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Dozens of cities receive grant funding to mitigate utility-initiated power shutoffs

March 24, 2021
In an effort to protect local communities and vulnerable Californians from the impact of utility-initiated power shutoffs, the state announced on March 17 the distribution of $50 million in Community Power Resiliency grants for cities, counties, tribes, and special districts.
 
The grants, awarded by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, include $13 million distributed across 51 cities. Each city was allowed to apply for up to $300,000 on a competitive basis.

The state is encouraging cities to allocate funds they received through the grant to designated priority areas, including schools, election offices, food storage reserves, and COVID-19 testing sites.

The funds were allocated through the 2020-21 State Budget, and are the second round of resiliency grants from the budget cycle.

In FY 2019-20, cities received an additional $10 million in resiliency grants. The League of California Cities supported the inclusion of grants to protect vulnerable populations and improve resiliency of the state’s critical infrastructure in response to utility-led public safety power shutdown actions in both budget cycles.


 
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