Plants rely on the sun. People rely on PG&E. People should be smarter.
Thankfully there are groups like Silicon Valley Clean Energy & Powerhouse that are building a healthier more resilient energy ecosystem. Gridshift Hackathon was part of that effort. Teams presented apps that display billing data intuitively and take the guesswork out of saving energy/money.
In layman’s terms, pricing signals are as antiquated as PGE’s grid infrastructure. Intelligent use of computing power and smart devices would reduce spikes in demand. Storing power in the growing fleet of electric vehicles could capture renewable [solar] energy as it is created. Note: a battery in a Tesla Model 3 could power a dryer [the most power thirsty residential appliance] for 20 cycles.
Supporting Sonoma Valley Clean Power and paying more attention to how you use power is the best way to create a safe and smart energy system.