&E's Distribution Investment Deferral Framework (DIDF) map is designed to help contractors and developers find information on potential project sites for distributed energy resources (DERs). Grid needs are identified by distribution planners based on the grid's ability to meet forecasted demand in the Grid Needs Assessment (GNA) report These needs are addressed by planned investment projects, some of which are flagged as candidates for deferral by DERs in the Distribution Deferral Opportunity Report (DDOR).
    • CAISO Interconnection Study and Reports – CAISO can provide you with helpful interconnection studies and reports. Topics include resource adequacy deliverability, impacts on neighboring systems and the relationship between generation interconnection and the ISO's transmission planning process.
    • PG&E Interconnection Queue (XLSX, 1 MB) – This document has information about past distribution interconnection applications. It contains information about the location, requested capacity and status of past projects. This can help you determine how much capacity is being sought in particular areas, which may impact the amount of capacity available

 

Ready to get started?

Energy resilience planning can be complex. We are here to make it easier for you and your community to understand. Contact your PG&E contact, account manager, or email us at wildfiresafety@pge.com to ask questions and find out what tools and resources may be right for your community.

PG&E has several programs and resources to support the energy needs of residential customers. These include:

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Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)

The SGIP program provides financial incentives for installing battery storage or generation equipment. If your agency or community has been affected by Public Safety Power Shutoff events, consider applying to the SGIP program.

Solar logo

Backup Power

Backup power is an important part of resilience planning. We have a variety of tools and information available to help you plan for your backup power needs. This includes details on loans and financing available (See the “Shop for backup power” tab).

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Disability Disaster Access and Resources Program

PG&E supports people with disabilities, those with medical and independent living needs, and older adults during Public Safety Power Shutoff events. We do this in collaboration with the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC). This support includes funding for backup portable batteries for electrical medical devices, hotel/food vouchers, accessible transportation and emergency planning.