May 4, 2020 • 1HR 17M

#1 Franchise Rights

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DER Task Force
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Franchise rights are an under-explored topic that are a core component of where utilities’ derive their power over the distribution grid. Figuring out their place in a decentralized future is essential in ensuring a just energy transition. We should be asking: with the ability to build supply almost anywhere with DERs, is the grid a natural monopoly? How do we reconcile the tension between franchise rights inhibiting DERs and the utility obligation to serve? In this episode, hear everything from a brief history of infrastructure on the grid to how the public safety power shutoffs in California give us a lens into these important questions. See for more information on upcoming meetups and podcast episodes.