Environment & Energy Report

California Tells Utilities to Bulk Up on Power as Shortage Looms

Nov. 7, 2019, 7:52 PM

California regulators ordered utilities to line up massive amounts of new power supplies as the state faces potential shortfalls within two years.

In a unanimous vote, the California Public Utilities Commission told electricity providers to secure 3.3 additional gigawatts of reserve supplies that may be needed as soon as 2021. That’s roughly the equivalent of adding three nuclear reactors.

As natural-gas fired plants close, officials fear California could run short on electricity on hot evenings, when solar production fades just as commuters arrive home and crank up air conditioning.

PG&E Corp., Edison International and Sempra Energy must have 50%...

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