This is a long and torturous story. The “hottest” part of this story was in the period between 2016 and 2020. I was there then, following this story and posting many papers. This paper will examine the latest stage of this saga.
You might think that this post is about wildfires. It’s not, rather it starts with about the main methods used to avoid having the grid start wildfires and expands from there. It also explores a particular wrinkle that Northern California brings to create the needed technology: innovations.