Bloomberg Law
May 16, 2023, 8:29 PM

California Sees Less Risk of Summer Blackouts With Power Surplus

Mark Chediak
Mark Chediak
Bloomberg News

California’s grid operator said the Golden State will have a slight surplus of electricity supplies this summer during the hottest days, reducing the chance of blackouts.

A combination of an additional 4,300 megawatts of battery energy storage and 1,300 more megawatts of hydroelectric production compared to last year will help the state meet demand when residents crank up their air conditioners, according to a 2023 summer assessment report released Tuesday by the California Independent System Operator. One megawatt is enough to power 750 California homes.

California has struggled to keep the lights on during extreme weather the past few years ...

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