Tribe Builds Microgrid: “Amid Shut-Off Woes, A Beacon Of Energy”

A Native American tribe has insulated itself from California’s blackouts by creating a microgrid utility”

“BLUE LAKE, Calif. — After months of wildfires, an essential question in a warming, windy California is this: How does the state keep the lights on? A tiny Native American tribe, settled here in the Mad River Valley, has an answer.

Build your own utility.

The Blue Lake Rancheria tribe has constructed a microgrid on its 100-acre reservation, a complex of solar panels, storage batteries and distribution lines that operates as part of the broader utility network or completely independent of it. It is a state-of-the-art system — and an indicator of what might be in California’s future.”

Scott Wilson reports for the Washington Post January 1, 2020.