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Schneider Electric and Navigant Research have released a new whitepaper with recommendations on how California can upgrade critical energy infrastructure through Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) solutions.

The whitepaper California's Critical Facility Challenge looks at how municipal microgrids can drive resilience and more sustainable, affordable power in the state.

The paper addressees how local governments can finance municipal microgrids through innovative public-private partnerships.

The report explores how microgrid solutions can help the state address challenges including power outages due to extreme weather events.

For example, recent major wildfires resulted in the expansion of utility policies to shut off portions of the distribution grid during times of high fire risk. Extended outages not only pose an extreme hardship on citizens, but also jeopardize critical public services where up-time is vital in emergencies and business continuity that impacts the larger state economy.

Peter Asmus, research director with Navigant Research, said: "California, which has ranked first in blackouts for nine years in a row, needs to modernise its grid and power delivery infrastructure to not only meet its most basic safety and economic needs, but also reach its aggressive carbon reduction and renewable energy goals.

"Microgrids will play an increasingly important role as municipalities take power availability and resilience into their own hands to ensure individual citizens and businesses maintain energy access when its needed most."

said Mark Feasel, Vice President, Electric Utility Segment & Smart Grid, Schneider Electric, added: "Microgrids have advanced to the point where access to secure, flexible and affordable power is within the reach of nearly everyone, without the need for an extensive overhaul of the entire grid.

"We believe California's critical facilities and municipalities need to be evaluating microgrids as part of their overall energy strategy and we're proud to offer a guiding resource to simplify the decision process and drive greater adoption in the state."

For more information about the paper, visit schneider-electric.us/microgrid.